Media watch – Wednesday

1 March 2017

MediaWatch

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  1. Nelly Smickers

     /  March 1, 2017

    Wayne asks the question that seems to be been getting up everyone’s nose, “What the hell’s going on with *French Rugby* these days” ❓

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_1d=4&objectid=11808849

    • Blazer

       /  March 1, 2017

      unfuckin believable,could not run a bath.Look at the Nats smooth ,seamless transition from Key to English,faux challenges and all.

    • Missy

       /  March 1, 2017

      Whatever happened to King standing at the next election (as reported in December 2016), and King not standing aside as Deputy Leader for Ardern, and saying suggestions of that were ageist (27 Feb)?

      Guess King is flip flopping.

      • Pete Kane

         /  March 1, 2017

        Sorry to repeat Missy and Blz , but (but, but, but), idiots.

      • PDB

         /  March 1, 2017

        So Annette was given the hard word and told to pack her bags……….ageist or not Labour are now likely to be replacing an experienced hard-working & effective ‘behind-the-scenes Deputy leader with an ineffective show pony.

        MSM win the day!

        • PDB

           /  March 1, 2017

          As an aside – the video ‘puff’ piece of Ardern in that Stuff.co link above is a perfect example of the MSM creation in full flight……….cringeworthy

    • Kevin

       /  March 1, 2017

      Smart move by Little. Keeps the threat to his leadership under control.

  2. Pete Kane

     /  March 1, 2017

    Actually, to be honest I wanted Deb Russell to run in the Bi Election. Now that’s a talent in my view.

    • Missy

       /  March 1, 2017

      Is there going to be a by election, I understood King was standing down at the General Election, so no by election.

      • Pete Kane

         /  March 1, 2017

        No, Wellington Deputy Mayoy Paul Eagle will contest in Sept. (already selected Missy).

        • Missy

           /  March 1, 2017

          Silly me, of course, I forgot about Paul Eagle. Thanks for that.

    • NOEL

       /  March 1, 2017

      Nah it wasn’t a twice yearly election Peter

  3. Keyloggers4U

     /  March 1, 2017

    If I remember correctly, back in the 90’s, Jeanette Fitzsimons stated the Green Movement must offer something that is acceptable for public consumption but should never forget its true objective. I always wondered what that true objective was. Guess I now know.

    https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/03/greens-socialist-says-top-official-walks-away/

    • Blazer

       /  March 1, 2017

      1 miscreant,who the Greens are better off without.

      • PDB

         /  March 1, 2017

        Are you announcing you are turning in your membership?

  4. PDB

     /  March 1, 2017

    ODT 27th Feb: “Mr Little was asked about that prospect at Ms Ardern’s victory party on Saturday night and said there was ‘‘no vacancy’’ and he was not ‘‘planning any changes’’.
    Yesterday, he repeated that statement, and added, ‘‘I’m not thinking about it. Don’t expect any change.’’

    ODT 27th Feb: Deputy leader Annette King said no Labour MPs had suggested a change could be warranted, or talked to her about standing aside.
    ‘‘Nothing has changed,’’ she said yesterday, adding that the speculation was media-driven and hurtful.
    ‘‘Nobody has phoned me up and said things have changed.’’

    King today: “”I have been considering my position for some time and after discussing the matter with colleagues I feel now is the right time to pass the baton,” she said.”

    Herald: She (King) claimed the talk around Ardern was ageist. She even went a little bit Trump, accusing media of having a vendetta against her.
    Speaking to the Herald she questioned what Ardern could offer that she did not, other than relative youth.”

    Today: She (King) said Ardern had her full support to be Labour’s new deputy leader.
    “I have watched her political career blossom since she became an MP in 2008 and mentored her when she needed help. After her emphatic victory in Mt Albert, she’s well and truly ready to step up.”