We don’t trust the media


MediaRoom: The latest findings on the public’s trust in NZ news make confronting reading, Plus RNZ rides high in new online audience numbers and Discovery starts cutting staff at Three

Less than half the New Zealand public now professes ‘overall trust’ in news media outlets, despite big rises in audience numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis.

The 2021 Trust in News in New Zealand survey released early on Thursday found the level of overall trust falling from 53 percent in 2020 to 48 percent in 2021 and trust in the news sources used by respondents themselves falling by 7 points from 62 percent to 55 percent.

The drops in NZ mirrored international research findings in the Reuters Digital News Report 2020, which put trust in media at the lowest level since it began seeking such data in 2016. But our overall trust figure at 48 percent remains high compared to the international average of 38 percent.

The local survey of 1200 people, run online nationwide by Horizon Research in March on behalf of AUT’s research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy found all news brands here experienced erosion in trust over the 12 months, with Newshub and Newstalk ZB suffering ‘statistically significant’ falls …

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7 Thoughts on “We don’t trust the media

  1. Alexander K on 17/06/2021 at 5:42 pm said:

    About 50 years ago, as an exercise for a Sociology 101 class at Massey University, the tutor group I was part of undertook a survey of news media available to us to ascertain the factual content of ‘news’ items.
    Our group’s results were quite startling; only 15% of so-called news was based in fact, the balance was either the commenter’s opinion or conjecture from an unknown or uncredited source.
    I am sure the situation has not improved ove the years.

  2. Andy on 24/06/2021 at 9:14 am said:

    This article from the BBC takes some beating in the media trust stakes.

    It paints the climategate scientists as the good guys


    • Richard Treadgold on 24/06/2021 at 12:34 pm said:

      Hi Andy. Welcome back, hope you’re well.

      Thanks for this. Resembles the egregious bits of wokeness that cloud our news these days like flies on a window. I don’t know where to start untangling the lies or the flies, but I know where to finish: I believe in a bit of climate change, but a climate crisis is incredible.

      There’s solid evidence emerging that models are not predicting the temperature, CO2 is irrelevant in warming the earth but important in cooling, the most important atmospheric coolant and its most significant absorber of energy is water and its vapour, the temperature hasn’t been going up, and the IPCC lies to us. Anyway, despite all this, people and nations around the world are just refusing to pay the eye-watering sums asked of us to “fix” climate change.

      I’ve grown to be hopeful the whole charade will shortly grind to a halt, though it’ll no doubt leave behind all kinds of anomalous superstitions about the atmosphere, climate and sea levels that could persist for hundreds of years.

  3. Esra Dral on 31/12/2021 at 12:49 pm said:

    For those of you interested head over to:


    This is a 30 odd minute video entitled:

    The Pfizer Inoculations for Covid 19 – More Harm Than Good

    with a downloadable PDF version. Not only is it a pretty disturbing insight, but it also gives an really good explanation as to where the US media has been complicit in this fraud. I have certainly noticed that the Ardern government and their cronies have subtly changed the definition of vaccination over the last year or so. The Pfizer jab should always be referred to as an injection, or inoculation and never as a vaccine. Towards the end of this presentation it also shows that the CDC in the US has changed the definition of vaccination to cover the totally inadequate Pfizer jab.

    Happy New Year

  4. Esra Dral on 14/01/2022 at 7:34 pm said:

    As if we needed any further proof that climate science is totally corrupt and the main stream media is complicit in the lies, we have heard it today on One News. The town of Onslow in Western Australia has equaled Australia’s highest ever recorded temperature of 50.7°C, Thursday afternoon, January 13, 2022. This matched the 50.7°C Oodnadatta, in outback South Australia, way back on January 2, 1960.

    “The Albany Advertiser, Monday February 12th, 1940.
    A Hot Spot
    Marble Bar is recognised as the hottest place in Australia, but Tea Tree Well must run it a close second.
    Here it is so hot at times that the storekeeper has wisely built his living rooms underground so that his family can exist in comparative comfort.
    Last summer the shade temperature never went below 130 degrees for days, and when it dropped down
    to 100 degrees it was welcomed as a cool change.”

