Economist gives damning assessment of Nat’s economic management
As reported by The New Zealand Herald today, Opposition Parties have made sustained attacks on the National-led Government’s economic mismanagement in the lead up to their fourth budget. Pointing to National’s legacy of four years of poor choices, a lack of any plan, and a reliance on dogmatic Rightwing theory over pragmatic solutions, Opposition parties have come out swinging.
As Martyn Bradbury noted on the Tumeke blog, the Greens hiring an economist to critique the budget is a real “stroke of genius”. But, as usual, there isn’t a word about it from Fairfax Media, who are once again starving New Zealanders of our right to balanced and accurate democratic debate. Stuff.co.nz and newspapers like the Dominon Post have once again steered well clear of any genuine criticism of John Key’s Government, and completely avoided giving the Opposition a voice to challenge this Government’s clear lack of economic progress. The fact that the National Party and their freinds at Fairfax Media are so scared of factual economic anylsis, tells us all we need to know about four years of abject failure on the economy; the one thing the National Party are supposed to be good at.
So, while even Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron joins US President Obama in advocating for stimulating economic growth, John Key continues to play the broken record of austerity, without any analysis. Fairfax continue to provide Key with an unchallenged platform, free from expert opinion, or from the pesky views of domestic Opposition.
Today on stuff.co.nz, Fairfax published more of their dodgy survey results, with political editor and unofficial National Party spin doctor Tracy Watkins claiming: “Kiwi’s split over cutbacks”. Watkins’ point was that New Zealanders were divided in half over whether her buddies in the National Party had got the ” balance about right in terms of public-service job cuts”. Even her phrasing here betrays her bias, but let’s take a moment to consider the actual figures. Apparently Fairfax surveyed about 2000 of their own readers, and the result was that over 50 per cent thought the cuts had gone too far, while only 43 per cent agreed that the balance was about right. And, let’d be very clear about this; we are talking about 2000 New Zealanders who have been fed a daily diet of biased coverage and Rightwing propaganda by Fairfax Media. So, not only is Watkins midleading us with her 50/50 claims, she’s also basing her figures on the section of New Zealanders who get their political “news” from Fairfax Media, and we all know how balanced that is. So, for Fairfax to claim in bold letters that their survey represents the view of “Kiwis” isn’t just disingenuous propaganda, it is actually straight bullshit. As I pointed out on this blog yesterday, it’s about as accurate as Fox News claiming a survey of their viewers represents the voice of America. In fact, if Fox were to survey 2000 of their audience about whether George W. Bush was right to invade Iraq, we’d probably see a very similar result to the Fairfax readership “surveys” published in the last two days.
On the subject of yesterday’s equally misleading tripe, stuff.co.nz finally got around to publishing more comments to the story late this afternoon. You’ll recall that Fairfax asked their readers whether National or Labour were to blame for New Zealand’s debt. And, surprise surprise, there were many more than the 20 comments they’d published while readers were actually paying attention. Most of them are completely at odds with Fairfax’s claims, and many of the comments berate this media company for their ongoing bias. Little wonder they elected not to add a comments forum to today’s survey story.
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