Subjective New Zealand media objectivity/bias chart

I made one of those media bias chart thingys. This chart is based off media organisations’ overall coverage of New Zealand politics and policy.

NOTE: see updated chart at the bottom of this post.

Note here that I’m referring to objectivity — not neutrality. Journalism has an obligation to be objective but no obligation to be neutral in editorial decisions.

Note though that is one person’s opinion, so it is a subjective view of objectivity.

Also, this isn’t based off any data. Just my personal experience from being a news junkie.

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I have to say that my methodology isn’t particularly scientific. It’s absolutely just my touchy-feely assessment from my abnormal news consumption — but then all of these charts are essentially just some person’s opinion.

I am reconsidering the placement of Newshub from all the feedback I’ve gotten.

So it appears to be a work in progress.

Herald’s website and Herald On Sunday have independent editorial teams but with a lot of shared content, therefore somewhat differing editorial standards. It’s not much of a gulf between the two but the latter does do more original reporting.

I’m judging The Guardian based on it’s NZ coverage which I think is obviously tilted if you take a closer look. https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=site%3Atheguardian.com+%22Ardern%22

I think their global reporting as a whole is excellent — far superior to the Herald/Stuff. It’s just that The Guardian’s New Zealand coverage is pretty heavily tilted — you can see for yourself by searching the term “Ardern” on their site

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=site%3Atheguardian.com+%22Ardern%22

Stuff does some excellent in-depth investigations among the clickbait — more so than the Herald’s website at this point.

https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/the-valley/ https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2018/10/drug-deals/https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2017/11/under-fire/ https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2017/06/ctv115/https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/83060745/glorivale-child-death-that-the-community-tried-to-keep-a-secrethttps://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2018/09/southside-rising/

Vice has received NZ On Air funding for some of it’s content, which is partially the reason why I rated it the way I did. Most of it being fairly high quality in nature. I highly recommend checking out their documentary on synthetic cannabis use in New Zealand.

http://stoppress.co.nz/news/vice-nz-syn-city-zealandia

So this is one persons stab at media ‘objectivity’, and is subject to influence and may change.

Interesting that Your NZ is included, this site isn’t generally rated alongside mainstream media, it’s purpose is quite different, and my resources are minute in comparison.

Funny to see Your NZ rated so close to Kiwiblog. David Farrar is openly and closely aligned to National, while I have no political affiliation or preference. At least we are out of the ‘partisan’ zone.

YNZ really leans further ‘right’ than NBR, and is similar to Newstalk ZB? I’m hardly a Mike Hosking-like mouthpiece.

Obviously quality is mixed here, but that must be true to varying degrees of any media.

objective: (of a person or their judgement) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.

Everyone who publishes anything must to some extent be influenced “by personal feelings or opinions”.

UPDATE:  

44 Comments

  1. David

     /  October 2, 2018

    Guyton would have you to the right of Whaleoil

    • Corky

       /  October 2, 2018

      ”Interesting that Your NZ is included, this site isn’t generally rated alongside mainstream media, it’s purpose is quite different, and my resources are minute in comparison.”

      An interesting glimpse into this dudes subjective summations on objective reality.

      • Gezza

         /  October 2, 2018

        YNZ really leans further ‘right’ than NBR, and is similar to Newstalk ZB?
        . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        I blame Sir Alan.
        🐧 Sir Gerald 🐧

        • Patzcuaro

           /  October 2, 2018

          He is only the tip of the iceberg.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  October 2, 2018

          Blame facts over emotion, Sir Gerald. I’d like to blame you for the low quality rating but facts compel me to nominate Robert and Blazer instead with an assist from Patz with his ridiculous fact-defying cartoons.

          • Patzcuaro

             /  October 2, 2018

            Alan’s way or the highway?

            • Patzcuaro

               /  October 2, 2018

              Right way or Left way?

            • Gezza

               /  October 2, 2018

              Corky:
              Right = right
              Left = wrong

              Sir Alan:
              Right = awesome
              Left = loony

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 2, 2018

              How unfair when I have so recently congratulated Andrew Little!

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 2, 2018

              .. not to mention my commentry on much less than awesome Simon.

            • Gezza

               /  October 2, 2018

              Poor Simon 😦

              Sent to Commentry by Sir Alan.

