Media watch – Thursday

29 June 2017

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  1. Beware of ransomware.

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  3. Gezza

     /  June 29, 2017

    The guts of Brian Rudman’s take today on Cluthagate & Interngate:

    “I was listening to a radio debate on the Labour Party importation of 85 foreign “interns” to beef up its election campaign team, when the phone rang. It was my old mate from the sub-continent again claiming to be from Microsoft’s technical department and concerned about my computer. I gave him a friendly “bugger off” and hung up.

    The Campaign for Change, organised by Matt McCarten, veteran leftie, and until a few weeks ago, Labour’s campaign boss in Auckland, is aimed at mobilising the “missing million” – mainly young people – who failed to vote at the last election. Whatever, it still sniffs of Mormon missionaries. Foreigners coming in to proselytise the natives.

    According to POLITIK blog’s Richard Harman, they will be used to door knock around the country, to cold call from a phone bank, and to recruit new workers from the universities and unions.

    True, some of the great Labour Party icons blew in from across the seas. Peter Fraser from Scotland, Walter Nash from England and Bob Semple, born on the New South Wales goldfields for example. But they weren’t here for a brief working holiday and a marae experience. They were part of the new New Zealander working class. They were settlers, here to build a better world for themselves and future generations. They weren’t off in a few weeks with a plastic tiki in their pockets, and a new tan from a weekend side trip to the ski-fields. They were used as gophers putting up billboards and the like.

    Since this story broke, there’s been much muttering about possible breaches of electoral law, and claims of Labour’s double standards regarding underpaying migrants workers and the like.

    These will quickly blow over. To me, the real worry for Labour is it seems to think it can arouse the moribund million by bringing in an influx of foreign missionaries.

    Talking employment issues, I must be going soft in the head in my dotage, but I’m starting to feel sorry for the grocer’s boy from darkest Dipton, Todd Barclay. He foolishly thought the squirearchy from the deep South, would tolerate him as their MP.

    It’s taken them three years to white-ant him out of office, but they’ve finally succeeded. Barclay forced out to save Prime Minister Bill English – Barclay’s predecessor as Clutha-Southland MP – further embarrassment.

    What seems astounding is how the so-called “evil-six” of National Party locals alleged to be behind his downfall, didn’t hesitate to embarrass their leader and local MP for 17 years, to leak a confetti of confidential documents, and ensure last weekend’s pre-election party conference, was a train wreck.

    From afar, it seems Barclay’s big mistake was not hiring an electorate secretary of his own choosing on becoming MP in 2014, or when it became obvious, he and English’s 17 year veteran Glenys Dickson, were incompatible.

    This happens, and when it does, MPs can go to Parliamentary Services, declare irreconcilable differences, and a severance cheque is duly written out.

    We read that Dickson often stood in for English and was jokingly referred to as “the local MP”. A salutary lesson for new MPs everywhere.”

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 29, 2017

      Not a fan of Rudders, but that is a pretty fair summary.

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    • NOEL

       /  June 29, 2017

      Been getting the Microsoft Engineer a lot lately but only on landline.
      Last time he phoned I was watching a Viceland prigramme on hacking so put the phone by the speaker and turned the volumne up..
      Love the item on Facebook where the receiver tracks the scammer down then sets up an automatic ringing for three days to deny the scammer the opportunity to dial out.rakai

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  4. sorethumb

     /  June 29, 2017

    The Panel with Jim Moira – When did David Cormack become a media star? Yes they have left and right (Labour/Green versus national/Act) but where are the nationalists?
    I heard Michelle d’Acort whisper that she “doesn’t believe in borders and doesn’t believe in the state” David Cormack says (on the Nation):
    David Cormack:
    No one thinks immigration is a good thing , which I think it is a good thing. You know they tend to come in and fill roles which we traditionally don’t fill. They add diversity and they’re human beings that we are talking about, and it is just so sick of our political parties using it as a dog whistle of populism which is so upsetting in the New Zealand political landscape.
    Lisa owen:
    “would they do it though if the public wasn’t interested?’
    David Cormack:
    That isn’t a reason to do something. You don’t do what the public thinks is right: you do what is right. They don’t necessarily mesh up.
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/shows/2017/05/panel-david-cormack-and-heather-roy.html
    ………….
    “A number of intellectuals, as a consequence of the kind of work they do, have privileged access to the means of communication. In many cases the opinion that is actually heard is either that of members of the national �lite or it is the opinion of intellectuals. Intellectuals can form an ‘attentive public’, actively engaged in political debates and controversies and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the kinds of opinions voiced at seminars and conferences, in media interviews, and in ‘letters to the editor’ will be taken as the working equivalent of ‘public opinion’. But there is no necessary reason why educated and articulate opinion should mirror public opinion in general and by the late 1970s the educated and the less educated were at odds on the question of immigration. The general opinion of people with tertiary qualifications was quite unlike the general opinion of less educated people.”

    http://www.thesocialcontract.com/artman2/publish/tsc0104/article_56.shtml
    So we have an internationalist left versus internationalist right.

