Source: Taxpayers Union
8 MARCH 2021FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister to continue her weekly interviews on Newstalk ZB with Mike Hosking, citing her responsibility to be accountable and transparent to the public.The petition can be signed at www.taxpayers.org.nz/pm_hosking.
“Love him or hate him, Mike Hosking’s breakfast radio show is the highest rating show in our largest city. It gives nearly half a million people across the country the chance to hear the Prime Minister answer hard questions live and unedited,” says Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Jordan Williams.
“This decision throws in our face all the claims about leading a transparent and accountable government. The decision to snub one of the sole remaining conservative media platforms serves to drive an ever more polarised media and political environment.”
“The argument that the Prime Minister is ‘changing’, not ‘reducing’, her media commitments just doesn’t stack up. Giving priority to friendly interviewers with smaller audiences will mean a lower level of accountability to New Zealanders.”