I ask this question after the post-election reporting that I have seen over the last couple of days, including that in the general media and on TV programmes The Nation and Q+A. Consider the following examples:
This morning I heard one radio commentator suggest today would be “Coup 2”, that is that David Cunliffe would be rolled as leader of the Labour party.
Yesterday on either Q+A or The Nation (or possibly both – both programmes were so similar it was hard to keep track) David Shearer was invited on to speak about what Labour had done wrong, then once he had left it was claimed that his very appearance on the programme showed he would roll Mr Cunliffe.
Jamie Whyte (who is probably my least favourite politician) was treated badly being repeatedly asked why he wasn’t going to resign, even after he had explained he had been asked not to. The idea that if someone isn’t successful at something means they need to give up and resign doesn’t seem to be a particularly healthy attitude.
While I think it is important that the media ask politicians the tough questions, I think some are crossing the line into trying to create the news rather than reporting it.