We don’t just need a change of Government, we desperately need a change of media as well.
Most mainstream media called the election wrong, they attempted to delegitimise MMP once it looked like National would lose and all tried to delegitimise the incoming Government.
The way the above rich white male broadcasters went after Metiria for her brave admission of how cruel our neoliberal welfare system really is was less journalism and more lynching.
Metiria’s crime wasn’t that she stole to feed her child 25 years ago, it is that she told her story with her chin up. White rich male broadcasters saw her defiance as a direct threat to their cultural hegemony and they tore her to shreds while turning a blind eye to claims a senior National MP is actually a Chinese spy.
Sickeningly Radio NZ and Newsnub were in a pissing competition to boast who had destroyed Metiria when she finally stood down.
Where’s John Campbell and Patrick Gower on a Chinese spy within the National Party? Are they saying what a solo mother did 25 years ago deserves more focus than a Chinese spy inside the National Party?
Really? That’s what John and Paddy are saying is it?
Look at the mind numbing sexism that Jacinda had to get through, it made global news.
Look at the way the NZ Herald loaded up right wing columnist after right wing columnist to attack and savage Labour and the Greens.
Look at how every media panel in NZ simply rotated the same right wing pundits, look at how the ‘balance’ of those panels see a rabid right wing attack dog paired with some polite liberal. Look at how the same voices are simply regurgitated from The Spinoff to RNZs panel. Note how many of these right wing pundits are paid lobbyists.
Look at how The Daily Blog was the only media outlet to interview all 16 political parties so you could see the actual full political spectrum, and look how we called it for the Left on election night when everyone else wanted to start mourning a loss that hadn’t happened.
Most importantly look at how the media framed National’s dead cat lies in the final 3 weeks of the campaign.
When Steven Joyce said there was an $11.7billion dollar hole that never existed, what did the media do? Rather than say, “That’s a lie Steven Joyce, you are desecrating the mana of your position with such naked sleazy lies”, they said, “What do you say to that criticism Jacinda”.
Rather than denounce the lie, the mainstream media fed it.
The other naked lies were that income tax would rise under Labour and that the reason there was poverty and inequality was because of the Christchurch earthquakes. Rather than attack those lies for the falsehoods they were, the media legitimised National Party propaganda and it showed in the final result.
Look at the utter bullshit most mainstream media outlets have spread creating the insinuation that National won the election, unless a new Government is prepared to invest in a far more critical media, these rich white wing male broadcasters and the cultural and economic hegemony that they endorse will continue to manipulate the voters of NZ.
Labour’s plan to give RNZ more money for a digital TV station is fine, but without an active plan to force broadcasters to take current affairs shows that actually critically analyse not only the rest of the media world but their own editorial bias, we are only going to get more of this one sided crap.
NZ on Air must have a more open mind to funding current affairs that are not locked into the old gatekeeper media of TVNZ and NewsHub if we are to actually have genuine plurality of voices.
Corporate and state media are currently the problem, not the solution and if Labour doesn’t make the investment to see an ideological spread of opinions, they will be roasted to death by that corporate media.