Winston vs media

The Herald reports:

Peters interjected as Luxon ushered for media to leave and proceedings to get under way.

“Before you go – can you possibly tell the public what you had to sign up to to get the money, it's called transparency,” Peters said.

Luxon was asked about those comments but did not respond. Fellow Cabinet ministers shuffled awkwardly in their seats.

Peters' attack on the fund is tied to his criticism of the use of te reo Māori in the media.

“Well, we'll see the speed at which TVNZ and RNZ – which are taxpayer-owned – understand this new message. We'll see whether these people, both the media and journalists – are they independent? Well, isn't that fascinating, I haven't seen evidence of that in the last three years,” Peters said at Government House yesterday.

“You can't defend $55 million of bribery, cannot defend $55 million of bribery. Get it very clear,” Peters said.

Applicants to the fund were asked to show a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, including a commitment to te reo Māori.

Winston is being hyperbolic, and the media deliberately are avoiding the elephant in the room.

No the media were not bribed to be left-wing – that comes naturally.

But the media were given $55 million of taxpayer funding, and a condition of that funding wasn't just a commitment to the Treaty but:

Actively promote the principles of Partnership, Participation and Active Protection under Te Tiriti o Waitangi acknowledging Māori as a Te Tiriti partner.

The view of the Treaty being about partnership rather than equality is a highly partisan view. It is a view in rejected by the parties that won a majority of seats in the last election. So it is no surprise that some of those MPs think the media were not neutral as a result of accepting $55 million conditional on accepting /Greens views of the Treaty.

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