Public images and private lives: the media and politics in New Zealand

Cross, Simon and Henderson, John (2004) Public images and private lives: the media and politics in New Zealand. Parliamentary Affairs, 57 (1). pp. 142-156. ISSN 1460-2482

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Abstract

This article reviews the New Zealand media context in relation to public images of politicians' private lives. Following a survey of the New Zealand media landscape, we note the absence of a "tabloid culture" and sense of "fair play" in matters of privacy; both have been maintained in the face of transformations in the country's commercial media. The article also makes clear that news media coverage of the political process have generally avoided excessive intrusion into the private lives of politicians?though we give examples where this is not the case. Finally, we suggest that New Zealand's political culture benefts from a sense of "fair play" by the media but note the danger to the health of the media-politics relationship from more populist media imperatives

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Additional Information:This article reviews the New Zealand media context in relation to public images of politicians' private lives. Following a survey of the New Zealand media landscape, we note the absence of a "tabloid culture" and sense of "fair play" in matters of privacy; both have been maintained in the face of transformations in the country's commercial media. The article also makes clear that news media coverage of the political process have generally avoided excessive intrusion into the private lives of politicians?though we give examples where this is not the case. Finally, we suggest that New Zealand's political culture benefts from a sense of "fair play" by the media but note the danger to the health of the media-politics relationship from more populist media imperatives
Keywords:Privacy, Media intrusion, Politicians, New Zealand
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Media
ID Code:630
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:19 Sep 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:12

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