Media watch – Thursday

23 February 2017

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36 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 23, 2017

    Can someone tell me why this useless prick, John Oliver, gets media coverage?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11805986

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  February 23, 2017

      Maybe it’s got something to do with this…
      “Donald Drumpf” segment has earned a combined 85 million views from Facebook and YouTube, CNN Money reported on Wednesday. The episode has 62 million views on Facebook and another 23.3 million on YouTube.
      “This is a record for any piece of HBO content,” a network spokesman said of the totals.

      HBO calculates “live” television viewership by combining viewers when an episode premieres with any DVR recordings and video-on-demand plays, CNN Money said. Oliver’s Feb. 28 episode attracted approximately 6 million viewers.”

      And that’s not counting the tens of thousands of torrent downloads each week.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 23, 2017

        Ok, so he’s a Lefty echo chamber hero, AC, pampering their delusions of superiority.

        Not much of a preparation for exposure to the real world, is it? And at 3% of the US electorate his viewers are not exactly an overwhelming political force either.

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  February 23, 2017

          Let’s look at those figures in context shall we:

          In January, FOX News Channel garnered an average of 2.8 million viewers, up 35 percent from the previous year. Also in January, the network topped basic cable as the highest-rated network in total day viewers, beating ESPN.
          The network was also the most-watched during President Donald Trump’s inauguration. An average of 8.8 million viewers tuned in from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Inauguration Day, beating the viewership for networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC.

          “The O’Reilly Factor” is still dominating as the top cable news program with 4 million total viewers. Meanwhile, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which moved to 9 p.m. ET on January 9, averaged 3.7 million viewers.

          Martha MacCallum’s new primetime series, “The First 100 Days” has garnered 3.5 million viewers. The show debuted on January 16th.

          Other FOX News Channel shows were also up in the ratings. “Hannity” had an average of 3.1 million viewers, and “The Five” and “Special Report with Bret Baier” averaged more than 3.1 million in total viewers, marking their highest-rated months ever since the shows premiered.

          http://www.thewrap.com/cable-ratings-fox-news-beats-cnn-and-msnbc-combined-in-primetime/

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  February 23, 2017

          Also it’s a really funny show, and to be fair to him he ignored Trump right through the primaries, didn’t want to give him oxygen, and only started discussing him after he was the republican candidate and could no longer be ignored.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  February 23, 2017

            Well to be fair, he ignored Trump only after strenuously imploring him to run back in 2013 because it would be so funny and he had no chance of winning.

    • MaureenW

       /  February 23, 2017

      He used to be funny, along with Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher. Now they all read the same scripts. Sad.

      • Gezza

         /  February 23, 2017

        His costings for The DOTUS’s wall were quite good, some time back before the election. Not sure how they’d stck up now.

        He’s a satirist, Al. Not unlike yourself, perhaps? But fair enuff, I’ve got a wee bit bored with John Oliver. Do you prefer Alec Baldwin?

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  February 23, 2017

          Al’s done a polish exit after seeing the figures for cable news are eclipsed by Oliver.

          • Gezza

             /  February 23, 2017

            Looking like an L6. Has until midnight.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 23, 2017

              Don’t watch any of them, G, live or on video as I’ve said. And unimpressed by the print media reports so nothing to add.

              As for AC, as I said the live numbers are politically insignificant and the FB fetishes just play to the Lefty echo chamber.

            • Gezza

               /  February 23, 2017

              Bit odd, waxing lyrical in your criticisms without actually examining all the relevant data. Have to discount your opinion Al as insufficiently informed.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 23, 2017

              The “news” reports of his rantings leave me feeling excessively informed, G.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  February 23, 2017

              By you logic Al, all the right wing news, is even less on overwhelming political force. I think you just woefully underestimated what the figures are like for US television, and he’s on HBO which is ‘premium cable’ not free to air.
              For contrast, free to air news figures:

              Numbers for the week of Feb. 13, 2017:

              NBC ABC CBS
              • Total Viewers: 8,540,000 8,677,000 7,097,000
              • A25-54: 1,984,000 1,855,000 1,568,000

              6 million doesn’t look to shabby against those does it?

