This double-headed response to my musings reminded me of a conversation I had with Richard Long, then The Dominion’s Parliamentary bureau chief, later the paper’s editor, and even later Spin Doctor for two under-achieving National Party Opposition leaders, Bill English and Don Brash.
Richard, a Press Gallery veteran if ever there was one (20 years? Famous for refusing to drink the Muldoon/Birch ‘Think Big’ kool-aid) explained his interpretation of ‘journalistic balance’ like this:
He told me he would alternate the focus of his stories/columns … so that one would piss off the Government, then follow it with one which would piss off the Opposition.
Nice theory (even if he was serious) but I couldn’t bring myself to apply it to my work for Radio New Zealand.