The question of TV political bias is hot news right now. Shane Taurima of TVNZ was barred from running for Labour because he had campaigned for the party while still at TVNZ. His successor as Labour candidate for Tamaki Makaurau could be taken by another broadcaster, Maori Television's Julian Wilcox, whose political leanings were also raised in Parliament yesterday. John Key said the rumour that Mr Wilcox could run for Labour could affect the channel's appearance of impartiality.
The latest media employee under the gun is Linda Clark who is facing questions because of her dual role as a media trainer for Labour leader David Cunliffe and as a political commentator for TV3.
What do we expect? After all, in a small country, what is the next step for an aging TV journalist but to involve themselves in politics, usually on behalf of Labour and the Greens. Surely everyone knows TV, and most media, is riddled with socialists. They’ve got brand recognition, know how to manipulate the media, have connections where it counts to get their political message across and friends in high places. They’ve lived off their fat state incomes for enough years to leave them comfortably off. What better way than a top up of state funded pensions and parliamentary perks to take them into a comfortable retirement, or else become political advisors if they don’t fancy the cut and thrust of parliament.
An educated electorate should be able to think for itself and take everything it sees and reads in the media with a pinch of salt. Most of it is simply opinion, rather like this blog. Sadly, they don’t. They act like sheep. Only last week someone told me the local press ‘had’ to be balanced. I was truly gobsmacked by their naivity and lack of understading of what a free press actually means.
There is supposed to be a higher standard for TV that requires it to be politically unbiased, but really….
A more sinister agenda being promoted by the Greens, state funding of political parties. Kiwiblog quotes Liam Hehir of the Manawatu Standard.
So it doesn’t really disturb me to know that organised labour is a powerful force within the Labour Party. I know that the party is supported by, and will support legislation favourable to, the trade union movement. I price that into my decision about voting for it. People make the same calculation about National and the farming and business sectors.
I will keep warning about the Communism that underpins the political philosophy of the Greens. State control of everything is their goal and once they control the State there will be no going back, not until they run out of everyone else’s money. But sadly that will take a lifetime.