Key: “We welcome the opportunity to cooperate with the U.S. in the next conflicts”
The official U.S. Department of State’s records have revealed what New Zealand’s mainstream media didn’t bother to tell us; that John Key has offered our military services to the U.S. in hotly anticipated future wars.
His words – quoted in the official document “Remarks with New Zealand Prime Minister Key” – reveal clearly that our all-American, baseball loving, Wall Street Banker Prime Minister is not only expecting the “next conflicts” (plural), but is actually looking forward to them, as a “welcome opportunity”.
It should have been a great story for any reporter that happened to be covering the Pacific Island Forum, but it seems that Fairfax Media – who have enjoyed the privilege of escorting the Prime Minister on all of his overseas trips – chose once again to hide Key’s real agenda from their readers. In fact, a quick skim through the copy published on stuff.co.nz from Kate Chapman’s Cook Islands jaunt shows that either she didn’t bother reporting it, or if she did, it was censored out. Perhaps Fairfax’s political editor Tracy Watkins – who filed glowing reports of the Prime Minister’s travels while escorting him on recent trips to the United States and Europe – simply censored Chapman’s copy from the Wellington office. Can’t help but wonder if the reason Watkins didn’t travel with the Prime Minister herself this time was due to the heavy criticism associated with her unquestioning reports from the trips she has made, and the subsequent damange to Fairfax’s credibility as a news provider. Watkins has acted as the National Party’s unofficial press secretary in her role as Fairfax political editor, so it would be unsurprising to find that she’d been filtering Chapman’s copy with the keen eye of a consumate propagandist.
Whatever happened to the story, one thing is clear; this Rightwing publisher – owned largely by the world’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart – has once again ignored facts that are harmful to their mates in the National Party, only reporting what they want us to know in their “full coverage” of the Pacific Island Forum. And, when news media fear facts, we should fear news media, as well as their political allies.
It is indeed unfortunate that the New Zealand news provider that isn’t answerable first and foremost to wealthy Rightwing shareholders, Radio New Zealand, has had its budget cut to the point that they can no longer send reporters to cover the Prime Minister’s overseas trips, and we are left at the mercy of self-serving media corporations likeFairfax to pick and chose what information fits their political agenda.
Isn’t it time we reclaimed news media in New Zealand, and demanded to know the whole truth? Please join our movement on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/fearfacts/, share this blog, boycott Fairfax’s one-sided publications and on-line news, and tell your friends.