Press gallery journo can’t understand media are not able to change public opinion

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While it remains at TVNZ On-Demand, you can view this yourself at 52 minutes 16 seconds in.  

I’m sure she only mispoke “we” twice in a row when she meant “rawshark”, or “whaledump”, or “the unions” or “Labour” or “Nicky Hager”, but in the end, she was pretty adamant “WE” (the media?) are not able to shift the public’s admiration away from John Key and National.

The way I read that is complete astonishment that their power to influence your opinion is waning.

When speaking, as a member of the media, to people in the studio, who are members of the media, the use of “we” clearly indicates “the media”.

Welcome to Whaleoil, and media 2.0, where you get to see another side of the news, and you are allowed to make up your own mind rather than being told what to think by a few dozen hacks. with two papers and two TV stations.


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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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