Nazgul only matter if they mess with your eggs
It’s a funny old news landscape in NZ isn’t it?
New corporate media offshoot Newsroom has an ‘exclusive’ on caged eggs being sold as free range and the media amplification is across all spectrums and all sorts of consumer agencies and fair trade spokespeople come forward to gasp how terrible it all is.
Personally I see the exclusive as less pulitzer prize award winning investigative journalism and more ‘Fair Go’ on RedBull.
Compare the noise over caged eggs sold as free range eggs with Matt Nippert’s extraordinary investigation into Peter Thiel.
Admittedly Matt came out with this after TDB were pointing these links out a fortnight ago, but the total silence by what Matt revealed is probably the most telling part about his investigation…
New Zealand spy agencies and our elite Special Air Service soldiers have long-standing commercial links with a controversial big-data company founded by surprise Kiwi Peter Thiel, the Herald can reveal.
An investigation into Thiel’s links to New Zealand has found his firm Palantir Technologies has counted the New Zealand Defence Force, the Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications and Security Bureau as clients with contracts dating back to at least 2012.
…so a story on caged eggs sold as free range eggs deserves amplification and endless hand wringing by all parts of the media yet we get only crickets chirping when Matt Nippert points out that one of the global mass surveillance Nazgul gains residency here after their private company is exposed as serving our military and intelligence agencies.
It seems that Peter Thiel will only get scrutiny if he messes with our eggs.
While we have Matt Nippert’s attention however, perhaps asking questions about why Hacking Team has 7 servers in NZ would continue scrutiny on all these private mass surveillance companies now operating in NZ?