Media watch – Tuesday

19 December 2017

MediaWatch

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    • sorethumb

       /  December 19, 2017

      The media are wonderful at self promotion. My guess is he’s NZ’s most hated broadcaster.

      • Gezza

         /  December 19, 2017

        My guess is he’s not. It’d sure be interesting to see a survey done on who is the most hated broadcaster though. Not that it would tell us much about why.

        • sorethumb

           /  December 19, 2017

          Let’s agree that he has polarised people. RNZ has turned Maori Language Week into Maori Language Every Day. And (despite what Pete George claimed) language is cultural but when space is contested it is political just as a flag is not just a cloth and a statue is not just a piece of stone.

      • He’s very left, makes no pretence about it, but then he’s just Ike most of them under 45

  1. sorethumb

     /  December 19, 2017

    Nine to Noon on problems NZrs having in Australia.
    Is NZ’s ‘special bond’ with Australia a thing of the past? In a previuos interview

    Kathryn Ryan
    What is driving this?
    Bernard Salt
    There has been a fundamental shift in the Australian demography particularily the last 10 years or so preliminary results from the 2016 census released one montht ago show something quite unique. The western half of the country (Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territories) had quite a strong Anglo base (we draw our migrants from Anglo countries). The eastern side of the nation (particularily Victoria and New South Wales) are more likely to be Indian and Chinese . So the ethnic base (the source from which we are drawing migrants) has shifted in the last decade or so. I will say also the flow of Kiwis has reversed (the eartquake and a renewed energy with New Zealand). So there seems to be an ethnic basis to t(not a parting of the ways) but a slowing of the bond which had been there literally since resettlement.

    KR
    What is driving the politics?

    BS
    Well I do think the demographics are important : our shift in focus towards Asia (with the Chinese and the Indians). I don’t think it is so much a rejection of NZ as a pivot towards Asia. There was a shift away from the UK when Britain joined the EU. In some ways you could argue the same is happening here a shift towards Asia: Asian migration, Asian students, Asian implatantation in fact. Our attention has been taken by South East Asia and as a consequence the politics may flow from that shift in thinking.

    KR
    The idea of New Zealanders being special is dissapearing apace (and was only based on a handshake between Whitlam and Kirk in the 1970s) and was always amatter of goodwill.

    BS
    “politics pushing in that direction”
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201844412/is-nz-s-special-bond-with-australia-a-thing-of-the-past

    So globalisation has consequences and globalisation starts with advocates.

  2. sorethumb

     /  December 19, 2017

    Emma Espiner
    The complaints about Te Reo being used in mainstream media give me great heart looking to the future. This positive response might surprise some, but I believe we can view these people (and they’re always the same people) as the rearguard of progress. As society shifts, they will continue to yap at our heels and protest, but the trend for Aotearoa is against bland mono-culturalism and fearful mono-lingualism.  A decade ago it was Māori Television. Today, it’s using Te Reo on Morning Report and Breakfast TV and putting macrons in newspapers. In ten years time these things will be completely normal and there will be another battle, which the rearguard will again resist and lose.

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/11/26/63595/emma-espiner-the-threat-of-te-reo

    That is a chilling attitude.
    The media control a strategic resource: information. When she says “completely normal” what does she mean? For example on Nigel Latta’s The New New Zealand he says “Nine out of ten people tell us they want to live in a multicultural society”. However this is like saying “Nine out of ten people tell us they want to bath in a warm bath” – there is a just right spot.Did they ask anything about majority/minority?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 19, 2017

      Emma aspires to be one of the ruling majority like a true socialist so she can ignore and control those who dissent. As does Kim Hill.

    • PartisanZ

       /  December 19, 2017

      Nah sorethumb, Emma Espiner’s attitude isn’t what’s “chilling” here at all …

  3. Blazer

     /  December 19, 2017

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    • Blazer

       /  December 19, 2017

      Screw up.

      • Blazer

         /  December 19, 2017

        Tried to link to story about MBIE and the extravaganza under National. . $140000 TV screen. .$70000 sign. .hair straitened. .and 70mil plus on consultants. Absolute gravy train. A scandalous waste of taxpayers money. How can a consultant charge $12000 a day! !!Even a top surgeon doesn’t make that. No corruption in. .NZ.”great money managers. ..Joyce and Co.

  4. Samsung not Apple huh! There’s your problem 😆