NZ Herald is exposed unwittingly peddling Chinese propaganda

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Chinese version of NZ Herald edited translated stories to be more China-friendly
The Chinese edition of the NZ Herald edited translated articles from the NZ Herald to put a better light on the Chinese government.

It has also omitted articles entirely that discuss the Chinese Government in a negative way, in one case taking a much more sanitised version from a Chinese wire service.

The Chinese NZ Herald is the result of a 2016 joint venture between NZME, which own the NZ Herald, and long-running Chinese publication The Chinese Herald. The website and WeChat channel, which use the NZ Herald branding, feature both translated pieces from the English-language Herald, articles from the Chinese Herald, and stories from other Chinese news sources.

The NZ Herald is exposed unwittingly peddling Chinese propaganda in Chinese Herald yet mainstream media focus on obnoxious Irish tourists littering in parks – you can’t actually write satire like this.

If we had a functioning news media – the fact that the NZ Herald, our largest daily newspaper, has been unconsciously complicit in aiding the spread of Chinese propaganda should be leading every news bulletin this week, especially when you consider China attempting to hack us, Chinese business interests caught trying to buy two MPs for National’s party list and of course an actual Chinese Spy inside the National Party caucus.

Here we have a slam shut case where Beijing has been directly influencing propaganda and self censorship of a news source the Herald has given credibility to. The Left won’t talk about this because the activist base scream ‘racist xenophobe’ whenever you highlight Chinese influence in our political and economic system and the Right benefit from Chinese money to the point the National Party is little more than a front for business interests.

When the NZ Herald found out that they had unwittingly become a puppet for Cameron Slater when Dirty Politics was published, the Herald promised they would change.

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When the NZ Herald found out that Rachel Glucina had falsely pretended to be a media consultant and not a reporter when she tricked the waitress John Key had been touching into giving them an exclusive, the Herald promised they would change.

Here we are now finding out that once again the NZ Herald has been used to promote hidden interests and the Herald promises to change.

How many times does the NZ Herald have to be caught promoting manipulative and secret interests before you write it off as a legitimate source?

 

16 COMMENTS

  1. The question shouldn’t be if the Herald is a legitimate source, it should be whether it is a credible source?
    And the Granny Herald has long since ceased to be a source of credible news, current affairs and popular comment.
    It is a smug Auckland yuppie paper, designed to appeal to smug Auckland yuppies who’s interests deviate little from what Wall Street is doing today or how big a television they can fit into their Pauanui Beach mansion.
    This is the newspaper that once urged colonial settlers to kill Maoris.
    Has it ever retracted that statement or apologised for it?
    Not to my knowledge.
    Its best use is for toilet paper.

    • The 4th Estate really does have to take a long, cold, hard look at itself in this country
      I’m betting that the very few actual journalists (and there are a couple) often struggle to get published – many of the other dross just want to commentate and interview themselves.
      Even Stuffed have a few good people – Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka for example, (and others ex RNZ and elsewhere) doing some good stuff from time to time.
      There are others doing their best elsewhere – Morrah at NewShub for example, but then an endorsement by their “consumers” is probably going to be a death wish for them
      As things stand in this dysfunctional media environment (oops….’environment’ ….. I meant “space going forward” ), I think we’re just going to have to learn to divorce journalists who actually understand journalism and the concept of the 4th Estate, from where they’re able to get published.
      All that bearing in mind those in control of the purse strings and editorial decisions are often a big part of the problem.
      And now, watch a lot of them line up for some sort of government handout in order to preserve their position.
      RNZ – watch out, the buzzards are circling

      • Huh, NZH still suffering from falling revenue. Who ever thought it a good idea to sell a majority in our news papers to foreigners so that they can tell us what to do should be jailed for treason, or at least loss all employment privileges in New Zealand.

