Watchdog journalists?


2004 and 2007

Journalists aspire to be a watchdog for all citizens; sceptical about everything, particularly the statements and actions of the powerful. Despite this aspiration, our representative samples in 2004 and 2007 showed that the mass media acts as a watchdog for Pākehā interests and is rarely sceptical of Pākehā initiatives that breach the Treaty. Instead, mass media news is routinely sceptical of Treaty-based initiatives or points of view.

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