I was surprised to see 3News ‘back-announce’ a report from the first day of The Greens annual conference last night with a pure propaganda statement from the Prime Minister.
Whoever was running the newsroom at the weekend made a really odd decision.
Reading Mr Key’s statement — which had nothing whatsoever to do with Russel Norman’s criticisms of National’s [alleged] cronyism (speech notes here) and their [alleged] anti-democratic actions in government — was so ‘off’, so supine, that it made me question 3News’ credibility.
What piss-poor news judgement. (In my opinion.) Way to look like a government lapdog, 3News.
Watch the report Norman accuses government of cronyism at 3News.co.nz and observe (listen below) the completely irrelevant ‘statement from the gummint’ — spin which wouldn’t be out of place in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
3News gives Prime Minister John Key the last word in a report on The Greens co-leader’s speech attacking the government.
Mr Key’s statement was regurgitated, near-meaningless positioning (spin). 3News’ Carolyn Robinson read it out respectfully like a good little employee of the Ministry of Truth.
What were they thinking?