Media watch – Monday

4 December 2017


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  1. “Keeping Stock

    There’s a small difference eszett; Barclay did the right thing, and stood aside at the election. Ghahraman is completely unrepentant for the untruths that have been spoken on her behalf.
    Thumb up 59 Thumb down ”
    Stupidest comment in a while. Barclay did “the right thing”? Maybe that was an unintentional pun though I doubt Keeping Stock does subtle. Look at the support his idiotic comments garnered! Did you catch the “spoken on her behalf” slip? No? Nor did KS and his up-tickers. Sometimes, I despair at the almost subterranean level of commentary and understanding from the right.

    • rhinocrates:

      The recent nonsense from Brash and Wayne’s extremely disingenuous dogwhistling here recently, with a specific comparison with Meteria, another talented woman who’s willfully and persistently brown skinned and who’s seen as an interloper in his old boy’s club, shows that underbelly happens also to be the ‘aristocracy.’

      Wayne Blimp happens to be just a bit slicker than Brash while the Penguin is just a bit slicker than WO. We saw a classic two-stream dirty politics manoeuvre there with Wayne pretending to be reasonable and referring to the Penguin as ‘reasonable’, while winking at the mob and the Penguin is more overtly and systematically rabble-rousing.

      Combine that with the fact that it’s well known in Wellington that [Lets not get to that level – MS]

      Sometimes, I despair at the almost subterranean level of commentary and understanding from the left.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  December 4, 2017

    Orhhh look, BIG drops in Auckland house prices!

    Prices are down anything from a massive 0.4 – 2.9% depending on which of the richest suburbs you live in, where median house prices are plus-or-minus $2 million.

    And just when those poor people had got QV increases of like 46% and stuff in the last valuation period … That’s ‘markets’ for you …

    • sorethumb

       /  December 4, 2017

      That’s globalisation.
      Paul Spoonley
      The thing which really annoys me at the moment is the way immigration is framed as a problem.It goes to Alis point [the arguments against immigration are unsustainable] It’s a very simple and inaccurate response to what’s happening in the world. We are globalising; we are part of a new era of globalisation and this country is actually transitioned into that, particularly with it’s connections to the Pacific and Asia in a way that is quite impressive in many, many ways but at the same time we really need to reframe what is happening or provide an understanding and that’s what frustrates me at the moment.

      • PartisanZ

         /  December 4, 2017

        Indeed, that’s ‘globalisation’, with its upsides and downsides …

        Commodification, the merchandising of human dwellings, habitation, and most all ‘home’, set atop the ethical anomaly of ‘property in the soil’ … the very marketing of ‘place’ itself …

        • PartisanZ

           /  December 4, 2017

          most of all ‘home’ …

          What this does, of course, is create a ‘collective psychic environment’ which is so over-hyped on one element – money – that it’s ‘culturally insane’ – or perhaps a better allusion might be “high on P”?

          P is a perfect symbol for it …

          • PartisanZ

             /  December 4, 2017

            With Auckland house prices plummeting, the New Zealand economy hangs on by tenuous threads of Finance, Insurance & Immigration …

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 4, 2017

      When slouches get off couches … luckily they were not Muslim extremists but the mentality is the same.

    • PartisanZ

       /  December 4, 2017

      I could write a whole thesis on that report. ‘The subtleties and nuances of institutional racism’.

      Alan confirms the article’s implication, by his own implication – reference to Jonesy’s “slouches” – that the youths are Brown and Unemployed …

  3. Corky

     /  December 4, 2017

    Yes, well. He would be wrong. Some like me reject Gluckman and his facts regarding climate change because he knows nothing about climate…let alone change.

    Why people are now instinctively mistrustful of science is because they believe it’s been corrupted. And whistle blowers from across the science disciplines have proven scepticism over science ”facts’ to be correct.

    • PartisanZ

       /  December 4, 2017

      Good news for us Blazer, financially.

      Might not be so great for Asian people’s coronary health though …?

      Still, the addition of cow’s milk to their diet as well should take care of that …

  4. Absence of self awareness award?

    The other distinctive obstacle to self-knowledge of jerkitude is the jerk’s inability to listen. Plausibly, one of the most important paths to moral self-knowledge is listening, in a genuinely open way, to other people’s moral criticisms of you. The jerk cannot easily do this. Because the jerk tends not to see others as peers worthy of intellectual and moral respect, the jerk rarely accepts criticism constructively. Why take seriously what a tool or fool has to say? Why try to engage with their critical perspective on you? More likely, the jerk will either dismiss the criticism, counterattack, bloviate, storm off, or smile and sink the knife in deeper.

