Media watch – Monday

25 September 2017

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 25, 2017

    Good commentary from John Armstrong. Quite amazing himself, battling Parkinson’s but still miles better than most NZ journalists:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11925754

    • PDB

       /  September 25, 2017

      In general the MSM was the big fail from the election campaign. To openly push for Ardern to win almost became detrimental to her chances in the end as she struggled to match the hype whilst coverage was skewered towards mindless gossip & sensationalism at the expense of a focus on policy.

      For the MSM to barely mention Labour’s ‘workplace relations’ policy which if enacted would have a massive detrimental effect to the economy was simply journalistic negligence. Instead we were treated to endless stories of the $12 billion financial ‘hole’ that wasn’t where Joyce said it was initially whilst completely ignoring the fact that all Labour did was move the ‘hole’ into the non-funding of key govt departments during years 2&3 of any potential term of govt. National was continuously accused of running a negative campaign even though Labour set the scene prior to the election with the much believed whopper of a lie that National had made massive health budget funding cuts. The Labour lie that National’s tax cuts only favored the top 10% became reported as fact whilst all the while the MSM kept mentioning Ad nauseam that Labour was only running a ‘positive campaign’.

      Armstrong was better/more even-handed than most however, though to be honest that’s not saying a lot.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 25, 2017

        Braunias was one of the Listener Loony Left mafia along with Paul Little and on a par with the poisonous Lefty venom of Herald cartoonist Emmerson. So no surprise there. Hope they are suffering constipation today.

        • Patzcuaro

           /  September 25, 2017

          Just for you Alan

        • PDB

           /  September 25, 2017

          That is true but how many Herald readers know of his total hate of the right? Especially as the Herald used him as a political reporter on the trail of both English and Ardern.

          Puts his election campaign writing into perspective.

          On the campaign trail with Ardern: “Afterwards, they gathered around her, and the beatific leader of the Labour Party made a fine speech about the need to provide warm homes”.

          “When she was filmed sitting in the back of the parliamentary services limousine for a TV commercial, she looked out of the window with a dreamy, soulful expression; it made her look like a saint, come to house the poor and bathe their feet. Her gaze appeared to be all-seeing. Now, in the wet Waikato, her green eyes took in nothing.”

          “Throughout the debate, the woman (Ardern) turned to face English, tried to engage him in conversation, called him by his name; but English avoided looking at her. He stared down at his shoes. He glanced to the side at the warm-up man’s shoes, and took an intense interest in the bare ankles. But there was only so much about feet to hold his attention and at other times he simply closed his eyes. It seemed eminently possible he had been given instructions that to make eye contact with the woman would prove fatal, would strike him like a lightning bolt and leave him in a pile of ashes on the floor.

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11919861

          On the campaign trail with English: “On the front doors, there were posters for an upcoming show by Alice Cooper; God he looked old. His eyes spoke eloquently of the horror that was to come at National’s campaign launch.”

          “As main event and man of the hour Bill English waxed and waned, came and went, like a radio not quite picking up the station. He busted one good zinger, the one about how hard-working New Zealanders are not the ATM for the Labour Party.”

          “He talked about putting police on the beat. He talked about giving sick new children a new set of curtains. And then he unveiled a new education policy which would cost $379 million thanks to the hard-working New Zedalanders who are the ATM for the National Party.”

          “National’s campaign launch felt like the last sigh of a Tory government; and when English and his team of MPs left the stage, they were piped off by the campaign theme song, that sad country lament. Its lonesome steel guitars spoke of the wide empty spaces of defeat. Its clip-clop bass was the sound of a broken old horse heading for the catfood factory.”

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11912547

          • duperez

             /  September 25, 2017

            So he taking the piss out of Ardern, likening her beatification to that of those in the fawning, sycophantic religious iconography, and dig at the powers people had suddenly installed in her and you think he was heavy handed at getting at Bill?

            • PDB

               /  September 25, 2017

              I put that in as it was the worst he got with Ardern (not that bad), with English he was just hateful. Read the full articles from the links and compare. His text after the election sums it all up.

        • Patzcuaro

           /  September 25, 2017

          @ Alan the cartoons and words continue to flow, neither you nor PDB are having any issues with constipation, it is entirely the opposite.

          • PDB

             /  September 25, 2017

            I think constipation may be an issue for you though – full of it most days.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  September 25, 2017

      Interesting that Armstrong says that National won it in the provinces.

      “That National has won the battle, if not yet the war, came down to English’s cognisance of a longstanding maxim of New Zealand politics –namely that elections are won and lost in the cities and towns in the provinces. That is why English spent so much of the campaign barnstorming the regions.”

      She you look at the table prepared by Presland it appears it was actually lost in Auckland. It may have been Labour’s issues with immigrants or house price wealth. Suburbs that were once working class now have million dollar houses.

      Here is the table:

      Auckland South 3.70%
      Auckland West 7.40%
      Waikato 9.50%
      Auckland Istmus 9.90%
      Auckland North 10.30%
      Central North Island 10.50%
      Wellington 11.30%
      Canterbury rural 11.80%
      Northland 12.20%
      South Island rural 12.30%
      Christchurch 13.70%
      Dunedin 15.20%
      Maori 18.50%

      • Blazer

         /  September 25, 2017

        what else does that leave?-‘–namely that elections are won and lost in the cities and towns in the provinces. ‘

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 25, 2017

        I think Presland’s figures might be mostly the swing from Greens/NZF to Labour?

