Quote of the day:
The media’s role is often to be “hostile, aggressive and antagonistic” to governments and politicians when they merit it. That comes with the job of being the “Fourth Estate”. I was once so hostile, aggressive and antagonistic” that Prime Minister Jim Bolger banned me from his press conferences.
It is the media’s job to apply scrutiny, to critique, and to commentate on events and individuals. It is just a shame that it cannot stand it when others do the same to them.
Message to Media: Stop being so pathetically thin-skinned and get on with the job. Bill Ralston
He was commenting to the reaction to Prime Minister John Key’s observation that the media is tougher on a second term government.
He made the comments during an interview with Leighton Smith:
He is quite clear he is making observations, not complaining, that he wasn’t ” bent out of shape by that” and he expected it.