  5. sorethumb

     /  December 4, 2017

    OPINION: RNZ has recently come under criticism from broadcaster Willie Jackson who believes the organisation is failing to meet its obligations to Māori.

    Radio NZ CEO Paul ThompsonPaul Thompson Photo: RNZ
    Jackson has conducted what is described as an audit of RNZ content, which he says shows just 0.1 percent of output is devoted to Māori issues.

    There are two things to say about this.

    First, the audit is not credible and in no way accurately measures or reflects RNZ’s journalism and programming about Māori issues, language and culture.

    Second, while the audit methodology is questionable, and some of the criticism arising from it ill-informed, the main thrust of Jackson’s argument has merit.

    He and others believe RNZ should do a much better job of reporting, analysing, explaining and celebrating topics that concern and are highly relevant to Māori.

    I agree. RNZ has a specific obligation under its charter to “reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity, including Māori language and culture”.'s-maori-strategy
    The charter says reflect – reflect means promote?
    Not to mention that Maori have just been overtaken as a minority whereas RNZ has been promoting immigration/globalism and diversity.
    Jordan Peteresen says Marxists are most powerful at the bureaucratic level.

    • phantom snowflake

       /  December 4, 2017

      Why is Jordan Peterson so UNattractive?? He’s an Intellectual Idiot who believes that his discipline (Psychology) is the only Arts subject that is not infested with COMMUNISM. He should stick to what he knows best; which isn’t much as he can’t even tell the difference between the mind and the brain. You’ve annoyed me enough that I’m again going to post about his and your favourite conspiracy theory:

      “CULTURAL MARXISM: A bullshit conspiracy theory developed by paranoid white folks to smear multi-culturalism. It borrows heavily from the plot lines of “The Manchurian Candidate” and states that crypto commies are going to turn us all into genderless, godless, family hating zombies. It’s used as a way for white folks to whine like little bitches about how hard life is now that they dont run the world anymore and all the immigrants, gays, trannies, jews, blacks and others are making life miserable for them.”

      • PDB

         /  December 4, 2017

        “A bullshit conspiracy theory developed by paranoid white folks to smear multi-culturalism.”

        A smear to diss a smear?

      • phantom snowflake

         /  December 4, 2017

        Sorry, am way behind the times: I forgot Psychology is now a (Pseudo)Science rather than an Art.

      • PartisanZ

         /  December 4, 2017

        Top notch description phantom snowflake! Did you author that? It’s excellent.

        He said “level the field” and then quickly qualified it with “so to speak”. Level playing fields don’t work in separately sphered overlapping universes …

        Your passionowledge – new word # 111 – is really healthy, as you know, whereas the assumption of scientific objectivity by a disconnected ‘logical’ brain is troubling if not identifiably dangerous …

  6. High Flying Duck

     /  December 4, 2017

    Just for Blazer:

    Hosting America’s Cup was ‘deal of the century’ Bermuda review shows

    The America’s Cup has been described as “the deal of the century” that provided the silver bullet to boost Bermuda’s economy.

    As Auckland and the New Zealand government weigh up the costs of hosting the 2021 Cup, Bermuda continues to talk up the economic benefits to the tiny island nation from this year’s regatta – despite paying a $111m package that covered infrastructure costs including a $22m event fee.

    “We dug Bermuda out of the hole called economic abyss and spiralling debt through solid policy and vision. Bermuda today is in a better position,” former Premier Michael Dunkley told Bermuda’s House of Assembly as they discussed the recent economic report into hold the 35th America’s Cup.

    “The America’s Cup was a huge undertaking, which helped us dig out and, using a cricket analogy, we hit it for six.

    “All of Bermuda is in a better place because of it and it is now up to us build on that success and create the significant legacy that is available.”

    The report showed that for every $100 invested by government in producing the event, Bermuda received $500 or more than $500 in additional spending that wouldn’t have otherwise happened.

    “In essence, hosting the AC35 provided the economic boost, the so-called silver bullet that Bermuda needed to continue growing and restore confidence on Bermuda and in our island,” Dunkley said.

    Dunkley said the international exposure Bermuda received “put the island on the map”

    “Around 452m people viewed AC 2017 across the world, broadcast in 163 countries, by 31 broadcasters. That can be converted to 1 in 8 people throughout the world watching the event,” he said.

    “There were 22k news articles printed about AC 2017 published in 76 countries. Talk about reach and putting Bermuda on the map.

