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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Media hacks fail to deliver

We're one week out from election polling and the largest media organisation in the country writes this story on a current poll it has conducted. The paper edition (SST) has a table showing, amongst others, the Progressives at .2% and the MP at .4%. It also shows NZF at 5% and UF at 1.8%. Does it list ACT? No. It totally omits ACT's 3%. How do I know ACT scored 3%? I was talking to an ACT MP yesterday who told me that the SST was putting out a poll which had National in the lead and 'we are at 3%'. Well the first part was correct, and one can only assume the second part is also correct. But you won't find this in the SST.

In fact what does the paper say about ACT?
In Friday's poll, the Greens were at 6% and New Zealand First at 5%, while United Future, Act, Destiny and the Maori Party all polled under 5%.
Sloppy. Lazy. Unforgivable with only one week to go. In fact when Hide wins Epsom, those 4 ACT MP's could be absolutely critical to the formation of the next government. What does the SST say about this possibility? Nothing. Lazy, sloppy and unforgivable.

Meanwhile, former Christian Heritage candidate Mad. Flannagan has a mini fit at Helenn Clark and what does the communist (oops, columnist) Colin Espinor have to say about it ...
and a rather rowdy meeting at Otago University Students Association, which starts with a speech from the Prime Minister and ends with me getting whacked on the head with a billboard by an ACT supporter.
How does he base his evidence she is an ACT supporter? He doesn't. He just writes it.

He also writes this
ACT specialises in stunts. It's the only way they can get any coverage this election, where the media are focussed for the most part on the two major parties.
Actually, Colin, they are failing to get coverage because people like you, calling yourself journalists, fail to put in ACT poll results and fail to record them correctly(ACT was at 2.5% here).

*Sigh*

Posted by Gooner | 9/11/2005 08:55:00 am

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are right that it is totally slack of sst not to report act at 3%..which is closer to 5% than to zero..

i was surprised to see no rating for them..

phil(whoar.co.nz

9/11/2005 10:31:00 am  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

If ACT have jumped up, it is beyond slack. It is negligent or malicious. Swing voters might plump for ACT over National if they buy into the media hype over the handling of the EB leaflet.

With ACT support stronger, and previous history showing low polling but surging on the day, this is one more nail in the coffin of the quality of NZ Mainstream Media.

9/11/2005 10:53:00 am  
Blogger Blair said...

The Espiner brothers both need to be strangled with one of their pink metrosexual shirts.

9/11/2005 12:17:00 pm  
Anonymous jpb@email.pt said...

From the article:

Clark was unavailable for comment

Now why would that be? I thought she always had something important to say...

JPB

9/11/2005 04:05:00 pm  
Blogger t selwyn said...

SST is just abysmal. Some media people have a lunch and it's front page news - right down to the details of the bill!? Pathetic. But they couldn't put Act on the table? They can say it's a $61 bottle of HB Biliancia Reserve but they omit Act from their data!?

Spam the bastards. Angry emails to all and sundry at the SST if you feel aggrieved.

9/11/2005 04:08:00 pm  

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