TV One provides a perfect example of media duplicity
You are probably very mistrustful of the media already, but do you know just what depths they can sink to to? Here’s a perfect example of how they slyly deceive.
TV One has been doing its best to destroy the credibility of the Wellington protesters. On Thursday they ran an item on the six o clock news centered on claims by “reporter” Kristin Hall that the behaviour of the protesters had made her nervous. (as discussed in the post immediately previous)
The item featured back up comment by one Byron Clark, who was described as a “Disinformation Researcher”. See video clip below.
Byron Clark warns TV One viewers that some Wellington protesters are inspired by the January 6th event in the USA, and that they may be “radicalised into violence”
Imagine that TV One was reporting on a protest by the activist group Auckland Action Against Poverty, and they brought in someone from say the perceived “far right” group Action Zealandia to comment on the demonstration. Imagine they did not identify this person as belonging to AZ, and presented him as an objective detached commentator, and gave him a lower third describing him as a “Disinformation Researcher”. As they did to Byron Clark.
Would the left or AAAP themselves consider this to be an example of principled reporting? Of course they would not.
Invert this situation and you have TV One’s Thursday night report on the anti-mandate protesters in Wellington, with Byron Clark taking the part of the unidentified Action Zealandia contributor. Except that Clark is of course an activist from the extreme left or communist sector of the political spectrum.
Mr Clark has strong connections to the group Paparoa, who have identified themselves as NZ’s ANTIFA. Paparoa as a group is made up of far left subversives some who were arrested as part of the Tuhoe Terrorist group, infamous for conducting a Cuba/ Castro styled armed guerilla training operation based in NZ’s remote Urewera ranges in 2007. Well known extreme left activist Valerie Morse is connected to Paparoa and was one of those arrested. She faced three Arms Act charges for possession of weapons
Clark stood for the Christchurch council and Mayor under the banner of the communist “Worker’s Party”. Like Morse, he has taken stances favouring terrorist groups such as the Taliban and ISIS over western forces. He was a founding member of “Fightback, (struggle solidarity, socialism) an extreme left breakaway from the NZ communist party.
He was heavily involved in organising Occupy Christchurch, a group of communists and conspiracy theorists who occupied Hagley park for 160 days in 2011-2012.
The Paparoa group and Byron Clark work closely with likewise left extremist Newsroom reporter Mark Daalder to “expose” groups they perceive to be far right.
Daalder and his comrades pose as “investigative” reporters. In fact they are little but gas lighting far left activists attempting to smear anyone to the right of Joseph Stalin, and therefore the assumption that they should act as objective observers on anything, including the Wellington protests, is manifest nonsense.
Govt owned broadcaster TV One should not be presenting Byron Clark as an objective commentator, but they have done so on more than one occasion, without once revealing to viewers who he really is.
Kristen Hall has stated that when she asked protesters for examples of the media’s bias, they could not provide one. From now on, that shouldn’t be a problem. At least not for anyone who reads this article.
Next time anyone in the NZ media asks for an example of their dirty deceitful biased reporting, refer them to TV One and their stark breach of trust in presenting Byron Clark to their viewers as an objective commentator.