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