You may remember my remonstration of Audrey Young when she filed a reasonably major political story without even bothering to get comment from anyone but the government.
It seems that rather than being some kind of aberration the dial for the Herald’s political reportage is now set firmly to fail with not one but two senior journos working on a story about the upcoming budget that appears to try to balance quotes from Bill English with a quote from John Key.
That’s right the story “Budget: what’s in it for you” has been written by two highly paid senior journalists but quotes just one side of a major matter.
And of course it picks one pay level, $50k, to demonstrate a tax windfall of $20 a week.
Once again the lack of response/reaction quotes means nobody even gets the chance to tell the Herald’s (shrinking – I wonder why?) readership about the massive weekly windfall cutting 5% off the top rate will give the small wealthy elite or the kick in the teeth the huge number of people on and below the median income will get as GST rises and services reduce.
But aside for the political bias this is poor journalism. If these two ratbags were journalism students I’d be calling them in for a wee talk about whether they should be looking at other career paths.