Friday, June 27, 2014

Aunty Herald a bit on the touchy side this morning...

David Cunliffe at the NZ Open Source Awards, 2007
David Cunliffe at the NZ Open Source Awards, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
IT IS DIFFICULT to know where to begin with today’s NZ Herald editorial. There is a thinness – bordering on transparency – to the newspaper’s case against charges of political bias that calls into question its right to be taken seriously as either a “fair” or “balanced” publication.
Let’s start with the editorial’s headline: “Cries of bias will not stop reporting”. As if somebody, somewhere was threatening to stop the Herald from reporting the news! No one, especially not the leading complainant, David Cunliffe, is demanding that the publication be closed down. All that the Leader of the Opposition asks of the Herald is that its reporting be factual. An understandable concern, given that amidst all of Mr Donghua Liu’s claims of donating upwards of $100,000 to the NZ Labour Party, hard facts have been very difficult to find.
The Herald virtually acknowledges this singular deficiency when, after its lengthy parade of straw men and non-sequiturs, the editorial finally declares: “We regret having reported inflated and conflated dollar figures.
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