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@radionz@twitter.com I note that you often interview lawyers on air, and often they give their opinions. Lawyers, in addition to being people, are great actors on behalf of their paying clients... and in many cases will assert things they don't personally agree with believe in support of their client's position. I've never heard an RNZ interviewer ask a lawyer to disclose whether a stated position is their own or on behalf of a client. We need to get better at highlighting conflicts of interest.

For example, many (most?) corporate lobbyists are lawyers - some are even respected - representing their clients... and often they spout utter BS on behalf of those clients and many don't even question it because the lawyer is seen as a disinterested party. Often that's not the case..