You must listen to Radio New Zealand, because it certainly won’t listen to you

Whaleoil reader David had had enough. For the first time ever, the Panama Papers farce moved him to write a letter of complaint to a media organisation:

From: [email protected][].co.nz
Sent: Thursday, 12 May 2016 3:11 p.m.
To: RNZ
Subject: feedback

I have never written to a broadcaster before, and doubt if I ever will again, but I wanted to tell you that in my opinion, your decision to collaborate with Nicky Hager to use information that was stolen in order to smear the names of people who have done nothing illegal is irredeemably shameful.

After the regrettable decision to employ John Campbell, a failed newsreader with negligible talent, your invasion of the privacy of law-abiding people using stolen data is the last straw. No matter how many times you call it “whistle-blowing”, it is nothing but theft.

Calling it material from a whistleblower is mind-bogglingly perverse: true whistleblowers expose illegal activities – they don’t undertake them. After 30 years of tuning-in to the National Programme regularly, I will never do so again.

David []
[] Street
Christchurch

I guess you’d be interested in the response:  

From: Feedback [[email protected][].co.nz]
Sent: Friday, 27 May 2016 5:06 p.m.
To: [email protected][].co.nz>
Subject: RE: feedback

Kia ora David,

Thank you for taking the time to contact RNZ. Your email has been forwarded to me for a reply, and I apologise for the delay in getting back to you.

I can assure you that your email has been read by the appropriate people in the news team here at RNZ.

Yours sincerely,

Mary [].

Communications Coordinator

RNZ
PO Box 123
WELLINGTON

Not only did it take thirteen days to get a reply, in the end he got a boilerplate **** OFF NODDY from Mary the wage slave who is a “Communications Coordinator”.

Sorry it took me a fortnight to reply. I have nothing to say other than to lie to you and say that someone else, whom you must believe truly cared about your view but will remain nameless, has seen the email too. We will both remain in the dark about how they viewed your email (if they had seen and considered it), and you can rest assured you wasted your time and nothing will change because of it.

Your tax dollars at work.


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