The anti-intensification media blitz
Do you want to see more people in good homes, but are starting to have real doubts about the merits of the Medium Density housing bill? You may be experiencing the blitz effect
The vigilant folks at Mediawatch made an interesting observation this week: the mainstream media’s coverage of housing intensification being blitzed by opponents of the Medium Density Residential bill doing quite a lot of scaremongering, and the media outlets duly giving them airtime and allowing some untruths to stand unchallenged.
Excellently, Mediawatch calls out their own stable, RadioNZ, along with the big daily papers.
“Opponents of the bipartisan bill aimed at enabling housing blitzed the media over the past few weeks. Many of the reports failed to include relevant context and balancing opinion.”
To try and even the scales a bit they do something unusual for Mediawatch and actually get someone on to provide the counterpoint.
It’s really interesting to reflect on how one’s own perceptions of the Bill’s robustness are affected by even incidentally consuming mainstream media.
This has real impact and is complementing heavy-duty lobbying of key politicians in a battle for hearts and minds on which the opponents seem to be making some ground. The battle for our cities is happening a lot earlier than 2022
So thanks, Mediawatch. Keep up the good scrutiny.