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  5. duperez

     /  June 29, 2017

    From afar too, it seems if Barclay didn’t make his “big mistake” and Matt McCarten hadn’t tried to “proselytise the natives” in that way we would have had to find other distractions and things to exercise our minds.

    Since Tuesday last week more than 20 threads about the Barclay business have been on YourNZ. Little, Labour and the intern thing in that time are up to 17. Kiwiblog had nine Labour bits in five days.

    Most instructive is Kiwiblog and Barclay. Just wo pieces about Barclay have been on there since the story broke. The afternoon after the story saw a “Here’s my take” piece – basically in support of Barclay.

    The next day saw “Barclay to stand down at election” with the Herald report with the only comment from Farrar, “A brutal end for a new MP. Very loyal of him to give up a very very safe seat in order to stop this issue festering for National.” Poor Todd again.

    So to stop the issue festering for National he left it alone at two articles only? Then, over the next two days came a five pack Labour splurge with headlines like “Labour’s foreign campaign workers put up in sub-standard accommodation.”

    Strange to see then Farrar on other media carefully linking words like ‘sex’ and ‘drug dealer’ to the Barclay situation.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 29, 2017

      I just checked the Standard out, and looking at that – has there even been an intern issue for Labour? There is nothing there on it at all that I could see.

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      • duperez

         /  June 29, 2017

        You have to look hard to find it. It’s only the Marvelly bit about marae living.

        You’ll have to look even harder to find an “end-of-year report” where they show how balanced they are in the numbers of articles they present with the implication that they are an even-handed unbiased source of information.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 29, 2017

          Burnt the candle last two nights. I might have a nana nap. That would be a lot more rewarding than looking thru TS to see how balanced they are, I suspect.
          12.21 hours.
          That is all.

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          • Gezza

             /  June 29, 2017

            Nana nap successfully completed without incident & awoke in time for Questions in the House.

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  6. Blazer

     /  June 29, 2017

    the ‘sex/drug reference is a red herring imo.

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  7. Zedd

     /  June 29, 2017

    I watched ‘Backbenches’ last evening.. S Dowie (natz), R Mark (nzf), M Fox (maori), Dr Clark (lab)

    the only one who seemed ‘credible’ was Mr Mark.. Ms Dowie was just a ‘wind up doll’ (I just say/do, what Im told).. Ms Fox looked like a cheer-leader, waving her ‘patu’ (with party logo) & Dr Clark was ‘on message’ too. I never thought I’d say this, but NZF is starting to sound more credible.. :/

    btw; they had a topic on use of plastic bags; a few random Natz (in the audience) claimed they ‘support enviro. issues’ BUT were obviously just ‘politicking’, because they tend to vote against all Green policies/issues, in the house. ‘Do as I say, not as I do’… 😦
    “observing the hypocrites.. as they mingle with the good people we meet”

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    • Pete Kane

       /  June 29, 2017

      I like David Clark, from what I’ve seen. Be a good Minister.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 29, 2017

        Anglican?

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        • Pete Kane

           /  June 29, 2017

          No, oddly given he was Master at Selwyn, he’s a Presbyterian Minister, although I had in mind the Health Ministry.

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          • Gezza

             /  June 29, 2017

            They might actually need someone who can perform extreme unction?

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            • Pete Kane

               /  June 29, 2017

              Hard to do worse than the incumbent, ‘Brother’ Gerard?

            • Gezza

               /  June 29, 2017

              Bedside manner might be too much like of that a Scottish undertaker, but at least there’s a doctor in The House.

  8. unitedtribes2

     /  June 29, 2017

    I wonder if there is any link between WO’s campaign against National and Bill English, his apparent support for NZF and his monthly “how will you vote polls” that may be measuring how successful his campaign is going and how much he should be paid. Guess I will judge that question by how quickly the thumb downs arrive.

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  9. High Flying Duck

     /  June 29, 2017

    Not a bad interactive from the Herald to see how the country has gone under National vs Labour – gives you a chance to guess and tells you how you did…

    http://insights.nzherald.co.nz/article/labour-vs-national/

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  10. Zedd

     /  June 29, 2017

    I saw an interesting news item on TV1 midday.. quite a number of kiwis (& other westerners) are choosing North Korea as a holiday destination.

    It seems that these ‘weird & wonderful’ places are becoming ‘the places to visit’.. IF I had a spare $10k I might think about it 😀

    * maybe find out IF any of the ‘news/horror stories’ are accurate OR just more western hype ?

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    • Mefrostate

       /  June 29, 2017

      Would love to visit NK one day, but I think it’s morally reprehensible to spend any money that will find its way back to a regime like that one.

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  June 29, 2017

      I think it’s all western hype zedd and would encourage you to go. Maybe we could have s whip round for you

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  11. Pete Kane

     /  June 29, 2017

    Vatican number three, Australian Cardinal George Pell, returning to Aus to fight sex charges
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/94218314/cardinal-george-pell-charged-with-at-least-three-serious-sex-offences

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