Plunket on leaving Radio NZ

September 28th, 2008 at 9:31 am by David Farrar

Sean Plunket expounds on why he is looking to leave Radio New Zealand:

Frosty relations between Plunket, 44, and his Radio New Zealand bosses came to a head when they refused to allow the broadcaster to host an election debate on TVNZ7.

An election debate on Internet issues of all things. Hardly a commercial threat to .

He believed appearing on the TVNZ show as a public broadcaster would only enhance the brand of Morning Report and Radio New Zealand.

Exactly. Exposure is good, if done in a complementary way. And this would have been very complementary.

Then in the full interview we get:

It’s not the first time he’s left a job on a matter of principle. In 1995 he quit the Holmes show over stories he was doing on New Zealand First allegedly using parliamentary staffing money to run the party.

Well some things do not change.

Plunket’s favourite fable is The Emperor’s New Clothes. The role of the journalist is to point out that the emperor is naked, he says, not to “weave the cloth that makes someone nude. The worse censorship is self-censorship within an organisation”.

Indeed, and within a country. Read this article in The Australian about losing the battle for free speech.

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10 Responses to “Plunket on leaving Radio NZ”

  1. Don the Kiwi (1,686 comments) says:

    Interesting article from the Australian. It takes a fair bit of backbone nowadays to criticise Islam, but provided the subject matter is truthful, any religion should be able to stand criticism. And of course, there’s the Last Acceptable Prejudice – criticising Christianity and its moral objectivity – whether the criticism is true or not, which our relativist marxist dictatorial bunch are masters at.

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  2. slightlyrighty (2,471 comments) says:

    I have concerns over the judgement of some in our media. Most concerning of late are the rumours that TV3 has, at the behest of the government, and in return for the scoop on the FTA with the US, (Which was ultimately leaked by a US official anyway), did not release a 3 News TNS poll result that showed a huge lead for the Nats.

    Should this be confirmed, then the notion of Labour campaigning on trust will be blown out of the water.

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  3. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    ” Plunket’s favourite fable is The Emperor’s New Clothes. ”

    How puke inducing. Plunkett is a card carrying member of what I call the Journalists for Socialism network, that bunch of ideologues who everyday betray their craft for their political cause. If they’d been doing their job with integrity and objectivity, the way it should be done, there’s no way Helen Klark would ever have become Prime Minister of New Zealand, there’s no way the myth of global warming would ever have become accepted by so many as an irrefutable fact, there’s no way so many would be seeing the American financial crisis as a result of free market forces, there’s no way the hate campaign against Sarah Palin could be seen as anything but the Bolshevik/ Stalinist tactic it is, and there is no way the terrorists in Iraq would have persisted as long as they did.

    Over the last few decades, the mainstream media has been converted from a source of information into the propaganda division of global socialism, and IMHO, Sean Plunkett has been an enthusiastic participant in the exercise. The craft of journalism has been betrayed to the cause of promoting whatever the socialists see as expedient to their cause, and Plunkett has been (IMHO) as devoted to this cause as any of his equally poisonous colleagues.

    I’m pleased he has quit the contemptible politically partisan organisation that is Radio New Zealand. I hope he remains unemployed for the rest of his life. I hope the social disease that is Radio New Zealand is one day equally neutralized. I’ve had it up to here with Journalists for Socialism and their lies and propaganda.

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  4. Put it away (2,878 comments) says:

    Can someone remind me what were the details of the 1995 story and how did it lead Plunket to quit ? Too many axis scandals to remember them all.

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  5. Grant Michael McKenna (1,158 comments) says:

    To me as a liberal* the moist poignant aspect of the controversies about “offending” Islam is the desire of some Muslims and Western scholars of Islam to isolate the prophet Muhammad from any independent scrutiny. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was correct to say that understanding Islam requires a blunt examination of Muhammad’s life, including the marriage to A’isha at 9 [when Muhammad was 53]. Muslim scholars need to hear the criticisms and reply to them so that we can understand the life of Muhammad better and see the context of the violence, murder, and brigandage in Muhammad’s career.

    Of course, such an effort suggests that the prophet was a man like any other- and would bring into question the Islamic vision. This is why so many Muslims denounce independent inquiry into Islam- because of the threats it poses to their world-view. The simple fact is that Western humanism- the world we have built- is in and of itself, offensive to Islam as it so often constituted. Islam needs its own Enlightenment.

    * Liberal as in “one who seeks freedom and who dislikes concentrations of power” not “one who dislikes the West” as the US & NZ definitions all too often have it.

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  6. Put it away (2,878 comments) says:

    Grant – actually married at six, *consummated* at 9.

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  7. Zippy Gonzales (485 comments) says:

    I must say, Cavanagh’s idea of merging RNZ with other public broadcasting on Freeview sounds like a good idea.

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  8. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    The religion of Islam might be one danger to free speech, but its nothing compared to the danger threatened by the religion of socialism.

    (Look at Chris Trotter’s blog for a good local example. Ignorant jack booted thugs controlling every word.)

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  9. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Socialism isn’t the danger now Redbaiter, it’s desperation that will rule for the next six weeks.

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  10. dave strings (608 comments) says:

    Slightly,
    you said
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    >>Should this be confirmed, then the notion of Labour campaigning on trust will be blown out of the water.
    >

    WHy? LAbour are showing they are the Party that can ALWAYS be trusted to do anything at all that might win them one vote! Lie, cheat, spend, steal, anything! Absolutely trustable!

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