Censored? Is the WAPF’s Sally Fallon too controversial for New Zealanders?

From the Wellington New Zealand chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation Facebook page:

“Sally was booked to do an interview on the Kim Hill show this morning at 11:15am. But we hear Kim Hill pulled the pin at the last moment because she said Sally was “too controversial”

She didn’t actually tell Sally though, she just replaced her with Tony Taylor talking about his new fly fishing book. (Fishing the River of Time)

Could this be censorship?”

First learned of this story from Cryptogon.com, where they wrote:

“If anyone inside Radio NZ (yeah, I see that you’re reading) wants to tell me why Kim Hill pulled the plug on the Sally Fallon Morell interview, I’d be interested in hearing from you.”

On the Facebook page linked to at the start, there is discussion of comments having been posted on the Radio New Zealand Facebook page. However I don’t see any such comments there now. Does that mean the comments have been removed? It would seem from what little we know that some influential people in New Zealand knew what Sally’s message was going to be about, and didn’t want it broadcast to the people of New Zealand. And the removal of comments would seem to indicate they also didn’t want people to realize that they had censored Sally’s appearance on the radio. Perhaps there will be further developments in the story.

Here’s a link to the schedule of events for Sally Fallon’s New Zealand speaking tour.


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9 responses to “Censored? Is the WAPF’s Sally Fallon too controversial for New Zealanders?

  1. nedlud

    Censorship is a very deep and troubling danger to human life, creative expression and to authentic problem solving (given that life does pose challenges and problems even under the best of circumstances), and I generally cast my lot against it in nearly every form.

    For information on the source of much censorship, check out this lengthy,but very interesting article: http://mises.org/daily/5955/The-Seven-Rules-of-Bureaucracy

    Cryptogon is great by the way. I rate it right up with the Bovine. 🙂

  2. thebovine

    Followup: Update: 27 March 2012: Email Response from Mark Cubey, Producer, Saturday Morning with Kim Hill, Radio New Zealand National
    In an attempt to verify the facts surrounding the censorship of Sally Fallon Morell on Kim Hill’s radio show, I sent the following email to saturday@radionz.co.nz, which is the email address provided for the public to communicate with the show.
    —–Original Message—–
    From: Kevin F
    Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 8:57 PM
    To: Saturday
    Subject: Sally Fallon Morell
    To Whom It May Concern,
    My name is Kevin Flaherty. I am the owner and editor of cryptogon.com.
    I want to know why Sally Fallon Morell wasn’t interviewed by Kim Hill on 24 March.
    Thank you,
    Kevin Flaherty
    I received an astonishing email response from the show’s producer, Mark Cubey. While it verifies what we already knew—that the interview with Sally Fallon Morell was cancelled because she is too controversial—the frank admission of this by the show’s producer depicts a level of banality that I have never encountered from anyone in the mainstream media before.
    Cubey wrote:

    “My research for the interview uncovered widespread antagonism in the scientific and nutritional communities to the policies that Sally advocates (NZ responses also appeared in the big Dominion Post on Sally on Saturday 17 March). Kim doesn’t’ like these kind of situations, as they cannot usually be properly addressed within the format limits of the Saturday programme, and can turn antagonistic and difficult… which has happened on occasion during my time on the programme over the last five years or so (most recently Thomas Friedman). These do no one (guests, host, listeners) any favours.”

    In other words, if someone wants to discusses research showing mainstream dogma and government policies to be absurd, this presents… difficulties. So, rather than addressing core issues about nutrition, and people’s rights to purchase the foods they choose, the Kim Hill show delivered a lukewarm Velveeta enema about fly fishing to the people of New Zealand instead. Have a nice day.

    Read more: http://cryptogon.com/?p=28274

  3. nedlud

    About 20 years ago, one of the interviews I did, was for a publication called The Land, published here in Minnesota. I even remember the interviewer’s name, it was Mindy Desens, I believe. The interview probably took about 3 hours of my time and it was about my open-pollinated corn growing practices.

    The Land had a ‘Corn Growing Special’ issue each year and perhaps they still do. My interview was scheduled to appear in that issue. It never did. I never got any explanation or apology, but my assumption always was that somebody ‘higher-up’ decided a feature article about a farmer growing his corn, might upset some high-priced advertisers.

  4. Farmer Joe

    It seems that none of the media here in New Zealand want to discuss nutrition openly. Sally’s slot on Campbell live (TV) was also not gone ahead with. Another radio slot was also cancelled. The Ministry for food safety (MAF) also put out a new piece about the unsafe nature of raw milk after she had talked to their Minister earlier that day. These things should have right of reply but those are supressed. Problem is they cannot say that Sally’s information is unscientific so that is a huge problem.

  5. John Jones

    I moved to NZ 2 years ago from Ireland. Having come from a land where the media is allowed freedom of expression, which admittedly is often abused, I was quite shocked by the contrast. Being an interested citizen of the world I watched news daily and read news papers, I continued to do this when I arrived in NZ. However, the banal reporting soon got to me and I stopped. The main evening news typically consists of 60% sport and 40% everything else. The Dominion Post, the capital cities daily broadsheet includes a world news section, usually 6 or so pages in total. Of these, 2-2.5 pages report news from around the world. The rest is made up NZ news and entire page for the weather or TV or some such. I’ll give a couple of examples to elucidate my point. The week I arrived the front page story was about a boy who had been knocked off his bicycle by a car. But not to worry he was wearing a helmet and is OK. More recently on the main evening news the, already very short, world news section reported on a deer who found it’s way into a bank in the USA.

    I very rarely, if ever, watch news now. I read the paper if I happen to be somewhere i can read it for free. It’s absurdity always makes me laugh out loud. Reporting and content aside it’s usually fraught with spelling and grammatical errors.

    Is the NZ media censored? I don’t know the answer to that, I suspect it is. I do know that NZ is a very insular society where the national ideal of an egalitarian society is misconstrued. It seems the ideal is mediocrity.

    Please understand that these are observations more than criticisms. I’m very greatful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me by this beautiful country. I look forward to contributing to its growth. I just hope that growth includes the development of a confident national identity and not one assumes all Kiwis are mediocre Joe Soaps. Because they most certainly are not.


    • Joy

      But, John Jones, don’t you realise we’re in the middle of a MARMITE SHORTAGE? Surely issues of such national importance must take priority in the media?

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