Who are the news media

February 29th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Law Commission is discussing at public address the issue of who are the news , and what regulation should there be of the . You can comment over there and your views will help influence their final report. One extract:

In chapter 4 of our Issues Paper we attempt to answer these questions by posing another, more fundamental, question: what is the function of the news media? What is it that distinguishes the news media from other types of publishers?

These questions are the subject of a very large and divergent academic literature which we cannot traverse here. But it may be worth re-stating the orthodox view that suggests the key functions of the “Press” in a liberal democracy are to:

* act as an independent watchdog on government and other seats of power;

* represent the public (for example in Parliament and the courts );

* disseminate information to the public;

* provide a forum for debate and the formation and expression of public opinion.

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14 Responses to “Who are the news media”

  1. Grendel (1,002 comments) says:

    well if those for are the key functions then the ‘news media’ in NZ suck badly.

    1. they only act as a watchdog for the laws or parties they do not like, or the items that will generate the most views or additional stories. so they are not independent.

    2. they represent themselves, and their own views only, and very few others.

    3. with a massive filter of hyperbole, bullshit and shock horror ness thrown in and filtered through their own biases. i think the media are to blame for the current culture of people thinking that being shocked or offended by someone elses actions means more than nothing.

    4. maybe, but again filtered through their own biases.

    News media is dead, it just has a lot of equally brain dead people keeping it ticking along. i feel dumber every time i watch the news and see just how much spin they have to use to make the mundane interesting, and how they twist anything to their own set of views. it should not be called 3 news at 6pm, rather 3 opinions at 6pm (same for the rest).

    fascinating though how the assumption is that there has to be regulation, not surehow a statist would survive without knowing they can run other peoples lives and businesses.

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  2. Rosa19 (25 comments) says:

    and make a profit plse, christ, not for love …

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  3. Viking2 (11,470 comments) says:

    And rapidly becoming a dinosaur and irrelevant.

    Is twitter a news organization or a gossip column. Is Facebook a news service or what. does google count as a news organization. What about Yahoo news.
    Time Govt. fucked off and did useful work and left the world alone.

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

    It’s a knotty one. TV news is moronic, but without it, morons wouldn’t get any news at all. If it was intelligent, much of the audience would be bored and confused and switch channels looking for a sitcom or a soap.

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  5. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    Oh dear, oh dear. How deluded are these people?

    “act as an independent watchdog on government and other seats of power;”

    An independent watchdog has to be widely respected and have a reputation for truth, accuracy, vigour and an ability to question what is put to it as fact.

    Such an organisation does not exist in NZ.

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  6. mavxp (483 comments) says:

    As others have said, the news media is here for profit. They offer a “service” they determine will generate the most revenue for their shareholders. It has nothing to do with any higher calling or external purpose beyond that.

    News media in NZ exhibits this on a daily basis. Infotainment rather than provide facts to the public or establish truth by fisking statements by politicians and interest groups.

    A truly “independent” news media would need to have funding provided on the basis of achieving desired outcomes that were different to either making a profit (e.g. “watchdog”, “inform public”, and other high minded goals) or influencing public opinion for the benefit of either their backers or their own personal beliefs.

    In short there is no such thing.

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  7. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    Grendel

    10/10

    A single look at TV3 will show you what a bunch of w….ers they are. Independant bullshit.

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  8. tom hunter (4,838 comments) says:

    Who are the news media?

    They’re the ones going broke and laying off journalists.

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  9. kowtow (8,464 comments) says:

    They left out a number of other key functions;

    * agressively foster global warming alarmism

    *protect Barack Hussein Obama

    *ignore attacks on free speech that have been legislated through the “human rights” agenda

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  10. V (719 comments) says:

    Do you think they would implement Whale Oil’s terminology of ‘cut&paste’, ‘press release editors’ and ‘repeaters’?

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  11. DJP6-25 (1,387 comments) says:

    1. Cut and paste ‘press releases’ from their allies in assorted leftist parties.

    2. Advance the socialist agenda in any way possible.

    3. Run interference for any and all socialist projects.

    There, I think I covered everything.

    Who needs the ‘news media’, when there’s Kiwiblog, Whale, the National Review, Spectator etc?

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  12. Miritu (29 comments) says:

    mavxp raises a good point “the news media is here for profit”. Fully agree, but nothing wrong with that.

    Then mavxp goes on to say “A truly “independent” news media would need to have funding provided on the basis of….”. Disagree. Funding provided by who? Who is the watchdog? These funders and watchdogs will always be subject to some outside influence whether they realise it or not. Media can only function freely and independently in a true free market environment. No ‘watchdogs’ to fear, no distorted marketplace where most advertising income is from government agencies, no govt. created barriers to entry,….

    I fully agree with mavxp re NZ media, but for different reasons.

    NZ media only survive now (barely) because of these market distortions (barriers to entry keeps away competition, heavy reliance on govt. for advertising revenue, and many more I’m sure). Their biggest threat now is the internet and they would love to see it heavily regulated.

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  13. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    >Who needs the ‘news media’, when there’s Kiwiblog, Whale, the National Review, Spectator etc?

    Or the Standard? ;-)

    Most blogs/comment magazines take items from the news media and comment on them. (Which is great, but as an addition to the MSM, not a replacement for it). Blogs don’t source the news because they don’t have the time/resources to do so. Or they source one story a week, and only a subject that interests the blogger.

    No MSM, nothing for bloggers to start threads on!

    Reading things spun the way that suits one’s political leanings is all very warm and fuzzy, and of course there’s a place for comment on news stories.
    But I’d like to be able to read first objective reporting of the facts of a story (as far as that is possible) and make my own mind up.
    And if that’s thin on the ground in the MSM, it’s like hen’s teeth in the blogosphere.

    Sadly, the great world public (in western democracies), seem more interested in TV talent shows and celebrity gossip than news, so that’s what the need-to-make-a-profit-or-die media supply them with.

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  14. DJP6-25 (1,387 comments) says:

    Mary Rose 8:40 pm. What you get in the MSM is the standard socialist view masquerading as objective news. The likes of Whale, DPF, the Stranded etc are up front in having a particular view point. To some extent the Drudge Report is a media organisation with journalists etc, and not just a one person blog. Hopefully one fine day, the new MSM will look like that. Their bias will be obvious, and readers will be able to make an informed choice. Now, they just carry water for the Democrats, Labor, Labour etc.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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