It is satire but sadly oh so true

With media becoming campaigners for this cause and that cause, investing themselves in making the news and being the news rather than reporting the news it comes as no surprise that Ben Uffindel has decided to lampoon it.

Sadly, though his post is satire there is more than similarities with real life than we would like to admit.

The Privy Council in London yesterday ruled in favour of the New Zealand media, who put forth the argument that the 2002 conviction of Mark Lundy should be overturned, as it would provide national media with a much-needed news event.

Having heard the media’s appeal of Lundy’s case back in July, the Law Lords of the Privy Council unanimously ruled that Lundy, who was convicted for the murder of his wife and children on August 29th, 2000, had faced a significant miscarriage of justice, and that, even if he hadn’t, the national interest of “having journalists run around outside courtrooms, concocting softball questions to cobble together a feel-good narrative about a once-reviled, now-vindicated man” far outweighed the potential consequences of setting him free. 

TVNZ Head of News John Gillespie, who represented New Zealand media in London, enthusiastically welcomed the decision this morning.

“I can’t tell you how good it feels,” he said, “to have an authority like the Privy Council finally give volume to our voices, and reiterate what we have been saying all along, which is that Mark Lundy, something something, whatever, he’s probably guilty, but boy, are we looking forward to writing about it.”

In their full written decision, released this morning, the Lords cited fresh DNA evidence, a poorly corroborated police case, and “really good television” as the core reasons for their ruling.

It will be interesting to see which media outlet decides on crusading on behalf of Mark Lundy. Martyn Bradbury has already added his sound legal assessment that Mark Lundy was picked on because he was fat.

The NZ Herald has invested heavily in Kim Dotcom, even allowing their award winning “journalist” David “The Gurnard” Fisher to write a book about the fat German…coming out soon despite his repeated denials on Twitter when asked…who is the liar now David?

TV3 has invested heavily in Joe Karam and David Bain…constantly pushing their agenda.

Who will pick up Mark Lundy’s case? Conduct online polls so thy can repeat the results as news? Push this theory and that theory? Or is the Lundy case just too icky with hookers, and bizarre behaviour for any news outlet to invest.

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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.