Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:54

A fair shake?

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OPINION: Media bias against farming isn’t new in this country, but the level of ignorance among journalists is off the charts these days.

The recent release of the ICCC’s recommendations on how to tackle climate change -- including taxing agriculture -- brought all that bias and ignorance bubbling to the surface.

Stuff, which last year abandoned rural publishing, showed its true colours with the pejorative intro, “Agriculture, the most polluting sector of the economy…”.

TV One basically turned its report into an attack ad for Greenpeace, going off on a tangent that led to the “evils” of PKE, complete with images of destroyed rainforest and sad orangutans. The link with the ICCC report was tenuous at best.

And our old mate Jack Tame couldn’t suppress his disappointment, lecturing Minister James Shaw about going too easy on farmers.

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