Gavin Ellis is a media consultant, commentator and researcher. He holds a doctorate in political studies. A former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald, he is the author of Trust Ownership and the Future of News: Media Moguls and White Knights (London, Palgrave) and Complacent Nation (Wellington, BWB Texts). His consultancy clients include media organisations and government ministries. His Tuesday Commentary on media matters appears weekly on his site www.whiteknightnews.com
A recent item on the Stuff website reminded me – as if I needed reminding – why we should all bow down and thank God for sub-editors.
Pacific health director Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone told MPs the virus had ‘seeded itself’ in Auckland’s gang communities and among rough sleepers during an online select committee briefing on the Government’s response to the pandemic.
Some may have received a notification of the posting of a new Tuesday Commentary at the weekend. The post was premature and should have been scheduled for Oct 19. (I’m getting ahead to cover a short hospital stay). It is now scheduled to appear on that date. This week’s commentary laments attrition on the subs’ bench.
It appears we are a nation of selfish malcontents for whom enough is never enough.
That is one of the conclusions I’ve been forced to draw after seven weeks of Covid lockdown in Auckland. And, because my isolation has been broken only by a few medical appointments that are valid reasons for leaving my security-guarded community, I gain my impressions through our media and a diet containing a surfeit of opinion, some of it in the guise of news.