      • NIK.. The paper isn’t of a quality to do that job, and the printing ink that won’t soak into the inferior paper they use will stain your bum…

    • I wouldn’t even wipe my arse with it.
      The Herald is systematic of the total decline in this country of being proud , strong and independent in its place in the world.
      We sold our sovereignty along with our assets and our sense of nationhood some time ago.
      Even the man who could walk across the Waitemata harbour and his colleagues changed our labour laws in parliament just to appease a foreign film company so they could exploit kiwis in their place of work.
      New Zealanders did not bat an eye.
      We stood up to the most powerful nation in the world thirty years ago over a principled stand over our defense policy and our right to say no to not accepting their weapons in our territory.
      Now we cant bend over far enough to acquiesce to China and its influence by censoring what we can report in our own media about its actions and intent.
      We have become a nation of prostitutes who will lye down with anybody if they pass us a few bucks.

  2. They came for the Ch Ch Press, they came for the Listener, they came for The Otago Daily Times etc, they came for TVNZ, the came for RNZ, they came for The NZ Herald and they came for the Rural News Papers.
    Ross Meurant is correct and I paraphrase him, in alleging that RNZ is all but pro american propaganda.
    The greedy, soulless, murderous, manipulative, chinese politic are the symptom however. Not, by and of itself ‘ the cause’.
    The causal link in our being subjected to a Coup d’état on increasingly frightening levels comes from within our own people. Our own people are selling us out. And it would, in my personal view, be to not only cover their past swindling tracks but that they’ve also been bought.
    Where the fuck is our government on this matter? Government? This, is what you’re for! This, is why we vote for you then pay you.
    The planet’s heating up alarmingly, there’s a financial tanking the likes we’ll have never seen before looming and even the fresh water here’s contaminated and not a squeak out of our politicians. Other than a labour person beaming a smile at a barbi or national’s clamour of ‘leadership’ changes which has seen a funny little lawyer mumble-fuck his way about like a blind hen at a worn party. As I’ve asserted many times in my many comments here. We should call upon our head of state, The Crown, for urgent intervention because they, those greedy kiwi fools have dragged us down to their level then they defeated us with their experience. Thanks @ Mark Twain. ( Sorry @ Maori. I don’t mean any disrespect. )

  3. yes I agree with Mike the lefty its good to use for toilet training my dog/s or when he cant make it outside.
    (the herald) much of the western mainstream newspaper are the same.

  4. Why are you assuming it was unwittingly?
    The English version NZ Herald has been running regular Chinese military propaganda stories over the last month or 2.

  5. Oww and here’s what the Chinese think about us and our other 5 Eyes friends;
    Ambassador Lu said
    “these same people have conveniently ignored the PRISM Program, Equation Group, and Echelon—global spying networks operated by some countries that have been engaging in large-scale and organized cyber stealing, and spying and surveillance activities on foreign governments, enterprises, and individuals. These people also took a laissez-faire attitude toward a country that infringes on its citizens’ privacy rights through the Patriot Act. They shouted for a ban by the Five Eyes alliance countries…. on the use of Huawei equipment by these countries’ own enterprises”

    Wow that’s us they’re talking about!!

    http://theduran.com/chinas-ambassador-to-canada-exposes-the-white-supremacist-five-eyes-surveillance-state/

    In case you want to read a bit more about what we do as a 5 Eyes member.

  6. Oww and here’s what the Chinese think about us and our other 5 Eyes friends;
    Ambassador Lu said
    “these same people have conveniently ignored the PRISM Program, Equation Group, and Echelon—global spying networks operated by some countries that have been engaging in large-scale and organized cyber stealing, and spying and surveillance activities on foreign governments, enterprises, and individuals. These people also took a laissez-faire attitude toward a country that infringes on its citizens’ privacy rights through the Patriot Act. They shouted for a ban by the Five Eyes alliance countries…. on the use of Huawei equipment by these countries’ own enterprises”

    Wow that’s us they’re talking about!!

    http://theduran.com/chinas-ambassador-to-canada-exposes-the-white-supremacist-five-eyes-surveillance-state/

    In case you want to read a bit more about what we do as a 5 Eyes member.

    • Busted being a Chinese bot Win and the above few posts. Or mark or wei or whatever your log on is today.
      Nothing proves sinister intent better than your postings.

  7. I am willing to write off The NZ Herald as “a legitimate source”. The fact that they made all (but one) of us proofreaders redundant in 1997 might have been a first step of the slippery slope, saying accuracy wasn’t essential.

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