This is what Fairfax and Waikato Times calls an apology

Yesterday we wrote about the slamming the Waikato Times got from the Press Council…with all the professional media people on the Council and the EPMU hacks all voting to uphold the complaint.

Only the womble members voted against.

The Waikato Times thought that despite them featuring their hatchet job on the front page despite there being not a shred of evidence to support their claims, that they would run the apology in the middle of the Christmas holidays and buried inside the paper. They preferred instead to focus on the jubblies of Miss Whangamata for their front page.

Their apology, such as it is is now online.

fairfax-apology

That’s right, it isn’t online…they simply added a small comment on the original article, let it stand, and provided a link tot eh Press Council.

What a bunch of cowards and weasels.

You actually have to wonder what sort of sanctions there are against a supposedly reputable media organisation.

They clamoured long and hard about Dirty Polices, well this is Dirty Media.

How does one prevent news organisations from playing their own dirty games?

Media are supposed to hold the powerful to account, but what happens when they are the ones playing fast and loose and damaging people’s lives by making stuff up?

This is why they need competition.

This is why we must be FREED.

 


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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.

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