On the Tuesday in the week leading to polling day, TV3 ran an inside NZ Doco on Child Poverty by Bryan Bruce.
Some, self included, considered the very one sided view of the subject as virtually free unauthorised promotion of the NZ Labour Party with many references to the first Labour Government and their Welfare and State Housing policy initiatives.
It included a cheerleader moment from a second rate academic and known Labour supporter on how; the Labour party introduced, grew and maintained the State housing stock while National always ran it down.
The doco included footage of a very dirty damp state house that most housekeepers would have made imminently more comfortable with cleaning, tidying and airing.
I complained to TV3 on the inappropriatness of airing such a biased one sided doco in the leadup to an election pointing out it should have carried an authorisation statement and have been included in the NZLP election expemses.
The eventually rejected my complaint "on the grounds I had not viewed the doco live but had watched it on the net the following day".
I also complained to the Broadcasting standards authority who also rejected my complaint on all grounds.
I am fully aware I am no Cathy Odgers or Cameron Slater so I just accepted the rejection.
This morning the issue is back up as the Board of NZ on Air is wriggling on the timing and balance of a program they funded and are seeking legal clarification .
I am firmly of the opinion it was an unbalanced doco on a very political subject at a very significan time in the leadup to the election by politically motivated activists on the staff of a TV station operator whose political hacks made considerable efforts to influence the poll with the activities of Gower, garner and Co.
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