The strong links between Scoop journalist and the Internet Party have raised questions about its claim to be the leading independent news publication in New Zealand:
Scoop.co.nz is New Zealand’s leading news resource for news-makers and the people that influence the news (as opposed to a news site for “news consumers”).
It brings together the information that is creating the news as it is released to the media, and is therefore a hub of intelligence for the professionals (not just media) that shape what we read.
Scoop.co.nz presents all the information driving the news of the day in the form it is delivered to media creating a “no spin” media environment and one that provides the full context of what is “reported” as news later in the day.
It’s audience has a circle of influence far greater than the number of reported readers, which averages more than 450 000 a month, and it is a key part of the New Zealand media landscape.
Scoop.co.nz is accredited to the New Zealand Parliament Press Gallery and fed by a multitude of Business, Non-Government-Organisation, Regional Government and Public Relations communication professionals.
We are the leading independent news publication in New Zealand and value our independence strongly. . .
It does present media releases as they are written without editing.
But anyone familiar with opinion pieces from the likes of Gordon Campbell would be aware of a left-wing bias.
There’s nothing wrong with a bias in a media organisation like this providing it is declared.
Apropos of which I note that in the on-line version of Josie Pagani’s tale of two stories she is described as a political commentator, communications consultant, and former Labour candidate.
The print edition just called her a political commentator and communications consultant.
Omitting the reference to her former candidacy in the print edition did a disservice to readers who are entitled to know the bias of a political commentator.