We're talking here because traditional media isn't. The 4th estate has long been regarded as an arm of democracy. Good luck claiming ours has been doing its job.
I assume you believe (as do I) that Dirty Politics really ought to have seen Collins immediately sacked, Rich shamed from her various roles, and a large voter swing to the left of politics.
The first two would be basic expectations in a functioning democracy (which journalists are meant to be part of).
The question is why does the media feel the need to overstate the mandate in that way? What benefit is there for the media?
Legitimates them exaggerating that perspective? Less work than reflecting several of them.
But it got repeated to the point where it virtually became the truth.
That’s how it works – by weaving the context, laying the groundwork over time. It’s where journos, editors and producers have done the most damage by faithfully trotting out carefully-crafted lines fed to them by the Nats, for years. Great to see Gower waking up and apologising for calling Cunliffe “tricky” at last.
It’s how Key’s repeated claims about “left-wing smears” were so easily used to neutralise both Dirty Politics and Snowden/Greenwald so far. Labour have not been doing strategic comms like this for over half a decade as if it’s somehow not important. Even the Greens didn’t do so well at it this time as they did in 2011.
You don’t fix that by swapping the front-person. You fire the backroom dolts who presided over two defeats in a row without doing the basics like putting “Party Vote Labour” on their billboards.
Thanks, Keith. Nothing much has changed since I wrote about this topic during the campaign.
No sign of media organisations and journalists having a good look at their conduct, just loudly demanding that from the loser of the election. And giving the winner a free pass. Speaking power to truth. Jay Rosen should be compulsory reading in every newsroom.
Kaitaia doesn't have traffic lights let alone any way for people out in the boondocks to get to a polling station in a town centre.
riding the beams into town
a great organisation called RockEnrol
hope you are making sense of it
what is that?
It’s a fairly major blow to many
except bankers, naturally