Media watch – Sunday

4 February 2018


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  1. sorethumb

     /  February 4, 2018

    Born in Xi’an, China, Julie moved to Auckland at the age of four, residing briefly in Mt Roskill, before settling in East Auckland.
    Ms Zhu said a lot needed to change, as Auckland is still very monocultural.

    “I think we talk about multi-culturalism a lot but in reality we are multi-ethnic, we have a lot of ethnic groups but culturally we don’t embrace those,” she said.

    RNZ is 100% bias.

  2. Blazer

     /  February 4, 2018
  3. sorethumb

     /  February 4, 2018

    Activist Paul Spoonley.
    Are there differences between people who are tangatwhenua and others? I get very angry when people say there aren’t [although he was one of the one’s who shafted Maori over immigration – Walker]
    Julie Zhu
    I feel that sort of positioning of Pakeha and everyone else. I would think of the ideal as Maori and everyone else because Maori are kind of the only unique aspect of NZ that really needs to be upheld if we are to move forward and I think there just needs to be solidarity.

  4. PartisanZ

     /  February 4, 2018

    “Fundamentally lifting the wages of the average New Zealander is going to take a big structural shift. It’s going to require the kind of long-term strategic thinking we’re finally starting to apply to such issues as child poverty and the housing shortage … More broadly, [than just higher education] we need to have a unified national goal of pushing towards a higher wage economy.

    That means Government, employers and unions working in sync towards a more highly-skilled and productive workforce … There is a risk we may lose sight of this big picture if increased conflict and tensions rise around employment law reforms this year.”

    – ‘Liam Dann: Don’t hold your breath for a pay rise’ – NZ Herald

    Dann’s last sentence is an incredibly interesting comment IMHO, and gives the lie to the NZHerald being a ‘Leftie’ mouthpiece. To me it confirms their role as MSM – and especially it’s ‘television arms’ – as being primarily ‘systems legitimation’. I mean, why say “we may lose sight of this big picture”? Rather than, for instance –

    ” … we need to have a unified national goal of pushing towards a higher wage economy.

    [Under National] there is a risk we may NEVER HAVE GAINED sight of this big picture WITHOUT [Labour-led] employment law reforms this year, regardless of whether conflict and tensions arise around them” …?

    The MSM don’t “take sides” any more than they are impartial, they are rather corporate-capitalist institutions ‘legitimizing’ corporate-capitalist-State hegemony. Their noses are finely attuned to two things … blood and money … the former being whatever blood trail their masters lay for them …

    • sorethumb

       /  February 4, 2018

      I would say the MSM is a coalition of left and right. They agree on immigration. They agree because advertisers want it and you only have to look at RNZ’s programming. What the MSM isn’t is nationalist.