Was Paddy Gower’s little hatchet job on TV3 News last night the final straw that broke the camel’s back? Was for me.
Bomber makes some good observations.
- Paddy says: “yesterday Cunliffe admitted to two trusts”, yet the ICSL trust is not new. It was declared in the pecuniary interests register since July 2013 and Cunliffe declared it again in his 2014 pecuniary interests. There is no admission to make. His mention of it on Tuesday was in response to a question by 3 News about which trusts he had an interest in. The way Paddy has framed this is as if Cunliffe had rushed to confess a great sin, it’s been there on the record for 8 bloody months!
- Paddy says Cunliffe was “forced to correct the register” like he was under duress. Cunliffe declared it last year after seeking advice from the registrar on whether he should! That’s hardly forced! He sought clarification and got it, the way Gower is framing it however is as some type of wrong doing that David is being punished for.
- Paddy says: “ICSL is an investment company trust. David Cunliffe is one of 20,000 investors that manages $8 billion in investments. Evenly divided, that’s $400,000 each. Cunliffe refused to front.” This is then reinforced by a graphic with Cunliffe’s face next to a figure for $400 000, this despite 3 News being told by Cunliffe’s office that he had “much less than $100,000” invested. Something Gower admits at the end of the story, but the graphic has already done the damage.
What Paddy doesn’t say however is the number of National Party MPs who did the exact same thing as Cunliffe did and make supplementary declarations to the pecuniary interests register in 2013.
So when will Paddy be doing the exact same story on Jackie Blue, Simon Bridges, Shane Ardern and Nathan Guy?
I’m cynical enough to expect a degree of bias in broadcasting, but this endless stream of crap from Gower has, for me, gone on long enough. I’ve had it.
Today, and for the first time I remember, I’m making a complaint to the BSA. How about you? You content to ‘switch off’ to Gower and TV3 and leave them to it? Or you want to try to bring a degree of accountability to bear on them?
Here’s how you make a complaint.
Here’s how you choose the standard you think has been breached. (In my mind, ‘accuracy’ certainly fits, and so, perhaps, does ‘fairness’)
Here’s TV3’s complaint page. (you have to file any complaint with them as well as with the BSA)
Okay. Now make sure you’re specific about the programme, the date and the time.
5th March 2014
Listen. This nonsense where news is getting generated off the back of a journalist’s whim has to end. Is now not time to end it?
P.S. I should say that I’m well aware this somewhat echoes Karol’s post, but it really is time to up the ante.