Media watch – Friday

11 August 2017

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41 Comments

    • Gezza

       /  August 11, 2017

      Ridiculously overpaid. WTF’s wrong with these companies?
      Any parties got policies on executive pay levels?

  1. phantom snowflake

     /  August 11, 2017

    Dirty Politics anniversary commemorated. (To those of you who might be tempted to use this an excuse to give Nicky Hager yet another kicking: READ THE DAMN BOOK FIRST!)
    https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/10-08-2017/dirty-politics-turns-three-where-are-they-now/

    • Blazer

       /  August 11, 2017

      Brilliant.We must all applaud Hager for shining this light on how National does politics,and his steadfast resolve to challenge the establishment,and ….show them up.

      • phantom snowflake

         /  August 11, 2017

        The Two-Track strategy still seems to be working okay if, as some suspect, it’s National’s proxies who have brought down Metiria Turei. (But I’d have to link to FailOil to illustrate that. NOOOOOO!!!!)

        • High Flying Duck

           /  August 11, 2017

          Cui Bono – who benefits from MT’s demise then?
          I think you’ll find that the Labour family fighting back against MT’s insinuation they didn’t support their child / grandchild might have been arranged far closer to home.

          • Blazer

             /  August 11, 2017

            yesterdays news,my feathered friend.

            • Corky

               /  August 11, 2017

              Talking of yesterdays news, where’s Benny? I never agreed much with his posts, but I loved his writing style. It had a nice flow.

              Some reckon he’s overseas..maybe London?

            • High Flying Duck

               /  August 11, 2017

              I agree – i was just rebutting someone who is living in the past.

            • phantom snowflake

               /  August 11, 2017

              No re-butting needed here Duckie; all good down there…in the present LOL

            • phantom snowflake

               /  August 11, 2017

      • Corky

         /  August 11, 2017

        Hager who? Some tard destroyed by Key when he went on a National jihad. You may rememeber? If I remember Key dealt to ” The German” at the same time.

        You don’t mess with National or the lodge, Blazer.

    • Missy

       /  August 12, 2017

      Nicky Hager is someone who takes stolen information and makes erroneous conclusions. I haven’t read Dirty Politics, but I have read some of his other books which quite frankly are full of a lot of BS conclusions.

      The day after the release of Dirty Politics I heard Nicky Hager being interviewed on the radio, he was being questioned about some of his conclusions which had been proven to be incorrect – both by denials of third party individuals involved (NOT National), and by public record. He refused to accept he was wrong.

      What I want to know is why did Hager (on his own admission) protect members of the media? If he truly wanted to look at how politics and the media run in NZ he would have exposed more than just stuff about those he politically disagrees with and why did he not give right of reply to those he wrote about, by not doing either of those things he brought into question amongst most (except his gullible sycophants) his credibility as a self-proclaimed investigative journalist, instead he looked more like a muck raker out for scandal.

      I have no time for Hager, and his latest effort (with Jon Stephenson) is no better. He is a self aggrandising person who thinks he is better than everyone else and tends to rubbish those that disagree with him regardless of the evidence they have.

      I know two people who sat in a lecture that Hager gave, two others in the lecture challenged him on factual inaccuracies in his book ‘Other people’s wars’ and also on the fact that that particular book put lives of New Zealanders, including civilians in Afghanistan, at risk. He rubbished them and told them they didn’t know what they were saying and refused to accept he was wrong – the thing is, they worked for the Government and had worked in Afghanistan (more than Hager ever did) and they knew what they were talking about.

      I have no respect for, or time for, Hager. And anyone who believes every word he writes is (in my opinion) a gullible fool who has no understanding of the world.

    • Missy

       /  August 12, 2017

      Oh, and do you know if it is true that Hager lives off a family trust based in the Cooks for tax purposes?

  2. The Trumpington Post

  3. phantom snowflake

     /  August 11, 2017

    And, just quickly, before I”m eviscerated by the Rabid Right, here’s Stephanie Rodgers on the MT saga:
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/336922/i-will-remember-metiria-turei-differently

  4. #This is the seventh large scale sex gang scandal to hit the UK after infamous cases from towns including Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and Bristol
    #A 13-year-old said she was taken from her home and repeatedly raped by men as if they were in a ‘relay race’ at one of the ‘parties’
    #A chief constable has defended his decision to pay a convicted child rapist almost £10,000 to spy on parties during the investigation

    Shocking details of the large-scale Asian sex gang operation could be revealed for the first time after reporting restrictions were lifted yesterday.

