Media Party “disgusted” with the outrage they themselves have fuelled

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So writes Jenna Lynch at Newshub.

Would you walk up to someone on the street and say you’d shoot them in the face with a shotgun? What about daring others to do the same?

No? Then why do it on the internet?

Paula Bennett is the latest in a string to be targeted with disgusting hate online.

Firstly there’s comments calling her a pig. Not only is that hugely unkind, it’s childish.

When I disagree with someone I usually try and have a rational debate with them.

But these people think it’s okay to go on the attack, not only name calling but calling for someone to be murdered.

Maybe I’m being naive thinking these are rational minded people. Maybe they’re irrational.

Well Jenna, it’s like this: all the media hype constantly vilifying politicians and other targets does actually find fertile ground. I have a whole folder of death threats and lesser threats of maiming, rape and even the digging up of my dead mother for sexual purposes to attest to that (funny how that never made it to Dirty Politics, eh?).

It is this constant barrage on unbalanced media coverage that has led to Key Derangement Syndrome. And it’s not just “Internet trolls” who pick up on it. Sue Moroney went all in on a private person’s beach home because they were flying a flag she didn’t like.

With the Media and (mostly) left-wing politicians and activists constantly fueling the fire, there will eventually be something that can not be undone.

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Two different people, vowing that they’d shoot her or urging someone else to do it. Not only is it deplorable, it’s illegal.

Now there are refreshed calls for our politicians to be flanked by security everywhere they go.

Is that what we’ve come to New Zealand? Or can we agree now that the trolling has got out of hand, and collectively grow up.

Jenna, it’s not just the people on Facebook. It’s your colleagues too.

This isn’t “trolling” Jenna. This is much worse than that. It is a constant barrage of lies and twisted facts that is feeding the audience. There are major elements in the New Zealand media that are deliberately doing it, but won’t dare to point the finger at themselves – instead blaming “trolls” on the Internet.

Yea, right.

Who is fueling their hatred Jenna?

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I’m past believing the New Zealand media can change. It’s only time before we have our own Gabby Giffords. It could be an MP, it could be an outspoken blogger or it could be you.

It is interesting you mention “grow up”, as that is what this blog did almost four years ago now when it realised it was part of the problem instead of part of a solution. Sadly, I believe the media to be self-deluded and incapable of recognising they play a major part in inciting violence towards people.

 

– Jenna Lynch, Newshub


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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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