Is NZ broadcast media left wing?

From a Gezza comment:

So, last night, I was thinking. Is NZ media really left wing, & if it is – is that a good or a bad thing – and why?

Thinking of Broadcast Media:
1. Tv1, Tv3, Prime
2. RNZ radio
3. Commercial Private Radio

Anybody ?



  1. Gezza

     /  June 26, 2017

    I’ll kick it off. I reckon they are. I’m mindful of that University Survey which showed that most NZ journalists & journalism students identified themselves as having left-leaning sympathies, & I found it quite noticeable that TV1’s Q&A yesterday gave Bill English a relentless grilling, while to my mind Andrew Little got not only a good period of time to attack Bill English’s honesty & integrity, but I thought a softer interview than Bill English, when there are so many questions & issues falling out of the woodwork on the Intern scheme affair.

    But, I don’t recall the tv media giving Helen Clark an easy ride over Corngate, Paintergate, Speedgate, & Winston-Donationgate, & think there were a few other issues her administration got a media savaging over – like shower-heads & eco light bulbs.

    Left wingers tend to focus on minority rights & challenge everything the gummint does – whether it’s a Labour or National-led government, imo. So, maybe that’s not really a bad thing?

  2. Ray

     /  June 26, 2017

    Well to my eye the way the media have handled the two scandals of this election is telling.
    On the other hand Bomber and the Standard are sure that big money runs and drives the whole thing.
    It would be nice if the media declared their biases, there is at least one political scientist who doesn’t vote, as if that makes a difference and don’t get me started on “Civis” a Labour apparatchik who writes for the ODT!

    Is it a problem, not really you just have to factor it in when you see their work.
    And I think my fellow citizens do it as well, look at how the big scandal of the last election worked out

    • Blazer

       /  June 26, 2017

      you wouldn’t know a scandal if you had one…on your foot.

  3. Blazer

     /  June 26, 2017

    you only need to look at the media bias of…Hosking,Henry,Roughan,Armstrong,Young,Trevett…to name a few over the last few years to realise the media is pro status quo.The editorship of most newspapers and the sympathies of T.V honcho’s confirm it.Look at Newshub….Christie and Weldon!!No doubt who they support.

  4. lurcher1948

     /  June 26, 2017

    I love reading our unbiased free press.Do the snowflake rightwing want all news to be fake and the only sort of news allowed what’s sourced on whale oil,kiwiblog and other rightwing attack blogs,cry me a river hard done by rightwing snow flakes you have my sympathy NOT

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 26, 2017

      There we go. Conclusive proof the media are just as centralist as Lurch.

  5. David

     /  June 26, 2017

    I think the media focuses far too much on gotcha moments and then does them to absolute death and applies it to whoever is in government. RNZ and TV1 are leftist, TV3 is just into gotcha moments, Dom Post way left, Press reasonably in the middle same with the Herald although they have far too many far left opinion writers (Gould, Marvelly etc.).
    Generally I think the media is lefty but the worse thing is they suffer from total group think in the parliamentary press gallery, spend far too long on twitter and think they are on the West Wing.

  6. PDB

     /  June 26, 2017

    The media has always been left-wing in nature, it seems particularly that way at present as they have a financial interest in helping Labour/Greens/NZL First with a ‘leg-up’ as a close election means more clicks, more viewers, more paper sales etc.

    First the MSM thought promoting Jacinda was a ‘game-changer’ and when that failed the Barclay incident has given them the opportunity to smear English in direct contrast to Little who is being more than a little loose with the truth on the intern disaster and subsequent cover-up.

    • Gezza

       /  June 26, 2017

      The Woman’s Weekly’s given her some of the quiet achiever Superstar treatment, but I can’t see that the Broadcast Media has really promoted her all that much as a “game changer” – more as Labour’s young sex symbol maybe? 🙄

      And what little I have seen & heard of her on tv or radio hasn’t impressed me much.

      Little’s still having to front on t’ telly as things tumble out of print media.

      • PDB

         /  June 26, 2017

        The MSM promoted her as the fresh face looker in contrast to the dour older men battling to be PM.

        The problem, as mentioned before she took the job, is she didn’t really want it as she knows deep down she isn’t up to being leader of the Labour party & not willing to make the sacrifices to her lifestyle required of being PM. She wants to work with children and have a nice easy life. The ideal situation for her was being no.2 on the Robertson ticket but unfortunately for her that fell over.

        • MaureenW

           /  June 26, 2017

          And the point of having a number 2 who is incapable of being number 1 is?? (What does she actually do as No 2?).

          • PDB

             /  June 26, 2017

            For both Little and Robertson (if she and Grant had been given the ticket) she supposedly makes both look more electable by just ‘being’ there and introducing them at public events;

  7. Kabull

     /  June 26, 2017

    Two fundamental points to throw in:
    1. In general the media always finds issue with the behaviour of the current government after 1 term – there seems to be a perception they (the media commentators) know how best to run the country.
    2. Outside the newsrooms and the Beltway NOBODY CARES!

  8. Zedd

     /  June 26, 2017

    anyone who thinks the MSM is left-wing are ignoring reality.. many are totally ‘one-eyed tories’ !

    there are journos on both sides, but methinks most are staunchly ‘on the right’; ZB etc.

    • PDB

       /  June 26, 2017

      It’s just that ZB has some high profile media personalities with right-wing views but that is well in the minority when looking across the whole of MSM in NZ.

    • Pete Kane

       /  June 26, 2017

      And more importantly Zedd, the private ownership sure isn’t left wing, anything but.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 26, 2017

        The owners don’t write the stories though – It’s the journo’s who tend to be left leaning.

        There are “opinion” writers on both sides, but the general media tends to be more left than right wing.

  9. The truth has a liberal bias remember…… so naturally this filters into the media.