Media watch – Thursday

7 December 2017


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  1. Missy

     /  December 7, 2017

    On a day when we find out about a plot to assassinate the PM, and when we find out about Christine Keeler’s death, a man who once expressed a wish to see the PM chopped up in little bits in his freezer tweets this.

    Not just disrespectful, but sexist and demeaning to two women.

    This man really is a slimy little toad.

    • Missy

       /  December 7, 2017

      Okay, I am offended by whatever person who has basically endorsed this sexist, demeaning cartoon by down ticking my post. Please explain why you think the sexualisation of women, and of this woman specifically, is acceptable subject matter for a cartoon?

      There are any number of ways that this point could have been made without a highly sexualised image of the PM.

      Whoever you are you are a coward for not defending your views, and you are disgusting for holding those views.

  2. Blazer

     /  December 7, 2017

    The Profumo Affair,quite tame really,but a huge scandal then..Profumo spent the rest of his daystrying to redeem himself.Takeaway line’he would say that…wouldn’t he’MRD.

  3. Interesting story with a misleading photo.

    Newshub: ‘Super-Earth’ that could host life discovered

    A planet has been discovered which could be capable of supporting life.

    K2-18b is located 111 light years away from Earth and orbits within its star’s habitable zone, meaning it could hold water in liquid form on its surface.

    Researchers from the University of Texas and the University of Montreal found that the planet is probably mostly rocky with a gaseous atmosphere – a similar composition to Earth. However there is also a possibility that K2-18b is made up mostly of water with a thick layer of ice.

    So a possible chance of life on a distant planet. That’s another in a recent string of interesting discoveries.


    “K2-18b is located 111 light years away from Earth and could potentially support life. Photo credit: Getty”

    I’m fairly sure that’s not a photo of K2-18b. They discover exoplanets by detecting slight changes in the light emitted by stars due to planets passing in front of them. I don’t think they are close to being able tosee what any of these exoplanets actually look like.

  4. PartisanZ

     /  December 7, 2017

    Mike Hosking is complaining about an incompetent Public Service –

    But for petrol margins and water quality he wants MORE control, not less.

    Who’s going to do that, if not the Public Service?

    Aha … spot the real agenda … ?

    But maybe, just possibly, the problem is that efficiency and effectiveness do not always equate? Perhaps its the incessant neoliberal pursuit of efficiency that has led to the ineffectiveness? Just asking …

    • PartisanZ

       /  December 7, 2017

      Corporatizing the Public Service didn’t work …

      What we really need is a privatized Public Service!

    • High Flying Duck

       /  December 8, 2017

      Hosking argued that as soon as the Government control petrol prices we are all lost.
      He hasn’t argued for more control at all.
      As long as rules against collusion exist and are enforced, let them get on with it…
      Water quality is a public service provision provided by councils. The complete lack of enforcement of water quality standards backs up his point about the Public Service being useless.

  5. Missy

     /  December 7, 2017

    We can always rely on the daily mail for looking at the serious side of an incoming storm…. sorry, I mean juvenile side!

  6. NOEL

     /  December 7, 2017
    When the outbreak occurred I was as astonished that the bore water wasn’t chlorinated.
    I can live with people been anti fluoridation but to not chlorinate a public water source defies belief.
    If people don’t like the “chlorine” smell which is actually chloramines from a reaction of the chlorine with the pathogens in the water then there a plenty of personal filtration options.

  7. Zedd

     /  December 7, 2017

    Having just watched Q-time, two things are obvious;
    1) S Bridges hates being told to sit down.. suffering the ‘short man syndrome’ ?
    2) Natz seem to think raising ‘pointless’, points of order is as important as asking actual questions

    Frankly the attitude shown by several Natz front-bench MP is CHILDISH (IMHO). Constantly trying to ‘petty point score’ rather than actual ‘hold the Govt. to account’

    It just shows that many STILL seem to be ‘in denial’ about being in opposition !