    So 130 degrees is 54.4°C – IN THE SHADE. I would hate to speculate the actual full sun temperature. So when did 50.7°C in full sun become hotter than 54.4°C in the shade?

    I think this should be grounds for a complaint to the broadcasting standards authority

  5. Esra Dral on 15/01/2022 at 6:05 pm said:

    The New Zealand media asks us to trust them. We have adverts from all quarters of the news media, newspapers, on line news and TV news, all claiming to provide credible and honest stories. It used to be the job of the news media to present the facts about a story, devoid of what ever personal opinions may cloud the issue. Reporters were supposed to be factual and impartial and to let the listener or reader make up their own minds by presenting both sides of a story. Now, just about all news is an opinion piece, presented as if it is impartial reporting of the facts, but driven by snot nosed little social justice warriors, easily offended snowflakes, climate change activists and cancel culture bed wetters. And just so you all know the lies that a bunch of UN pleasing sycophants are bombarding the New Zealand public with:

    According to the World Meteorological Office:
    WMO said “The differences in average global temperatures among the three warmest years, 2016, 2019 and 2020, were indistinguishably small. The average global temperature in 2020 was about 14.9 C (59 F), or about 1.2 C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial level.” Well, for one thing, 1850 to 1900 were not pre-industrial years. The industrial revolution started in 1760 and was in full swing by 1840.

    According to NASA :
    Part of what makes Earth so amenable is its natural greenhouse effect, which keeps the planet at a friendly
    15 °C (59 °F) on average.

    If 2020 was 14.9 C then, according to NASA, 2021 was 14.72 C. According to Roy Spencer at UAH, 2021 was 14.66 C.

    So, the reality is that we are exactly where we should be as far as global temperatures are concerned and should be happy that we are at the planet friendly 15 °C. So every media outlet is either toeing the UN party line, are lying, or have been piss poor at their research and never bothered to actually look for the truth behind the story. This makes them all complicit in the lies and deceit and they should be publicly shamed.

    According to One News and every other lying outlet on the planet, July 2021 was the hottest month ever – well according to NOAA.

    According to NASA (all temperatures listed by NASA are anomalies against the 1951 to 1980 average that they insist on using)
    July 2021 was + 0.93 C
    July 2019 was + 0.95 C – hotter
    February 2016 was +1.37 C – way hotter.

    According to Roy Spencer (temperatures are listed as anomalies against the 1991 to 2020 average)
    July 2021 was + 0.2 C
    July 2020 was + 0.3 C – hotter
    July 2019 was +0.25 C – hotter
    February 2016 was +0.7 C – again, way hotter

    So, on what planet was July 2021 the hottest month ever? It does not even come a close second to February 2016.
    NASA temperature data goes back to 1880 and gives us a monthly breakdown. The figures tell us that the average for the 20th century was 13.96 C. NOAA on the other hand tells us:

    “Around the globe: the combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 1.67 degrees F (0.93 of a degree C) above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees F (15.8 degrees C).”

    Really? NASA tells us 13.96 C average for the 20th century and NOAA gleefully tells us 15.8 C for the same time period. So the 2 main sources of global warming information cannot agree on their historical data by almost 2 degrees. If the average for the 20th century was 15.8 C (according to NOAA) and the WMO average for 2020 was 14.9 C, then we have cooled by 0.9 degrees and the 3 warmest years on record are also 0.9 C cooler than the 20th century average. Happy days. Global cooling. Whoopee. And we are supposed to believe these guys. On what planet is this a consensus?
    I think these guys get their huge grants and then sit in dark corners playing with themselves until they have a divine revelation about how to screw more money out of the system.

    Oh, that’s right, all NOAA’s record temperatures only occur at night. Sorry, I forgot about that.

    How can anybody be sucked in by this complete and very obvious bollocks.

  6. Esra Dral on 16/01/2022 at 4:56 pm said:

    And just on the back of highest temperature in Australia of 50.7 c. According to the Australian bureau of meteorology:

    Bourke, New South wales. 52.8 c 17/1/1877
    Cloncurry, Queensland. 53.1 c 16/1/1889
    Mildura, Victoria, January 5th 1906. The maximum shade heat recorded at the post office today by one of the government instruments was 50.55 c. What must it have been in full sun?

    Thanks to Tony Heller at Real Climate Science.

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