        • Patzcuaro

           /  September 25, 2017

          Could be but what ever happened, didn’t happen in South Auckland and to a lesser extent didn’t happen in West Auckland.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 25, 2017

    Also some interesting angles from Richard Prebble: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11925915

    • PDB

       /  September 25, 2017

      I heard him on ZB yesterday – he hates Winston with a vengeance!

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 25, 2017

        They are old sparring partners. Prebbs used to tease him in Parliament about his ferry grounding scandal-mongering.

    • Blazer

       /  September 25, 2017

      Prebble represents everything wrong in a politician,no principles,no loyalty,no moral virtue and I really wonder why anyone would be interested in the views of a dinosaur who’s idealogical inspiration has been so discredited that his ‘baby’ gets 0.5% of votes,even with a huge leg up from National.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 25, 2017

        I think you mean the neo-liberalism that he helped implement, has made NZ successful, has outlasted all changes of government and has been vilified by the loony Left ever since.

        • Blazer

           /  September 25, 2017

          I see ,is that what accounts for the 0.01% of voters who support ACT.?To his eternal shame he is one of those who sponged up neo liberalism ,foistered on dumb politicians like Reagan-Thatcher-Douglas by Wall St ,that have lead to widespread misery for the…majority.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 25, 2017

            The majority that keep rejecting Lefty politics, B?

            • Blazer

               /  September 25, 2017

              rarely do the majority prevail.As you know most western govts are minority in reality.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  September 25, 2017

      Prebble is a dinosaur on the right. 1984 is a long way from where we are now. National under Muldoon had, via command economics, brought the economy to it’s knees. Radical action was needed to free up the blockages and produce a more nimble economy.

      But the benefits of economic growth have not trickled down as they were meant too. What has happened is that a dam has been built up stream and the water is being siphon off, to provide water to keep the lawns green elsewhere. People should be able to work for a living wage.

  3. PDB

     /  September 25, 2017

    • Patzcuaro

       /  September 25, 2017

      Bloody reds should be under the bed where they belong.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 25, 2017

        None under my bed, Patz. Just checked.

        • Patzcuaro

           /  September 25, 2017

          Better sound the alarm he is on the loose again, might be under your NZ bed.

    • Blazer

       /  September 25, 2017

      Hooton tries ever harder to come up with ‘shock jock’ aggravations.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 25, 2017

    Following on from Stuff’ partisan campaign for the Left, Alison Mau is now offering therapy for their wounded psyches.

    • Blazer

       /  September 25, 2017

      You would think English had an utter and decisive victory….instead of the triumph of relief that he was not routed…again.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 25, 2017

        Only if you listened to the wailing and flailingfrom the Left, B.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  September 25, 2017

        English & National have certainly had a good result, the left would be better off analysing what went right & wrong and getting better organized for next time.

        • Patzcuaro

           /  September 25, 2017

          The extreme left and right for that matter need to accept that no party will ever get elected on their policies. All the action is in the centre, whoever holds that wins.

          • phantom snowflake

             /  September 25, 2017

            Basically our political system has a strong inbuilt bias towards maintaining the status quo. Should we end up with a Labour-led government; it would deliver us a few friendlier faces but it’s hardly going to change our lives in any meaningful way.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  September 25, 2017

              That is the reality of life people want to get on with their lives with the minimum of disruption.

            • PDB

               /  September 25, 2017

              “Should we end up with a Labour-led government; it would deliver us a few friendlier faces but it’s hardly going to change our lives in any meaningful way.”

              Maybe not you but employers (workplace relations policy) & farmers (various taxes) are two large groups that would.

            • duperez

               /  September 25, 2017

              “Should we end up with a Labour-led government; it would deliver us a few friendlier faces but it’s hardly going to change our lives in any meaningful way.”

              Except that while eating $89 apples would be hard work, thinking of Michelle Boag eating $124 cabbages would be fun. 🍎 😊

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 25, 2017

      It worked simply because everyone knows Labour is a tax and spend party and even if they didn’t have an $11B hole yet they would soon make one and tax accordingly.

    • PDB

       /  September 25, 2017

      Labour’s attempt to pass a CGT and/or land tax through a post election ‘working group’ of likely sycophants was their undoing this election and 100% their own fault. Ardern looked weak and not so ‘transparent’ when she had to make a big U-turn. The one thing Little got right before he fell on his sword was taking a CGT off the table until the 2020 election.

  5. duperez

     /  September 25, 2017

    James Elliot:
    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/09/23/49719/election-tv-puts-captive-audience-through-hell

    “TVOne has oddly gone for an audience of just two, one either side of Hosking and Hilary. I assume they’re members of the public as they’re quietly watching Hosking pontificate his way through his own answers to his own rhetorical questions.

    I realise they’re pundits when Hilary tries to throw a question to them. But that’s when Hosking shows off his newly-acquired ventriloquism skills and answers for them.”