Is there media bias?

In response to my post on Friday about ‘What is the worst thing about the Labour Youth camp scandal’, Poppa pointed out that there was a glaring omission from my list: the MSM’s coverage on this has been abysmal. Poppa is right of course. I did a facepalm at my stupidity, and in penance spent a few hours trawling through the mainstream media to find articles relating to the scandal.

Then I thought it would be interesting to compare coverage of this Labour scandal to something of a similar nature involving the National party. The obvious thing to target was the John Key ponytail debacle.

There are really very few similarities between the facts of both stories.

The Labour party camp scandal involves allegations of sexual assault, and may also involve illegal activities such as supplying alcohol to minors, not having an alcohol licence for the venue and questions have been asked about whether there was any illegal drug use.

The John Key ponytail pulling did not involve any illegal activity, he apologised as soon as he was aware that he had offended the ponytail wearer, she was not a minor and there was no cover-up, perceived or otherwise.

After much googling of both topics, and an attempt to compile a list, it became very complex due to the amount of articles and the diversity of publications.

So, in order to try to compare apples with apples, I decided to limit my comparison to:

1) stories that appeared on the Stuff website for the last week in the case of the Labour scandal and

2) stories that appeared on the Stuff website for the first week the ponytail story broke back in 2015.

I make no claim that this is scientific, and my main reason for choosing this approach was simply that Stuff was the easiest site to search and I was running out of day to get this done.

My search found 14 stories related to the Labour party scandal, published on Stuff during the week of 12 March to 18 March.

I found 24 stories related to John Key’s ponytail pulling incident for the week of 22 April to 29 April 2015.

Below is the list of links to the stories on both subjects.  You Whaleoilers are an intelligent and resourceful bunch; you may find more that I have missed. But I think this gives us a broad-brush indication of what is out there in the mainstream media.
Just to recap, there were 14 related stories on Stuff in the first week of the Labour youth camp incident and there were 24 related stories on Stuff in the first week of the John Key ponytail incident.

Links to stories on Stuff related to the Labour Youth camp:

12 March 2018 17:24 – Sexual misconduct alleged at boozy Labour Party camp

12 March 2018 21:13 – Labour Party confirms sexual misconduct at camp – parents and police not told

13 March 2018 10:44 –Minister Megan Woods told about alleged sexual assault at Young Labour summer camp by victim

13 March 2018 15:40 – Sexual abuse support organisation says Labour right not to tell parents

13 March 2018 18:50 – second sexual assault allegation surfaces for Labour Party

14 March 2018 05:00 – Labour should have fronted on sexual misconduct

14 March 2018 10:56 – Victim tells Labour they have gone to police over alleged sexual assault

14 March 2018 11:17 – Labour president nowhere to be seen during sex assault allegations debacle

14 March 2018 17:27 – No heads to roll at Labour over youth camp allegations while review carried out

16 March 2018 09:29 – ‘I’d rip their throats out’: Nats’ Judith Collins slams Labour’s handling of sex claims

16 March 2018 13:27 – Young Nats not immune to ‘boozy over-indulgence’, says long-time party member

16 March 2018 18:51 – Unprecedented demand for HEP as sexual assault in the spotlight

17 March 2018 05:37- Labour president should walk the plank over ‘gobsmackingly incompetent’ handling of camp saga

17 March 2018 05:00 – Jacinda Ardern has political capital to burn but Labour shouldn’t squander it.

Links to stories on Stuff related to the ponytail incident:

22 April 2015 15:45 – John Key and the ponytail: ‘You can’t just walk away’

22 April 2015 15:48 – John Key’s pony tail pulling risks making PM laughing stock

22 April 2015 16:37 – John Key’s pulling of waitress labelled sexist

22 April 2015 19:18 – Prime Minister John Key pulled waitress’ ponytail

23 April 2015 08:34 – Waitress made a ‘moral decision’ to expose the Prime Minister

23 April 2015 08:53 – Ponytail pulling Prime Minister John Key makes world headlines

23 April 2015 12:56 – Newspaper defends ponytail-gate journalist

23 April 2015 14:04 – Top 10 awkward John Key moments

23 April 2015 18:11 – Minister for Women standing by Prime Minister after ponytail incident

24 April 2015 05:00 – John Key pays price for crassness

24 April 2015 10:32 – PM admits he should have read ponytail situation more accurately

24 April 2015 12:46 – Quiz: World leader gaffes

24 April 2015 13:23 – John Key’s ponytail fetish is silly, not bullying

24 April 2015 13:38 – Graham McCready lay complaint about Police inaction over PM’s ponytail pulling

24 April 2015 16:39 – Ponytail allure pulls us back to ancient times

25 April 2015 05:00 – John Key won’t be cut down by hair pulling

25 April 2015 13:31 – Prime Minister John Key’s ponytail fixation is forgivable but harassment isn’t

26 April 2015 05:00 – Waitressing has its perks, but

26 April 2015 12:29 – John Key: I’m probably NZ’s most casual prime minister

27 April 2015 21:58 – PM John Key lampooned on US comedy show

28 April 2015 11:21 – McCready takes aim at John Key over ponytail saga

28 April 2015 11:48 – Labour won’t let acting PM off the hook over ponytail

28 April 20:17 20:07 – Parliament lacking a comedian

29 April 2015 14:39 – Ponytail pull saga: Waitress Amanda Bailey looks set to take action


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