Statistics and Headlines, compare and contrast

In October Herald put out a Digipoll with the quite stunning result that 45% of New Zealanders already supported Charter Schools without one having been opened. The heading though…

“Charter cash better spent on state schools – poll”

A narrow majority of New Zealanders oppose the opening of five charter schools next year and feel the funding would be better spent on state schools, a Herald-DigiPoll survey has found.  

Today they present an article “based” on a Digipoll about GST on online sales. Only 40% are in favour of the change but the Herald clearly want to support their advertisers – not report the news. The heading…

4 in 10 support online GST

Nearly 40% of Kiwis believe GST should be charged on all purchases made on foreign shopping websites, a survey has shown.

No Herald reporter has bothered to report thoughtfully – or in any depth at all on Charter Schools – clearly it would upset the left who are happy for kids to wallow in failure – and would incur the wrath of the unions.

But it is clearer than that. They present what they want on any topic and simply use the data to present their presuppositions – regardless of what it actually says.


Are they seriously saying that 40% of Kiwis want more taxes?

Reporting? Do they still qualify as news media? perhaps we should ask Judge Blackie?

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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.