Today’s Dominion-Post delivered up an absolute cracker on the nonsensical “news creation” front.
Readers were told that “experts” claim holidaying in the South Sea Islands was a privilege and thus visitors should pay a premium. The experts (plural) turned out to be someone called Regina Scheyvens, unsurprisingly from Massey University, who boasts the title of Pacific Professor for Development Studies.
First Regina advised of the heavy economic toll the virus has had on the South Sea Islands through the collapse of tourism. Then she asserted that travelling internationally was a privilege. Needless to say no explanation of that tosh was offered. Finally came babble about the unique cultures of Niue, Fiji et al, something they share in common (unique cultures) with Zambia, Peru, Italy and every other bloody country in the world.
The recent years decline of Massey with its many ludicrous purported fields of study has reduced its once proud reputation to a laughing stock.