What you are about to read is an example of Newstalk ZB publishing a news story criticising John Key then hours later re-editing it to show him in a more favourable light.
I’m guessing the editor in charge shat himself when he discovered the original news story and the response it was getting, then went into damage control.
Business leaders say time for Key to go
On 13 August at 11:37am, Alicia Burrow of Newstalk ZB published the following news story. It started with:
The ‘Key’ brand is over.
The business community has spoken and say it’s time for the National party to groom a replacement.
NZME’s fourteenth annual Mood of the Boardroom survey has shown three quarters of business leaders want a new John Key.
There’s a reference to ‘pony-gate saga’ and ‘failed Northland by-election’.
The news story drew 33 comments before it got pulled, all of them agreeing that Key needed to go.
Several hours later at 1:52pm, the original version had been deleted and there was a new version with a different headline and a completely re-edited introduction by the far less identifiable ‘Newstalk ZB Staff’.
Survey urges National to groom Key successor
This version started with:
John Key remains popular in the nation’s boardroom – with nearly 80% of those surveyed by the Herald believing the Prime Minister is still in touch with ordinary New Zealanders.
However they’re sending a message saying it’s time for National to groom a successor.
The ‘Pony-gate saga’ and ‘failed Northland by-election’ references have now become ‘pony-tail saga’ and ‘miscalculation at the Northland by-election’.
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News media is meant to be impartial in their reporting. This clearly shows how the original news story by Alicia Burrow was then manipulated by someone else at Newstalk ZB to change the framing of it.
Shaping people’s perception is critical to the Key government, perception is power.
They can’t allow a reporter to publish a story telling how the tide has drastically shifted, especially from the business community who originally supported Key, validated by commentary from everyday people.
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