Thursday, July 20, 2017

Overt media bias

From today's DomPost (though the on-line version differs from the hard copy offering I have responded to, you'll get the gist):

Kiwi baby death rates not improving as experts blame poverty

"New Zealand's high rates of infant deaths places it near the bottom of the OECD, with opposition parties blaming inequality and poverty for the country's poor record compared to the rest of the developed world.

Poor healthcare; poor housing; lack of access to a midwife or maternity carer; and poor health in the mother have all been blamed by experts for the poor statistics."

My response:

Dear Editor

The DomPost ran a headline on July 20, "Poverty cited as baby death rates get worse."

While not strictly 'fake news' it is outdated news, drawing on OECD data from 2012/13. Since then the infant mortality rate has dropped to its lowest number ever in 2016 - 3.58 deaths per 1,000 infants.

How difficult would it have been for your reporter to access this data from Statistics New Zealand? I could.

Instead the article was peppered with quotes about poverty, family violence and poor housing. Undoubtedly these factors contribute but the trend is positive - not negative.

Lindsay Mitchell


Mark Hubbard said...

The Dom is the most awful, progressive biased, rag in NZ.

Hope you not giving it money, Lindsay.

Mark Wahlberg said...

As Mark Twain said so long ago, "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story."

I've given up trying to figure out whats real and whats not. In the world I have created for myself, I know what I know and even when it rains, my sun continues to shine.

Redbaiter said...

The so called journalist who wrote this piece is one Shabnam Dastgheib, who is I believe an Iranian refugee. As most of us know, one has to be a FITH leftist to work at Fairfax and it appears Shabnam does not break this rule.

For another example, see Andrea Vance.

So we give Shabnam refuge from the barbarity of Iran, and provide her with Western freedoms such as democracy, a legal system, a stable country, and what do we get from her but lazy and inaccurate Marxist agitprop. The kind being mass produced by the enemy within and designed to destroy the West.

Shabnam is typical of the existing Marxist nexus of so called journalists and so called university professors that NZ JUST HAS TO WAKE UP TO.

She writes her Critical Theory claptrap in the Dom Post, and there are a score of tenured left wing radicals from the universities that indoctrinated her ready to write puff pieces and appear on mainstream TV / radio to back her up.

NZ has to be freed from the grip of these political white ants. Democracy doesn't work while they're ascendant.