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 â€“ and they often do just that. Media personalities become politicians and visa versa â€“ all following Ronald Reaganâ€™s 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 â€“ abuse it by prostituting their workplaceâ€™s credibility for their own political gain and NZ often gets to witness this blatant bias, often untruths and half-story opinions dressed up as â€śnewsâ€ť just about every night.
We saw only as recently as Monday night coordinated â€śsolar power storiesâ€ť in schools and how wonderful they are â€“ 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 â€śsolarâ€ť and therefore, the Greens, have produced a credible and worthy policy for NZ. Thatâ€™s not news â€“ itâ€™s an advertorial plug for the Greens. A tax-payer funded plug no less, dressed up as â€śgood newsâ€ť
Shameless! Where was the critical analysis? Especially of the investor returns? But I guess itâ€™s 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 tellyâ€¦ and the news no less, so it must be trueâ€¦ Â Read more »