I will be writing to the Electoral Commission tomorrow to complain about an advertisement in today's Sunday Star-Times urging people not to vote National due to their welfare policy. The advertisement does not carry an authorisation as required by the Electoral Finance Act.
Strangely, the advertisement appears online, masquerading as journalistic comment! Seriously though, this is partisan journalism of the worst kind. Opinion has only been sought from people on one side of the debate, all of whom have a vested interest in criticising the policy. The writer, Lois Watson has made no attempt to provide balance, except for a brief quote from John Key in the last paragraph, taken from a media release.
Little wonder then that Fairfacts Media reports the the SST circulation has dropped a further 3.5% in the latest AC Neilsen media survey, while the Herald on Sunday's circulation continues to grow.