Our media seem to only apologise when they are dragged through the NZ Media Authority. I’m not sure why. Because of the lack of resources, we are seeing increasing mistakes in the written media.
Obtaining an apology is like extracting blood out of a stone. In fact a stone might supply more blood than from the lawyers who stifle any genuine apology .In the Guardian this week the Editor apologised for a mistake they had made with a picture.
The apology is wholesome and complete. It’s not defensive. It explains how things happened which really annoyed the person who had been misidentified. There was no cover-up. Just honesty.
This article should be read by our media as what an apology should be like, not about hiding behind lawyers: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/09/mistakes-identities-dismayed-readers-change?utm_term=f7b104793f35a5650a01b33de28b80f0&utm_campaign=BestOfGuardianOpinionUK&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=opinionuk_email