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    Default Is this the end of 'free' press in NZ?


    "If Fawlty Towers is now being removed by the BBC then humour is dead. The puritans are winning because the establishment is weak and has no self confidence."


    Nigel Farage@Nigel_Farage· Jun 12

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    Default Re: Is this the end of 'free' press in NZ?

    Scary stuff (no pun intended). Actually I have noticed recently that there seems to be a different "flavour" to some of Stuff's reportage on NZ politics. It seems to be more in line with the NZ Herald right wing bulldust than it used to be. Maybe they are all aligning themselves with the Murdoch world view before the next takeover.

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    Default Re: Is this the end of 'free' press in NZ?

    Why not free?
    I read both the Herald and Stuff online. Got rid of Stuffs annoying "Become a supporter" popup too.
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    Default Re: Is this the end of 'free' press in NZ?

    There has never been 'free press'

    There were/are biased depending on owners & readership.
    Owners of the Press (newspapers & other media) do control whats published , and the slant it has.

    Newspapers in general are fast becoming unprofitable. Cant see how a merger is going to change that.
    Reporting now seems to be either sensationalizing stories to get more ~looks~ or parroting official statements.

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    Default Re: Is this the end of 'free' press in NZ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    There has never been 'free press'

    There were/are biased depending on owners & readership.
    Owners of the Press (newspapers & other media) do control whats published , and the slant it has.

    Newspapers in general are fast becoming unprofitable. Cant see how a merger is going to change that.
    Reporting now seems to be either sensationalizing stories to get more ~looks~ or parroting official statements.
    When the Government of the day can get stories stopped or changed to suit the official line it is not even close to free press. They deserve to fail.

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    Default Re: Is this the end of 'free' press in NZ?

    Papers had ads in them. Online papers, well sort of but we adblock users...........
    Who knows maybe fake news will become the thing, I know heaps of people who read nothing but facebook for news......how trustworthy it is....
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    Default Re: Is this the end of 'free' press in NZ?

    Yes, it is possible to read "some" of the news on Granny Herald - for more indepth news, you have to subscribe - ie pay $$$

    At the moment, it is possible to read all the articles on Stuff without having to part with your hard earned $$$$$$

    Do you honestly think it will remain that way if NZME get their sticky fingers into the trough?

    "If Fawlty Towers is now being removed by the BBC then humour is dead. The puritans are winning because the establishment is weak and has no self confidence."


    Nigel Farage@Nigel_Farage· Jun 12

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    Default Re: Is this the end of 'free' press in NZ?

    Nope

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    Default Re: Is this the end of 'free' press in NZ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippity View Post
    Yes, it is possible to read "some" of the news on Granny Herald - for more indepth news, you have to subscribe - ie pay $$$

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    No you don't, download the NZHerald Bypass.
    The writer updated it.
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    Default Re: Is this the end of 'free' press in NZ?

    That's cheating piroska. Not on for me.... I just don't read it. I don't have a problem blocking ads but fair is fair, as the old saying goes.

    Ken

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