Political corruption in NZ media goes right to the top
Astonishing addition to an article on the Bassett Brash and Hide blog. Dr Brash has received an email from an experienced journalist detailing how NZ media have steadfastly refused to run his article on Maori wards, even when he offered to run it as a paid advertisement. Here is the email-
I’ve spent three weeks trying to get either the Waikato Times (Stuff) or Waikato News (Herald) to take an opinion piece from me around the Maori wards issue – as there is a lot of information and background most people are unaware of.
I have been a local journalist in Hamilton for 30 years and I’ve done plenty of work for both outfits. I know the Waikato News editor well. He spent some time trying to talk me out of it (providing an opinion piece). Pertinent comment from him being ”I don’t want to make myself a target.”
He put the idea to NZME management and their come-back was ‘we will take nothing on this subject.’ I offered to buy a page as advertorial. Same roadblock.
Went to the Waikato Times (Stuff media), which also would not take an opinion piece. Again offered to buy a page as advertising. I provided the copy. They wanted me to reference every point I made in my copy like an academic paper and said it would have to go through the Advertising Standards Authority. I did this – referenced everything – as far as you can with opinion – declined in half an hour.
I asked if I could run a notice around a public rally in Civic Square before the Hamilton City Council’s Extraordinary Council meeting May 19 – where they will make a decision about Maori Wards – as a Display Advertisement – Yes! it seemed. The advertising staff were very helpful. The ‘Ad’ was laid out, and paid for ($3000) – a quarter page in this (15/5/21) Saturday’s paper, all go.
…4.30pm Friday I got a call from one of the ‘Times’ advertising people, whom I have known for 25 years, apologetic, she’d been instructed to ‘pull the ad’, as it ‘didn’t fit with our values’. Apparently it was passed by the local team, but had been stopped at executive level.
So, yes, something, or someone is gagging the media and is very determined that the co-governist roll-out will continue. We have a coup d’etat going on here.
Incredible story. Included here because it dovetails in exactly with this article, where it is plain the NZ media has been bought off by Jacinda Ardern’s govt which has in turn been captured by its “Maori” caucus.
Here’s a key point from the letter that deserves emphasis-
Apparently it was passed by the local team, but had been stopped at executive level.
The NZ media is refusing to hold the powerful to account and has been utterly corrupted by means of its financial attachment to government. It has completely betrayed its obligations to our Westminster democracy for the sake of miserable coin stolen from the taxpayer and handed to it by the slovenly group of vote buying losers led by Jacinda Ardern.
Update- You want to read on this subject, you have to go to overseas outlets. Amy Brooks gets an excellent article published in the Australian Spectator.