Is the Press Council an elitist club?

by BlokeInTakapuna

Having learnt only yesterday – whilst visiting The Strandard of all places for my first ever comments – which earned me a Life Long ban no less for being a “troll” (and a NEED for a disinfecting bath) – but it was there that I learnt from Cam’s own comments that he has been refused membership of the Press Council – even whilst as Editor of The Truth – which led me to this:

When a self-regulating, self-policing industry body actively excludes someone because they don’t like the flavour of their politics and actively excludes them – probably because of professional envy and jealousy – whilst having imbedded financiers of an opposing Political Party – it’s no wonder the entire organisation is wide open to corrupted practises, policies, attitudes and stances on topics… as NZ gets to see demonstrated daily with political reports across both TV1 & 3 – and with Rudman at the Horrid…

When the self-regulating and self-policing political watch dog has imbedded funders and enablers of the very politicians they are supposed to be holding to account – how much room for corruption and tainted outcomes would there be with all the “related party” nepotism and cosy club back room deals? Would Campbell’s reach around and televised cuddle of a corrupt Labour Mayor be a prime example? 

If ever there was a self-policing and self-regulating industry body that needed stringent Regulation and a bloody good shake up, then it’s most definitely the Press Council – who are proving to be woefully inadequate with ensuring balanced journalism and in fact actively practise professional bullying and exclusion because they don’t like or agree to an individuals political leanings.

How democratic/fair is that? The 4th Estate’s representative body actively stiffling “Free Speech” by bullying exclusion… How Ironic! Surely a self-regulating industry body that excludes other media representatives on the basis of political beliefs must be illegal? If not outright morally corrupt? Professional bullying at the very least?

But the bigger question must be – who in The Press Council are setting the membership “entry standards” and why are they actively excluding other members of the media? To whose purpose and for why?

The fox is in the chook house with the Press Council. They are totally captured by vested interest and their actions to date only proves it. “Principles and Codes of Ethics” mean diddly squat when they’re only self-policed by the very individuals/entity that are actively deploying professional bullying against those very same “Codes and Ethics”

Something is very, very wrong with a wafting taint of dubious integrity when the financiers of a political party are an imbedded component of a self-regulating and self-policing media body, who are charged with overseeing elected officials and politicians keeping them honest by virtue of them being the 4th Estate. Especially so, when we look across the ditch at the how honest/corrupt the Aussie unions and Labour Party are according to ICAC.

Let’s hope for the sake of all of NZ and all the good men and woman who gave their very lives fighting for NZ to keep being a democracy – that the Governor General is wide awake and has the capacity to see that subverted “processes / systems” by self-regulating media bodies is actually a form of corruption… political / media corruption. Examples like with the cosy Murdock media entities and cosy British Politicians and just like cancer, if left untreated…

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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.