I am uncomfortable with, and rather disturbed by the article ‘‘CEO accused of covert deal in costly dog case’’ December 12, featuring emails and a dog, and I feel a number of questions need answering.
Was the article really important enough to take up the whole of the front page?
How did SWN come to sight the email in the first place?
Does the editor consider the publishing of the contents to breach privacy?
Was the rather sentimental photo of the owner/carer and the dog included to attract a sympathy vote?
Did the editor contact Councillor Shattock or council chief executive David Hall before going to print? Does the editor consider the article to be balanced, or have bias?
Is there a hint of News of the World fiasco about the article?
To me, the article is nowhere near balanced, has heavy undertones of bias and does the South Waikato News and the editor little or no credit.
D Blair Tokoroa