        • Conspiratoor

           /  February 23, 2017

          Sir Al’s problem G is while possessed of a keen wit he has a pathological loathing of online video. As a consequence the poor fellow has missed some great parody

  2. Meantime, Bernadine Oliver-Kirby is gone from TVNZ after 25 years … with no farewell …

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11805334

    She doesn’t seem unhappy about it though. Another “unit of production and consumption” moves on to other things. She’d make an excellent documentary host and/or narrator voice IMHO … although her possible lack of te reo fluency might hamper this …

    Not as widely (and wildly) loved as Judy Bailey … I wonder why?

    I’m so glad I don’t watch TV any more …

    • Gezza

       /  February 23, 2017

      I don’t watch the NZ tv news much at all now. Think I watched it twice in the last seven days. Bad enough watching the trivia on 1Ewes, don’t understand how folk can stomach the other main one. Prime’s at 5.30 pm’s probably the best of a bad lot.

  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  February 23, 2017

    WOW….just WOW

    *Stephie Key* looks to *out-punk* young brother Max by producing *her very own X RATED Movie* ❗ 😄

    http://spy.nzherald.co.nz/spy-news/stephie-key-crowd-funding-for-her-x-rated-movie/

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  February 23, 2017

      What’s with her accent? Nzild Valley Girl?
      What an affectation.

      • Gezza

         /  February 23, 2017

        Maybe it’s not an affected accent – maybe it’s just a personally evolved one. Quite a few of our ‘pop’ stars head off overseas & come back with one. Anyway, dunno if I want to see it or not, could be a bit silly – but good luck, Cherry.

        • When you think about it prostitution including the cult of youth, beauty & sexual availability, fashion and popularity is the perfect metaphor for the neoliberal economic paradigm …

          The economic exploitation of the USA’s most notorious alien episode – Roswell – along with women – seems a suitably symbolic story … and voila …

          How Lazarniverse (an extraordinarily narcissistic title, like Tarantino naming ‘Kill Bill’ ‘Tarantinoverse’) qualifies as X-Rated I can’t comprehend, except for the usual attention-grabbing headline sensationalism …

          • Gezza

             /  February 23, 2017

            Artists can often be pretty wacky, PZ. Look at Dali etc.

            • Wacky, yes, and often very relevant, valid and mucronate (or edgy) too … Dali and ‘Surrealism’ generally being no exception …

              “Freud’s work with free association, dream analysis, and the unconscious was of utmost importance to the Surrealists in developing methods to liberate imagination. They embraced idiosyncrasy, while rejecting the idea of an underlying madness. As Salvador Dalí later proclaimed, “There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.”

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrealism

  4. MaureenW

     /  February 23, 2017

    Sounds like a good move to me – people should use the rest rooms than match their gender, not their “gender identity”.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11806227

    • MaureenW

       /  February 23, 2017

      Wondering whether females who have a male gender identity, pee up the wall and whether males who have a female gender identity still leave the bloody seat up?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 23, 2017

        Good question, Maureen. We should change the restroom signs to show the seat up/seat down options instead of dress code.

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  February 23, 2017

        You’ll really luv this one MW…. Wayne’s mum sez to him, “In it son – not at it ❗ ” 😄

        And this tweet from *Chuck*, who was telling us these signs are now *commonplace everywhere he goes in LA*…..

        Chuck reckins most girls he takes out are now so darned confused, they just *hold on*…..

        • Nelly Smickers

           /  February 23, 2017

          (That’s *Chuck* – bottom left)

          • Gezza

             /  February 23, 2017

            I can’t see him. Has the turkey passed out on the floor?

            • Nelly Smickers

               /  February 23, 2017

              Even Wayne was saying, that since he’s been mixing with that LGBTQ crowd, Chuck looks to have become a *mere shadow* of himself 😮

        • MaureenW

           /  February 23, 2017

          Have to say I’m a little curious why people who don’t identify with their own gender require restroom “protection”, while people who do, apparently don’t?

          • Anonymous Coward

             /  February 23, 2017

            Depends how convincing their transition is I guess. Though considering that logically their only option is to go into the stalls who would know? There’s nowhere in a girls toilet for a tranny to get her cock out where everyone can see it, and lets face it that’s the situation everyone worries about, not a female to male slipping in to the cubicle in the mens.
            Personally I wouldn’t like to get confronted and possibly beaten while I’ve got my pants down, but that may just be me.