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:


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.


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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.