I believe that it was Noam Chomsky who said, when asked what he thought of the New Zealand Media, that if he had to rely on it solely for news he wouldn't even know what universe he was in.
Nothing has changed.
The quality of journalism in New Zealand has gradually slipped down to the loweest common denominator. Robust analysis and information seeking has been replaced with sycophantic pandering to overseas owners and 'egojournalism'.
A sad indictment of tne western world.