“National’s honeymoon has to run its course. The public – not Labour or the media – will decide when that honeymoon is over” writes John Armstrong.
I’m just wondering: how does the public gather information on what the Government is up to, to decide if it wants the honeymoon to continue? And, how do we, the public, collectively decide and communicate that the honeymoon is over?
I’m guessing there is some kind of medium, or even media, via which information on what the Government is up to is communicated to us and public opinion is communicated or, rather, created. One would think that it is the people who operate and inform these media who, having the power to decide how they represent both the Government’s actions and the public’s response, actually decide whether or not there is a honeymoon and whether or not it is over.
Could one argue that by pretending the media is a mere conveyor of information, not a shaper of that information, Armstrong is attempting to excuse the failure of the fourth estate to fulfill its duty to ask the hard questions of those with power? I’m just wondering.