Media watch – Thursday

8 February 2018

MediaWatch

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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

Previous Post

26 Comments

  1. High Flying Duck

     /  February 8, 2018

    I’ve been thinking there’s a strong whiff of the hopey-changey Obama presidency surrounding Jacinda right now. Bucket-fulls of wordy intentions without any hint of actual change or direction as yet.

    Waitangi coverage simply magnified the effect. She stayed away from the place where the protests always happen – and lo there were no protests! She is the bringer of peace!

    Ward Kamo sums it all up very very well (the article is well worth a read):

    “With that in mind what has the Prime Minister and her new government actually done, apart from give a great speech, for people to believe things have changed in regards to the vexed issue of race relations? Well the short answer is ‘nothing’.

    Further the lack of protest the Prime Minister faced could more reasonably be attributed to the move away from Te Tii Marae where most of the shenanigans (mud flinging, PM pushing, and dildo throwing) normally occur.

    The Waitangi Grounds is a tightly controlled space that is well policed and well managed by the trustees there. There was never going to be protest up there. So it’s a stretch to say this Prime Minister has brought a calm previously not seen.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11989802

    • Blazer

       /  February 8, 2018

      you should be deliriously happy if that is the case….

      • High Flying Duck

         /  February 8, 2018

        I’m always happy Blazer. I don’t have that innate sense of “everyone else is to blame – why won’t they fix it for me” that pervades those of a certain political persuasion.

        • Gezza

           /  February 8, 2018

          I worked with Ward for a while in my department. We had a discussion over who was going to win in Afghanistan & he was if I remember right quite well versed in the military superority of the Americans & adamant it would be over in a few months & the Taliban would be goneburgers. However, I’m still winning that argument.

    • PartisanZ

       /  February 8, 2018

      Don’t you think its rather peculiar of the MSM to say that Jacinda has brought peace to Waitangi and then say the peace at Waitangi didn’t occur at all and certainly not because of Jacinda?

      Does any of this have to do with what ACTUALLY took place at Waitangi?

      But heck … if that’s what makes you happy …

      • High Flying Duck

         /  February 8, 2018

        Who said it didn’t occur at all? I thought there was general agreement on that part?

        • PartisanZ

           /  February 8, 2018

          FFS HFD, you quoted it above – ” … what has the Prime Minister and her new government actually done … in regards to the vexed issue of race relations? Well the short answer is ‘nothing’.”

          Clearly there isn’t general agreement, even within the ‘pages’ of the same Media Outlet.

          I’ll tell you what they’ve done, although I don’t think you’ll understand. They’ve changed the psychesphere* of it …

          * new word # 140 (I think?) – psyche + sphere (as in biosphere)

      • PDB

         /  February 8, 2018

        Physically threatening or throwing mud and shit at a pregnant woman was hardly going to be a winning strategy for the Maori protesters. Still awaiting all the nasty Green protestors to get stuck into Gayford for his fish-torturing ways…

        • Gezza

           /  February 8, 2018

          Now you’re being silly.

        • PartisanZ

           /  February 8, 2018

          Not necessarily Gezza … PDB both embodies and proves a point …

          @PDB – “Physically threatening or throwing mud and shit at a pregnant woman was hardly going to be a winning strategy …”

          That’s what the MSM and their Right Brigade owner/supporter/advertisers/addicts REALLY wanted …

          And boy oh boy like little tanty infant children are they PISSED OFF they didn’t get it …

          The status-quo Apple Cart that’s operated for 50+ years now at Waitangi has really been upset … There’s no radical Maoris to blame … No systems legitimation … No confirmation bias …

          So what can they report? That Jacinda brought peace to Waitangi and that she actually did “nothing” at all? … In other words … “Nothing to report” …

          What might they have reported? The wealth of dialogue which took place between Maori – if they had gained the trust and respect of Maori [Maybe look for that in another 100 years time?] – and much substantive dialogue between Maori and Pakeha at Waitangi …

          TANTY … “We want throwing mud and shit!!! Why couldn’t someone … anyone … throw some mud and shit!? A dildo? Anything! Our readers aren’t going to read positive stuff about Waitangi!!! We don’t even wanna report it!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!”

    • phantom snowflake

       /  February 8, 2018

      Never mind Ward Kamo; here’s his sister Miriama, the smart one in the family, with a great piece on protest vs. peace at Waitangi.

      I’m not suggesting that there ought to have been protest yesterday, just that its absence should not be celebrated, it should simply be objectively observed. We should not aim to set a tone of peaceful Waitangi Day celebrations into the future. Our aim should be to set a system of equity whereby protest is not needed. With that in mind, Māori are the best positioned to determine whether Waitangi Day has been ‘successful’. If Waitangi Day is not a good day for protest, when is? Don’t be afraid of protest, be afraid when, in the absence of equity, there is silence.

      https://thespinoff.co.nz/atea/07-02-2018/stop-praising-maori-for-behaving-at-waitangi-this-year/

      • PartisanZ

         /  February 8, 2018

        “Don’t be afraid of protest, be afraid when, in the absence of equity, there is silence.”

        How good is that …? That there is one FINE sentence …

    • Gezza

       /  February 8, 2018

      She stayed away from the place where the protests always happen – and lo there were no protests! She is the bringer of peace!

      Kingi & a few friends still managed to make a nuisance of themselves, remember. But otherwise Ward’s on the money this time. Avoiding Te Tii will only work if Labour deliver.

  2. High Flying Duck

     /  February 8, 2018

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!…oh no, as you were. All good.

    “Out of nowhere, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has made a significant U-turn, reversing what seemed to be a core Labour position…

    Posted: https://yournz.org/2018/02/08/robertson-u-turn-on-public-debt/

    • Blazer

       /  February 8, 2018

      one mans opinion on ‘seemed to be a core Labour position’….this is politics..as usual…a similar example…2007 Key had a 4 point plan to ensure NZ’ers did not become tenants in their own..country’…I have more..should anyone want…some…more.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  February 8, 2018

        One man’s opinion, backed up with specific quotes and contrasted with the now 180 degree different take…
        And don’t worry about those overseas buyers any more Blazer – Labour fixed it:

        “A company owned by the Chinese Government has been given permission to buy 42.3 hectares of land in Auckland’s north west – the equivalent of more than 40 rugby fields.

        Universal Homes, which the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) says is 97 per cent owned by the Chinese Government, got the green light for the deal last month.”

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11985470

        • Blazer

           /  February 8, 2018

          why would anyone be worried,when we know that foreign buyers were responsible for only 3% of …sales.We all agree right.

  3. Gezza

     /  February 8, 2018

    In March trust company Perpetual Guardian will launch a six-week trial where its full time staff will work for four days a week but still be paid for five days.

    If successful the company will implement the policy permanently from July 1.

    Perpetual founder Andrew Barnes said the idea behind the four-day week was to increase productivity and start a conversation that challenged the traditional working week.

  4. Zedd

     /  February 8, 2018

    I read in ‘Stuff news’ that ‘Whakamana’ the Cannabis museum is relocation to a new Central Dn location. It says they intend to open a Cafe & museum display area soon.. COOOL 😀

    • Sounds interesting. I went to the opening of the current museum in Caversham.

      They will be a lot more visible in Princes Street.

  5. Milk Bottle is history.

    It’s a bit different when All Blacks start popping off when they are from an era you’re very familiar with.