Media watch – Tuesday

16 January 2018

MediaWatch

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  1. Missy

     /  January 16, 2018

    Today The Guardian rebranded, and has gone tabloid.

    • Blazer

       /  January 16, 2018

      I won’t be reading it anymore…now.Looks like the Times.

      • Missy

         /  January 16, 2018

        Can I entice you over to the Telegraph Blazer? Or will you be switching to the Daily Mail?

        • Blazer

           /  January 16, 2018

          the Daily Mail…indeed…there’s always the..Sun.

          • Missy

             /  January 16, 2018

            I’m not a Sun reader Blazer, but if that is more your type of paper Blazer all power to you….

            Though you should note they no longer do the Page 3 apparently, but I have been told they have an excellent sports section.

        • Pickled Possum

           /  January 16, 2018

          Hiya Missy Greeting to you and hope you are all better now.

          I used to read the daily mail weekly,
          but it now is too obscene to even scroll thru
          the good the bad and down right ugly,

          Don’t even get me started on the violence and actual sex videos
          that are now the main meal on DM.

          Calling for people to sell their videos of almost anything YICK!!!!!

          So much is written by that person that seems to get it wrong most times,
          You know the one; Mr/Mrs “Anonymous Friend”

          Get some echinacea and lots of lemon and sniff up some menthol shards
          keep you right for the rest of the orrible winter months, over there.

          • Missy

             /  January 16, 2018

            Hey PP,

            Lots of Lemon, Echinacea, and Vitamin D at the moment, (Vitamin D helps boost the immune system and is very short supply here over the winter months so it needs a boost), also my new favourite winter drink of warm ribena, surprisingly good. 🙂 I have some good old fashioned Rawleighs menthol spray thanks to my wonderful family who brought it up for me when they visited, perfect for showers and at night!

            The DM is a bit of a cess pit at times, especially in the comments, and they can’t come up with an original story for themselves, but I do still like a few of the columnists which is all I will have a look at it for really.

            I tend to read the Telegraph more than anything else these days, well worth the very small subscription fee in my opinion, and I spend a lot of time listening to the radio which is quite good.

    • PartisanZ

       /  January 16, 2018

      And, unless Britain’s policies differ from the EU, that’s without any chicken from the USA, which probably has even higher levels of antibiotics along with record levels of *bleach* … used to keep the meat *pearly white* …

  2. unitedtribes2

     /  January 16, 2018

    Jurno’s hounded Trump “are you racist” Trump answers “no” TVNZ last night reported “Trump forced to admit he’s not racict”. Unitedtribes forced to turn off TV and go outside and do something useful.

    • Gezza

       /  January 16, 2018

      I’ve spent a bit of time lately watching CNN & Fox News on YouTube. They’re just as bad as each other.

      CNN presenters & panels were busy last night reminding viewers that Trump’s racist & implying he’d made that shithole remark publicly, referring to “all the Republicans” who he has appalled (there’s about 4 or 5 who’ve criticised him, I think, including Paul Ryan, who’s apparently only said it was “unfortunate”) & insisting they should all be condemning him in stronger terms, banging on about those Republicans who have resigned because he’s an embarrassment, & and stating that even more will resign because they are going to lose their seats to Democrats at the mid-term elections, when they’ll “take back the house”.

      Also that Trump has now changed his tune & said he won’t be interviewed by Mueller, after earlier saying he would. Presenters repeatedly showed video of Trump saying months ago he’d cooperate if requested to be interviewed, and a very short clip where he’s recently said that as there’s been no collusion there probably won’t be any interview. This, they are interpreting as a refusal. It’s not. He’s just saying Mueller might not even bother.

      Fox presenters & panels were busy downplaying Trump’s shithole remark, some disputing that he actually said it, all of them saying Durbin’s a known liar, & continuing on with their currently ongoing, on-screen investigation & revelations that they say prove the Obama administration illegally had the FBI spy on Trump in Trump Tower, that Clinton’s guilty of criminal collusion with, & improperly sold uranium to, the Russians, & that the Clinton Foundation stole money intended for Haitian earthquake relief.

      Also that people are getting pay increases & $1,000 bonuses (implying it’s happening everywhere), black unemployment is the lowest it’s been for decades (6.8% vs 16%), fewer people are applying for food stamps, the stock market’s at a record high. None of which, they say, are ever mentioned in “the msm”. (Which seems to be true, from what I’ve seen.)

      We don’t see anything like the obsessive vituperation & constant over-hyped accusations broadcast on these “news” channels thrown at our politicians.

      • unitedtribes2

         /  January 16, 2018

        WE do have a very compliant TV1 who are quite happy to parrot CNN without bothering to verify it

        • Gezza

           /  January 16, 2018

          Yes, I’ve noticed that.

          • Gezza

             /  January 16, 2018

            The thing is, with CNN, MSNBC, FOX – the vilification of the other side goes on all day, every day. Each new presenter every hour or so, just carries it on. It’s bizarre. The US may have a free press but it’s stuffed.

  3. Blazer

     /  January 16, 2018

    Serco template here…I would guess…’Report Finds Two-Thirds of Private Prison Contracts Include “Lockup Quotas”

    by Joe Watson

    An analysis of private prison contracts from across the United States reveals that state and local governments commonly enter into agreements that require them to keep prisons filled or pay for unused, empty beds.

    In the Public Interest (ITPI), a Washington, D.C.-based research and policy group on public services, reported in September 2013 that it found so-called bed guarantees in around 65% of the more than 60 private prison contracts it analyzed, including contracts from Texas, Ohio, Colorado and Florida. The bed guarantees, or “lockup quotas,” ranged from 70% minimum occupancy in at least one California facility to 100% occupancy at three Arizona prisons. The most common bed guarantee was 90%.

    • PartisanZ

       /  January 16, 2018

      FEMA camp trials perhaps Blazer …?

      Whatever it is, its the usual (so-called) private sector profits underwritten by social capital, in this case not only public funds but public people as well …

  4. Zedd

     /  January 16, 2018

    I know that the attitudes to cannabis are slowly changing, but even I was surprised to read this (just the ‘highlights’ copied) from the press release:

    ‘A drug “researcher” whose suburban growing operation could have produced $109,000 of cannabis a year has, unusually, avoided a jail term.’

    ‘(the man), 32, claimed he was researching how to grow legal cannabis to get a job in the Australian industry, but now accepted what he did was “deeply illegal”.

    ‘Apparently, something had gone wrong with Chou’s sophisticated system supplying water and nutrients to the 247 cannabis plants found growing inside.’

    ‘Police found the plants growing in four tents with automated lights and fans. They found bags of dried cannabis head.’ (ready for Sale)

    ‘Judge Smith said Chou had wanted to develop skills as a cannabis grower, and to develop new strains of cannabis, to get work with the medical marijuana industry in Australia.’

    ‘The judge imposed the maximum 400 hours of community work, which she estimated would take Chou two years to complete.’

    ‘She said she had to consider a prison term, but reduced the term for his previous good character, his remorse, the lack of commerciality and his immediate guilty plea to the charge of cultivating cannabis.’

    * How could any Judge seriously believe 247 plants was NOT intended for a ‘commercial crop’ . I remember seeing a court case where a man was jailed for 6 months, for TWO Ounces; deemed a clear case of possession for supply !
    I often hear that amounts less than one ounce are ‘personal possession’ only