There are times when the mainstream media coverage of two events manages to say more about the real bias at work within the media than the news worthiness of their focus.
Take the media feeding frenzy over Metiria’s brave admission that the welfare system in NZ is so broken and draconian that she was forced to cheat it to feed her daughter 25 years ago.
The mainstream media refused to focus on the wider issues of why our broken welfare system treats beneficiaries with such cruelty and spiteful contempt, instead they focused on attempting to trip and trap Metiria every day with Radio NZ and Newshub both crowing that they were the final bodyblow that ended Metiria’s political career.
Media tracked down flatmates, bitter family members with axe’s to grind and voting enrolment details of an electoral law that didn’t actually make what Metiria did illegal.
It was less journalism and more lynch mob.
Compare that laser like and constant attack on Metiria with the revelations that National Party MP Jian Yang could be a Chinese spy who taught at a Chinese spy school and did not declare his previous employment links with that Chinese spy school when he immigrated here.
He has since been stopped by the NZ Intelligence community from accessing any military secrets and he has been allegedly investigated by the Secret Intelligence Service.
Where has the media reaction been? The story was first broken on Newsroom and picked up by Matt Nippert in the NZ Herald, but to date there has been more overseas media focusing on this in the New York Times, UK Guardian and Australian media than has actually appeared in this country!
How come a Maori solo mum who stole to feed her child a quarter of a century ago is a bigger story than a possible Chinese spy deeply embedded inside our own Government?
How is that possible and what does it actually say about the values of our mainstream media?