Rudman confirms media campaign against Government

February 27th, 2013 at 1:25 pm by David Farrar

What an admission from Brian Rudman in the NZ Herald:

With job lay-offs, unaffordable housing and a call for better public transport, Labour should be making inroads.

Despite the best efforts of Opposition politicians, single-issue campaigners and me and my colleagues in the , most Kiwis seem resolutely unconvinced that this country is heading for hell in a handcart.

A stunning admission by Rudman. Not a huge surprise that he admits to trying to convince people the country is heading for “hell in a handcut” as Rudman is well known as a left wing columnist. But his inclusion of  his colleagues in the media speaks volumes.

They see their role to convince New Zealanders that their country is fucked, with the implication being unless of course they change the Government.

Will the let Rudman’s comments stand that the role of his media colleagues has been to use their best efforts convince people the country is damned?

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34 Responses to “Rudman confirms media campaign against Government”

  1. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Winston is absolutely going to thrive in the next election. Representative of third party visibility the media can’t hide…or ignore!

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  2. Auberon (816 comments) says:

    A perfect example is the Hobbit emails. It’s pretty clear the government only resisted releasing them because it showed how free and frank Sir Peter had been, after all, read objectively everything in them only serves to strengthen their case that New Zealand very nearly lost those films because of one Aussie union “snake” and about 15 local actors.

    And what do the local media unobjectively do? They try and piece together a conspiracy about whether the government did or didn’t know about when a black list had been lifted, as if that had anything whatsoever to do with the films being at risk. These people are officially at war with the National-led government, and frankly it’s making them look silly.

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  3. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    This brings to mind something a prominent journalist of a major media company told me in an email earlier this month:

    “(which I will use when the Greens staff here react to what I have wriiten as they surely will!!!)”

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  4. Peter (1,468 comments) says:

    most Kiwis seem resolutely unconvinced that this country is heading for hell in a handcart.

    That’s because it isn’t, Brian.

    And perhaps most Kiwis have simply given up listening to the MSM due to political bias and lack of depth….

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  5. Elaycee (4,067 comments) says:

    Will the NZ Herald let Rudman’s comments stand that the role of his media colleagues has been to use their best efforts convince people the country is damned?

    Of course they will…

    For years the NZ Hoorald has been running a campaign promoting anything left of the political spectrum whilst in parallel they’ve been hell bent on trying to discredit anything from the centre / centre right. The only ‘surprise’ here is that Rudman has (finally) outed himself as part of this cabal.

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  6. Tauhei Notts (1,510 comments) says:

    Rudman’s honesty, in this instance, is commendable.
    He still remains, in my eyes, an unscrupulous person.
    Heinemann’s N.Z. dictionary has two meanings for one particular word;
    (a) The female genitalia.
    (b) An unscrupulous person.
    I dislike putting that word into print.

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  7. iMP (2,153 comments) says:

    An investigative journalist and editor worth their salt, should now try and put some names to the claim. It’s in the public interest to known whom among the Fourth Estate are really advocates, and thus skewing ‘objective’ news gathering.

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  8. campit (438 comments) says:

    I think you’ll find his tongue was firmly in his cheek when he wrote that. The thrust of his argument is in the last line “For Labour, in particular, the difficult challenge now is to persuade voters they’re not as happy and contended as they tell pollsters they are.”

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  9. simonway (356 comments) says:

    You’re really stretching here. Yes, Brian Rudman and several other people who work in the media take a generally anti-National stance. That’s all he’s saying. Maybe his phrasing wasn’t the best, but it definitely involves a bit of reaching to read this as indicating the existence of some kind of organised conspiracy between Fairfax and APN and TV3 or whatever.

    [DPF: I am not saying any organised conspiracy. But it is no small thing for a journalist to state he and his colleagues are campaigning against the Government. That is a statement that deserves wide publicity and scrutiny]

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  10. RightNow (6,338 comments) says:

    Our own little band of journolistas, quelle surprise. I’ll be looking forward to their inevitable fairfaxing.

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  11. eszett (2,271 comments) says:

    Imp, it’s an Opinion column.
    How can it be possibly objective?
    It’s not supposed to be. That’s why it’s called an opinion.

