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The Detail – a podcast from RNZ/ Newsroom: Is post-truth politics creeping into New Zealand?


A Podcast from RNZ and Newsroom

This Episode – 09 September 2019

The RNZ website notes:

The term ‘post-truth’ shot to popularity in 2016, hot on the heels of the particularly divisive campaigns of Donald Trump and Brexiteers.

Such was its rise to fame that ‘post-truth’ took out Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year, that year – and is now formally defined as: “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.

And nowhere is ‘post-truth’ more visible than in politics – where ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ have become part of industry language.



According to Newsroom,

Newsroom has been commissioned by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund to produce a new daily news podcast designed to explain the stories behind the headlines. 

Called ‘The Detail’, it aims to help listeners dive deeper into the big stories to help give an understanding of what’s really going on. We will pick out the news that matters and explain it in detail and in context.

The Detail will be fronted by journalists Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton, and produced by Alexia Russell. We will be drawing on not only Newsroom’s award-winning journalists, but the best reporters from throughout the country; along with experts in their fields.


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