Media watch – Wednesday

11 January 2017

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38 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  January 11, 2017

    Ginny MacDonald on Al Jazeera not only has a very delightful Scots accent but this morning she is wearing a smart-looking, short, black dress with a slightly flared skirt and black stockings and she has great legs. She is currently saying that Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for Attorney General, is getting heckled at his confirmation hearing & showing a clip of some female screamer being removed from the proceedings.

    • Klik Bate

       /  January 11, 2017

      BBC are reporting that a number of supporters have also been ushered from the public gallery….

    • Gezza

       /  January 11, 2017

      Aljaz midday update news showed both a male & female protestor calling out rudely & being removed from the venue with a certain amount of difficulty by security, due to their reluctance to be silent & leave.

      Mr Sessions was shown denying scurrilous allegations that when he was a State governor he had assisted in making it difficult for US citizens of African American origin to vote. Also something about if something or about Hillary Clinton came up he would recuse himself.

      He was wearing an unprepossessing grey suit, white shirt, and a plain red tie, which looked expensive. Open jacket.

      The reporter advised that on Wednesday ( our Thursday) the hearing will hear objections to his appointment.

      Ends.

      • Gezza

         /  January 11, 2017

        1 pm Aljaz update.

        Correcting an earlier, erroneous, report – Mr Sessions’ red tie has several small white polka dots.

        Sessions said he would not support a ban on Muslim immigration, establishing a national registry of Muslims in the United $tates, or the surveillance of mosques.

        “I would not favor a registry of Muslims in the United States, no I would not,” Sessions advised in answer to a query from an unseen interrogator.

        He also said he believed the feds should avoid surveillance of ANY religious institutions, “unless there’s a basis to believe that dangerous or threatening illegaly activity could be carried on there.”

        This reporter thinks that last bit is a get-out-of-jail-free card, & that possibly he is a man to be watched very closely because he is a lawyer, & that sounds a bit dodgy.

        In clarification of an earlier report – he also said that if there was any further investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email woes, he would recuse himself from decision-making on the outcome of any such said witch hunt ( or words generally to that effect).

        Ends.

        • Gezza

           /  January 11, 2017

          PS: Your reporter apologises for misspelling the word “illegal” in the above report & blames the author of another report from which that particulat quote was plagiarised.

          • Gezza

             /  January 11, 2017

            (“particulat” was all my own work.)

            • It’s quite ironic that Sessions prosecuted the head of the Klu Klux Klan.

              People may note I am back on a proper keyboard in order to make some sense when posting.

            • Gezza

               /  January 11, 2017

              People may note I am still on my iPad for the opposite reason. However this reporter is now departing to Dad’s Rest Hope to follow up his investigation into why, last week, when he was there, an agitated female resident sitting in an armchair in the lounge suddenly began yelling “where’s my bloody stick”, “where’s that bloody pommy nurse”, “I don’t want all these men”, “get these men off my bed”, and “police, police”, and was hastily removed from the lounge.

  2. Blazer

     /  January 11, 2017

    Careful g you will attract claims of sexism. I

    • Gezza

       /  January 11, 2017

      One hopes not. This is simply modern day reporting. Mr Sessions, from observation, appeared somewhat taken aback. He seems to be an elderly gentleman of a Southern persuasion & the interjectors were loudly expressing their belief that he holds a number of illiberal views on matters of significance, such that he would not be appropriate choice for Attorney General.

      • Gezza

         /  January 11, 2017

        And just so that I might avoid unwarranted claims of sexism, Mr Sessions was classically attired in a bog standard business suit & tie of unremarkable style & colour. His legs were not visible to this reporter.

  3. Missy

     /  January 11, 2017

    Clare Hollingsworth, the war correspondent who broke the news that Germany were about to invade Poland in the beginning of WWII, has died today aged 105.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13960347

    An amazing and inspirational woman by the sounds of it.

  4. MaureenW

     /  January 11, 2017

    There were murmurs of this before Christmas, I expect Bill English will stop funding the Clinton Foundation – surely there are better causes than funding their lifestyle …
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11780169

    • duperez

       /  January 11, 2017

      Kiwiblog hasn’t featured it yet but will soon and the it’ll be “boots’n’all.”

    • PDB

       /  January 11, 2017

      NZ lefties will be in a spin trying to justify opposing points of view – Clinton was apparently robbed but was also robbing NZ taxpayers.

    • Gezza

       /  January 11, 2017

      “404 – Page not found
      Sorry, the story you were looking for is no longer available.”

      Hmmm …

  5. Klik Bate

     /  January 11, 2017

    After earlier scandal, China encourages independent R&D of Baby Formula…..

    http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0110/c9000-9165110.html

    • Gezza

       /  January 11, 2017

      ” A high-ranking interior ministry official confirmed the ban to the Le360 news site, adding that ‘bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes’.”

  6. Pete Kane

     /  January 11, 2017

    I suspect Alan’s local (and beloved) MP may have mixed feeling about this.
    WO: “Yep, I am in the same position. As much as I dislike a few things that old coot has done over the years he is at least consistent.
    We’ve had our stoushes but Winston knows how the game is played. So, I think it will be NZ First for me. I can’t support a Bill English led government.”
    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/01/letter-hard-core-true-blue-national-voter/

  7. Pete Kane

     /  January 11, 2017

    “A staff member in Murray McCully’s office will contest his seat on the East Coast Bays Electorate in the 2017 General Election.”
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/88265277/new-candidate-to-contest-nationals-east-coast-bays-electorate

  8. MaureenW

     /  January 11, 2017

    From Obama’s Farewell speech –
    ” ….If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history — if I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, take out the mastermind of 9-11 — if I had told you that we would win marriage equality and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens — if I had told you all that, you might have said our sights were set a little too high.

    But that’s what we did. That’s what you did. You were the change. The answer to people’s hopes and, because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.”

    Could there be any more empty rhetoric after 8 years as POTUS?