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Free Speech, the NZ Herald and the Left

  • November 12th, 2007

Audrey Young’s NZ Herald coverage of the Electoral Finance Bill has almost single-handedly saved our fourth estate from appearing complicit in Labour/NZ First’s astonishing attack on democracy’s most important freedom. She should be an example to the ignorami generally populating political journalism.  They probably regard her instead as a curious relic of ‘old style’ journalism, for obsession and thinking the facts are more important than her ‘personality’ opinion.

Laidlaw’s Radio NZ Sunday Pravda session a week ago was revealing in this regard. It discussed research confirming the left bias of journalists. All interviewees were insiders. They smugly dismissed the bias as unimportant. Not one of them saw the connnection with the Electoral Finance Bill’s measures to ban campaigns that might compete with media insider preferences.

Labour’s confidence in the left bias among journalists prompts their law to shut down privately funded election speech. When ordinary citizens can’t pay for communication with other citizens, the agenda is controlled by the gatekeepers in the media. They decide who and what gets covered in ‘unpaid’ news reporting.

Labour believes the PC media consensus will favour them, even if National gain power (and thus control of government funded advertising, which will be exempt from the new gag).

Today’s Herald editorial cements their claim to leadership of the serious media.


  • Anon
  • November 12th, 2007
  • 11:37 am

Woudl that research be peer reviewed? or does the vast left wing conspiracy control all of science too?

Quite simply, journalists are exposed too the reality of the situation first hand, those accusing them of left wing bias are not, perhaps reality has a leftwing bias as well?


The media are not consciously left-biased – but most reporters have a leftist political view and they view everything through this filter.

They are generally very caring people who want to ‘make a difference’.

BUT because of their world view they are unconsciously biased and everything they write has a flavour to it.

The words they choose to use reveal their background thoughts even when they are trying to be independent. Nobody from the right ‘says’ anything they ‘admit’, or ‘allege’ or some other loaded term.

The good news is their bosses can sometimes see the writing on the wall – Don Brash’s Orewa speech, for example, was very negatively reported until the polls came out and it showed the vast majority of New Zealanders supported his stand. Suddenly the ‘tone’ of the stories changed. I noticed it particularly on the Stuff website.

  • John Boscawen
  • November 12th, 2007
  • 9:59 pm

Stephen I wonder if I might use your website to publicise the March for Democracy I am organising for Saturday 17 November from the Auckland Town Hall down Queen Street.

I am asking marchers to assemble from 10am with the march to lead off at 10.30am.

In recognition of the NZ Law Society submisison calling on the government to withdraw the bill I am asking for as many supportters from the legal fraternity as possible to support this protest. I am asking for all lawyers to march in their traditional black robes at the front of the march, in a style seen recently in Parkistan.

  • Webster
  • May 11th, 2008
  • 4:27 pm

I’m a left wing journalist. The left believes people are basically good, the right believes people are basically bad. Thus I am not unconsciously biased – on the contrary, I am consciously biased.
If you believe people are bad, ergo, you more easily succumb to paranoia, so it’s easy for you to believe there’s a vast network of left wingers out to get you.
Since the right believes in looking after number one, and celebrates greed (sorry – ‘tall poppies’), they tend to wealth.
Harden up and stop whingeing Mr Franks: I don’t care a damn about you and I’m not out to get you. Placate yourself with the fact you’ll be earning way more than any of us.

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