New models of news coverage are exploding around the world. Individualism is on the rise as political pundits take to the internet to make their voices heard above the old opinion formers. For the first time in history there is a meaningful free press.
This is all very disturbing for those who have made their living from the old establishment model. Respected journalists and commentators, previously bound by editorial policy on how they must respond to a particular news item, can now turn themselves into bloggers and free themselves to write the truth as they see it. As they move away so mainstream journalism standards decline in an ever downward spiral.
Declining standards can be seen in the rise of Fake News. Fake News occurs when mainstream media pushes out political propaganda instead reporting news in an unbiased manner. The fake news media adopts a particular standpoint and then only publishes stories that support the chosen point of view.
For example, the progressive liberal establishment media in the USA, particularly CNN, New York Times and Washington Post, pushes out a stream of fake stories about President Trump. These are repeated around the world in news outlets that promote a similar liberal progressive viewpoint like the New Zealand Herald and TV News.
Mainstream media fears President Trump because he is not part of the establishment progressive, globalist, liberal elite. They cannot control him. He is not afraid of them. His election lays bare their own failure to influence the outcome and they hate him for it, hence the daily stories in the USA, repeated in the New Zealand media, about how awful he is.
The media bias of the progressive liberal elite boxes on as best it can by suppressing every story that doesn’t fit its narrative. Here is one local example from my own locality, Waiheke Island.
The local press is in private hands. Both outlets promote the political bias of their editors in favour of the Green Party and Cultural Marxist propaganda. They both refuse to publish letters that adopt a different viewpoint. Recently, a small group of local harridans of the far left got maximum publicity in the local rags for their latest cause celebre.
The Waiheke Marketplace refused to print a letter doubting the credibility of the ringleader. In the interests of free speech, here is the letter they refused to print.
From: Ken Edwards
Sent: Friday, March 03, 2017 2:21 PM
Subject: On The Buses
To the Editor
I was at the receiving end of Stephanie Honeychurch's first major foray into protestation, that being the installation of a small base station for mobile phones in Surfdale.
That was installed on the roof of the bowling club and her publicised outbursts of dangers to health proved to be unfounded and mere speculation. Yes, she pumped up medical 'specialists' who proved to be anything but and suggested my decision to proceed would result in cancer rising 10 times in Surfdale. All proved to be unfounded. But by then she had got away with it. Residents (at least some) believed there was credibility in her fiction.
Since then she has become a specialist in rubbish dumps, marinas and now transportation systems. All of this leads me to conclude she is nothing more than an agitator filling in her day on any cause that takes her fancy. For a start the purported 1562 signatures to a petition (saying what) should be audited.
The fact that she is given front page hero status by your publication highlights again the level of incompetence and bias within the island media. 'Residents have had enough?' I totally agree.
Ken Edwards, Ostend
The continuing attempts at suppression of free speech by the Gulf News and Waiheke Marketplace will only hasten their demise. Weekly newspapers are redundant. Social media provides all the local news as it happens. What appears in the rags is nothing more than fake news and political propaganda.