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Michael Bassett, in his article Our Media Still Doesn’t Get It, points to the “dimwits” in the media, and their failure to grasp the essence of New Zealand’s political landscape. He argues that their constant focus on National’s tax-cut plans, while unwise, is only amplifying the likelihood of National’s victory.
Bassett draws a parallel with the 1928 election, where excessive attention on the opposition’s mistakes led to the election of the frail Sir Joseph Ward. Despite Ward’s age and health issues, the media’s relentless criticism piqued public interest, resulting in his triumph at the polls.
Ward’s promises never materialised and he passed away within two years.
The media should probe the origins and implications of various parties’ policies, supporting a sound public understanding instead of promoting biases and sensationalism. Their present trajectory may inadvertently push more voters towards the opposition. It hardly qualifies as responsible journalism, especially considering their duty to the public who funds them.
Read the full story over at bassettbrashandhide.com