Technology and its rapid advances have blurred the distinctions between elected official and 4th Estate watch dog, to such a point now where both are now so inter-changeable beyond distinction ‚Äď and they often do just that. Media personalities become politicians and visa versa ‚Äď all following Ronald Reagan‚Äôs lead in the constant quest for bright lights and any form of stardom.
Some, whilst in a privileged position to disseminate information to the masses ‚Äď abuse it by prostituting their workplace‚Äôs credibility for their own political gain and NZ often gets to witness this blatant bias, often untruths and half-story opinions dressed up as ‚Äúnews‚ÄĚ just about every night.
We saw only as recently as Monday night coordinated ‚Äúsolar power stories‚ÄĚ in schools and how wonderful they are ‚Äď coincidentally only hours after the Greens announced their flawed and thoroughly de-bunked solar policy. All the stories typically trending in the same general direction, with the same theme – intimating by association that ‚Äúsolar‚ÄĚ and therefore, the Greens, have produced a credible and worthy policy for NZ. That‚Äôs not news ‚Äď it‚Äôs an advertorial plug for the Greens. A tax-payer funded plug no less, dressed up as ‚Äúgood news‚ÄĚ
Shameless! Where was the critical analysis? Especially of the investor returns? But I guess it‚Äôs difficult to plug an advertorial and do any critical analysis at the same time. Although, It must be true, because after all, it was on the telly‚Ä¶ and the news no less, so it must be true‚Ä¶ ¬† Read more »