Media watch – Tuesday

6 March 2018


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  2. Blazer

     /  March 6, 2018

    from Radio Live…on the…money…
    Party loyalist Matthew Hooton‘s performance on RadioLIVE this morning as incendiary. He effectively called Prime Minister John Key ‘dishonest’, said the PM’s office and chief of staff Wayne Eagleson is implicated in the Dirty Tricks scandal (viz. the SIS-Goff-OIA affair) and more, described Jason Ede’s black-ops brigade as ‘acting under orders’.
    And in a fiery exchange, he described former National Party President (and present-day apologist) Michelle Boag as ‘a hack’ with ‘no political views’ who is ‘all about is defending a government that has behaved in ways that [are] literally indefensible and you know it’ …’

    • Corky

       /  March 6, 2018

      You are behind the 8 ball, Blazer. Hoots has repeated these opinions many times, especially regarding John Key.

      But honestly, I would shut up and keep my head down if I were you. Once Labour find they are out of their depth in government, you can bet many a underhand deal will go down. A little like last time they were in government.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 6, 2018

      Wow – the same Matthew Hooten who lost all his Government contracts under the Key government and has been throwing hissy fits about it for over a decade is still throwing hissy fits?
      Stop the presses!

    • PDB

       /  March 6, 2018

      Obviously not a fan of Bridges…

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 6, 2018

      His only way was down after Bridges got the top job – so why would he bother?

  3. sorethumb

     /  March 6, 2018

    On Nine To Noon the reading
    Baby No Eyes by Patricia Grace, told by Nancy Brunning, Rawiri Paratene, Bradley Carroll and Ida te Rito. The story of a young mother and her young son, both of them haunted by the ghost of his lost sister. (Ep. 2 of 17)
    Mrs Woods sure was a bad teacher whacking the little Maori girl and making her stand in the bad corner for not being able to speak English. Eventually the poor kid died “of school” (here’s me thinking young people pick up language easily?).
    This reminds me of the sort of novel that takes a serious subject and makes it in to drama , but without any balance. Eg *novels* about WW2 that feature gratuitous violence by the Japanese.

    • sorethumb

       /  March 6, 2018

      This accentuates the meme of Maori being smacked for speaking their own language at school. back then you did what you were told. Guyon would have been smacked for doing his mihi on morning report (and good show too as that is our space).

  4. Ray

     /  March 6, 2018

    We were strapped for speaking English, seen and only heard when asked was the rule back then.


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