    A court heard the group spent four years plying vulnerable young girls with drink and drugs at ‘sex parties’ in Newcastle.

    Another victim, described in court as ‘extremely vulnerable’ and unable to look after herself, told a jury how she was 19 when she was given cannabis and raped by Abdul Milnoyee.

    She was then passed on to other men.

    One of the gang convicted of grooming vulnerable girls on Tyneside told his wife he was going night fishing before he picked up a drunk 15-year-old on the street and raped her.

    Yet another defendant was jailed for witness intimidation and assault after telling a young girl he had seen in the street that ‘everybody wanted her six feet under’.

    The court heard older men preyed on immature teenagers who were plied with cocaine, cannabis, alcohol or mephedrone (M-Cat), then raped or persuaded into having sexual activity at parties known as ‘sessions’.

    The case has raised huge controversy after a convicted child rapist was paid almost £10,000 of taxpayers’ money to spy on parties where under-age girls were intoxicated and sexually abused.

    Northumbria Police Chief Constable Steve Ashman said sexual exploitation is the ‘challenge of our generation’ and must be considered socially unacceptable in all communities.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4777086/The-community-shame-predators.html

    • Nobody interested in this cultural rape and hate crimes then?

      ‘Racist’ Asian sex gangs: MPs demand tougher sentences for grooming young white girls ritain’s courts should treat Asian Muslim grooming gangs behind the abuse of hundreds of white teenage girls as racially aggravated criminals, leading MPs and campaigners have demanded.

      The demand was issued as senior politicians and prosecutors admitted that political correctness may have stopped the gangs being properly pursued and punished after another ring of Asian mainly muslim sex offenders was convicted in Newcastle.

      The Attorney General was facing calls to review the sentences of several members of the 18-strong Newcastle gang after it emerged the apparently racially-aggravated nature of their crimes was not reflected in their punishment.

      The men, mostly of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin were convicted of plying vulnerable and underage white girls with drink and drugs before sexually abusing and raping them.

      During one of the trials the jury heard how one gang member referred to women as “white trash” who were “only good for one thing”.

      The Home Secretary, said that “political and cultural sensitivities” must not stand in the way of rooting out the “sickening” crime.

      She said: “Those responsible are not restricted to any single ethnic group, religion or community – it is an affront to everyone in our society and I want to be absolutely clear that political and cultural sensitivities must never be allowed to get in the way of preventing and uncovering it.”

      Under sentencing guidelines, crimes that include race or religion are considered more serious and the court has a duty to take it into account when sentencing.

      But nowhere in the judge’s sentencing remarks has the race of the victims been raised as an aggravating factor.

      Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Qari Asim, a Leeds imam, says it is for Muslims to confront “cultural prejudices” that have led these men to “prey on white girls, seeing them as easy meat”.

      He said: “Everyone in Britain has a responsibility to uphold the law and protect the most vulnerable, and that means British Muslims do too.”

      Lord MacDonald, the former Director of Public Prosecutions said it was clear these were “profoundly racist crimes” and said the issue needed to be confronted head on.

      In 2015 a child molester, Jamal Muhammed Raheem Ul Nasir, was given a longer sentence after the judge ruled that the fact his victims were Asian and from the same community as him, was an “aggravating factor”.”

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/10/calls-asian-grooming-gangs-treated-racially-aggravated-criminals/

    • sorethumb

       /  August 11, 2017

      I think I saw them outside Royal College, the prestigious educational institute in the old International Harvester Factory?

  5. Blazer

     /  August 11, 2017

    fix NZ first,then….the world…..do behave.

    • Gezza

       /  August 11, 2017

      What’s wrong with it?
      And how does it need to be fixed, exactly? 😳
      You never say … 😕

      • Blazer

         /  August 11, 2017

        oh….gawd….frsssssssssssssssssssssst…!!!!

