3rd Degree can still surprise. Melanie Reid’s brutal autopsy of the manner in which Rabobank took a farm out from under the feet of a family that had farmed that land for 150years should win a journalism award.
The tactics used by Rabobank’s receivers are eye-watering and the $2million earned in interest payments to Rabobank and their utter rejection to negotiate to the benefit of the Gray Family must be seen to be believed.
The assault of Melanie Reid however poses ethical questions to the hosts of Seven Sharp. Do they criticize the roughing up of a fellow journalist by their shows sponsor or do they stay utterly silent about it?
I’ll go a step further.
Seeing how draconian Rabobank were in the Gray family case, did Rabobank sponsor Seven Sharp to silence the main current affairs show in NZ from criticizing banking practices that are vicious and possibly par for the course of their business model within our country?
How many other small farms have Rabobank leaned on in this manner?
For the hosts of Seven Sharp to hide from discussing the wider implications are one thing, but refusing to criticize the physical intimidation and roughing up of a fellow journalist is unconscionable.