Good to see that after the ‘unruly tourists’ story, the media have moved swiftly onto the next big issue – tooting in a Wellington tunnel…
…I think we all wondered what the b-team news rooms of NZ would jump on next while the real journalists are all on holiday over the Summer.
The lynch mob feeding frenzy against littering tourists managed to get picked up by international media who all wondered why NZ was such a small petty place, and I think we all accepted that Apple and Brock, (the Millennials who had been left in charge of the newsrooms), had scrapped the bottom of the barrel with their 24-7 coverage of these littering tourists but this new focus on people in Wellington tooting their horn in a fucking tunnel surprised us all didn’t it?
The NZ Herald and Stuff front page looks like a 29 year olds social media feed at the moment, with stories plucked from Reddit, Twitter and something someone said on bloody Facebook.
We have a heatwave following the hottest year on record as climate change poses an existential threat, severe poverty climbing, inequality growing and a housing crisis that refuses to abate.
Yet what do we get from our media? Misidentified littering tourists, honking horns in tunnels and some bullshit about Jacinda getting text messages from Richie Hardcore.
If this is the fourth estate holding power to account, power is having a field day.