  6. High Flying Duck

     /  August 11, 2017

    And so it begins…

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/jacinda-ardern-kicks-off-campaigning-in-hometown-but-unprepared-questions-key-news-events

    Ms Ardern was seemingly unprepared when reporters asked her questions on some of the key news events of the day.
    “I wouldn’t mind going away and looking at the details on that,” she responded to one question.

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    When asked about the Reserve Bank’s decision not to raise interest rates today, she wasn’t able to go into details, simply saying: “That only came out at nine.”

    • Gezza

       /  August 11, 2017

      I’ve already mentioned that earlier today. Now you’re just harrassing the girl. ☝🏼

      • High Flying Duck

         /  August 11, 2017

        Just saw it in the other post – I withdraw and apologise.

    • PDB

       /  August 11, 2017

      Maybe she had to ask Clint before answering?

      • Blazer

         /  August 11, 2017

        maybe Joyce has to babysit National candidates.

    • sorethumb

       /  August 11, 2017

      Nothing wrong with not answering until you are prepared.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  August 11, 2017

        There’s something wrong with not knowing what had happened in the first place though…

        • Blazer

           /  August 11, 2017

          I’m sure she ‘knew’ what happened in the first place…as she was asked to comment on the announcement.

  7. PDB

     /  August 11, 2017

    Interesting that Stuff.co.nz has felt the need to come out and defend themselves on bias reporting on their website of Ardern……

    “by the time the election campaign officially begins (yes, you read that right – the campaign hasn’t even started yet) Jacinda Ardern will not be new. She will have to work for her coverage, like everyone else.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/95672971/the-names-ardern-jacinda-ardern-but-you-can-call-her-jacinda

    • High Flying Duck

       /  August 11, 2017

      John Drinnan has pointed out the excesses as well:

      John Drinnan: Jacinda mania a step too far

      “True, Labour’s new leader has not put a foot wrong so far. But my giddy aunt, some of the coverage has been way over the top.

      Why did some media people transform Ardern from the leader of a failing party rating at just 23 per cent in the polls, to some sort of Joan of Arc figure?

      In my opinion, some media folk began channelling the views of Labour supporters who were excited to see the party back in with a chance. Another factor, I think, was feminism, and some people seeing special significance in the prospect of another woman Prime Minister.”

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11901922

      The problem with media going OTT is it tends to be followed by a backlash to show lack of bias.

      Jacinda will need to be very careful managing the next few weeks.

      • Blazer

         /  August 11, 2017

        ‘my giddy aunt’…..Drinnan just step out of the 40’s.

  8. sorethumb

     /  August 11, 2017

    An Australian writer stirred anger with a controversial Facebook post about Anzac Day in April. Months later, the saga continues to provoke a much wider discussion, writes Kathy Marks in Sydney.

    She is, by her own definition, “the perfect package for outrage” – a young, brown-skinned, feminist Muslim with outspoken opinions and the self-confidence to articulate them.

    Even so, Yassmin Abdel-Magied could hardly have anticipated the ferocity, or the relentlessness, of the attacks which have rained on her in recent months. They have come from internet trolls, tabloid newspapers and even the Australian prime minister, culminating in the 26-year-old leaving the country.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-40712832

    Katherine Ryan gushed over her
    “Human connection can really erode so many of the stereotypes and so many of the lenses in which we see the world.

    You might think ‘That’s too big. How am I going to change what people think?’ But ultimately at the individual level we all have the capacity to influence those around us.”
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201805287/yassmin-abdel-magied-breaking-stereotypes-about-muslim-women

    By attacking ANZAC Day she attacked identity. That’s the problem with multiculturalism.

    • By definition, no practising adherent Muslim woman can be a feminist.

      Rebelling against Sharia is unthinkable. How can a feminist movement develop under an Islamic legal system that flogs, stones, mutilates (FGM) and beheads women The only feminism a Muslim woman can practice is anything that gives her preferential treatment – over other women, but never equal to men.

      • Blazer

         /  August 11, 2017

        why does the West cuddle up to the Saudis Trav?You must be disgusted with the ,McCully doctrine ..’the moneys…good’.

        • I’m talking about the contradiction in terms of the description Muslim feminist. They don’t exist unless they’re secret apostates

          • Blazer

             /  August 11, 2017

            I realise that but surely you condemn the ..oppressors.