Is Karl du Fresne happy now?
In March 2013, former Dominion editor and right-wing columnist, Karl Du Fresne, spat an almighty dummy when he launched a diatribe of accusations of “bias” against Radio New Zealand;
I responded shortly thereafter with my own interpretation of Du Fresne’s accusation, writing;
Du Fresne referred to RNZ as “left wing”. And then listed all those people whom he thinks are guilty of being “left”. People like,
Obviously, these people all need to be brought before Parliament’s House Committee for Un-New Zealand Activities. (Which, we don’t have – yet – but I’m sure one of Mr Du Fresne’s right wing colleagues such as Maggie Barry could easily organise one. More on Maggie Barry in a moment.) Then the H.C.U.N.Z.A. can ensure that Hill, Laidlaw, Rose, and Ryan never work in this town again.
Du Fresne claimed;
“So what might the new RNZ chief executive do to enhance the organisation’s standing in a political climate that is less than favourable? One obvious step is to take a tougher line against the editorial bias that still permeates some RNZ programmes.
Public broadcasting organisations, by their very nature, tend to be Left-leaning.”
Du Fresne did not hold back in his trenchant criticism of the state broadcaster;
“But publicly funded broadcasters have an obligation to make programmes that reflect the views and interests that I’m comfortable with – not just those the broadcasters happen to favour for the rest of New Zealand who are a bunch of leftie, pinko, mung-bean eating, hippies.”
I responded by listing the right-wing commentators who were regular or semi-regular guests and commentators on Radio NZ;
- ex-National President, Michelle Boag;
- National & ACT supporter and anti-MMP campaigner, Jordan Williams
- rightwing blogger and National Party apparatchik, David Farrar;
- ex-ACT MP and Party President, Rodney Hide;
- ex-ACT and later, ex-National MP, Stephen Franks;
- former speech-writer and press secretary for National and right-wing commentator, Matthew Hooten;
- and former police officer and front-person for television’s “Police Ten 7″, Graham Bell (who holds right wing views on many issues).
Not forgetting also;
- Richard Griffin, Radio NZ’s one-time political editor, who worked for National Party ex-Prime Minister Jim Bolger, as his press secretary in the late 1990’s, and is on Radio NZ’s Board of Governors
- Maggie Barry (who I referred to above), was the morning presenter on Radio NZ’s ‘Morning Report’ in 1986, and hosted ‘Nine To Noon’ show in 1990. Later, in November 2011, Ms Barry stood as a political candidate in the general election, and won the seat of North Shore. She stood as a National Party candidate.
Karl du Fresne – his name pointed out with a big, ‘pinko’ arrow.
So, is Radio NZ still biased?
Especially when the only person to be publicly banned from that broadcaster was left-wing commentator Martyn Bradbury;
Not so self-righteous with indignant cries of “Bias!” now are we, Mr Du Fresne?
Manawatu Standard: RNZ’s bias needs to be tackled
Radio NZ: Board of Governors
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This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 14 August 2016.
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