Like Poneke I’m a bit confused as to why the Dom-Post has suddenly gone soft on its coverage of Winston Peters. Yesterday they shifted the findings of the privileges committee onto page three; today Peters being censured by Parliament is on the front page but in a tiny box below the fold.
I think it can be argued that the Dom-Post (unlike the Herald) really were persecuting Peters. While some of Phil Kitchens stories (like the donations from the Vela’s and Sir Bob Jones) were great scoops that were of enormous public interest, a number of his front page leads about donations to New Zealand First detailed activity that was (a) totally legal and (b) also practised by every other party in parliament.
Peters complained about this, but his rather justified outrage was obliviated by his rants against all the legitimate stories written about him.
It sounds as if the Dom-Post is blessed with an ever dwindling number of journalists and an abundance of managers and executives (always a recipe for success), maybe this accounts for the confusion in their editorial direction.