Bias re­vealed

Kapi-Mana News - - LETTERS -

Edi­tor,

Kapi-Mana News [Septem­ber 14] in­cluded a re­port that out­go­ing Mayor Jenny Brash had ‘‘bro­ken her si­lence’’ on en­dors­ing Nick Leggett as her suc­ces­sor.

The re­port states that Nick is hum­bled by her sup­port and aware of how sig­nif­i­cant it is at this late stage of the cam­paign. While I ac­knowl­edge that your re­porter be­lieves he re­ported ac­cu­rately what Jenny had to say, he agreed with me last week that he knew long be­fore she spoke with him that Jenny was ad­vo­cat­ing Nick as her suc­ces­sor (and Nick would have been well aware of it also).

In fact, both Kris Dando and I were aware of Jenny’s favouritism when he first in­ter­viewed me on my can­di­dacy. Kris ac­knowl­edged this on the tele­phone last Wed­nes­day [Septem­ber 22].

Most me­dia vol­un­tar­ily print a re­trac­tion/correction when it is brought to their at­ten­tion that they have mis­rep­re­sented the truth. By not do­ing so Kapi-Mana News has en­dorsed Jenny’s favouritism of Nick and cre­ated un­due bias in this elec­tion.

Whether that works for or against Nick will never be known. I hope those vot­ers leav­ing their de­ci­sion un­til af­ter your next edi­tion will de­cide not to elect a can­di­date al­ready in­dulging in the same sort of part truth pol­i­tick­ing as his pre­de­ces­sor.

This city needs some­one with the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple at heart, not a ca­reer in pol­i­tics.

– BRIAN COLLINS, Can­di­date for Mayor of Porirua. We dis­pute Mr Collins’ ver­sion of events. The re­porter re­calls spec­u­lat­ing with Mr Collins that Ms Brash would en­dorse Mr Leggett, but Ms Brash only con­firmed her en­dorse­ment to us the week be­fore the story was pub­lished – Edi­tor.

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