Media watch – Wednesday

7 March 2018

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  1. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  March 7, 2018

    Bryce Edwards exposes the hypocrisy of Wellington’s Media darlings.

    Posted: https://yournz.org/2018/03/07/more-on-the-media-and-murky-lobbying-in-politics/

    • David

       /  March 7, 2018

      The National Party need to come back from their summer holidays and do some actual work. Spending 2 weeks picking your line up is ridiculously slow when there is such a resource rich environment for the opposition.

  2. David

     /  March 7, 2018

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12005194

    One of those headlines where you go “wait,what” then think surely not and search through hoping you will find some ridiculous headline grabbing methodology for such a stunning statistic but nothing. Sorry I just dont believe a quarter of kids have been referred to CYFs.

    • I’m very dubious too. It may depend on what is meant by “referred to CYFs”.

      One of my daughters was reported to whatever CYFS was called. It was mandatory because she had been to A&E (ED) three times in a year or something like that – all genuine accidents, one a bee sting that nearly killed her. Someone visited briefly, had a chat and that was all that came of it.

      • David

         /  March 7, 2018

        I was maybe expecting that they just took the total number of referrals versus how many kids there are where perhaps 1 kid got 100 referrals. The journalist clearly did a fair bit of work on the story and no doubt there is a methodology referred to somewhere but maybe it kills the story so was ignored or they arent very good at stats.

    • Zedd

       /  March 7, 2018

      could be just the front of a stream.. heading for the Door; ‘Keyites all following suit’ !

    • Patzcuaro

       /  March 7, 2018

      Word of the day omphaloskepsis

      “Omphaloskepsis or navel-gazing is contemplation of one’s navel as an aid to meditation. The word comes from Greek omphalos (navel) + skepsis (act of looking, examination).”

  3. If accurate this isn’t surprising:

    • Zedd

       /  March 7, 2018

      Amy is ‘All image & very little substance’ (IMHO).. more likely heading to the back-bench with Judith & Mitchell..

      btw; wheres Big Gerry heading ? behind Joyce ?? LOL

    • Corky

       /  March 7, 2018

      Joyce is still standing by his prediction of a fiscal hole Labour will have in their budget.

      • Blazer

         /  March 7, 2018

        he’s not standing by it…he’s standing in…it…and it’s about to get…filled in.

      • Zedd

         /  March 7, 2018

        taihoa, dont hold your breath corky.. we had the GFC under Natl.. if there another, its not all the Lab-led Govts fault.. just saying 😦

        • Corky

           /  March 7, 2018

          Amy Adams also believes Joyce. This issue may seem benign at the moment. But should Joyce be proven correct, not only Labour takes a massive hit, but also economists. The media will have a field day. So will us Righties.

  4. Traveller

     /  March 7, 2018

    The stupid is very strong in the Whale here. As well as being hilariously hypocritical, I know many who’d point this statement right back at him.

    Speaking of Joyce, he says: ( I won’t link as he never does, but it’s in today’s Tourette’s ramble about the state of the Party Daddy used to be in charge of.)

    He (Joyce)is of no consequence to the body politic now and just ends up looking like a whiny crybaby.

    That’s a lol moment if I ever saw one.

    I’m sure that Mr Joyce won’t have to resort to running a nickel and dime blog nor put the begging bowl out, neither will he have to shill for a political megalomaniac in order to pay his copious legal bills.

    • BobJ

       /  March 7, 2018

      The whale is a complete joke, is funny that the root of all is problems was the email hack which occurred due to his incompetence in keeping his systems secure. Never seems to take any responsibility for this and he wonders why he got dropped like a hot rock when it blew up in is face!

  5. Zedd

     /  March 7, 2018

    I saw TV3 news footage, (this a.m.) of a company boss, who have taken over a ‘Trump resort’ with a hammer & Crowbar seriously tearing the T-R-U-M-P letters off the resort sign.. “YAHOOO !” 😀

  6. Zedd

     /  March 7, 2018

    I read that a report shows that UK still pushes the ‘No known medical/therapeutic value’ line, similar to USA Sch. #1 & echoes of the laws here too.. Yet a recent UN report shows that ‘GW Pharma.’ who make ‘Sativex’ (one of only 1-2 legal in NZ) is the World’s biggest producer of ‘Medical Cannabis products’: A few lines from the press release

    ‘A drug reform group has slammed the government for claiming cannabis has
    no medical use while allowing its export abroad. It comes after the UN
    revealed the UK is the world’s largest producer and exporter of medical
    cannabis.’

    ‘The report from the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board, which
    includes data from governments around the world, shows the UK produced
    95 tons of legal cannabis in 2016. This accounted for 44.9 percent of
    the world total.’

    ‘The nearest competitor is Canada, with 80.7 tons. Some 2.1 tons was
    exported from the UK, making it responsible for 67.7 percent of the
    world total, followed by the Netherlands (16.4 percent).’

    ‘The UK government has refused to allow medical cannabis in the UK on the
    basis that it has “no therapeutic value.” There is, however, one
    licensed cannabis-based medicine in the UK called Sativex – a cannabis
    extract in spray form – produced by GW pharmaceuticals, which accounts
    for a significant proportion of UK legal cannabis production. It is
    available on prescription for patients such as those suffering the
    effects of multiple sclerosis, but only via the National Health Service
    (NHS) in Wales.’

    ‘Estimates suggest as many as 1 million people who use cannabis for
    medical purposes are put at risk from buying cannabis on the criminal
    market. (spokesperson) says it is “profoundly unethical” and “a violation of
    the fundamental right to health” to deny people access to medicine.’

    ** Sounds a bit like the laws we have here ?! 😦

    Read more:
    ‘Britain’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office. Tory MP tasked with regulating drugs has husband that grows 45 acres of cannabis’

    Again: “Follow the MONEY !”

  7. Pickled Possum

     /  March 7, 2018

    Lethal Zedd … denying people medicine is a costly exercise in stupidity.

  8. David

     /  March 7, 2018

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5469797/Man-person-convicted-Belgiums-sexism-laws.html

    Ah the joys of unfettered immigration and allowing ghetto,s to form with parallel societies…end result ever more dafter laws. Given all the ways one can be sexist without even being aware I am guessing there will be some unintended consequences. The coppers could literally arrest the entire Islamic community, farcical nonsense.

  9. duperez

     /  March 7, 2018

    Garbage reporting
    “Teen rugby player paralysed after swallowing garden slug as a dare.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12007894
    So what was his job? Could that have been in the headline? Did he like chocolate? Could that have been in the headline? Did he drive a Commodore?

    I know it’s in Australia but why haven’t they got Steve Tew in to comment? The pitch is so dumb it’s a wonder they haven’t.

  10. NOEL

     /  March 7, 2018

    Aw not fully.
    Twice in dark heading for the hot tub squashed a slug and wondered if that slime was a problem.
    Great to know that the rat lung worm isn’t in NZ.
    Hmm boats turned away because of stink bugs. Nothing about Aussie rats.