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Exposing the covert right in a news world without political memory

Volume 13, Issue 1

March, 2007

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Hope, W. (2007). Exposing the covert right in a news world without political memory. Pacific Journalism Review, 13(1): 197-204. Review of The Hollow Men: A study in the politics of deception, by Nicky Hager. Nelson: Craig Potton Publishing, 2006. 352 pp ISBN: 187733362X
Author(s): Wayne Hope
Reviewed book by: Nicky Hager
Publication date: 
April, 2007

The arrival of this book last November (2006) was a landmark event for political journalism in New Zealand. There had been rumours about exposé of National Party links with the Exclusive Brethren sect and wealthy corporate donors. 

This kind of journalism is rarely attempted within New zealand's mainstream media organisations. Consequently, the public sphere is routinely shaped by the market researchers, public relations practitioners and micro-managing spin doctors. The reception accorded to Hager's book illustrates this process.