In case anyone finds it hard to believe that some in the msm (mainstream media) are politically partisan, the screen-shot below – of a recent NZ Herald story – should help dispel such doubts;
Notice the two disparate images.
On the left, Key’s image portrays him as smiling and obviously confident and relaxed.His authority is not under threat.
The image on the right, depicting David Cunliffe, shows him scowling; mouth open in mid-retort; obviously in a defensive and angry position. His leadership authority is shown to be in question in that image. (Hence the old expression, “if you become angry, you have lost the argument“.)
It is a subtle piece of visual propaganda; one is calm, poised, confident. The other is emotional, upset, obviously responding to an attack.
So this is supposedly an example of an impartial, non-partisan media?
And journos wonder why a large sector of society view them with disdain and suspicion?
If the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Professions for 2013 is any indication, journalists need to work on their integrity;
3. Rescue volunteers
10. Armed Forces personnel
13. Childcare workers
16. Bus/train/tram drivers
17. Flight attendants
22. Computer technicians
23. Postal workers
29. Truck drivers
32. Charity collectors
33. Shop assistants
34. Clergy (all religions)
36. Personal trainers
38. Taxi drivers
39. Financial planners
41. Call centre staff
42. Airport baggage handlers
44. Real estate agents
45. Insurance salespeople
47. Sex workers
48. Car salespeople
49. Door-to-door salespeople
Lumped in with politicians, car salespeople, etc, is not a desirable place, one would think.
This will be a dirty election as the Right (National and ACT) with their media allies (NZ Herald, NBR, and rantback radio hosts) pull out the stops to destroy a resurgent Left. Those who hold power will not give it up easily.
NZ Herald: Key on Liu-Labour link: More to come
Reader’s Digest: New Zealand’s Most Trusted Professions 2013
Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes
This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 20 June 2014.
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