    “All of this advertising equates to 80.9m in Advertising Equivalent Value [AEV]. In other words; to buy this reach in promoting Bermuda one would have to pay 80.9m dollars. The whole event cost us 64.1m.

    “So do the math … for 64.1m we received 80.9m worth of advertising saving the people of Bermuda 16.8m. Thus everything else can be considered the gravy.

    “This in itself is the deal of the century and I challenge anyone to show me another deal as favourable as this. Furthermore we have access to all footage to use at our desire.”

    Auckland Council have whittled down the syndicate bases options to two and will vote on those on December 14.

    There will be government input and a lengthy consent process will then start.

    Auckland needs to confirm by the end of next August they are willing and able to host the regatta or Emirates Team New Zealand have threatened to take it to Italy.

    Other countries are interested in hosting the event including the United Arab Emirates and Russia.

    • not buying it…’ paying a $111m package that covered infrastructure costs including a $22m event fee.’

      So do the math … for 64.1m we received 80.9m worth of advertising saving the people of Bermuda 16.8m. Thus everything else can be considered the gravy.’

      frog shyte…sell it to the highest bidder then…its watched on T.V by NZ’ers ..anyway.Team NZ know no one is daft enough to stump up with anything like what they can squeeze out of the NZ taxpayer.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  December 4, 2017

        You’re really not good with evidence are you Blazer. There have been a number of reports on the economic impact of the Cup in Bermuda. All have come back showing significant gains over the investment made, in tourism, tax revenues, international exposure.
        It actually matches the results when NZ last had the cup – the economic impact was significant and widespread.
        America’s Cup is actually easier to measure than most events as the super yachts spending is fairly easy to monitor – generally around $1m per yacht per visit.

        And the Cup brings them in:

        Then you can add the rest – the teams themselves spend millions and house hundreds of people for lengthy periods, plus the overseas coverage, the tourism etc.

        • Bermuda has just tourism…and is a terrible comparison.

        • those links are spruiking…Lidguard is hardly neutral,and the millions spent is…vague speculation.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  December 4, 2017

            How about this report then:


            Tax Revenue
            •Net additional direct tax revenue from ETNZ estimated at $17m
            •Total direct and flow-on tax revenue from ETNZ, $38-40m
            •Total tax revenue from ETNZ largely offsets Government’s contribution
            •Total tax revenue from ETNZ and Luna Rossa combined equals $56-58m

            Economic Impacts
            •Total value added to the NZ economy by ETNZ, $87m
            •ETNZ sustained employment during the GFC period equivalent to 1,220 people
            working for 1 year
            •Total value added from ETNZ and Luna Rossa combined, $106m
            •ETNZ and Luna Rossa combined sustained the equivalent of 1,480 people working for 1 year

            During the period 2007 to 2013 total value added to the economy is estimated at $159m, sustaining the equivalent of 2,220 workers for one year.

            All the above is for an OFFSHORE America’s Cup campaign.

            • Blazer

               /  December 4, 2017

              A wonderful case ,you’ve just made,for having it offshore ..again.Good work.

  7. PartisanZ

     /  December 4, 2017

    ‘We once had a vibrant local music chart. What happened?’ – Herald ‘Opinion’ …

    • PDB

       /  December 4, 2017

      The music chart lost its importance & integrity some time ago and is a poor example of any great musical shifts today.

  8. PartisanZ

     /  December 4, 2017

    Coincidentally on the same day te media is discussing Jonesey’s ‘Ready For Work’ scheme, Just Water CEO Tony Falkenstein takes a little time off work to call Leighton Smith and tell him, “Kiwi workers won’t turn up, despite decent pay”. He makes it onto the home page of the Herald website … [in other words its a doctrinal advertisement or ‘adverdoctritorial’ [new word # 112]

    But the article quickly reveals what he means by “decent pay” is actually “above minimum wage” and that the workers he can’t find (or won’t find him) are “delivery people” [mobile customer service reps] who “all they needed by way of qualification was a driver licence “and a bit of muscle””.

    Company culture alert goes to ‘Orange’ …

    Anyhow, aren’t most straightforward delivery people [or delivery drivers] now ‘contractors’ [the thing business fought hard to ‘reform’ and ‘deregulate’ to replace ‘award wages’] who run their own businesses and have the opportunity to make significantly more than “above minimum wage”, often by delivering for multiple companies?

    And how the f#*k do we know that being a Just Water delivery person only requires having a drivers license and “a bit of muscle”?

    What of Auckland’s traffic, a mass murderer of any enthusiasm for driving?
    What are the ‘customer rep’ expectations of clients?

    Do I have to do this d#ck of a journalist’s job for him!!!???