Media watch – Thursday

8 June 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.


  1. David

     /  June 8, 2017

    Weird article from the Herald but demonstrates the bubble/twitter life of political journalists, Trump is a huge story no doubt but Corbyn is doing well in the UK for loads of other reasons than because May is trying to get along with Trump.
    English is right not to comment on every bloody Trump utterance that gets the MSM excited because he has a country to run rather than sitting around all day looking at twitter and gossiping with ones group think mates.

    • Missy

       /  June 8, 2017

      Very odd, May ‘getting cosy’ with Trump is the least of her problems, and barely features on why Corbyn has closed the gap.

      May has had a shocking campaign with a couple of missteps, but in general no one thing has stood out, with the exception of the social care policy, and this week with her record as Home Secretary coming under scrutiny, also early on when she was asked about fox hunting and she gave an honest answer that she was in favour of it, that did not go down well with the urban elite.

      Corbyn has improved out of this world, the thing is at the beginning of the campaign Corbyn was a mess, his campaign got slicker, he tidied himself up, and in general he improved so he looks a lot better than what he is – especially when up against a mediocre May.

      Whilst Corbyn is doing well in polls, twitter, and on social media he is not doing so well in the real world, many people – especially older people – are very distrustful of him.

      Corbyn is giving away free stuff – that always helps the popularity.

  2. Missy

     /  June 8, 2017

    A piece on the rugby this morning in the Telegraph brings up a valid point that should perhaps have been more thought out by the Blues prior to the game. The writer points out the haka ending with the throat slitting gesture was inappropriate for the game today.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 8, 2017

    The new Herald site is unusable on my 8.2 Windows phone. Just locks up the tab.

    • Gezza

       /  June 8, 2017

      Bastards, Sir Alan. Can’t seem to get decent tradespersons these days.
      I remain, implaccaby hateful towards you, as always
      Sir Gerald.

  4. Blazer

     /  June 8, 2017

    more on the Nats myopia…

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