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Mediawatch: Climate Change Commission Report Release – Another poor piece of reporting – Sloppy Journalism #42

13/06/2021

Interesting piece for a number of reasons

I have been a listener to this RNZ programme for some years and have found the programme interesting, relevant and useful. Rarely have I taken exception to an item. However, I was not enamoured of a recent Hayden Donnell piece This feeling of disenchantment was reinforced when I went back and read the article text on the website. See link .

My overall impression was that this was a rather sloppy and biased piece, not up to the programme’s past standards.

Partly due to the above and partly because I have not found the topics that interesting I have not bothered with Mediawatch very much recently. However, I browsed the site on Sunday and came across this piece of dross in respect of the Climate Change Commission’s Final Report. Interestingly the website item was not bylined

When the Climate Change Commission released its first blueprint for cutting our carbon emissions earlier this year, there were plenty of spurious stories about the end of gas-fired barbies and private cars – and a slump in meat and dairy production. But there was a lot less of that when the Commission’s final advice to the government was made public this week.

For example

The New Zealand Herald looked ahead to the report earlier this week with an opinion piece by climate change minister James Shaw under the headline: The window is closing on our chance to address climate change

Herald science writer Jamie Morton also interviewed the minister and published a handy backgrounder: The path to zero carbon: Why this week will make history.

When the final report came out at last Wednesday,  many reporters weren’t thrilled about getting less than an hour in a lock-up to digest more than 400 pages before a brief press conference with the Prime Minister. By contrast, the Government had more than a week to pore over it and get their lines ready for the media. 

Arden called it “one of the most significant documents I’ll receive in my time as prime minister” – and said the climate crisis was a matter of “life and death’

Note these comments from some media at the time, which did not seem to come up, other than in a passing comment, in this propaganda piece

RNZ went on

Judging by the lack of sensational responses this time – about the end of cars, barbecues, and slumping food supplies – the media are – unlike our emissions – on the right track.

Typical of RNZ’s highly political and biased approach to this issue.

To my mind the comment ‘ the media are – unlike our emissions – on the right track.‘ – infers that majority of the media is following the party line.

Not surprising when RNZ in the referenced report stated:

Stuff’s team of two dedicated to climate coverage produced a consumer-focused breakdown later that day What does the Climate Change Commission’s roadmap mean for our lives? and a counter-factual piece outlining the rising cost of failing to cut emissions.

Stuff of course being the outlet which is firmly on the side of the righteous (aka Climate Change Cultists) re climate change as the Editor in Chief made very clear in 2018.

Plus just last week Andrea Vance wrote, in her blistering attack on the regime’s media managment

And the prime minister’s office makes sure its audience is captured, starting the week and cementing the agenda with a conference call with political editors.

and

It is an artfully-crafted mirage, because the reality is very different. This is a Government that is only generous with the information that it chooses to share.

So given as RNZ reports

the Government had more than a week to pore over it and get their lines ready for the media. 

I venture to suggest we were being played by the government, not that RNZ would in it’s present zombie like state of acquiescence to the government in many areas would agree.

Therefore I am again left with the overall impression was that this was a rather sloppy and biased piece, not up to the programme’s past standards.

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