Ar­ti­cle alarmist

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

I was dis­mayed by your front page of Jan­uary 15. The Auck­land City Har­bour News ar­ti­cles are usu­ally hu­man­is­tic and gen­tle, but the head­line (‘‘Va­grant in­va­sion’’, no less!), lead ar­ti­cle, photos, and se­lected quotes from busi­ness, po­lice, and coun­cil were shame­lessly sen­sa­tion­al­ist and alarmist. Quite un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally for the News, there ap­pears to have been no in­ter­est at all in why there are more va­grants in Auck­land and, if there are, why un­sub­stan­ti­ated prej­u­dices and ac­cu­sa­tions are be­ing given so much at­ten­tion.

Thank heav­ens the ar­ti­cle re­ports enough of what the po­lice and coun­cil­man ac­tu­ally said to show that the quo­ta­tions may have been se­lected for their alarmist value.

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