Most of us have heard the term about many a true word being uttered in jest. An email in my inbox this morning contained a joke. It wasn’t sent to me by the jokester, but by another concerned citizen. Another of us who sees the media bias rife in our once honorable country.
A Harley biker is riding by Auckland Zoo when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage.
Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.
The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.
Whimpering from the pain, the lion jumps back, letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents who thank him endlessly.
An NZ reporter has watched the whole event. The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, ‘Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I’ve seen a man
do in my whole life.’
The Harley rider replies, ‘Why, it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt right.’
The reporter says, ‘Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, and tonight your story will head the news…
So, what do you do for a living and who will you vote for in the next election?’
The biker replies, ‘I’m an SAS (Special Air Service) soldier just returned from Afghanistan and a supporter of the Right Wing’
The journalist leaves.
That night the biker turns on the news to see news of his actions, to be greeted by the announcer reading and the screen full of text:
SAS SOLDIER ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH
And that my friends, pretty much sums up the NZ media’s approach!