[NZ Politics Daily is appearing only occassionally as Bryce Edwards is on study leave in Berlin. He returns at the end of February - Editor]
How well do political journalists serve New Zealand democracy?
Does the blogosphere do any better?
The Leveson report in Britain has media accountability being discussed internationally.
Recent events in the Labour Party, where the blogosphere has suddenly received greater attention due to its role in creating rumours of a possible leadership coup, have sharpened the debate here as well.
The mainstream media is under scrutiny for its role in reporting on Labour’s recent annual conference. Chris Trotter deals with these issues in a recent blogpost that severely criticises the parliamentary press gallery journalists – see: Islands In The Mainstream.
Trotter reflects on the conference coverage: ‘The political journalists covering the conference were either collaborators with, or the dupes of, a faction of the Labour Party Caucus which, fearing the consequences of radical changes to the party’s constitution, manufactured a leadership challenge to Opposition Leader, David Shearer, by his front-bench colleague, David Cunliffe’. He ponders whether ‘the Fourth Estate, far from speaking truth to power, has become its willing stenographer’.
Incidentally, Trotter also suggests that the ‘real’ leadership coup brewing in the background was from ‘supporters of Grant Robertson’.
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