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Media shortcomings/bias


Adam did not want to re-visit the Peter Bethune issue again this week, but this item from Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme on Tuesday is worth listening to. (MP3 link here) Denis Welch, not a man with him Adam would normally agree, took a look in his media commentary segment and tackled the bias shown by the MSM towards just one side of the issue of Bethune and indeed whaling. Given that many may well have their views on this issue shaped by the media and their repetition of Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd propaganda, Welch’s commentary deserves wider recognition. He makes some excellent points.

Yet again the NZ media are found wanting, severely. Well done Welch and Nine to Noon.

  1. 19/04/2010 13:15

    Naturally the media coverage will be biased. Most of the agencies now rely on media releases from interested parties to generate the news, and if there’s one thing Sea Shepherd does well, it’s self-generated publicity.

    FWIW, I have no problem with the Japanese imprisoning Bethune if he is found guilty in the Japanese justice system.


  2. McC permalink
    17/04/2010 13:23

    It’s shocking to discover New Zealand has no reporters of their own in Japan.
    On the other hand, most of the stuff I see out of BBC and Australia purporting to give Japan’s point of view are woeful, inaccurate, and aimed in an insidious way as to reinforce bad stereotypes — such as “Japanese don’t eat whale” or “Japanese are ignorant about whaling”.

    So maybe it’s better that New Zealand doesn’t have any reporters in Japan.


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