I’m getting sick to death of our media

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Before you read, what was your initial gut feel about the ages of the two teens?  Not after you think it through, but what you first gut feel when you read that headline?

A French couple’s New Zealand holiday took a horrible turn when two teenagers armed with a hammer assaulted them and ran off with cash in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The tourists were asleep in their grey Toyota Previa van when they awoke to the two teens around 1am in Dargaville’s Totara St carpark. They demanded money before punching one of the victims and fled on foot with an amount of cash.

The French tourist had moderate injury to his face.

A police dog traced the teens to a nearby location where they were subsequently arrested. The stolen cash was recovered, but the hammer is unaccounted for.

The teens were carrying a backpack between them and were possibly walking in Victoria St, Dargaville between 12:15am and 1:30am yesterday morning.

The French couple had only been in New Zealand a short while, but still plan to continue their holiday despite being traumatised by the incident, police say.

Two teenagers, 18 and 19, have been charged. They will appear in Whangarei District Court today on aggravated robbery and cannabis-related charges.

I don’t have to tell you how this is crafted by the media as a couple of wayward kids, when in fact, we have two thugs that did an aggravated robbery.

When Annette King hosted another Labour MP and a male person that was younger than the ones mentioned above, he was paraded around the media as “a young man”, not a teenager.  Because the Media Party and Labour closed ranks and couldn’t possibly let Labour face the stigma of what could possibly have been, allegedly, the attempted rape of a “boy”.

The media play this boy/teen/young man trick all the time, and they flip it whenever they think they want to control the narrative.  In this case, it isn’t the fact that touring north of Auckland is a dicey thing to do because of the higher chance of aggravated crime against tourists, no, it’s just some misguided “youth”.

Bollocks.

Please note they went to the District Court and are charged and tried as adults.  Not “teens”.

 

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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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