Media watch – Monday

19 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. sorethumb

     /  March 19, 2018

    Te Putake o te Riri – Dr Joanna Kidman on youth activism

    “We don’t know our history”
    Unit 731
    The pain just doesn’t stop.
    My guess is that the scholarship here is crap ?

    • phantom snowflake

       /  March 19, 2018

      One small point. You’re often on here complaining about RNZ, yet you keep bloody listening to it. What’s up with that?

  2. duperez

     /  March 19, 2018

    Quite a big story in the Stuff in the weekend which hasn’t created much subsequent follow-up in other media.

    In some ways it highlights the priorities we have.The way our world works is illustrated quite nicely by it.

    If a big time rugby player was the driver of the vehicle or a politician had been a key person in the incident, the events would have been picked apart loud, very loud, and long.

    The public would have been into it boots and all. All media platforms would have been feasting and searching for any other links and angles. Every absolutely minute detail would have been the basis of conjecture and accusation. It’s obvious the incident was a forest of aspects to be harvested. What was missing though was a sportsperson or an MP.

    Three people killed in a vehicle being driven by a person over the legal alcohol limit with many attendant questions. Nowhere near as serious or worthy of attention and rigorous questioning as that of some boozing scumbag trying to put his hands down the pants of young people at a party.

    Exclusive Brethren members in ‘clean-up’ operation after fatal crash

    • Gezza

       /  March 19, 2018

      Was on 1ewes.

    • Gezza

       /  March 19, 2018

      Very dodgy. Job for Newsroom there.

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 19, 2018

      “On the eve of the trial, the Crown decided to withdraw the more serious charges of driving with excess breath alcohol and leaving the scene.”

      What is it about the Exclusive Brethren that they wield so much influence and power?

      I’ve long felt they are somewhere near the Throne at The Lodge …

      A fascinating look into just what a tangled web can be created when a ‘cult’ interfaces with ‘society’ is shown in the docu-series ‘Wild Wild Country’ on Netflix …

      When the Rajneesh ‘Reds’ arrived, the good folks of Antelope Oregon experienced something like what Native Americans must have experienced when the Paleface landed 4 centuries earlier …

      The State government suspended the right of registration to vote for 6000 Americans [former homeless people] to prevent the Rajneeshes taking-over the Wasco County Council … As one ex-lawyer states in the doco, “What were they guilty of? Threatening to reside and vote!?”

      Yet in some ways Salem paled by comparison to “The Ranch” …

  3. Zedd

     /  March 19, 2018

    I watched a brief TV news item last evening, about; the ‘Sisters of the Valley’.. an order of ‘Beguine Nuns’ in California, who are growing medicinal (CBD rich) cannabis. They turn it into salves, balms, tinctures & oils etc. Walking a fine line around the laws in that state.
    They are not ‘officially’ connected to any established church, but do take similar vows & work to relieve to suffering of others. They have a website, if your interested…

    This reminded me of the story of NZ Nun (19th-early 20th century) Mother Aubert, who reportedly also grew medicinal cannabis & other traditional ‘Rongoa’.. prior to the introduction of prohibition.

    IF Aotearoa/NZ does not wish to again ‘miss the boat’ on another potential medicinal product/market.. then it is time to pull our collective fingers out & cut out all the irrational hysteria around ‘MARIJUANA’ that is still preventing genuine medicinal use of CANNABIS 😦

  4. Griff

     /  March 19, 2018

    Kiwiblog GD today.

    So you find Hosko attractive mikenmild. You’re just turned on by his money and his Ferrari.

    I like how 7 Sharp replaced him with Jeremy Wells so that everyone would finally realise the show was always a piss-take.

    Naaah …
    He is trying to get into his pants.
    Just another socialist kiddifucker !!!
    Like the one that chased another naked male from King’s house.
    Canberra’s Federal police will be on the look-out for a repeat, before declaring her persona non grata.

    Based on your barely suppressed rage, I suspect you are the kiddyfucker, or at least were sexually abused by one in your younger days. Who touched you in a bad place, flipper?

    [DPF: So far over the line it is not funny. Strike 4 and two weeks off]

    Flipper stated mikenmild is “Just another socialist kiddifucker !!!”
    Mikenmild returned the favor .
    DPF banned mikenmild.

    KB is losing what rational commentators it once had due to DPF’s actions .
    It is becoming nothing but a festering swamp of far right Loons, Nazis and Nutcases.
    This trend reflects very poorly on DPF and his own politics.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 19, 2018

      Flipper did not such thing. He was talking about Jeremy Wells in the comment you refer too.

      One was an unpleasant comment about a third party, the other was direct personal attack on a fellow commenter.

      It’s a fine but important distinction. Unpleasant comments by both none the less.

      • Griff

         /  March 19, 2018

        Can you read a thread ?
        DPF uses nesting .
        When you reply your comment is indented one step to the comment you are replying to.
        The reply of flipper in context was clearly to Harkmans comment not mikeys .
        Meanwhile even if flippers accusation of pedophilia was about Jeremy Wells it is still outside the blog rules and probably actionable as defamation.
        Milky qualified his comment as a honest opinion.
        Flipper made a statement of fact.
        A honest opinion is defensible in law a statement of fact is not.

  5. This is quite funny from Robert at The Standard:


    Well David Farrar is delighted. If keeping the right wing in a splendid mood with free gifts was the Green party aim, I would say mission accomplished.

    Classic virtue signalling from a bunch of political idiots. The only with half a brain is Julie Anne Genter, I suspect she’ll be joining Labour before the next election.

    Robert Guyton:

    “The only (one) with half a brain is Julie Anne Genter, I suspect she’ll be joining Labour before the next election.”
    It’s funny, depending upon how you read it.