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Is John Key writing for Fairfax?

September 29, 2013

Stuff.co.nz responds to Key’s poll woes with barrage of National Party spin.  johnkey

Readers might be forgiven for thinking a story published under the headline “Labour surges in latest poll” might actually include some comment from the Labour Party.

But, not at Fairfax.

It appears that, as they are now unable to ignore polls pointing to their boy John Key’s demise, Fairfax Media have come out swinging on behalf of their chums in the National Party.

The result is simply not a news story; from beginning to end it’s a summary of the National Party’s propaganda, disguised as journalism.

Aside from the sheer ridiculousness of John Key preaching “morals”, Fairfax publish without question his twisted analysis of the political spectrum.  Key’s repeated claims that the most dictatorial Right-wing Government in New Zealand’s history, are actually  “Centre-Right”, while the Opposition are “far-Left”, are published as gospel , without any response or comment from the Labour Party.  This perhaps tells us as much about Fairfax’s political stance as it does about the National Party’s.

It is of course Fairfax Media’s prerogative to act as a mouthpiece for the National-led Government, despite the dangerous implications of such abject contempt for democracy within New Zealand’s largest media corporation.  They do however, at least owe their readers and subscribers a level of openness, and should declare overtly their political partisanship so that Kiwi voters can make an informed choice about where they source their political information.

As Fairfax clearly have no intention of being honest with their readers about their relationship with the National Party, it is left up to informed New Zealanders like you to spread the word.  If you are sick and tired of Fairfax Media abusing their privileged position to publish National Party propaganda dressed up as independent news, please share this piece, join us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/fearfacts/ , avoid stuff.co.nz and boycott all Fairfax publications.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9206023/Labour-surges-in-latest-poll

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3 Comments
  1. Steve Withers permalink

    Fairfax is hopelessly biased toward National…. as is their rival, APN.

    This has been the case for many years, going back to the INL days when Rupert Murdoch was a key stakeholder.

    The bias is institutional and self-reinforcing.

  2. Well, it’s about time we let ‘em know that it’s not okay then, eh Steve. ;)

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