Media watch – Wednesday

22 June 2016

MediaWatch

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  1. A bit of banter on Twitter:

    @AndrewLittleMP
    Back in the ‘Naki today. Looking forward to visiting Y12 leadership group at my old school & community housing crew doing some great work

    Christopher Bishop ‏@cjsbishop
    You running in New Plymouth again?

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  2. PDB

     /  22nd June 2016

    Top trending story on stuff at the moment is;

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/81293594/Petition-to-get-rid-of-Mike-Hosking-has-more-than-14-000-supporters

    Regardless of what people think of Hosking I feel very uncomfortable about ‘some’ people demanding a media person be removed from tv because that person’s opinions do not match their particular beliefs. I can think of plenty of people in the media whose opinions I don’t agree with but freedom of speech here should always win out. The fact that seven sharp has such high ratings suggests the majority of New Zealander’s actually like Hosking (their ratings rose sharply when he was added to the show), so who do these people demanding his removal really represent? It obviously isn’t the majority of New Zealander’s that they claim.

    This sort of action says more about the ‘progressives’ demanding Hosking be removed then about Hosking himself.

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    • Amongst a regular stream of petitions this is one of the stupidest, and as you say, it has some disturbing connotations.

      Fortunately it will be easily ignored by TVNZ and Hosking, but trying to weed out media by ‘popular demand’ is an awful use of a petition.

      Note that I’m not a fan of Hosking, I rarely watch Seven Sharp and never listen to him on radio.

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      • PDB

         /  22nd June 2016

        I don’t particularly like him either, hence why I don’t watch Seven Sharp – problem solved.

        The guy who started the petition: “[Hosking’s] socially irresponsible comments are damaging to the New Zealand public, and especially as the face of the national broadcaster in the 7pm timeslot, being a family show, I think it’s harmful for the next generation to receive those types of sentiments from Mr Hosking.”

        His opinion smacks of selective media censorship with a dose of social engineering.

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        • Gezza

           /  22nd June 2016

          I can’t stand Hosking – he’s a pompous prat who, when I bother to watch or listen to him, irritates the hell out of me.

          I can stand the person who started this petition to remove him even less.

          Hosking is & should be free to articulate his right wing views – they are balanced by the different views of others in the MSM.

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          • Nelly Smickers

             /  22nd June 2016

            I’m with you Geezz, *can’t stand* Hoskings either!! Watching, or even listening to him, actually makes my skin crawl.

            I saw him in a coffee bar once wearing elevator-heel boots. He was eating a cream donut and kept licking his fingers then wiping them on his jeans 😥

            Dreadful manners……he obviously never spent any time at a Catholic boarding school.

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            • Corky

               /  22nd June 2016

              I think the clip showing him cleaning the Farrari was the last straw.

    • Halliver

       /  22nd June 2016

      it’s about time this idiot be shown the door, he’s a stain on broadcasting and embarrassment to the nation. John Campbell would be his replacement. Next petition should be to get rid of slater,

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      • “it’s about time this idiot be shown the door”

        A bit of irony there. Silenced by petition is an idiotic premise.

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      • PDB

         /  22nd June 2016

        Replace Hosking with Campbell? Says it all really – the left think Freedom of speech only occurs when the message is something they agree with. The old case of ‘progressives’ knowing what is best for all of us even though they are of the minority opinion.

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  3. Blazer

     /  22nd June 2016

    so its freedom of speech that they launch a petition then yes.

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    • PDB

       /  22nd June 2016

      Ironically using their ‘freedom of speech’ to launch a petition which wants to deny freedom of speech from somebody else they don’t agree with.

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  4. PDB

     /  22nd June 2016

    To add to the Hosking saga was Liz Gunn’s emotional, unsubstantiated personal attack on Hosking that was also on Stuff.co.nz until they removed the article. Reading her ‘story’ Hosking should be removed simply because his opinions are different to hers.

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/06/19/former-tvnz-staff-member-destroys-mike-hosking/

    http://thestandard.org.nz/the-strange-case-of-the-disappearance-of-a-stuff-article-critical-of-lord-mike-hosking/

    Some high-profile left-wingers there jumping on the ‘get rid of Hosking’ bandwagon – again the hypocrisy of the left is there for all to see.

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    • Blazer

       /  22nd June 2016

      how can her ‘personal’ views be unsubstantiated?Pull your socks up …as well as your pants.

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      • PDB

         /  22nd June 2016

        Liz Gunn “The year I did Breakfast with him , he went out of his way to undermine me in every way he could find”.

        “and never let the hurts show in any overt reaction to his many attempts to humiliate and belittle”

        “Over the passive and overt bullying”.

        Serious workplace allegations which she doesn’t back up with fact and/or clear examples of. Most likely the reason why Stuff.co.nz pulled the article.

        In her eyes he was a ‘bully’ simply because he had a different world view to her.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  22nd June 2016

          Gunn has waited fifteen years for revenge having quit live on air without telling her management.

          I think that tells a story.

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          • Blazer

             /  22nd June 2016

            yes it does,she managed to hold her tongue for 15 years,but the smug.arrogant little shit has got so bad she couldn’t any longer.

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            • PDB

               /  22nd June 2016

              Opinion irrelevant then, opinion irrelevant now – that goes for Liz Gunn too……

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  22nd June 2016

              No, she has nabbed an opportunity for revenge. And evidently didn’t communicate well with her management.

    • who is Liz Gunn???

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  5. Gezza

     /  22nd June 2016

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/81322060/man-found-at-party-after-he-cut-off-his-home-detention-bracelet-in-hawera
    Should a man—who had already escaped from custody, committed several more offences while on the run before being captured, then was given a home detention sentence, but cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and was found drinking at a party at the home of a person with whom he had a non-association order—be granted bail? Yes, said this judge.

    Bring me a new judge someone. This one seems wonky.

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    • Nelly Smickers

       /  22nd June 2016

      You are sooo right Geezz!!

      As Wayne just said, “Whatever happened to the likes of Judge Isaac C. Parker? Seems these days we’ve got nothing but a bunch of real soft-cocks running our justice system”

      The whole country has become a *Free-Range Asylum* :/

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      • Gezza

         /  22nd June 2016

        Wayne’s wrong, Nelly. We have some excellent & sensible DC judges.

        Judge Isaac C Parker seems to have operated well within the limits and laws of his time.

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        • Nelly Smickers

           /  22nd June 2016

          Wayne sez “he’ll have to take your word on that”, Geezz. Although he guesses you’re not including Garree in that assessment…..

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          • Gezza

             /  22nd June 2016

            Wayne’s on the ball tonight Nelly. Get a lotto ticket.

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            • Nelly Smickers

               /  22nd June 2016

              Wayne’s taken exactly the same numbers every week (now twice) since he’s been buying them,,,,,his birthday, my birthday, the kids birthday, his mums birthday and his dad’s birthday. XD

              6 13 18 27 29 31 plus my lucky# 9

    • But he has rights Gezza! It was probably a bum rap to start with. He was probably just a “good boy” never did anything wrong and the racist, patriarchal Justice system did him down.

      I fully support his human rights to party when he feels he should…

      S.A.R Casm

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