Dou­ble stan­dards

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

I ob­ject to the dou­ble stan­dards fre­quently ex­hib­ited by some jour­nal­ists. Ap­par­ently, ‘‘journos’’ can print what­ever they please – as long as it’s le­gal.

But woe be­tide any­one want­ing to know the names of their sources. Who do these pub­lic­ity sen­sa­tion­al­ists think they are? They re­mind me of the dis­hon­est hyp­ocrites in some en­ter­prises who plead ‘‘con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion’’ when­ever they have some­thing em­bar­rass­ing or ‘‘dodgy’’ to hide.

Ex-jour­nal­ist Bruce Kohn (Let­ters, Nov 13) has the hypocrisy to jus­tify the pub­li­ca­tion of Win­ston Peters’ pri­vate in­for­ma­tion on the ridicu­lous grounds of ‘‘the po­si­tion he has taken ... ’’ Blah blah blah.

Does Kohn re­ally be­lieve that Peters only seeks out the per­pe­tra­tor of this vi­o­la­tion be­cause the deputy prime min­is­ter is a pub­lic fig­ure? As if Peters wouldn’t have done so if he wasn’t a pub­lic fig­ure! Are so-called pub­lic fig­ures not en­ti­tled to any pri­vate life at all, then?

I find the rest of Kohn’s jus­ti­fi­ca­tions for his stance quite pa­thetic. It re­minds me of the ridicu­lous and ar­ro­gant claim once made by a for­mer editor that the news­pa­per is the voice of, and rep­re­sents, the pub­lic.

In­ci­den­tally, I’ve never voted for Win­ston Peters and most likely never will. PETER CORRIGAN Karori

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