If you think the job of the news media, in our company and others,
is to hold the powerful to account, well, we
are the powerful. We really have had an enormous impact
in shaping public thought in New Zealand and societal norms, not just
reflecting them, and I think it is only fitting that a progressive
company can pause and have a look at itself.
Trump and I (amongst others) have been
complaining about the undemocratic power of the media for a long time,
so it is great to see that at least one media company has at last been
forced to admit the obvious!!
One thing that the undemocratic, powerful media have been doing for
many years is attempting to impose so-called "Diversity" on
political parties. Time after time I have seen media interviewers question
politicians about this concept, which goes against Human Rights*
and economic efficiency. This constant repetition constitutes pressure
on politicians and indoctrination of the voting public. This repetition
makes the public think that Diversity is an important ideal to strive
for and makes politicians think that the public want Diversity in their
political parties. However, promoting Diversity means preferring certain
races, ethnicities or genders to others, which breaches the spirit of
our Human Rights legislation. It also causes New Zealand to have low
productivity, because our workplaces are getting filled up with incompetent
people, who are only there because of their race, ethnicity or gender,
etc., and competent people can't get good jobs, because they are of
the wrong race, ethnicity or gender!
political party out of step and out of time, keeps harping
on about Diversity, in relation to the National Party. However, since
Dunne was formerly the leader of a rival political party, he is unlikely
to have any effect! He is just showing that he is subservient to the
media -- or maybe he listens too much to his brother, who apparently
works in radio. I don't know why he has so much trust in the media.
After all, the same journalists who think that talking about a female
politician's appearance is "sexist" were constantly
harping on about his hairstyle, when he was a politician!
It is incredibly arrogant and ludicrous for Dunne, as a former leader
of a rival party, to presume to tell the National Party that it has
lost its way and "has to 'regain its true soul.' " In fact,
as most of us surely know, the National Party lost the recent general
election mainly for the following reasons:
Jacinda Ardern became an international social media star, because
of her reaction to the Christchurch massacre;
The COVID-19 epidemic put New Zealand into an emergency situation,
in which people naturally rallied around the Government;
The COVID-19 epidemic gave Jacinda Ardern almost daily positive
Mark Richardson, on TV3's AM show, suggested before the election
that National Party supporters vote for the Labour Party. The point
was that it looked as if Labour was going to win anyway, in which
case (from a Right-Wing point of view), it would be better for Labour
to have an absolute majority than for them to be forced to go into
coalition with the Greens -- especially as the New Zealand First
party looked as if it would not be returned to Parliament and therefore
could not moderate the influence of the Greens.
None of the above reflects badly on the National Party. If anything
is wrong with the National Party, it has been its effort to be a "Broad
Church" -- i.e. all things to all men (people) -- which has resulted
in a perception, perhaps, that it no longer stands for anything in particular.
As regards "Diversity", I have heard National Party leader,
Judith Collins, state to a journalist that what matters is diversity
of thought. Of course, journalists did not like to hear that, because
they are largely totalitarian Feminists, and only tolerate Feminist
United States of America
Dunne refers to the situation in the USA, stating that the Republican
Party there has to "regain its true soul." Otherwise, according
to Dunne, "the extremist, populist elements that have overtaken
the party in the Trump years will remain dominant, ... further dividing
an already bitterly divided country...." In fact, no party has
a "true soul", of course and the term "populist"
actually means "democratic". The term "populist"
is used as a term of abuse by elitist (or pseudo-elitist) Left-Wing
academics and journalists, who like to keep the common people under
their thumb. And the main reason for division in the United States is
the fact that ordinary people can see that the media and universities
are constantly peddling Left-Wing lies and half-truths. People should
be able to rely on academics and the media for unbiased, factual information,
but everyone can see that they are now largely activist Feminists and
In the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (1990), Section
19 on Freedom From Discrimination has an exception, which states
that "Measures taken in good faith for the purpose of assisting
or advancing persons or groups of persons disadvantaged because of discrimination
that is unlawful by virtue of Part 2 of the Human Rights Act 1993 do
not constitute discrimination." This exception does not justify
the Cult of Diversity, since Diversity is just cosmetic and does not
materially benefit anyone -- except the particular, relatively incompetent
individuals who are unjustly selected in place of more competent people.
If Diversity actually benefitted groups, I would feel oppressed by the
fact that there is now one Eritrean Member of Parliament, but (as far
as I know) no Member of Parliament who is a mixture of Anglo-Saxon,
Celtic, Armenian (and goodness knows what other) genes, like myself!
But I do not feel oppressed by that fact.
All election results are aberrations, caused
by particular factors at particular times, and they are always corrected
(or affirmed) the next time an election is held. There is no need to