One Argument for the Elimination of State Television


A long, long time ago, before the Internet, we had Loompanics Unlimited. 🙂

I still have several of their titles, including books on how to grow magic mushrooms, how to start my own country, how to build a nuke in my parents’ basement, etc. … and Jerry Mander’s classic Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television.

Here’s One Argument for the Elimination of State Television. (There are many, many more.)

Maori TV Censorship of ALCP Candidate Slammed

The Libertarianz Party today condemned the state-owned Maori TV channel for blocking participation by ALCP leader Michael Appleby in a panel interview of candidates in the

“A television channel that belongs to taxpayers has no business telling a candidate they do not have ‘Maori credibility’. That is for voters to decide on election day,” said Libertarianz leader Richard McGrath.

“We believe all candidates should be given equal exposure in order to ensure that voters are fully informed.”

“This situation reflects very poorly on the people who run Maori TV. Clearly, they are hopelessly biased in favour of the left wing candidates, who want to further entrench soul-destroying welfare dependency on their prospective constituents.”

Of course, it would be an entirely different story if Maori Television were privately owned. Then, they’d be quite within their rights to exclude Michael Appleby from their interview panel, or to have only Michael Appleby on their interview panel, or to ignore the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election altogether.

But Maori Television is government owned and taxpayer funded. It’s obscene that the NZ government is allowing one of its media arms to rig the election.

4 thoughts on “One Argument for the Elimination of State Television”

  1. But TVNZ/ RNZ/ MaoriTV rig every election in NZ! What’s the surprise?

    Greece – and Tony Abbott – have the right idea: close the whole thing down

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