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  12. Ross12 (927 comments) says:

    Yes but when you have the supposed future Deputy PM saying things like this does it really matter

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2013/02/russell-norman-overjoyed-at-solid-energy-failure/#disqus_thread

    Note the last sentence in particular.

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  13. Keeping Stock (9,789 comments) says:

    iMP said

    An investigative journalist and editor worth their salt, should now try and put some names to the claim. It’s in the public interest to known whom among the Fourth Estate are really advocates, and thus skewing ‘objective’ news gathering.

    Let’s start a list then:

    Brian Rudman
    Corin Dan
    Jessica Mutch
    Duncan Garner
    Patrick Gower

    Just off the top of my head; feel free to add to it.

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  14. Fentex (656 comments) says:

    Putting aside the possibility he meant despite efforts to inform people of what he believes is accurate information (whether or not that’s accurate), one man claiming to speak for others does not make it true.

    Will you be equally dismissive of all National members the next time one of them says ‘we’ in combination with a racist opinion?

    I expect not.

    [DPF: Not comparing apples and oranges. This is a prominent journalist for the Herald, not some anonymous blog commenter. The comparison to a National Party Member would be is an MP used We in relation to the caucus]

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  15. cha (3,537 comments) says:

    Let’s start a list then:

    Yeah, there’s nothing quite like a list….

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  16. RF (1,129 comments) says:

    Jesus H Christ… We appear to live in a country of left wing tossers who stoop to gutter tactics in their feeble attempt to shaft the National Govt.

    Why dont these low lifes fuck off to Cuba.

    Note to self. Must renew my National Party sub.

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  17. lyndon (330 comments) says:

    Okay, I’m going to go out on a limb here but do you think there might be the slightest chance – just a possibility – that it was a dry aside about paranoid right wing rants about the putative leftist media?

    Might – based purely on this thread – such rants exist?

    (Even at a face reading: Given that “colleague” in this case probably wouldn’t include any non-anti-government media denizens it’s hard to call it a revelation. But in my opinion a face reading makes little sense in terms of the column or the wider context.)

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  18. wreck1080 (3,523 comments) says:

    Isn’t this an opinion column?

    I see no issue.

    Just as Matt McCarten writes against national — although , McCarten is rabid, he disagrees with anything national on a philosophical basis and that is just dumb.

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  19. Peter Malcouronne (1 comment) says:

    When something seems too good to be true it’s usually because it is.

    Rudman, who would probably describe himself as liberal-left-ish, is clearly taking the piss. Short of a sub-clause to the sentence – ‘and I jest here’ – I don’t know how he could make it more obvious. Can none of you people see this?

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  20. greenjacket (346 comments) says:

    A Herald journalist admits to left-wing bias.
    And we’re surprised by this?

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  21. MT_Tinman (2,792 comments) says:

    greenjacket (129) Says:
    February 27th, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    A Herald journalist admits to left-wing bias.
    And we’re surprised by this?

    Yes – the “admit” bit is very surprising indeed.

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  22. PaulL (5,775 comments) says:

    Looks to me like tongue in cheek. Overreach I think here, I wouldn’t like to see journalists no longer able to use humour at risk of blog commentors taking it out of context.

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  23. Mobile Michael (365 comments) says:

    Because wedon’t have a large population with multiple dailies we don’t have clear editorial positions announced. With only two networks with newsrooms we also don”t get declared allegiance there. But TV3 have taken a very strong anti government view, and every day our papers overflow with opinion features that are anti government.

    I’d rather journalists and columnists were open about alignment. For starters, I’d know when an alternate view was being espoused to broaden my thoughts on an issue.

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  24. Tom Jackson (2,235 comments) says:

    So Rudman has discovered that most New Zealanders are dumb and delusional.

    Tell me something I don’t know.

    Odd thing is that he thinks Labour are any better. They’re all crap, mate. All of them. We don’t have any good politicians. They’ve stopped making them.

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  25. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Shows how many people read Rudman, not many, if any.

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  26. SPC (4,669 comments) says:

    I suppose when a left wing columnist writes they are opinions, when a right wing columnist writes those are facts.

