TVNZ under attack for trying to show both sides of the story

Sunday TVNZ

The TVNZ show Sunday was under attack yesterday for simply attempting to show both sides of the story.? As I write this the show is yet to air. I suspect it will use careful editing to present Lauren and Stefan in a bad light but even though a biased presentation is almost a given that is no longer enough for the anti-free speech activists. After successfully?intimidating a private venue into withdrawing access at the last minute due to fear, they now have turned on the media and why shouldn’t they?

The police let them literally drown out the free speech of a free speech rally on Saturday. They have prevented access to both public and private venues by using bomb threats, threats of violence, threats of physically blocking access and threats of creating so much noise that the speakers will not be able to be heard. Their Thug’s veto worked so they are now DRUNK on the rush that comes with the ability to censor and silence people they disagree with.

The next step, of course, is to use their activism to silence the media. It is no longer enough for the media to be biased. As one Alt-left person demanded on social media yesterday they now expect the media to “cut off their oxygen.” They are demanding that no coverage at all is given to Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux. The media who have aided and abetted the actions of this small but loud group of Alt-Left activists are finding out now just how true the?words of Martin Niem?ller were.

Niem?ller was a Lutheran minister and an early supporter of the Nazis who was later imprisoned for opposing them. He spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out?
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out?
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out?
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me?and there was no one left to speak for me.

Miriama Kamo a presenter on Sunday revealed on Facebook that quote

“There have been calls for Sunday to be boycotted this week, because we are airing a story sparked by the alt-right duo Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux. Even before the story airs, we?ve had extensive and quite astonishing commentary about the content of our story, when only a fraction of it has been seen in public.

[…] As journalists, it?s our role to examine our society, to canvas a diversity of views, and to reflect who we are and who we want to be. By demanding that we close down debate and discussion on what has been a huge story, we must then ask ?what else should we ignore, what other views should we suppress, which other stories should we turn away from?? You may not like what this controversial pair has to say, but it forces us to confront the very core of what free speech and hate speech is all about.

At the heart of much of this furious reaction, is decency. Many people are insulted, offended and disgusted by the views of the Canadian duo. I appreciate that. However, there have also been suggestions that I, as a M?ori woman, should not front this episode. I reject that. Our story this week is told by reporter Tania Page, another M?ori woman. The notion that we should distance ourselves from this story is patronising. It has dominated the news agenda for over a fortnight. As an experienced journalist and as a M?ori woman, I do not need protection. And, if it is seen as some sort of race betrayal, I return to the notion that no-one has seen our story yet – watch it first, and then decide.

But, more importantly, I believe in the right to have a view and to back it vigorously. I believe in protest, so I also believe that when we are confronted by views we cannot accept, it creates a platform upon which we can crystallise and refine our personal position on issues; that we can decide where we fall on the question of free speech, where it starts and ends, and at what point we decide that it?s gone too far. Our opinions and our right to express them is at the heart of the democracy that we all enjoy. And, on Sunday tonight, we canvas a diversity of views. […] End of quote.

Here is a link to a taster of the full programme and here is the full programme.?Please let me know in the comments if my prediction was accurate or whether it was, in fact, a fair and balanced look at both sides.

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