BSA upholds the complaint against Mike Hosking misleading Seven Sharp viewers over who could vote for the Māori Party. They say he inflicted damage.https://t.co/Nbl3ZYiho3
— Melanie D. (@melulater) December 19, 2017
During an item on Seven Sharp, broadcast on 23 August 2017 during the election period, the presenters discussed TVNZ’s ‘Vote Compass’, a tool available to assist the New Zealand public to make voting decisions. In response to comments by presenter Toni Street about the usefulness of the tool, presenter Mike Hosking said, ‘…so is the fact that you can’t vote for the Māori Party because you’re not enrolled in the Māori electorate, so what are you going to do now? I’m joking.’
The following evening, Mr Hosking attempted to clarify his comment by saying, ‘Now, the fact that anyone can vote for [the Māori Party] as a list party I automatically assumed we all knew given we have been doing this for 20 years…’
The Authority upheld a complaint that Mr Hosking’s comments were inaccurate, finding that Mr Hosking’s statement about who was eligible to vote for the Māori Party was a material point of fact that was inaccurate and misleading. Further, his comments the following evening were confusing and insufficient to correct the inaccurate information for viewers.
The Authority acknowledged the high value of political expression during an election period, but found that the potential harm in this case – providing inaccurate information which had the potential to influence voters, despite the alleged clarification – outweighed the broadcaster’s right to freedom of expression.
Hey TVNZ, hire someone who is not an ignoramus idiot next time.
— Maria Sherwood (@MariaSherwood2) December 18, 2017
Mike Hosking: incompetent, as well as an arse. So naturally he earns something like ten times the median income
— Lew (@LewSOS) December 18, 2017
Actually, that's not his job. His job is to provide accurate, informative, and interesting comment to New Zealanders. Viewership is one part of that equation, but it's not the whole equation.
— Matt Whitehead (@MJWhitehead) December 19, 2017
The BSA has upheld a complaint against TVNZ for Mike Hosking's false claim about the Māori roll on Seven Sharp. Our story from August 2017: https://t.co/SvQ6R8XklL
— The Spinoff (@TheSpinoffTV) December 18, 2017