    The facts about the Herald are in in its 2005 editorial the day before the election. Both the Herald and Dom Post editorials have been anti union, pro market and pro tax cuts for decades.

    But their staff in comparison – incude people across the spolitical spectrum, and sometimes the news they have to report is inconvenient to those of the left and the right. This is not bias.

    Labour and the left think the print media is biased against them.

    The only reason TV 3 is seen as biased is because TV 1 is so paranoid they will be sold off if they upset the government – just like the MP form coalitions with National fearing the Maori seats will be abolished if they do not.

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  27. Fentex (656 comments) says:

    [DPF: Not comparing apples and oranges. This is a prominent journalist for the Herald, not some anonymous blog commenter. The comparison to a National Party Member would be is an MP used We in relation to the caucus]

    I didn’t write ‘anonymous blog commenter’, I wrote ‘National members’.

    I don’t think I was comparing things that are too disparate – one person speaking as if others in their group agree with their prejudice is likely much like another person speaking as if on behalf of others who aren’t speaking for themselves.

    You’ve taken Brian Rudman’s opinion as representative of other journos simply because he spoke as if it was.

    I doubt you’ll do the same when next some foolish National party member expresses some prejudice in terms that suppose their fellow members agree.

    And the similarity between the two does not, I think, stretch any comparison.

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  28. Reid (15,545 comments) says:

    Brian Rudman
    Corin Dan
    Jessica Mutch
    Duncan Garner
    Patrick Gower

    Barry Soper
    John Campbell
    Mary Wilson
    Tapu Misa

    Bias is poison in a professional journalist in the same way dishonesty is poison in a financial advisor. It’s not tolerated in the latter, why do we accept it in the former?

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  29. flipper (3,270 comments) says:

    Reid,
    Sadly,
    because the real journos went down the tubes when the media training courses started at tert educat orgs.
    Previously, in house training instilled the ethics of the great US/UK/Aus reporters. But with the shift to “graduate” training, it all became custard….more likely crap.

    As I have said before, the great Herald Editors, long dead, will be turning in their graves. Of those still alive, I know that P.J.Scherer will be frothing. Ellis? Not sure.

    How to change it

    DPF has the ability. We can support him.

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  30. Reid (15,545 comments) says:

    because the real journos went down the tubes when the media training courses started at tert educat orgs

    Right. I had wondered. There has been a definite start point but I’d never understood where or what. Thanks flipper, that makes a lot of sense. University faculties really do have a lot to answer for, don’t they. Ever noticed for example lots of lawyers these days are screaming lefties? Same deal.

    Luckily they haven’t made too many inroads into engineering. Yet…

    DPF has the ability.

    So does Whale. Let’s hope Truth picks up on this. Although their readers probably think the likes of Barry Soper is “too intellectual,” but I’m sure Cam can get cut-through.

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  31. OneTrack (1,967 comments) says:

    Brian Rudman
    Corin Dan
    Jessica Mutch
    Duncan Garner
    Patrick Gower
    Barry Soper
    John Campbell
    Mary Wilson
    Tapu Misa
    Rachel Smalley

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  32. Bogusnews (425 comments) says:

    One of the rare moments of clarity. It has been apparent for quite some time that the media view themselves as shapers of public opinion rather than just reporting the facts.

    This is an extraordinary admission of something we have so long suspect but never had evidence to prove.

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  33. Paulus (2,296 comments) says:

    Rudman is correct.
    The so called media still have an “Ambrose UTU” against Key and Banks, due to the fact that Key had the audacity to take action against Bradley Ambrose for selling the tapes to his mates in the media. Bradley did apologies in writing to Key, and this apology was accepted.

    The media leaked a copy to Winston Peters, who of course denied that fact, – but we all know that he is a born liar.

    How dare anybody take on the media ?

    Under Helen Klark they were sucking her toes for the drops she let them have, and did she not feed them, and they all thought that they were the only chosen ones.

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  34. SPC (4,669 comments) says:

    Talk about a thread exposing the right as paranoid about public figures not seen as fellow right wingers in our political life, it even extends to those in the media.

    Maybe the right secretly fears what/who they cannot control – so they use God or the primacy of capital in political/economic organisation to dictate terms to others.

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