I just had an edited letter published in the Herald. They printed this:
I see that if National is not reelected to power then John Key may resign from Parliament.
He should give serious consideration to becoming a list only MP. This way if National is not returned a costly by election will be avoided.
He should consider this in any event. I suspect that the inhabitants of Hellensville rarely see him personally. And the job of being Prime Minister is that important that he should be focused on national rather than electorate issues.
Sounds like a bit of supportive advice doesn’t it.
They cut out the last paragraph which said this:
If freed of his electorate duties he could then focus on the many vital issues facing our country, the looming economic recession, the need to create jobs and the oncoming rush of peak oil. His one and only trumpeted policy, the creation of a national cycleway, will have a beneficial effect on each of these problems but only an exceedingly small one.
I was well within the 200 word limit. Why did they do this?
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Shades of Stuff editing the questions to Key during his online interview last year to make them softer.
It goes beyond reporting the news and providing a forum for public opinion to trying to shape political opinion towards their favoured party.
In 2008, the Herald campaigned for National incessantly (losing 46,000 readers in the process). Now, they’re stooping as low as editing letters and anti-Labour smears. It’s clear the editorial position is to campaign for National again in 2011.