On RadioLive at 4pm today, owned by MediaWorks, the bulletin was about the ruling of the Supreme Court between the Govt. and the Maori Council over water rights and asset sales. Duncan Garner the DJ on mic. was getting excited, billing this as an unprecedented story until more information came through and his sails were completed deflated, an over-eager crying wolf to the nation.
Both Keeping Stock and WhaleOil were covering this as it unfolded, here and here and had an archive link to the ‘live’ broadcast. KStock posted it as “Poor Duncan” and Oil as “The-biggest-media-whoopsy-in-a-long-time?“
So, MediaWorks BLOCKED a 4pm newscast and archive-linked commentary by its political editor at 5pm WHILE the public were listening (like me and countless others) because it made Duncan Garner look ill-informed? That is manipulative brand control. They looked silly, so they cut off the archive.
Now, they pride themselves on doing this to politicians and celebrities, bailing them up in the street, on their doorsteps, getting the REAL story, going deep, not being put off. Seems a bit ironic, especially when you consider this trailer, featuring Duncan at left, for a new hard-hitting deep-digging expose news show (this is actually a spoof of the trailer, but the images and audio are the original). It seems the Media do not hold themselves to the same standards they impose on others. H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y is a word that leers forward on this one.
“There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing the real story get missed.”
‘They let them off the hook.”
“We’ll get flack for this.”
“We have to go deeper.”
“They would never have released this.”
“Don’t you want the answer?”
Own goal GOLD.