Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


TVNZ - A State-Owned Propaganda Machine

5 August 2002

TVNZ – A STATE-OWNED PROPAGANDA MACHINE

“Could it be that Labour MP David Benson-Pope’s recent attacks on the media are designed to disguise the increasing criticism that the media favoured Parties on the Left of the political spectrum,” asks Party Leader Graham Capill? The recent campaign has certainly given credence to the widespread suspicion that TVNZ is a state-owned propaganda machine: a PR machine for the Labour Government and its potential allies.

“One has to ask if there has not been Labour interference in the decision making about whom to report and what spin to use.

“Prior to Labour coming to power, the CHP was included in debates once or twice a month (mainly on moral and family issues). That ceased when Labour came to office and there have been very few occasions in the last three years when CHP views could be expressed.

“It is to be noted that neither Act nor National are satisfied with the balance achieved by most broadcasters. The public appears surprised by how little scrutiny has been given to the Prime Minister and her Party.

“Christian Heritage has contacted all parties about TVNZ’s decision to exclude it from the Leaders’ Debate. Every Party except Labour and United Future agreed that CHP had a good case to be included in television debates and there was a cause to suspect that it had been treated unfairly. This too suggests that the source of the problem is the Labour led Government.

“There needs to be tighter laws restricting bias and unfair treatment in campaigns. There also needs to be an effective appeals authority to deal with broadcasters who abuse their power,” Mr Capill insisted.

“Of course Christian Heritage with its principled views on sanctity of life from conception to natural death, reform of the justice system to focus on victim restoration and a focus on supporting and promoting the traditional family unit would be no desirable coalition party for Labour. Only a pragmatic party can fit that bill,” he said.

The CHP is calling for legislation to be introduced to give the Electoral Commission a clear power to review decisions of broadcasters with respect to election programming to ensure that decisions made are consistent with the principles of democracy.

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news