During the Parliament Protest, DTNZ was fortunate to have had the services of an experienced journalist.
In this article our contact on the ground in Wellington writes about her views on contemporary journalism and reporting on the protest and protesters.
Why are we so blind to rampant ‘divide and conquer’?
Thank heavens, at last! A politician truthfully speaks out, officially, denouncing the Government’s and mainstream media’s deplorable reaction to the citizens’ protest rally at parliament buildings, which culminated yesterday in unlawful police aggression and destruction of property.
Chris Leitch, Leader of Social Credit, absolutely correctly designates it as “NZ’s Day of Shame“.
As an “old school” journalist, I’ve been appalled over past weeks at too many lazy contemporary journalists spouting their personal opinions and inaccurate observations when passing comments about the thousands of ordinary citizens protesting harmful vaccine mandates, based on their own tragic experiences.
Very few of these same journalists actually ever had any meaningful face-to-face conversations with the protesters in order to correctly determine their true motives and principles. Thankfully, a couple did move out of their comfort zone after the High Court last week ruled the vaccine mandates on Police and NZDF as “unlawful”, finally dropped their air of superiority and came down to properly interview protesters with a degree of human respect.
But most haven’t. One of the many examples appearing on Newsroom repeatedly used the phrase “extremism and fear”, when describing the actions of the rally, then named Freedom Village. This accusation could not be further from the truth, as I visited the peaceful, organised and cooperative crowd nearly every day for weeks. Police aggression and over zealous hangers-on were the ones causing the sporadic ruckus.
The writer quoted researchers showing us “how much we attend to alarming and fear-inducing stories in society”.
So, I ask you, who was the first to alarm and stress us all with “fear-inducing stories”?
Who told Aotearoa that the new Covid 19 virus was a deadly megamonster for which there was no cure, and that would kill countless thousands unless we locked ourselves up for weeks on end and had several “safe and effective” vaccinations, wore masks everywhere, and kept away from each other?
And they have been spilling out what we now know to be false scientific information provided by Big Pharma about the virus and a potentially dangerous vaccine that is not anywhere properly tested for use on human adults, let alone children.
And, who has been continually spreading around this “extremism and fear”, and ignoring the now globally well-circulated correct information and research?
The mainstream media.
Then the enforcement of vaccine mandates and passports exacerbated that “extremism and fear” to the point of deeply dividing the whole country into separate camps – families split, friendships broken, employees fired, small businesses collapsing, people becoming more and more unhappy, desperate, anxious and unwell, and even dying.
Aotearoa was in a state of “extremism and fear” way before 2022 even started, and certainly a long time before these fearless human beings came in Convoy from all over the country to Wellington, on February 8th.
Does this sound a little more logical, according to the timeline? More and more citizens seem to think so.
Divisions are created by fear of “the other”, or the unknown. A huge amount of energy, public relations and man-hours has gone into creating fear of Covid throughout the world, and it has been finely focused within populations with laser intensity. Thank you again, Mr Leitch, for pointing out the Government’s tactic of “Divide and rule”.
But, we need to remember that fear only lives in our minds – and, we can give in to it, or we can use our minds to independently investigate its source and validity to allow the truth to set us free, just as the Freedom Village people did.
This is our crucial point of decision – we take back control of our life, or, we let the fear divide us, and the Rule of Might conquers us from the outside…. End result: We lose more of our human rights.
The one, urgent, agreed, emphatic request these so-called protestors were making of the Government is the return of our basic human right of authority over our own body, and those of our children and elderly dependents.
You wanted “stories of strength”, my fellow journalists, fellow citizens?
There was one happening right under your nose, and you didn’t open your eyes and get out there with some humility and genuine journalistic impartiality, so the truth and tragedy of this day will go down in history, and you have totally missed the whole point.
Image Credit: Jennie Hatherley