Scoop’s latest desperate attempt to rebrand itself follows on from a similar attempt last year. It would be interesting to see what Selwyn Pellet thinks about it all as he and Bernard Hickey made similar noises about the need for a better quality media.
The argument is that we actually require a publicly funded news source that is not as tainted as the mainstream media have been shown to be from the Dirty Politics fiasco.
Either voters didn’t understand the ramifications of the PMs Office working with the SIS to smear Phil Goff months before an election because the media didn’t do their job, or they don’t care. Both are the fruits of ignorance harvested after 30 years of neoliberalism.
If the fourth estate fail at their responsibilities to Democracy, then our Democracy is poorer for that failure. The last election was evidence of that.
Solutions need to be seen in the Public Broadcasting policies from the Opposition, unfortunately Labour don’t seem to care and the Greens have gone missing in action on Public Broadcasting.
I don’t think Scoop, with its looming internal problems will be around long enough to be part of the solution, but with National in power benefiting from killing off Public Broadcasting and a biased mainstream media, the reality is there won’t be any changes in our media landscape until Labour and the Greens take the Public Broadcasting seriously.