Why is it the Australians are getting better coverage of Pike River than we are?
The Australian, for example, ran a story yesterday asking some hard-hitting questions about safety at the mine including the lack of remote gas measurement and a second escape route.
Perhaps it’s because, as the article points out, our media were too busy deifying a CEO to cover the story in any substantial way?
As Whittall left the press conference, the journalists clapped.
It was something Australian journalists would never do – the unspoken protocol is not to clap for anyone so as to maintain neutrality – but some of Whittall’s PR men led off the applause and the Kiwi journalists joined in.
History hasn’t finished with Whittall or with Pike River and the truth has a way of coming out given time. But many of our media failed desperately in their duty of writing the first draft of history. Perhaps because they couldn’t grasp the enormity of what had happened or perhaps because they were too inclined to take their lines from the PR guys like it was just another “current event”.