Backwards reporting

The Herald has a poll result about the government’s response to the grounding of MV Rena:

The Government has again defended its reaction to the Rena disaster after a third of respondents to a Herald-DigiPoll survey thought the response was not good enough.

But more than half of those surveyed said the response was adequate or better.

Just over 36 per cent of respondents thought the response was unsatisfactory – a view backed by opposition parties who say the container ship’s grounding on October 5 and subsequent oil spill had been politically damaging for the Government.

At the other end of the scale, 11 per cent thought the response was “very good” and 50.3 per cent thought it adequate.

What a bizarre way to report this.

The Herald focuses on 36 percent, ironically about the same number of Labour/Greens voters for the story instead of the 61.3 percent who thought that the response was adequate or excellent.

What hasn’t been focussed on yet was the doomsday scenarios painted byt teh Greens, Gareth Hughes in particular, and Phil Goff about the coming disaster for summer in the Bay of Plenty. It was rubbish then and it is rubbish now. They have ben proved wrong. The salvors have done a fantastic job and are showing up the screaming doomsayers every day.


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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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