Brethren doing Medias Job

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Michael Bassett talks sense in the DomPost.

Why did the media hound the Brethren and Dr Brash last week when they ought to have been examining the pamphlet’s contents? After all, in politics and journalism, one is meant to focus on the message, not shoot the messenger, however odd he might be.

I think I discovered the answer when I noticed that the trade union covering many journalists purchased half-page advertisements in the dailies attacking the National Party. It’s plain old bias. Our world has changed from the days when papers backed National editorially, and Radio New Zealand and Television New Zealand were scrupulously neutral with reporting. Now virtually all journalists, no matter their inexperience, parade their bias.

Have Aunty Helen’s frequent phone calls to them, and her invitations to junkets on the 757 when she travels, turned New Zealand’s once-robust Fourth Estate into government lap dogs?

Let’s judge them by their own standards: 24 hours after Labour’s state house “eviction” notice misinformation surfaced last Friday, no one had investigated which ministers knew what about it. Dirty tricks aren’t dirty tricks if played by Labour.

Someone needed to blow the whistle on the Green cavemen and women who want to share Labour’s bed after Saturday. If the media wouldn’t do their job, who can blame the Brethren for trying?

Nice one Michael, oh and by the way didn’t you used to be a Labour minister. Nice to know some on theleft have integrity.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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