Commenting on my recent post on the late Maori Marxist, Tom Poata, anon asked…
Why aren’t the mainstream newspapers and TV giving us this background?
In my opinion there are several reasons.
Firstly there is a terror of “McCarthyism” among journalists. They see any hint of that unpardonable sin as a sure career killer. To be fair also, most people have little idea of the covert influence the left exerts, so journalists can cite little public interest in their activities as a reason for not investigating them.
Secondly a lot of younger journalists are pretty ignorant of history and politics.
Thirdly, many journalists are socialists, who see their role to help shape society in the correct direction. Most journalists are now university or Polytech graduates, who have absorbed the socialist culture prevalent in those institutions. They are understandably very loathe to expose their mates.
I am a big supporter of the the traditional apprenticeship system and would love to see the old system of journalist cadetships revived.
Journalists who start at the bottom covering A&P Shows, charity events, the local courts, school prizegivings and the like tend to be a bit more realistic and objective than some of the self important little “change agents” popped out by the polytechs and journalism schools.