Herald again fails to disclose author is a Labour candidate

February 23rd, 2013 at 10:54 am by David Farrar

I blogged on Thursday how the Herald ran a blog post from that was both factually incorrect and also failed to disclose Dann stood for Labour for the Christchurch City Council.

Well again on Friday they have run a blog post by Dann (of course attacking the Government again). Once again they do not mention that he is a Labour Party candidate.

How can the Herald justify not telling its readers that the blogger whose work they reprint, who constantly attacks the Government, is in fact a political party candidate?

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16 Responses to “Herald again fails to disclose author is a Labour candidate”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (3,262 comments) says:

    You keep saying “is” a candidate. Do you mean “was”? Is there an election I haven’t been told about?

    [DPF: He was a candidate at the last election and is giving every indication of standing again]

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  2. Redbaiter (7,521 comments) says:

    “How can the Herald justify not telling its readers that the blogger whose work they reprint, who constantly attacks the Government, is in fact a political party candidate?”

    Are you seriously trying to appeal to the conscience of NZ’s progressive mainstream media?

    They have no moral compunction in respect of their left wing propaganda mission. Never have had and never will have.

    NZ will not break free of the death grip of the left until the Herald and so many other similarly politically corrupt media outlets are gone.

    Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too much longer to see their demise.

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  3. dave (985 comments) says:

    How can the Herald justify not telling its readers that the blogger whose work they reprint, who constantly attacks the Government, is in fact a political party candidate?

    Because he isnt. He may have been in the past, and could well be in the future but at the present point in time he is not. that’s why. But he makes a pretty good point on his blog that John Key is wrong when he tweeted that Labour closed 280 schools when the actual number was less than half that.

    [DPF: You're being pedantic and missing the point. I can only assume deliberately.

    The fact he stood for Labour at the last local body elections is a material fact. The Herald has chosen not to tell people this. Are you seriously suggesting that there is no obligation on the Herald to disclose this?]

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  4. markm (97 comments) says:

    How can the Herald justify not telling its readers that the blogger whose work they reprint, who constantly attacks the Government, is in fact a political party candidate?

    The same way they justify having a PPTA press writing about education matters without disclosing her background

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  5. Elaycee (4,285 comments) says:

    In recent years the NZ Hoorald has degenerated from what was once a reasonable newspaper, to what we see today: a rag that contains factual errors, typos and editorial gaffes – and hell bent on promoting anything sympathetic to their own socialist viewpoint.

    If ever the shareholders / owners wanted to know why the Hoorald readership / the subscription base / advertiser base has plummeted, they should simply look up the dictionary – starting with the noun: “causation”…

    We had a few friends over for a BBQ recently and the Hoorald was briefly discussed. It turned out that, within the group there were 5 former Hoorald subscribers but only ONE current subscriber! The rest (including us) had cancelled their subscription during the last 2 years. Hardly scientific, but the consensus was that the Hoorald has become a receptacle for regurgitated stories about everything supporting the political left and the only reason you’d buy one nowadays, would be if you were short of paper for the bottom of the bird cage. In fact, the biggest laugh of all was when the sole subscriber conceded she wouldn’t be renewing her subscription when it ran out!

    No surprises.

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  6. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    Do you think that as a failing business they are attempting to curry favour with the future government as a prospective business bailout, somewhat like South Canterbury Finance ?

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  7. OneTrack (2,559 comments) says:

    It’s ok when it’s the left.

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  8. flipper (3,524 comments) says:

    Les Munro, Budge Hintz, John Hardingham, Ian Chappell, will be turning in their graves, hands over eyes and ears, such will be their anger, if not despair.

    Cannot imagine that Peter Scherer and Gavan Ellis would be happy….venture to suggest that PJS, at least, would be frothing…. … as would those outstanding Herald writers of past years such as Jock Graham, Alan Cole, Merv Cull and Gerry Symmans.

    The Horton family were not perfect as newspaper owners, but until Mike’s departure the Herald was a quality newspaper.

    Tony O’Reilly is (aka ” Mr” Heinz) is a gentleman. But he knows more about rugby union, beans and soup than newspapers. Anyway, his remaining interest (which is diminishing) in 2013 is purely monetary…and for him, worrying.

