Fairfax continue to hide the real news from their readers
Another day, and another set of embarassing news events are ignored by the National Party’s staunchest media lapdog, Fairfax, who have clearly shown yet again who they are really working for. And guess what, it aint the people of New Zealand who buy and read their publications.
First there was the big news on Radio New Zealand this morning and in The New Zealand Herald, that the Office of the Ombudsmen is in abject crisis. The Ombudsman, whose job it is to act as watchdog for the people, “has a bulging backlog of cases because it lacks investigators, with underpaid staff leaving and in some cases literally being worked to death” according to the story in the New Zealand Herald. This is a massive story with huge implications for the people, who clearly aren’t being protected by the office responsible for looking after us. But, there isn’t a single word about it from Fairfax. The whole appalling situation shows exactly how National feel about the people of New Zealand, and illustrates clearly how far Fairfax will go to protect this Government from the people. It also shows how far Fairfax Media have turned from their duty as journalists, to acting simply as propagandists for a corrupt government. Not reporting a crisis in the office responsible for looking after you and I, shows us precisely how little Fairfax Media value the people of New Zealand.
Then there was the news that Treasury’s growth forecasts have fallen, as was predicted by pretty much everyone except National and Fairfax after the 2011 budget. Again, not a word.
Add this to Fairfax’s spin job on the state asset sales debacle, which has come to a head with Bill English finally conceding what the Opposition have been saying all along; “that the state owned power company profits it will lose as a result of partially selling them will exceed the savings from the resulting reduction in debt”, as the Herald put it. Of course, the well-spun wording from Fairfax Media was somewhat different. National’s unofficial press secretary, Fairfax politics editor Tracy Watkins was called in, under the rediculously pro-National headline “Govt says asset sales will cut debt”, and as usual, there was absolutely no comment from anyone in Opposition in their piece. When I pointed all of this out on the comments forum on stuff this afternoon, my comment got censored out completely. When I later noted that “the censoring of comments that call you on your bias only proves that bias”, they censored that out too.
Instead, the Opposition were being dragged through the mud by Fairfax, as Labour’s Trevor Mallard was beaten up for “shock horror” making a profit. A convenient distraction on a terrible news week for the Government, and as lawyer and blogger Scott Yorke noted on Radio New Zealand this afternoon “no wonder it was all over Fairfax Media”. Funny that, when the Prime Minister trades shares which clearly represent a conflict of interest, no one from Fairfax worries about him making a profit.
It’s an indication of how far Fairfax have gone in selling their soul to the hard Right, when commentators are turning to The New Zealand Herald to provide a moderate comparison…
But, when this destructive Government are finally exposed and brought down, Fairfax Media will no doubt sink even further with it. Incidentally, I got a message from the Dominion Post yesterday, asking if we missed our subscription and would we like to renew it for half price. Desperation perhaps? I have a crazy idea for them; start providing a real newspaper that honours journalistic conventions like fairness, accuracy and balance, and people like me will be glas to pay full price to have a copy delivered to go with our morning coffee. It aint rocket science Fairfax – just do your bloody job, and you’ll find the revenue comes flooding back, instead of having masses of readers abandoning your awful propaganda every day.