Media and political affiliations

July 25th, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Whale blogs an e-mail from someone who responded to a call on Twitter from TVNZ, wanting to interview people interested in purchasing MRP shares.

When he was asked if he belongs to a political party, he answered “National” and was told he couldn’t be used.

Now I actually think this is a good thing that TVNZ is asking political affiliations of people who volunteer for stories. It’s a damn sight better than what happened with TV3’s “independent” worm which was stacked full of left-wing activists.

I’m not sure whether mere party membership (as opposed to activism) was a conflict of interest for this story, but as I said it is good that TVNZ is asking. I just wish would do it more often – and to all parties. The number of times there has been some sob story person on TV or in the newspaper, and I’ve instantly recognised them as a prominent Labour or Green activist is too many to count.

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5 Responses to “Media and political affiliations”

  1. Tristan (62 comments) says:

    Damn straight people with national party membership should be talking to their local minister #nicksmith #toosoon? ;)

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  2. davidabo (1 comment) says:

    I disagree. The line between party membership and activism is a blurry one. There are plenty of voters out there who have NOT taken the formal partisan step of affiliating themselves with a political party by taking up a membership (like me). It’s one of the joys of living in NZ, as opposed to the US. TVNZ should be seeking to interview those people.

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  3. scrubone (3,097 comments) says:

    “The line between party membership and activism is a blurry one….TVNZ should be seeking to interview those people.”

    Troll alert.

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  4. hj (7,184 comments) says:

    I often wonder about bias amongst people working for Roy Morgan etc (i.e the foot soldiers).

    Radio NZ has a bias against NZ First as when Winston used “a tsunami of migrants” Mary Wilson asked “should we even be reporting him?”

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  5. iMP (2,457 comments) says:

    and we can rely on Labour activists to be honest about their affiliations so as not to screw ‘objective’ stories, when?

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