The most offensive part of the NZ
on off Air poverty doco stoush
(beyond the farce that is having John Key's electorate chairman appointed to NZ
beyond how North Korean their solution to censor political docos that might embarrass the Government;
beyond the dire state of public broadcasting that never brings serious social issues into the forefront, NZ
It is an obscenity to the egalitarian dream of our country that 200 000 NZ children live in poverty while 150 of the richest families increased their wealth in one year alone by $7billion. Research released yesterday highlights the negative effects of childhood income on later educational and career achievement, yet we live in a media landscape that does all it can to minimize the real level of poverty so as not to depress consumers.
How convenient for all concerned, why not have a full blown regression and follow this up by ignoring youth suicide, domestic violence and the true social cost of our alcoholism while we are at it?
We don't want a media to ask hard questions because we don't want to hear the hard talk-back- radio-lazy-stereotype-shattering answers.
Let's all watch MasterChef food porn instead of being confronted by hunger and poverty.