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Friday, November 04, 2005

A Slim Ray of Sunshine Breaks Through.......

Quite a remarkable editorial, bringing a scathing accusation of left wing bias withn Radio NZ. Equally remarkable is the source of the criticism, The commentary could well have been penned by a Sir Humphrey's author - one of the execrable pariahs so scorned by the bloggers of the Left. But of all unexpected places it springs, like a brightly coloured and sweet scented water lilly floating on a noxious oxidation pond of media bias and journalisitc incompetence, from the pages of the Dominion Post.

The Dom is not noted for having any right leaning disposition and accordingly it deserves congratulation for breaking away from the cosy coterie of chummy media types and telling a few home truths. Recent events, especially the suspension of Sean Plunket and the formal complaint lodged by Keablog would indicate all is not well.

A true public service broadcaster, for example, would take seriously the impartiality of its news, current affairs and other spoken presenters. Chief executive Peter Cavanagh would probably protest that it does. Really? Would a serious broadcaster let its mid-morning host imply that National leader Don Brash, having conceded the election outcome, was improper to try to form an alternative administration in case Labour and co fell out? Would it let its early evening host regularly browbeat interviewees? Would it continue to employ someone who throws a paddy in the newsroom and does not discourage talk that he wants any high-profile job?

One wonders whether there is any connection, albeit tenuous, with the official enquiry into bias underway within the BBC.
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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 11/04/2005 10:05:00 am


Blogger Berend de Boer said...

National Radio? Who bothers.

This morning I heard another stupidity. On Morning Report they asked an American journalist about the Valerie Plame indictments. Kudoos to the American that he painstakingly had to correct that the indictments didn't have anything to do "with the outing of a CIA agent".

For one second I wondered if I had to download this segment and blog it somewhere. But this whole sorry morning report is making me soo tired that I couldn't even bother with it anymore.

11/04/2005 04:41:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well you have to make allowances Berend. They "are' just a band of lefty journos, after all.

11/04/2005 04:48:00 pm  

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