Media watch – Thursday

1 March 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. David

     /  March 1, 2018

    Its common knowledge that Soper and Winston are close, fair enough, but when you are a journalist you shouldnt really omit that while its abhorrent for both parties to dole out the taxpayers hard earned cash in corporate welfare National did it before the SFO started investigating and NZ First did it after . Both dumb but one was really really dumb and it wasnt Bridges.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 2, 2018

      What about middle-class welfare ?

      Someone on about $50, 000 a year not only pays NO tax, they are given money as well. Too bad about those on tiny incomes. Some people who are paying tax are expected to live on roughly what those on $50,000 a year are being given as a handout to top up their tax-free income !

      I cannot believe that so little is said about this injustice.

      Kenneth Williams as Robin Hood on ‘Round the Horne.’

      ‘….I rob the poor to help the rich.’

      Kenneth Horne ‘Shouldn’t that be ‘robbing the rich to help the poor’ ?’

      Kenneth Williams “I know which side MY bread’s buttered on, duckie.’

  2. Mefrostate

     /  March 1, 2018

    NZ Initiative have released a trove of OIA documents relating to sugar taxes in which the Ministry of Health advise Coleman that there is “insufficient evidence that a sugar tax would be effective in reducing obesity.”

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 1, 2018

      My guess is that it wouldn’t stop people who eat sweet things and drink sugary drinks from doing so.They’d just spend less on other things. What about fatty foods ? Would they tax chops with fat attached ?

      I can’t understand how anyone can drink those sickly-looking cheap soft drinks. They look revolting.

      • PartisanZ

         /  March 1, 2018

        It’s their addiction Miss Kitty ….. What’s yours?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 2, 2018

          Books, of course.

          No calories and they don’t rot the teeth.

          Don’t you think that those cheap soft drinks even LOOK sickly ? I hate to think what’s in them.

  3. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  March 1, 2018

    What a fudge.
    RNZ forgets to mention that one of it’s Panelists is a staffer in Jacinda Ardern’s office.

    • Gezza

       /  March 1, 2018

      It’s not a good look for RNZ. I see they’ve apologised.

    • phantom snowflake

       /  March 1, 2018

      *Whatabout Warning* Reminds me of Matthew Hooton, “Political Consultant” who won’t reveal his various conflicts of interest.