I call them the Media Party for a reason: Look at their reporting on “inequality” and “poverty”

Regular readers will know that I call the media, in general, the Media Party. I do that for a reason, because of their willingness to actually get involved in the political process rather than report on it. A closer look at the increase in reporting of “inequality” and “poverty” shows you just how involved the Media party is in the political process.

Neville Gibson at NBR explains this clearly using just one example of a Media party person and hack academic, Bryce Edwards.

 

While the left has plenty of internal divisions about its priorities and strategies, it thrives on persuading its sympathisers in the media that some issues can gain traction.

These are collectively known as identity issues and Dr Edwards has produced a fine set of graphs on his blog to make the point. He has tracked media coverage of certain ?radical? terms over the terms of the six Labour and National governments since 2000.

These terms will be recognised by NBR readers, who may also wonder why they have become more familiar in recent years. They comprise inequality, poverty, gender, feminism, identity politics, capitalism, race/racism, political correctness, ethnicity and working class and Marxism.

The control of the Media party by the left-wing is about to be established beyond reasonable doubt.

Two of these are illustrated in the graphs and they provide an astonishing answer. Media interest started to rise dramatically after the election of the National government on the cusp of the GFC in November 2008.

From 2001-09, the New Zealand Herald had an average of just 38 articles a year on inequality. But two years later it had jumped nearly four times that amount and is now 420 a year or eight times a week.

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Publication of articles in the New Zealand Herald mentioning ?inequality? Source/ Liberation Blog

In fact, inequality rises most in times of low economic growth, as it did during the reforms of the fourth Labour government in late 1980s and the early 1990s under a National government.

But these also provided the basis for this country?s extraordinary economic performance and level of prosperity ? interrupted only briefly during the global financial crisis ? that continues to this day.

The facts don’t support the rise in reporting. One can only conclude that it is a Media party con job, in conjunction with their partners in deceit, the Labour party.

So if inequality is just as much a non-issue today as it was under the previous Labour governments, yet gets far more media attention, what is the story with poverty (usually focused on child poverty)?

Funnily enough, the graph shows a steady decline during the Clark government, a spike in the GFC and then a steady rise until peaking under the Key government.

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Number of articles in New Zealand publications mentioning ?poverty Source/Liberation blog

Again, economic research, also based on official data, conflicts with that depicted in the media and promoted by a wide range of social and political organisations opposed to National.

One widely quoted figure used to hammer the government is 305,000 children, or 29% of the total, living in poverty. Here the problem is definition, as that figure of 29% (which is actually for 2014 and not the 28% of 2015) reflects a continuing decline.

Poverty here is defined as children in households with incomes below 60% of the equivalised median household income.

But as the government chief researcher in this area, Brian Perry says, this does not mean they ?lack access to the necessities of life,? as critics contend.

?The evidence shows that the common claim that ?all or most children under a given low-income line have all or most the deprivations that society does not want children to experience is false ? the information in the reports does not support the claim, and shows them to be unfounded,? Mr Perry says.

In fact, as Finance Minister Bill English was quoted as saying recently, median weekly earnings have risen 5% in the latest June year while the consumers price index struggles to reach 1%.

While the media may continue to provide a platform for economically misleading claims, it will take a lot longer for radical intellectuals to persuade the masses that times are anything other than the best they have ever been.

Proof positive of the?inherent left-leaning stance of our media. This is why I call them the Media party.

And the Media party wonders why they are trusted less than unionists and hookers?

Perhaps they might try being honest once in a while.

 

-NBR

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