Maori TV have sold themselves and the demograph they serve short.
Producers of Maori TV's flagship current affairs programme told Mr Appleby, 66, that he could not take part in the debate as he did not have Maori credibility in the electorate.
Drug Policy is vexatious for the hidden agenda's and gatekeepers who would rather pretend they hold some 'high moral ground' - media having become both experts in myopia and pawns in the game of lies. There is no doubt that racism can be sheeted home to what the drug war on people has at its roots, its origins, right into the present and future. But to pretend is only about racism is to do the argument, against prohibition and all that that represents, an injustice too. It is ageist and sexist as well. It is about oppression, and control, state intrusion and surveillance, destabilisation and division, it is about misplaced resources and lost opportunities, it is about labelling and othering, and its about oppression of the individual and the group. It denies truth and science, evidence and experience. That is a terrible legacy to uphold. Maori TV's affairs program have sold themselves and the demograph they serve short. The hustings do not belong to gatekeepers. It is an election of all voices..... Unfettered canvassing (a cannabis word) is what empowers the elected. All ideas must be tested. Maori TV have to redeem themselves or they become irrelevant in a much bigger picture. Amongst the fourth estate they are not alone.