Another biased reporter shows her true colours via Twitter

David Farrar takes a break from arthouse play reviews to call out a NZ Herald reporter.


There’re three interesting things about this exchange.

  1. Portraying charter schools as exploiting vulnerable kids, rather than helping them
  2. Portraying charter schools as people making money. As far as I know every charter school operator in NZ is a not-for-profit entity
  3. The tweeter is the ’s specialist education reporter

If you were a charter school operator, teacher or parent what confidence would you have that the Herald will report fairly on your school, when the reporter seems to have such a negative view of them.

We already know what the Herald does, they leave out NCEA figures from charter schools because they were too good. They ignore facts, and parrot union lines.

Some of their reporters have never even been to a charter school, yet feel free to slag them off in their “news”.

Now we have proof positive that Kirsty Johnston is as bent as David “Tainted” Fisher when it comes to news. She is reporting her own biases and pushing her own agenda.

As if we needed another reason to distrust the NZ Herald. I wonder if Shayne Currie will study “Perceived bias in New Zealand media” while taking up his Wolfson scholarship?

Little wonder then that we had to cover Charter Schools ourselves with Spanish Bride’s Perception series.

If you are still in any doubt regarding her politics…then check this tweet from April 20.



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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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