Paul Little misses the point…again

Paul Little is a sanctimonious little twerp at the best of times.

Today’s Herald on Sunday column is one big whinge-fest about how brilliant journalists are hard done by everyone else.

The media have a vital and relevant part to play in society. And they are continuing to fulfil their duty in spite of enormous pressure from their owners to focus on profit at one end and enormous indifference from readers and viewers at the other.

Way to go Paul; blame your bosses, the audience and viewers…yeah it’s all their fault that your editors want click bait over substance.

These readers and viewers apparently don’t have time to read long-form, in-depth articles or watch and listen to programmes constructed of more than a collage of sound bites. In print, they prefer boxes of key points they skim before bemoaning how superficial the coverage is.

That’s not true either…they can’t get long-form journalism because it disappeared up the journalists’ own fundament.

Some are turning to alternative delivery mechanisms, such as online news sites. Many carry excellent journalism, but are scattershot and frequently self-serving without the formal controls and clear mission of traditional media.

Hasn’t NZME embrace the integrated “digital” newsroom? Oh yes they have. The future is online and this muppet hankers for the paper.

More commonly, the gift of the internet, the greatest means of transmitting information to have been invented since printing, is used not to learn about the world but to swap cat videos.

Have you even looked at your employer’s own website lately?  It’s wall-to-wall clickbait.

Yes, journalists sometimes make mistakes. They have this in common with doctors, who, the Victoria study showed, were the most trusted profession. Mistakes are embarrassing for both groups, although journalists’ errors are seldom fatal.

Mainly because you are all just tits. The mistakes are endless at the Herald. Here’s a case in point:

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Despite all this, the media still attract to their ranks people dedicated to performing their traditional roles and no amount of public disdain or apathy will stop them.

Quality journalism is still being done by experienced, dedicated and brave professionals. If their work is presented beneath an icing of trivia and real-estate porn that is the price that will have to be paid for as long as so many people demonstrate a preference for that trivia over anything more substantial.

Quality journalism is judged by people like Paul Little? I suppose he’s as good an expert as any. Next he will be judging marriage fidelity on his knees in the lounge with his best mate.

The whole article is explaining…and explaining is losing. At least his column wasn’t about multi-national tax dodgers like his employer.

 

– NZ Herald

 


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  • papagaya

    The irony of course is that Paul Little’s own “journalism” has been found wanting. In January he repeated the false claims of Selwyn Clarke (aka Haki Herewini Karaka) of having served in 28 Maori Battalion.
    Then in February, Little criticised a billboard which he said advertised King’s College, when it fact it was King’s School.
    This guy has no credibility.

  • Vlad

    Isn’t Paul Little the same person who had a go at being editor of Metro and nearly tanked the publication before he left, & did pretty well the same thing with the Listener before he left that too? He’s a very very lucky person to have enough contacts left to pay him a fee for his droning old guy columns in the Herald.

  • Hard1

    To sum up Little’s dissertation, the paper is no longer read by smart people.
    Little and his ilk are quite simply toadying to their rich vein of airhead clients, usually through the copy and paste method, with the occasional lefty brainfart.

  • Graham Pilgrim

    I simply refuse to read anything he writes, and whenever I receive subscription offers from The Herald, I cite Paul Little as a major reason for declining such offers.

  • Kevin

    “These readers and viewers apparently don’t have time to read long-form, in-depth articles or watch and listen to programmes constructed of more than a collage of sound bites.”

    No, Paul. It’s more that I can’t bothered reading long, dull, and ponderous articles with no reward at the end.

    Thy reader, thy God, Paul.

  • Richard

    He gets to the crux of his real issue at….. “doctors, who, the Victoria study showed, were the most trusted profession”…his real gripe is that journalists rated poorly in this study, in the top two of most untrusted professions, along with politicians.

    “enormous indifference from readers and viewers” aka, the true test of customer satisfaction in any environment.

    In essence this boils down to the customer just is’nt buying what you are selling Paul…deal with it, this petulance is just so unappealing.

  • Carl

    Lets give Paul some credit people he writes great satire articles.

  • Orca

    “More commonly, the gift of the internet, the greatest means of transmitting information to have been invented since printing, is used not to learn about the world but to swap cat videos.”

    No, we DO all use the internet to learn about the world, and what this internet access has shown us, is that everything that we read and see in the mainstream media is totally censored, totally biased, and totally incorrect crap. That is why we don’t like it anymore, because now we have access to the truth.

  • IKIDUNOT

    His column reads like the written version of a selfie.

  • zotaccore

    It’s fairly disingenuous to make a comparison between doctors and journalists when it comes to making mistakes. What a twerp Paul Little is. He needs to give up his day job and go do something that better fits his level of intelligence.

  • andrewo

    The point he and his cohort have failed to grasp: Should I want information on any topic I will go, via the interweb, directly to the source – a person with particular expertise in that area.

    I don’t want the likes of Paul Little getting in the way, mangling the message or worse, spinning it to suit their political agenda.

  • Sceptic59

    Aaaaand

    Into the black hole he is inevitably and inexorably drawn

    Even pigs don’t squeal that much on the way to the abattoir

    Is that metaphor too unkind?

    If so, please moderate

  • rexabus

    His article has a “writing on the wall “feel about it. Could be a hell of nice bloke but his days are numbered Id say.

  • David Moore

    Journalism is just the thing they stick between the advertising.

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