Media watch – Tuesday

16 May 2017


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  1. A “brief rundown of some of the highlights” of the National Party Auckland Conference:

    • PDB

       /  May 16, 2017

      “I’m a primary school teacher who used to be a comedian”

      I can see why they ‘used to be’ a comedian……….

  2. Pete Kane

     /  May 16, 2017

    A new Auditor General on the way/
    “More revelations about convicted Transport Ministry fraudster”

  3. Pete Kane

     /  May 16, 2017

    ‘Clandestine rendezvous’ plotting revealed in Joanne Harrison Transport Ministry fraud case

  4. The Washington Post (WAPO) has published another sensational false news report that claims Trump revealed classified Codeword material to the Russians when he met with the Russian Foreign Minister. WAPO claimed it was material from a sensitive non-US source and would prejudice that relationship. It further claimed that the record of the conversations had been altered to omit the details and the full record had been restricted in its distribution.
    General McMaster who was at the meeting immediately labelled the news as False News and stated that the President had NOT done what was claimed.
    David Howowitz author of the book “Big Agenda” also claimed that the WAPO article was clear evidence of the Democrat plan containd in his book that I have a copy of and have read.
    David Horowitz says also that :
    “… Far left groups began funding an effort to use all the levers they could pull — big media, academia, government insiders, Democratic front groups — to stop Trump’s conservative plan to drain the swamp and save America. [After the shock election result].

    A key part of the plan, he says, has been to “take out” Trump allies in the media and conservative circles. [He earlier had connected the savage attacks by the MSM against Bill O’Reilly formerly of Fox news which he characterised as “Taken out by bloody murderers in the MSM

    “They dredged up years-old, unsubstantiated allegations to torpedo O’Reilly,” Horowitz argues, noting that the influential TV host was a voice for honesty in the media and a defender of Donald Trump.

    O’Reilly played a key role in helping Trump by speaking directly to white, middle-class voters in places like Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Horowitz noted that after Trump won Obama even made a cryptic comment, saying Fox News played a key role in defeating Hillary. And O’Reilly was the #1 rated host! He had to be stopped, Horowitz argues.

    Horowitz’s Big Agenda has been sitting at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for over nine weeks! It’s also #1 on Amazon, but the liberal media like CNN, CBS, NBC and others won’t interview Horowitz.

    Why do CNN and the big media fear David Horowitz and Big Agenda?
    Here’s the one really big reason: Big Agenda is the first book to expose the media for operating as a political force, an adjunct of the Democratic Party, to stop President Trump.

    In Big Agenda Horowitz names names and reveals their plot to destroy Trump. Horowitz also was the first to share Trump’s “secret plan” to take back America and drain the swamp in Washington during his first 100 days. In fact, Horowitz has detailed 21 major moves President Trump was going to take — and already 11 have come true!

    Now, in Big Agenda, Horowitz says the White House will reveal a major offensive against the liberal establishment right after the first 100 days — which he calls “Phase Two.”
    The Trump plan has 3 major phases, Horowitz says. You might be shocked about Phase Two. It includes a major war Trump will actually begin, one that will decimate a certain group and demonstrate America’s resolve like no other.”

    We live in interesting times! I got my copy of “Big Agenda” for free after ordering it on line and paying $NZ7.50 for courier postage. Google “Bg Agenda”.

  5. It is educational and fascinating to observe that Channel 4 News in NZ tonight is featuring the allegation against Trump, meanwhile the US media are exploring whether or not McMaster was being truthful, and suggest his intervention is a deliberate attempt to stay in the Administration team as an insider for the Deep group running US policies (the Military/Industrial complex).