Summarised by Centrist
In “Wakey, wakey, mainstream media!”, Graham Adams criticises mainstream media for not critically analysing co-governance and topics like transgender issues and climate change. He looks to the recent election where National, ACT, and NZ First won 67 of 122 seats as evidence of the public’s disapproval of co-governance. He points to the growth of independent media as a response to several years of media avoidance.
Adams recounts the ‘bizarre’ tale of Dr Michael Bassett’s 2021 lifetime ban from NZME platforms following his critique of the media’s Māori language use being labelled as racist.
The result is, according to Adams, that independent media is increasing in relevance. This is exemplified by Winston Peters’ post-election interview with The Platform’s Sean Plunket, which mainstream media reluctantly acknowledged.