A reader emails about media matters

Another email from a reader about the machinations and activities of the media.

Good morning Cameron,

It is 3:33am as I start typing this. Why am I still up at such a ridiculous hour? Partly because I went to the Super 15 final . . . But mainly because I have been stewing over the performance and attitude of our main stream media, and their blatant disregard for reporting what people say, and instead “reporting” what they think we should believe.

Well quite frankly I have had enough!

The media claim that they are here to report facts, and report the news that is important to us.

Instead, day after day we hear the stories that are important to them. And I am sick of it.

I am sick and tired of the likes of Patrick Gower, Andrea Vance, New Zealand Herald, Fairfax etc reporting on their latest interests and pet projects when they should be focussing on issues that are truly important to New Zealanders.

I am disgusted with the reporting that has taken place by almost all media with regards to the GCSB bill. They are basically feeding us opposition stories word for word. 

Where has the true face of journalism gone? Where are the journalists who actually check stories out, do their own research, check facts and then present a balanced report that is actually credible?

Where are the journalists who actually report things with some integrity?

I am sick of journalists who have the nerve, the audacity, to claim that they speak on behalf of all New Zealanders, or that the stories they give are the ones we want. I don’t recall giving them permission to speak on my behalf. I don’t recall them asking me what my opinion is. And until they do ask me and my friends and family our opinions, and until we give them permission to speak on our behalf they need to stop stating they are.

It’s time they got over their self righteous indignation, their pontificating, their grandiose BS and started doing their job with a little more integrity.

The real danger for society is when the journalists take it upon themselves to decide what others should believe, what others understanding of things should be. tThey do this when they cross the line of reporting the facts and entrusting the people to decide and instead taking it upon themselves to interpret the information and present it in their own fashion to suit their agenda . That is NOT journalism. Instead they have become nothing more than opinion column writers or worse still propagandists.

That is the travesty that is unfolding before our eyes and it is time that it stopped.

It’s time journalists started doing their Jobs with integrity, or it is time they handed in their “journalist cards” and looked for another profession.

They are the ones who are letting down and failing the people when they fail in their duty to report the facts (without all their BS interpretations) and  allow the people to determine how they will interpret those facts and what they will do with the facts that are presented to them.

For the sake of integrity it’s time journalists stopped their BS and did their job properly.

Rant over.

[Name Withheld]


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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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