Stuff: The fascists

Remember this?article?from November 30th?


In the article, we told how a Whaleoil reader had spoken out against Stuff’s attitude towards dissenting views on climate change. Our reader wrote a letter to the editor, complaining that this was a breach of free speech and that a mainstream media organisation should not be adopting such an attitude.

Here is an extract from the letter our reader wrote to the Stuff editor: quote.

Yesterday Stuff published an article on Climate Change.?

I could not believe my eyes when I read this!!!?? that any journalist would be so one sided as to only print one side of an argument that is not settled. ??What happened to free speech?? What happened to questioning???If you do not understand why this argument is not settled, then you obviously did not?read the IPCC report in detail?and do not?understand the scientific method and scientific approach. My husband attempted to draw relevant facts from the IPCC report which he quoted in response to your columnist, but this was conveniently ignored and not published in the comments. ?So, you not only censor your journalistic approach, but you also censor your responses ? this is a new low in journalism.

Journalism in NZ used to stand for questioning and scepticism of everything, no matter what your political persuasion was.? Journalism used to stand for printing both sides of an argument whether you agreed with it or not because as a journalist you were not afraid to print all views, you knew your readers had the intelligence to make up their own minds. end quote.

The letter was reasonable and civil and it came from a considered and well-researched view. Many people with a background in science are rightly concerned at the way in which the media sensationalises the whole issue, often causing alarm and panic. No one actually knows what is going to happen in the future and anyone who did would make a very large fortune. No media outlet should be inciting panic like this.

Well, guess what! After the editor, Patrick Crewdson replied with a response which basically said: ‘Stuff off!’, our reader now finds that their profile and all their comments on Stuff?have been deleted.

Yes, that’s right. Here is part of the e-mail that our reader sent to me: quote.

Well they have retrospectively deleted all his comments – even from older articles where his comments were published – they are now showing up as deleted in the comments section.

They really hate us.

Maybe I should make a complaint to the Media Council which is what I originally intended to do.

But given the poor representation on that Council I am probably wasting my breath. end quote.

Maybe it will be a waste of time, but I say: do it anyway because this is deliberate closing down of opinions which are, in this case, well thought out. This is not someone with a random, unresearched view. This is someone with a scientific and computer modelling background who thinks, like many of us do, that the media is irresponsible in its attitude to climate change.

Does this attitude remind you of anything?

Think I’m exaggerating? Where do you think the Nazis started?

By closing down free speech.

Here is the footnote to the?Stuff?articles, for the attention of commenters.

Sieg Heil Stuff!