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Key’s budget spin gets another free ride on stuff.co.nz

May 7, 2012

Complete with a leading survey question, just for good measure.

As European citizens reject governments of the hard-Right, New Zealand’s own version manages to turn the whole Euro-election story on it’s head, with a little help from their friends at Fairfax Media.

Despite the rapid removal of Key’s philosophical ally in France, Key claims that the defeat of Nicolas Sarkozy after  just one term is, in fact, an electoral endorsement for his free-market dogma, rather than a rejection.  It’s astounding doublethink from the Prime Minister, but that didn’t stop his chums at Fairfax running an uninterrupted account of his waffle at the top of today’s political news, without any hint of analysis or Opposition comment.  And, just for good measure, they chucked in a rediculous survey with the leading question: “Do you want a borrow and spend budget or a frugal budget?”.  Honestly, if it wasn’t such a threat to our democracy, this outrageous propaganda would be hilarious.

As usual, Fairfax allow John Key to effectively write the headline, which reads: “Key: Europe shows zero budget wisdom”.  For the few readers who bother to go further, things don’t get any more balanced.  Key offers some very odd accounting on unemployment figures, which of course, Fairfax lap up graciously, going so far as to quote him saying “the unemployment rate was a very weird one at the moment”. 

“Weird” FFS! 

Um, righto John.  And, great reporting there Fairfax.  But, I’m sure the 160,000 New Zealanders who are currently out of work are using slightly different adjectives, though they probably have less propaganda value.

Ironically, on the very day Fairfax have published this piece, they also published the first of a new blog entitled “The inside story” which Dominion Post editor Joanna Norris says is to help explain their editorial decisions.  It looks to me like an excuses forum, and I fully expect it be used to defend bias and marginalise critics.  I’m sure the timing  has nothing to do with the difficult questions asked on the Dom Post’s Facebook page last week.  Initially these comments were deleted, then when several readers queried them about the removal, Norris claimed that “some people commenting do not have an understanding of defamation law.”  Well, that sounds impressive, even a little scary, but it should be noted that under the New Zealand Defamation Act 1992, it is not defamatory to make a fair comment or to express an honest opinion.

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6871609/Key-Europe-shows-zero-Budget-wisdom

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/blogs/the-inside-story/6845705/The-newsroom-The-naked-truth

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1992/0105/latest/DLM280687.html

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3 Comments
  1. aw, mate, were they threatening you? did this only apply if you post on their site? or are they gonna cruise the internet looking for anyone saying anything against them? and what possible use to anyone is an inside story? what we are asking for is an objective outside story. in fact, no, a story is something ‘made up’. we don’t want any stories.

    [by crikey, i’ve had an idea for a reality teevee show ‘pressgang – the inside story of an nz newspaper’, to screen an hour late every evening]

  2. Haha, nah, I think it was more an attempt to patronise than threaten Jiggy.
    Clearly, they’ve achieved neither. 😉

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