“Thorn in the side” helping to keep Fairfax honest
Having all but hoisted themselves with their own petard, it seems that Fairfax Media are suddenly having a genuine attempt at balanced political journalism.
And, according to my sources, this site has been instrumental in applying the public pressure needed to initiate the change. Apparently, senior staff at Fairfax consider Fearfacts Exposed to be something of a “thorn in their side”, and the increased quality of genuine journalism on offer over the past two weeks is clearly in response to our ongoing critical analysis gathering momentum.
While it is far too early to claim a victory for the little guy – and Fairfax certainly won’t be going out of their way to acknowledge our impact – it is highly encouraging to see that, with determination, patience, a few smarts, and honest intentions, the bloke on the street can ensure that international media corporations don’t have it all their own way.
If nothing else, I hope this inspires others to see that they can challenge an unjust status quo, and that, when media are held accountable by the people, they eventually have to start representing the people. Hence, their role – widely credited on Radio New Zealand this morning – in breaking the ACC privacy debacle to the nation.
This is more like it Fairfax!