I’m not trying to be cute, smart, tribal or purposely trolly
Other than a very few journalists, I can not remember Key facing the kind of relentless negativity Jacinda does from Journalists – and he was outed with Dirty Politics and lying about mass surveillance!
The journalists currently defending their criticism of Jacinda as them holding power to account were mute as field mice when Key was up to his neck in Dirty Politics and mass surveillance lies.
The double standards are extraordinary.
That said, I feel genuinely torn at the state of journalism right now – there are some journalists who I believe are doing the best work I’ve ever read/watched: Henry Cooke, John Campbell, Rachel Stewart, Hamish Rutherford, Luke Malpass, Thomas Coughlan, Moana Maniapoto, Radio NZ, Newsroom and even Damien Grant and Paul Henry are doing some amazing work, B-U-T some seem to have become focused on gotcha journalism or simply repeatedly pushing their own barrow that seems petty in terms of what we are facing.
Political geeks know how abrasive the Press Gallery are, but those tens of thousands of NZers watching the 1pm briefing with the PM each day also see the questions that make up the sausage that is political journalism in this county and they recoil at the ingredients, something Chris Trotter explores in his must read blog on the issue.
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— Carol Green (@carolgreen) April 27, 2020
Journalists have a tough job and they must hold the powerful to account, and as citizens we should collectively welcome that scrutiny, but when I compare the extraordinary free pass handed to Key over significant abuses of power compared to Jacinda saving the country from a pandemic, it’s difficult to not see an engrained double standard in our mainstream media.
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