The opposition parties are showing their true colours.
When TV3 made a commercial decision to change Campbell Live, resulting in the departure of John Campbell, MPs from Labour and Greens decried this as terrible. They said the media needs strong voices. They said it was appalling that John Campbell would no longer be on the air.
However yesterday we saw the opposition parties effectively demand that Mike Hosking be taken off the air, because – well he doesn’t always agree with them.
So think about this. What Labour and Greens are saying is that they only want media that agree with them.
Little said Hosking’s dominance across so many media platforms was concerning.
“The point is that Mike Hosking is extremely influential because of his involvement with Newstalk ZB, TVNZ and the Herald.”
Waa, waa, waa.
If people don’t like what Hosking says, they can choose not to watch him, listen to him or read him.
Little accused Hosking of being “totally aligned to the Government of the day” and showing “no attempt at objectivity”.
If you think he really is biased, then you can complain to the Broadcasting Standards Authority, the Press Council or the Online Media Standards Authority.
Instead we have a Muldoon like attack on the media, because basically Little says Hosking doesn’t agree with Labour enough.
At fault was “broadcast media having opinionated people holding prime slots,” he said.
Here is the true hypocrisy. John Campbell had plenty of opinions. Does Andrew Little think John Campbell should not have had a prime slot? Of, course not. Little is just against media who don’t agree with him.
Shaw said it was “pretty obvious” Hosking was biased and there weren’t any balancing voices with the same reach.
They must be kidding.
The vast majority of editorials and opinion columns in Fairfax and APN publications are critical of the Government.
On Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show, you can go all week without hearing anyone say anything vaguely supportive of the Government.
Anyway it is a good thing that Labour and Greens have shown their true feelings. They want a media that agrees with them and they will publicly attack and denigrate people in the media who don’t agree with them.
Who will be next on their hitlist?