Herald churnalism | The Jackal

19 May 2013

Herald churnalism

Today, the NZ Herald reported:

We saw the many faces of National in Bill English's fifth Budget. There was the prudent, fiscally responsible National with an emphasis on moving the Government's books back into the black after years of deficits; the priority to cut government debt; the steely resolve to continue on with the partial sale of state assets and the nod to business with cuts in ACC levies.

Kerre McIvor (Woodham) has really outdone herself here... While Bill English's fifth budget essential does nothing, McIvor has made it seem grandiose. But even worse, she's claimed that National's priority is to cut government debt, which is a complete lie!

Under this budget, the government's net debt is forecast to rise from $57.9 billion in 2013 to $70.3 billion at the end of 2017. New Zealand's national debt will increase by $61 billion in the same time period, meaning we will be $208 billion in debt to the rest of the world.

How the fuck does that translate into "prudent and fiscally responsible" in anybodies language?

Somebody who writes for the NZ Herald should really get the facts straight and dig a little deeper into the story. McIvor has simply relied on National's propaganda to write her story and that's not journalism, that's churnalism.