Media watch – Friday

5 August 2016


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

As usual avoid anything that could cause any legal issues such as potential defamation or breaching suppression orders. Also remember that keeping things civil, legal and factual is more effective and harder to argue against or discredit.

Sometimes other blogs get irate if their material is highlighted elsewhere but the Internet is specifically designed to share and repeat information and anyone who comments or puts anything into a public forum should be aware that it could be republished elsewhere (but attribution is essential).

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  1. Gezza

     /  5th August 2016

    Just finished watching this documentary on Al Jazeera.

    Whatever people feel about Tame Iti & his motley crew who were the subject of the terrorism charges under Operation 8 – (and I, personally, having read as much as I could about it at the time, including all the text messages released – think they were up to no good, even if it was a Mickey-Mouse outfit) – this documentary, in my humble opinion, is informative, powerful, & just generally stunning.

    It will be probably be shown again on AJ this week – it’s in the ‘Witness’ Series. I highly recommend it:

  2. The increasingly annoying and vapid crossover singer Lizzie Marvellous should take a leaf out of Michelle A’Court’s book when it comes to feminist commentary. Heartfelt, genuine with enough anger and chutzpah to please the collective, but appeal to, engage and entertain the wider community. Excellent writing on the Kevin Roberts train wreck..

    She writes him a letter and prefaces it, in part, with gems like this.

    “Plus, I have reservations about people losing their jobs over one particular – albeit spectacular – brain-fart. Serial offenders, sure (I’m looking at a couple of radio and television presenters here) but sometimes I wonder if we’d be better to keep someone like Kevin around and just carry on with a robust discussion. I like a chat.

    But if I was the kind of person who kept a record of these things, I might mark this week as a moment when something shifted. A sign that at least some of the off-the-cuff bullshit about women in business wasn’t going to be tolerated quite so easily any more.”


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