Media watch – Tuesday

2 January 2018


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

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  1. sorethumb

     /  January 2, 2018

    Donald Trump Wishes Happy New Year to the ‘Scot Hamilton’ and Even the ‘Fake News Media’

    • The Fake president hypocritically dissing the ‘Fake News Media’.

      • sorethumb

         /  January 2, 2018

        People voted for him because they liked what he said “I will build a wall”. People knew what he was thinking – no rubber words.

        • sorethumb

           /  January 2, 2018

          Compare that with Woodhouse “In New Zealand we celebrate diversity” (because it keeps wages down at one end and house price$ up at the other).

  2. sorethumb

     /  January 2, 2018

    RNZ’s professional Maori says:
    “Morning Report presenter Guyon Espiner has led the charge, he has increased the use of his te reo on the show, which is a great reflection of his own te reo Māori learning journey.

    But he gets more criticism from listeners than encouragement.

    He has been accused of forcing the language on people and told the majority of Kiwis speak English and don’t need to hear Māori on-air.

    Those are probably some of the more polite comments.

    I get emailed many of these complaints and I try not to respond for many reasons, one being some of my responses wouldn’t be very polite and would probably get me fired but here is one response I’m happy to share.”

    We encourage all our staff to, including those not on-air, use te reo Māori as much as possible.

    We do this because te reo Māori is an official language of our country and we are actually required to under the Radio NZ charter.

    In the Radio NZ charter it states we must:

    reflect New Zealand’s cultural identity, including Māori language and culture”

    Official language – purely on the authority of government (Jim Bolger, Helen Clark, Catherine Delahunty, Geoffrey Palmer…)
    6 : to make manifest or apparent : show the painting reflects his artistic vision the pulse reflects the condition of the heart
    c : to have a bearing or influence
    Words Related to reflect
    clone, copy, duplicate, imitate, reduplicate, repeat, replicate, reproduce

    articulate, express, say, speak, state, talk, tell, utter, verbalize, vocalize

    conjecture, daresay, guess, speculate, suppose, surmise
    The fact is they are promoting not reflecting and they do not represent society outside of the media.

    • sorethumb

       /  January 2, 2018

      Why now? Because Asians are overtaking Maori and the media support mass migration.

  3. sorethumb

     /  January 2, 2018

    Think of the nation as our house. Think of RNZ as an institution in our house. In our house it is agreed we speak English because the primary use of language is for communication of ideas and because it is the language of the large majority and an international language.
    Academics, politicians and bureaucrats on the left have sought to destroy the nation as our house. They did it while employed by us and without consent.

    It was a voice that took the arguments of an international politics of liberation : the Marxism of Gramsci the notion of hegemony the critiques of colonialism offered by Fanon and Césaire the liberation theory and the possibility of a transformative education of Freire and Illich and put them into a New Zealand vernacular.
    For much of the twentieth century it was assumed that the state operated on behalf of a single nation that the two (the nation and the state were indivisible) The state represented all New Zealanders. It deserved their undivided loyalty and in return the state was neutral with respect of the ethnic identity of it’s citizens. The identity politics of Maori challenged all of these elements. The nation was made up, it was argued, of two groups and the operation of the state ought to recognise the particular circumstances and the rights of Maori. Something which it had not done previously. In fact the state had seemed to operate in ways that had directly disadvantaged Maori. The state was hardly neutral. According to Ranginui and others the state preserved Pakeha interests even if it continued to claim universality and neutrality. It was a radical rethinking of what the nation state of NZ ought to be. It required a de coupling of the nation now defined as Maori and Pakeha or Moari and the Crown and required the state to operate in new and different ways. A new understanding and a new social contract needed to be established . But of course there was no compulsion for the state to acknowledge these new expectations. It was left to the good sense and sensitivities of some key players: Maori, Pakeha and representatives of the state to explore what this means.
    Who then and what is “Maori”? – Maori academics and bureaucrats define and reinforce an identity. but this is just a warm up act for multiculturalism to follow..

    • sorethumb

       /  January 2, 2018

      Infact Maori academics/intellectuals can create a[n illusion of] Maori public opinion through their access to media.

  4. Zedd

     /  January 2, 2018

    I hear that this week will see ‘King Tides’ in NZ.. hopefully Sth Dn & other low-lying areas will be OK ? :/