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‘We need public service TV’ in NZ

‘We need public service TV’ protest

As I posted here, NZ is sadly lacking in journalism that relentless pursues half-hidden and many-sided truths in a way that is neccessary for democracy to thrive. TV news and current affairs programmes are particularly influential in with their coverage of political issues.  As Nicky Hager argued, we are in need of journalism that reports in the interest of the public and those with least power; a journalism that speaks truth to power. For television, this need has been heightened since the demise of Stratos and TVNZ7 on Freeview.

Yesterday, The Scoop Team reported that there have been big pay rises for top TVNZ people.

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Running scared: ‘Truth is great and will prevail.’

Nicky Hager Jesson lecture

It’s interesting how much the knives are out for Cunliffe on behalf of the right wing columnists.  This is in a context when they are looking at a possible Labour-Green coalition to be the next government.   In the terms of Hager’s significant Jesson lecture this week, are such columnists journalists or PR people?

Hager began with a quote from a war memorial: Truth is great and will prevail.  For him this should be a guiding principle for good investigative journalism: the relentless pursuit for truth and facts beyond the political manipulations and PR distortions that passes for much of mainstream journalism in neoliberal times.

The attempts to present “both sides” of the story are superficial, and don’t demonstrate thorough investivative digging.  They present a side that is more in touch with the the proponents of neoliberal values, than with the interests of the general public. And they tend to follow the lines fed to them by a Labour and National Party PR people.  For instance we rarely, if ever, hear leaks from pro-Cunliffe people within Labour.

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