    It is good to see Govt. MPs reminding them, that they put up with 9 LOOOOOONG years of Natz in Govt. & they are struggling with it, after only a month !! 😀 😀

    • Gezza

       /  December 7, 2017

      Yup. Agree. I watched it to. Trev gave them all a good serve with his announcements right at the start, where he pointed out that David Carter had agreed with the Standing Orders Committee that relitigating a previous day’s points of order is Out of Order (Carter tried it on at end of Yesterday’s QT, suggesting Trev was getting it wrong).

      Bridges needs a dose of diarrhoea. Right at the point he gets up to raise another Point Of Order. He & Joyce were just pissing about trying to get under Trev’s skin. Trev’s a poacher turned gamekeeper. He ain’t falling for anyone getting up to his old tricks!

      • Zedd

         /  December 7, 2017

        Cheers Gezza

        The annoying thing is; Bridges, just does not seem to know, when to quit. I am surprised he was not booted out (at least once) for ‘trifling with the chair’ & constantly trying to ‘relitigate’ on points already dealt with.
        Speaker Carter had no problem, order MPs out, for doing just this ! 🙂

        • Gezza

           /  December 7, 2017

          I’m pretty sure Bridges is aiming to get booted out. Trev’s a completely different kettle of fish to Csrter tho. Trev’s a tuna. Too slippery for them. He knows what they’re up to – trying to make him look unfair & biased, a bad Speaker.

          He’s caught them off guard with his policy of allocating extra supplementaries to the other side, or taking them off offending parties, at Question Time – & they’ve realised if he takes enuff of them away they have fewer opportunities to undermine & criticise the government.

          On the whole Trev’s been pretty even-handed with these penalties. I think that’s why they’re now going all out to try & frustrate him. They figure they’ll get more media attention if they’re ejected. Too bad he’s a former Primary School teacher. & he knows how to handle precocious & troublesome children!

        • Gezza

           /  December 7, 2017

          As Bridges & Joyce have been tirely persistent, recidivist offenders in questioning Speaker’s rulings ad nauseum in every QT I’ve watched, well past poit where’s there’s anything pertinent likely to come out of it, it looks to me like they’ve been allocated that particular task to disrupt proceedings.

          They both manage to affect a look of being deeply wounded & completely baffled as to why they are being constantly told to stop wasting time. Joyce does it playing the dim saint, & Bridges just really overdoes the over-earnest irritating 5th form school swot. (What’s with that awful blue suit he’s always wearing. Jesus. I couldn’t vote for anybody who wears a suit like that! That’s a moron’s outfit!)

          Paula’s smart-arsery & wicked quips keep costing her Party questions, so she tends to sit down & shut up when told to by Trev.

          Pudgy little Grant & nyah nyah Phil’s constant smarminess make me cringe though. Puerile stuff. I’d play it straighter if I were them.

        • Gezza

           /  December 7, 2017

          I would also note, in regard to Trev’s neutrality, that the second announcement he made before kicking off Question Time today, was that he had looked at the answers from some Ministers to several Written Questions which asked what meetings they had attended between certain dates, to which the Ministers had answered “what do you mean by ‘meetings’?”

          He stated that this is unacceptable, that Ministers have an obligation to give proper answers to Written Questions as part of discharging their duty of accountability to the public thru the Parliamentary Quedtions process, that the correct procedure was for them to contact the MP concerned and ask if they were uncertain about a Question, & to then reply, as required, within 6 working days. He said he expected them to do this in future, that he was returning the Questions to the Ministers concerned, & that he expected them to do this and to then do a proper reply “as a matter of urgency”.

          He also warned he would be doing random checks of Ministers’ answers in future to ensure Written Questions were being properly answered.

          Can’t say fairer than that, I reckon.

      • duperez

         /  December 7, 2017

        “Bridges needs a dose of diarrhoea …”

        I see him opening his pursed lips, I hear a lot of stuff coming out. You reckon he doesn’t have one? 🙃

        • Gezza

           /  December 7, 2017

          I don’t think so. Bullshit’s constantly coming out the top end, but there’s no dig he’s filled his trous yet. Still, I live in hope. Might not wash his hands properly one day.

          • Gezza

             /  December 7, 2017

            * dig = sign. Stuffed if I know how that one turned into ‘dig’!

          • Gezza

             /  December 7, 2017

            At least it might finally get him out of that awful pukeko suit.