I’m frankly a little surprised at the way the media and The Herald especially has jumped on the attack the victim bandwagon in the Bennett scandal.
If there’s one golden rule of journalism it’s don’t be seen to be fucking over your sources, and that’s what the Herald is doing. I guess they feel some kind of separation between the weekday version and the HoS. All I know is if I had a bad story for the Nats, I wouldn’t be going to Granny with it. Too much risk you’ll be hung out to dry.
Other people’s sources are more or less fair game but I would be wary if I were a politico journo of embarking on the fourth round of throwing National’s dirt at their victims in two months. Aren’t they that worried the stories will dry up, or go elsewhere? Aren’t they worried that they are serving as an arm of the National attack machine?
Also, why is it always an issue whether or not a person who is raising an issue with government policy is a member of another party? How does that matter? How does it invalidate their arguments? Why should it be something weird or suspicious to be a member of a political party?
Put it all together and it’s hardly surprising that more and more people are afraid to stand up for the issues that matter to them.