Media watch – Thursday

20 April 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 credible and effective.


  1. Corky

     /  April 20, 2017

    Green Party may have a big vote winner with reform of the electricity market. Their policy will be released today.

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 20, 2017

    *John Oliver*….. on why we should be paying close attention to the upcoming *French Election* XD

  3. In light of the video, showing 3 very wasted guys on ‘synthetics’.. I read this headline on TVNZ website: ‘kiwis say disturbing synthetic cannabis video, a good reason to decriminalise the real thing’ : I agree 100%

    BUT I’m not holding my breath, under this ‘just say NO to drugs’ & ‘lets just ignore the issue & hope it goes away’ Tory Govt. !! 😦

    • Bill Brown

       /  April 20, 2017

      He was a billionaire – oh but wait he actually owed it rather than had it in the bank

  4. Blazer

     /  April 20, 2017

    National Party ‘reporter’ Claire Trevett on pay equity ruling….

    ‘The fact of the settlement and the size of the settlement had former Prime Minister John Key written all over it.’…….unbelievable…BOL.

  5. duperez

     /  April 20, 2017

    “Heat rising as Steve Hansen tells Gatland he’s ‘clutching at straws’ over the Chicago crash.”

    Or this early in the piece the Herald trying to squeeze wine, the nicest orange juice or some other nectar out of a sliver of the driest straw?

  6. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 20, 2017

    The fab *Katie Hopkins* drops a broad hint about the pending announcement of *Prince Harry’s* engagement to Hollywood actress *Meghan Markle* ……but KTH also goes on to make a very good point about *how boring* it is having to listen to other people bleating on about their struggle with mental issues, pain, or illness. It’s like when I hear these same people ringing talk-back radio while I’m working night-shift, eager to tell everyone about their ‘problems’…..I often find myself quietly yelling at the tranny, “WHO CARES” ❗

  7. Gezza

     /  April 20, 2017

    New England Patriots star Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski offers help to Sean Spicer out in media briefing

    I don’t think he has a clue what he’s talking about half the time, but I really like Sean. 😀