Chris Trotter is a man from the left that I admire.
I enjoy our chats from time to time and he is a good bellwether for what is happening on the left of NZ politics.
He comments on journalistic ethics and undeclared inherent political bias.
IF YOUâRE READINGÂ this column you know already that itâs coming to you âFrom the Leftâ. You are, therefore, free to absorb its contents with a rare foreknowledge of its authorâs ideological predispositions.
But how often can you say as much? How many of the stories, columns and feature articles published every day carry such a useful consumer warning? And how easy is it, Dear Reader, in the absence of such a warning, to discern how those stories, columns and feature articles have been put together and why?
Because, make no mistake, everything you read, watch and listen to, every newspaper article, television programme and radio broadcast, has been carefully constructed by an individual, or individuals, working consciously, or unconsciously, from well-established ideological predispositions.
The information a journalist decides to include in a story is very often less important than the information he or she decides to leave out. Indeed, this is almost always the case. Because in any ânewsworthyâ event there will always be many more details and contributory causes than a journalistâs employers could ever possess either the time or the space to relate.
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