Radio New Zealand reports with a straight face that
The “watchdog” is making “a call,” tweets RNZ mis-reporter Brent Edwards irresponsibly, “to curb alcohol marketing, cost, availability.”
Irresponsible because, as one follower corrected him,
The ‘sharp wake up call’ is that alcohol consumption among youth is actually falling.
Truth being the first casualty of the way modern journalism is done.
Whatever the survey, Alcohol Healthwatch is going to say it shows that the government needs to crack down on booze… So [in this case] Alcohol Healthwatch takes what looks to be a substantial decline in kids reporting drinking as reason for more controls on alcohol.
The taxpayer-funded “watchdog” needs a watchdog.
Maybe the “neutral” state broadcaster does too.