Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


The Watchdogs Have Become Lap Dogs - Peters

The Rt Hon Winston Peters MP, Leader of New Zealand First, today said that the disclosure of political donations by TV 3 and INL to the National and Labour Parties has reduced those news organisations to being lap dogs instead of watch dogs.

“The media’s role in the political process should be one of complete impartiality and without bias. These political donations bring into public question the degree to which certain media organisations can now say that they showed the required standard of professional objectivity in their coverage of the 1999 General Election Campaign,” said Mr Peters.

Mr Peters said that this sort of bias was behind a Private Members Bill he has drafted advocating that all political polls should be banned throughout an Election Campaign.

“One must certainly question the journalistic ethics of news organisations which broadcast influential political polls in an election campaign whilst making political contributions to the two major political parties.

“The way in which one of those parties attempted to hide the donation highlights that they knew it was wrong and reinforces why New Zealand First has, since 1994, advocated public disclosure of all corporate donations to political parties,” said Mr Peters.

Mr Peters said that the public would have no confidence in the objectivity and professionalism of media coverage in New Zealand whilst such donations were made and hidden from the public.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news