Refreshing honesty from a “decent journalist, trained and skilled”

Yesterday David Farrar blogged about Brian Rudman and his refreshing honesty in the Herald yesterday. Rudman should be commended as a “decent journalist, trained and skilled” for not banging on about his theatre or subsidies for the arts, instead he told us the truth, something we have all long suspected.

Despite the best efforts of Opposition politicians, single-issue campaigners and me and my colleagues in the media, most Kiwis seem resolutely unconvinced that this country is heading for hell in a handcart.

Farrar notes:

[H]is inclusion of  his colleagues in the media speaks volumes.

They see their role to convince New Zealanders that their country is fucked, with the implication being unless of course they change the Government.

Will the NZ Herald let Rudman’s comments stand that the role of his media colleagues has been to use their best efforts convince people the country is damned? 

My pick is that they will let it stand. The Herald especially has run campaign after campaign against the government. They have made it clear where they stand through their editorial stance…and now Brian Rudman has written in black and white…The Herald and other media and journalists are actually performing the role of the opposition and they are getting frustrated that their best efforts aren;t hurting National more.

Witness the false news, tweets and radio intros yesterday over the news the Maori Council copped one in the chook. The tweets are astonishing ..the raw emotion of journalists and their bias laid bare for all to see.

This is one of the greatest thing about Twitter and social media, the media have outed their bias themselves. Now with Rudman’s admission they can no longer pretend to work for newspapers of record, they are working for party political tabloids.

I leave you with this fromt he General Debate yesterday:


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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