Media watch – Friday

17 February 2017


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 please include attribution).


  1. Missy

     /  February 17, 2017

    Wow! Who knew, NZ is a continent… well not exactly, but it is apparently part of a continental land mass – mostly underwater, that includes New Caledonia.

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  February 17, 2017

    Here’s one for the boys XD

    • Missy

       /  February 17, 2017

      Don’t be so sexist Nelly… some of us girls like this stuff too you know!

      • Missy

         /  February 18, 2017

        4 down votes really? So, are you 4 different people, or 1 or 2 down voting on different devices? Are you men who don’t think women can be into Military stuff, or are you Women who objected to the term girls? or Women who think the female of the species should be all precious about seeing the HQ of a murderous religious cult destroyed? Or are you ISIS supporters / sympathisers who don’t like seeing the HQ destroyed?

        Or are you just G’s phantom down ticker (sorry, can’t call it PDT, I just think of pre-deployment training). 🙂

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 17, 2017

    I’m interested in why Rasmussen and Gallup polls on Presidential Approval vary so much. I found that this is long-standing with Rasmussen favouring Republicans and Gallup favouring Democrats. The main sampling differences are reportedly 1) that Rasmussen surveys likely voters while Gallup surveys all adults, and 2) that Rasmussen uses online polling whereas Gallup uses mobile phone polling to access respondents without landline phones.

    • Gezza

       /  February 17, 2017

      That is interesting Alan. Personally I’d be more interested in Gallups because they survey all adults. I wonder how Rasmussen identifies ‘likely voters’?