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Useful but flawed survey of media role in bleak political landscape

Politics and Media [Cover]

Volume 20, Issue 2

November, 2014

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Cass, P. (2014). Useful but flawed survey of media role in bleak political landscape. Pacific Journalism Review, 20(2): 252-254. Review of Politics and the Media, edited by Babak Bahador, Geoff Kemp, Kate McMillan and Chris Rudd. Auckland: Pearson, 2013. ISBN 978144255826
Author(s): Philip Cass
Reviewed book edited by Babak Bahador, Geoff Kemp, Kate McMillan and Chris Rudd
Publication date: 
November, 2014

A generaton after the capitalist roaders took over the New Zealand Labour Party, the country’s political landscape is bleak. As described in this new book, it is one in which no political party is interested in any ideology except staying in power, no party will do anything that might offend a focus group, PR hacks control policy, political party membership has all but disappeared, the public is almost totally disengaged and most of the media has neither the time, the skill nor the inclination to cover politics.