The Waikato Times has been caught out reversing its online survey results about the Hamilton City Council’s decision on Thursday to defer its fluoridation decision. The poll asked people if they supported the council’s decision to wait until the after the legal challenge currently before the High Court is decided. 68% of people said “yes” and only 32% said “no” but the Waikato Times misrepresented this as 68% saying “no” and 32% saying “yes”.
The Waikato Times “turning reality upside down” was discovered because various members of the public had taken screen shots while the poll was running, reports the NGO Fluoride Action Network New Zealand (FANNZ) in a press release, adding that people were shocked to see the newspaper print the poll with the results reversed.
Pat McNair, a spokesperson for the initiative for a Fluoride Free Hamilton, posted the screen shots on the Waikato Times Facebook, resulting in comments by witnesses who could confirm that the poll had looked quite differently before it was published in the newspaper.
However, instead of responding and correcting the mistake, they removed all comments, covering up their deception. Direct communication has failed to elicit a retraction, reports FANNZ in its press release.
For years the Times has been the DHB’s cheerleader for its outdated fluoridation policy, says the FANNZ in its press release. … During the recent referendum, every article was heavily biased in support of fluoridation, practically all the opinion pieces were pro-fluoridation and the only two pieces that were opposed to fluoridation, one written by a local highly qualified academic and the other by a local oncologist, were only in print and not online like all the pro-fluoridation ones. They even had the audacity to have huge headlines saying “New Poll, We want fluoride on Tap” right in the middle of the referendum voting.
Read the full article at: nsnbc.me
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