Tuesday, October 28, 2008

NZ News

What is it with the NZ television news?

I was watching El Jazeera news the other day on Triangle, just having a coffee and flicked on the box, you know how it is. The news was out that in Pakistan 1500 people had been killed in a raid on a town. 1500! That is half the number killed in the Twin Towers attack in 2001 and that dominated TV for a month or so, not to mention how it has dominated the world since as the US have sought to stop terrorism. Here we have the deaths of 1500 people and I have seen no mention on NZ TV. If it has been mentioned, and it may have because I haven't watched all the news of late, it was brief. I would have thought that this would have warranted leading the news??

You can check it out yourself if you want: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2008/10/2008102663817338879.html.

I am increasingly of the view that we need to be independent ferrets for the news of the world and not trust rather than relying on the NZ news bulletins. We as a nation are very isolated and self-absorbed. Fair enough to a degree, but we need to be people who know what is going on in the world too. I was disappointed.

I was also interested to watch in the sports news last night that the brilliant Silver Ferns victory over Australia ran fourth after news of the 5 All Blacks who have resigned, that the cricket in Bangladesh was rained out, that the Kiwi's were thrashed in league. Worse, two brilliant international triathlon results were tagged onto the news later on, the wins by Warrender and Gemmell. There is a sexism and a narrow perspective on sport in our TV sports; almost all women's sport is marginalised with the sports news almost exclusively male. There is an obsession with rugby which does not accord with its dwindling popularity as compared to yesteryear. League is over-rated. Cricket is even more over-rated, does a washed out cricket test really warrant running ahead of a great netball win?

The media need to wake up to the fact that half the population are women and that there is more to sport than rugby, cricket, and league. Mind you, I love all three!


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