Leighton Smith: NZ deprived of balanced news coverage of American politics

Author
Leighton Smith,
Section
Opinion,
Publish Date
Thursday, 30 August 2018, 11:34AM
Yet this morning, there is another editorial on Trump that shows me that the people who write these stories and editorials are being fed from one source only. Photo \ AP

The population of New Zealand continues to be deprived of any sort of balance with regard to American politics and Trump.

What you get in the media here is, if you're watching television you will get CNN, in particular, or associated channels and news clips.

In print media, you get the Washington Post and New York Times, one or two others maybe but they're the main ones. And you can substitute one for the other, especially with the New York Times and Washington Post, they write the same stuff.

Yet this morning, there is another editorial on Trump that shows me that the people who write these stories and editorials are being fed from one source only.

They know absolutely nothing or very little at best and don't want to know any more, with regard to what else is going on, on the other side.

It really is quite extraordinary.

This is what I know from cable television. So you go to Al Jazeera, you go to the BBC, you go to CNN, you go to Fox, there's one or to others, from the aforementioned group you will get one side of any aspect of this.

You ask someone who watches CNN all the time about this or that and they won't have a clue.

What you get from Fox is not balance but you will get the input from the other side. They give you another perspective.

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