    • robertguyton

       /  October 2, 2018

      David said:
      “Guyton would have you to the right of Whaleoil”
      Nah. “Leans right” is spot on.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  October 2, 2018

    “Subjective New Zealand media objectivity/bias chart …”

    Great … There’ll never be any other kind!

    Looks fairly accurate to me … Which is to say it matches my subjective evaluation …

    • Gezza

       /  October 2, 2018

      I think, in my subjective opinion, I would describe PG as liberal conservative.

      It’s possible Justin can’t help being unconsciously influenced by commenters as well, which, in my subjective opinion, at the present time seems to include a couple who are unhinged, one who usually appears to be pissed at the time, a miserable few lefties, a few comedians, and quite a lot of righties.

      😐

  3. PDB

     /  October 2, 2018

    The items in the two columns ‘objective’ and ‘leans left’ need to all be picked up and moved slightly more left and then I think they are on the right track.

  4. artcroft

     /  October 2, 2018

    I have to disagree with much of his quality assessments. Why are Pundit and PA rated so high when little is published there and from only a very few authors. And suggesting that the Standard combines some high quality work along with its staple of dross… Please.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 2, 2018

      It’s ludicrous to place tabloid HoS quality above the weekly paper. Dunno what this guy is smoking.

    • Corky

       /  October 2, 2018

      Arty, this guy must be shell shocked..maybe someones given him a could spurring. But that chart ain’t right.

  5. Patzcuaro

     /  October 2, 2018

    I think the views of the majority of the people who post are to the right of the host. I imagine their is a bias towards gold card holders as well.

  6. duperez

     /  October 2, 2018

    I couldn’t find the commentator / author’s position on the chart. Floated off to some cloud cuckoo land I presume.

  7. robertguyton

     /  October 2, 2018

    “Funny to see Your NZ rated so close to Kiwiblog. David Farrar is openly and closely aligned to National, while I … ”
    Confirms my assessment of you, Pete. If only you could accept what you are (independently) shown here. No matter. The confirmation is in.

    • Gezza

       /  October 2, 2018

      I don’t think that’s correct robert. I think PG’s a liberal pragmatist who’s arrived at the usual slightly conservative position after a lifetime of experience and observation of how the world changes but history repeats – like me.

      Pete’s an equal opportunity critic of the government of the time. To me, anyway.

      So am I. I leave solid, unquestioning support to party members & their faithful fans.

      • robertguyton

         /  October 2, 2018

        You’ve fallen for Pete’s schtick, Gezza. In any case, the assessment is an independent one and places Pete firmly in the “leans Right” camp. Keeping Stock would have been there too, had he not had to pull the pin because of revelations in Nicky Hager’s “Dirty Politics” book. Pete’s not so one-eyed as Tony, but still hovering around the hem of the blue tent, Imo. Maybe not inside of the tent, but surely under the fly 🙂

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  October 2, 2018

          How on earth do we know it is independent? Might even be someone PG has banned.

        • “the assessment is an independent one”

          That’s how it appears, but it is just one person’s opinion.

          I suspect that some at The Standard might rate me leaning right or further, but I doubt many at Kiwiblog would place me just to the left of there.

          Comparing blogs to mainstream media is not very useful anyway. TS, TBH and WO all primarily have agendas, KB sometimes has an agenda, sometimes Farrar posts genuinely useful and insightful stuff.

          One of my primary aims is to encourage discussion from across the spectrum so I often post things that will prompt that, and objectivity is not so important for that.

          If you wanted to compare blogs with MSM you would need to separate out opinion (from news).

  8. Justin has updated the chart, I have added the revised version at the bottom of the post so they can be compared.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 2, 2018

      Random nonsense by a political novice and wouldbe journalist.

      • Gezza

         /  October 2, 2018

        I dunno. Got the Low Quality ones spot on, imo.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  October 2, 2018

          Not if you include the opinions and comments. The average Stuff commenter has an IQ below room temperature and most of their columnists aren’t much better. PG rates way higher for uncommon sense.

          • Gezza

             /  October 2, 2018

            I just liked it that in his updated version WO had dropped even lower into the Low Quality category and TDB had joined it.

            But you’re right – his chart kind of looks all over the place. I expect nearly everyone’s bitching about it.

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