Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth. Cicero
Getting the truth out
By Roger Childs
Roman lawyer and politician, Marcus Tullius Cicero, lived over 2000 years ago and was a seeker after the truth.
Like today’s investigative journalists: Robert Fisk, Naomi Kline, John Pilger, Nicky Hager etc …, he ruffled feathers and rattled cages. In the end he paid with his life.
KIN prides itself on ‘speaking’ openly about issues and not being concerned about how people may react. We feel strongly about challenging dubious conventional views and ensuring that we are getting the full story. Nevertheless, we are always happy to print readers’ comments that may challenge our writers.
We are fortunate in having a number of regular contributors who are fearless in presenting their opinions, people like Prue Hyman, Bill Benfield, John Robinson and Mandy Hager.
Changing accepted views
There was a time when the world was flat, the Earth was the centre of the universe and continental drift was regarded as an absurdity.
However, accepted wisdom and public opinion do change, and it’s often because truth seekers and researchers stand up above the field of poppies.
New Zealand’s mainstream media has often been reluctant to give space to the iconoclasts, partly because of pressure from vested interests and advertisers, to leave some topics alone. These days, Galileo Galilei would have to give way to establishment science writer, Bob Brockie.
However, in recent months, there have been indications that some movers and shakers are having an influence that may shift conventional views.
Dr Jamie Steer, who likes our mix of native and exotic biodiversity, and defends possums, was interviewed by Kim Hill.
- Sir William Gallagher, who is part-Maori, gave a well-reported speech on the hypocrisy of the Treaty of Waitangi industry and special treatment for Maori.
- Fiona McQueen’s book The Quiet Forest has provided a devastating analysis of the Department of Conservation’s fraudulent 1080 poison industry.
- The Otago Daily Times published an opinion piece on Radio NZ’s obsession with the use of Te Reo.
It is good to know that there are people out there with sharp knives getting in among the sacred cows.
Kapiti Independent moving ahead
In the coming weeks we will be picking up on the issues raised above and our contributors will throw out more challenges to the currently accepted “wisdom”.
These articles will be consistent with Cicero’s dictum about our innate desire to get to the truth. But, can everyone be convinced by a strong case to change their views?
Journalist, David Walsh, spent years on the Lance Armstrong story.
He was utterly convinced that the seven times winner of the Tour de France had not been playing fair, and, at the very least, had been getting some chemical assistance.
However, as he gathered the evidence against the cycling icon, he observed How can you reveal the truth if those to whom you are speaking do not want to hear?