    But the message is clear. In 2013 quality will survive. Sub quality outlets, be they print (Fairfax for example) or electronic, will be deep sixed!

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  9. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    Look on the bright side of life:

    How many trees will be saved when the Harold finally dies! :)

    ps: Don’t forget Dr. Norman will be in power folks! :)

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  10. Paulus (2,485 comments) says:

    But the Herald does not now get their paper from New Zealand, but a cheap toilet type of paper from Malaysia.
    Ask Kawerau.

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  11. Ricardo (54 comments) says:

    Even this morning the Herald told us how full the storage ‘damns’ were. Educated stuff indeed.

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  12. BeaB (2,056 comments) says:

    The NZ Herald, like TVNZ, thinks their audience is dumb and treats them with contempt.
    I hardly watch TVNZ now (thank the lord for Sky TV) and hate the lame, smutty, undergraduate piffle that passes for humour on Seven Sharp and the awful Barbie and Ken act that is their 6pm news.
    Simon loves shouting questions at us when he is meant to be the one informing us and Wendy wears so much lip gloss that, along with her different hairdo every night, makes it impossible to take her seriously. Then they tell us they are going to ‘reveal’ news to us that we have actually been familiar with since the night before! And keep waving their hands around as if they are ‘conducting’ every word.
    Hilary Barry is measured, calm and informative in comparison. And looks good.
    The Herald, like many of our newspapers, dishes out biased material with none of the context, background or balance we are actually looking for in a newspaper. Without those qualities they are a waste of time and trees.
    Nowadays I suspect most of us look for facts and context in blogs like yours. My subs to the Herald and th Waikato Times (truly dumbed down) are hanging by a thread. Just about all that keeps me is Code Cracker and I can buy them in a book.

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  13. alman (1 comment) says:

    Ok looking at these comments lets get some facts.
    A) The vast majority of newspapers are recycled.
    B) If you think the Herald runs beat ups or an agenda why don’t you read some of the News Ltd tabloids in Australia. That’s how to run a beat up! APN doesn’t even come close
    C) APN doesn’t run a political agenda. It doesn’t know the first thing about newspapers. I know because I’ve worked there
    D) Most journalists are liberals. Get used to it. I’m a conservative and work at a newspaper but I don’t have any illusions about it. Why do you?
    E) MSM is more consumed than ever. Where do you think most of the content on the internet comes from?
    F) What you all really want is for a paper to reinforce your own prejudice.

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  14. itstricky (1,529 comments) says:

    F) What you all really want is for a paper to reinforce your own prejudice.

    That is so true!

    Watch the number of down votes I get for that :)

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  15. Henry64 (80 comments) says:

    No, I want a paper that discloses any conflicts of interest that a writer/journalist of an article has and also to do some fact checking before publishing said articles.

    I also want a paper that doesn’t just parrot political policy but does some rigorous analysis of both government and opposition political discourse and policy. All governments should be held to account, all politicians should be held to account and not just be given a free pass.

    Critical thinking and analysis plus declaration of any c.o.i. – too much to ask, or just plain impossible in this day and age of sound-bites and shallowness?

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  16. kiwi in america (2,431 comments) says:

    Dave
    Dann stood for the Labour surrogate party in Chch in the MOST RECENT local body elections. If you view his website that fact is front and centre – something he is proud of. The odds of him running again as a candidate for a left leaning party is extremely high. This reveals his ideological motivation and leanings and is utterly relevant to where he comes from when he criticizes the government. You can bet your bottom dollar that if a centre right leaning blogger ever got to have his/her own column in the Herald and he/she had stood for National (or a centre right leaning local body grouping) the Herald would make sure that its readers would understand the bias of that contributor.

    The left don’t think they lean left – they think they are merely the reasonable centre and object to any characterization by their opponents that might accuse them of bias..and they do this whilst aggresively politicizing everything they approach AND vilifying their ideological opposites as extremists (you name the epithets – far right/racist/homophobic/anti women/against clean water/against motherhood and apple pie-well just kidding but you get my point).

    Readers of this blog ought to make their objection to this blatant bias to the editor via the following link http://dynamic.nzherald.co.nz/feedback/email.cfm?user=senioreditor – if enough people email in it may shame the editor into asking James Dann to advise readers of his true leanings and not pass him off as some neural commentator on the Chch post earthquake situation.

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