Deborah Hill Cone’s column asking why does Clarke Gayford bug me?, has not surprisingly caused an uproar.
Some media used to focus on former Prime Minister John Key’s son, Max, but that doesn’t make it right.
MPs’ families should be off-limits.
If, as in Gayford’s case, they have a public profile of their own, comment and criticism shouldn’t stray into the political and personal.
Rotary has a four-way test for thought, word and deed:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
I would add is it NECESSARY?
This would be a good guide for journalism and commentary. Had Hill Cone tested her column against those questions would she have written it?
It is her truth, but it’s questionable if it is fair, it definitely didn’t build goodwill and better friendships, it wasn’t beneficial to all concerned and it simply wasn’t necessary.