Mediawatch this week is worth listening to.
An interview with Lindsay Tanner, former senior Australian politician who recently released a book called Sideshow; dumbing down the media and politics. I wrote a blog post about this a few weeks ago titled The trashing of politics and media which excited some interest.
The classic thing is that last week I participated in such a sideshow by stealing the headlines by wearing a Highlanders top into the Chamber and getting thrown out for not wearing appropriate business attire in the House. I was making a silent statement of support on behalf of an issue my constituents cared about. Its called representation. I didn’t expect to get thrown out. Once I did it became the major story of the day.
I’m not sorry for wearing the rugby shirt or for the resultant publicity. Hard to justify when there are so many other important issues. But that’s the media/politics sideshow. Not blaming the media. That’s the way things are. Have a listen. It’s good stuff.
A strong, independent public media (including TV) might help provide more balance in the media coverage. If we had one.
Glad we’ve got RadioNZ and Mediawatch though.