More of a Spaniel than a Rottweiler

Bryce Edwards daily political round up covers, predictably, the wailing of the media.

When it comes to holding those in power to account, the public watchdog is already more of a Spaniel than a Rottweiler. This isn’t to say that there aren’t some brilliant individual journalists, both in the parliamentary press gallery and amongst investigative journalists and political columnists. But as an institution, the New Zealand media isn’t particularly dominant, bold, or challenging, tending to go along with the status quo rather than against it, and often concentrating on the trivial over the substantial.

He is dead right. They only have themselves to blame for the situation they find themselves in.

Now, with the Fourth Estate having its strength and independence eroded by a government and public service that is more aggressive towards it, things could get worse. 

Easily fixed and I’m glad Bryce Edwards brought this up. The strength and independence can be easily restored if they stop bludging off of parliament and actually stand on their own two feet.

The cozy arrangements where they get free offices, phones and communications has lead them to becoming Pavlov’s dogs. One with no teeth and sloppy drool.

The easiest solution for repairing the integrity of press freedoms is to part them from their corporate welfare and stop paying their rent, and communications. This will enable them to free themselves from the tyranny of subsidy…and then be a truly independent fourth estate rather than the bludgers and parasites they have become.



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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.