Speaker Lockwood Smith has removed 22 free carparks at Parliament from TV One and TV3 as punishment for their disgraceful behaviour in chasing Chris Carter around the House the other day. Good. There are a few, non-onerous, rules about where and when the media can go and take its cameras. They completely ignored those rules for the sake of tabloid journalism and injecting themselves into the story.
Carter has acted foolishly and selfishly but that doesn’t excuse their journos’ behaviour. They need to remember that the MPs are our elected representatives and have the right to do their job without this kind of fracas. They also need to remember what their job is. It’s not to act like a bunch of circus clowns and gutter paparazzi.
The glee the likes of John Campbell took over the ‘issue’ (this was the least professional, most childish thing I have ever seen on TV, and I used to watch Back of the Y) and the spectacle that we saw on Tuesday, exemplified the terrible waste of talent that too often is New Zealand political journalism.
Good on Lockwood. I reckon that losing 22 free parks worth $20 a day will cost the news stations about $100,000 a year. Maybe that’ll be enough to wake them up.