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2:06 pm, January 17th, 2015 - 39 comments
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Much of this post is crowd sourced from this recent discussion on open mike. The discussion concerned why TV3 should seek comment from Cameron Brewer about Labour’s advertisement for a Press Secretary. The position is vacant following the resignation of the very talented and dedicated Simon Cunliffe. The advertisement for the position has attracted attention because some social media targets were mentioned.
TV3 chose to approach Brewer nominally for independent PR advice. Brewer is well known as one of the nastier right wing Councillors on Auckland Council. He is as blue as they come. He is apparently in partnership with the infamous Carrick Graham and Ricardo Sumich, who also has exquisite National Party links. Graham is one of the three people whose reputations were most damaged by Dirty Politics. But this background was not mentioned by TV3. Instead they just referred to Brewer as a “former Press Secretary”.
So to put things in perspective TV3 goes to the far right of the National Party and someone with a link to dirty politics to get independent commentary on Labour’s social media strategy, all based on a job advertisement, and does not even mention their background.
Get that? They may as well have handed the National Party a baseball bat and filmed them as they attacked Labour.
Why does this happen?
In part because as Bronwyn Hayward noted our media is predominantly owned by commercial interests, and apart from Radio New Zealand and Maori Television we do not have public service media. Because the media is so heavily commercialised it needs to attract an audience. The best way to do this is by reporting conflict and scandal.
But you have to wonder about the fairness of this.
The only equivalent incident on the left I can think of is Bomber Bradbury when he was unceremoniously dumped from Radio New Zealand for speaking his mind about John Key. As Brian Edwards said this was a gutless reaction by Radio New Zealand that smacked of political hypersensitivity. Bradbury had attacked Mediaworks for allowing John Key free time during an election campaign. Mediaworks is the firm that Stephen Joyce used to be a senior manager of and is also the firm that received an interest free $43 million loan from this Government.
As for the go to person for commentary on the left by the commercial media, Josie Pagani, she has this very unfortunate characteristic that Cameron Slater tends to agree with her. Give me Helen Kelly or Robert Reid over Josie any day.
The video is utterly appalling. Letting Brewer let rip without giving context is amazing. Even worse is that the TV3 story has been seeded by earlier posts by David Farrar (actual link) and Cameron Slater (donotlink link).
The more things change, the more they stay the same …