Media watch – Thursday

22 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. Seemed like attention seeking, there can’t have been much chance of success. I guess Dotcom thought he could afford the cost of the publicity.

  2. A joke from Facebook:

    My wife yelled at me today saying, “You weren’t even listening just now, were you?!”

    I thought, “Man, what a weird way to start a conversation.”

  3. sorethumb

     /  March 22, 2018

    Worrying association between the Spinoff and RNZ. Last night I heard Catriona MacLennan talking about an anti-rodeo petition; 400 lawyers had signed. This worries me in so far as it reminds me of how small groups of people can form a (perceived ) public opinion and end up wagging the dog; this can be seen in the nemesis of multicultural policies.
    Catriona MacLennan is like Wallace – wont say “NZ” says “Aotearoa”.
    So we have this left-wing media engine thing which (also) clandestinely siphons up public money.
    And who are they? When you boil it down their judgement isn’t any better than anyone elses.

  4. sorethumb

     /  March 22, 2018

    Following on from The Spinoff
    Governing elites find it hard to pursue policies that fly in the face of public opinion. But for adverse public opinion on a given question to be an effective political constraint someone has to articulate it. The question has to be placed on the national agenda. This role can fall to the Parliamentary Opposition but when bipartisan positions are adopted, as happened with immigration in 1980, formal political channels are blocked. This does not necessarily stifle adverse opinion but, if it is to be heard and to be effective, it must be promoted by other means. For example, organized protest groups can form, and with competent and articulate leadership they can provide a voice for an electorate disfranchised by bi-partisanship, a voice that politicians will be obliged to heed. Where these groups gain the sympathy of the media, the process will be accelerated. But, if the intelligentsia are not interested and the media unsympathetic, protest groups may not even form or, if they do, they are likely to remain on the fringes. Their activities will be ineffective and they will easily be written off as cranky and irrelevant.
    A number of intellectuals, as a consequence of the kind of work they do, have privileged access to the means of communication. In many cases the opinion that is actually heard is either that of members of the national �lite or it is the opinion of intellectuals. Intellectuals can form an ‘attentive public’, actively engaged in political debates and controversies and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the kinds of opinions voiced at seminars and conferences, in media interviews, and in ‘letters to the editor’ will be taken as the working equivalent of ‘public opinion’. But there is no necessary reason why educated and articulate opinion should mirror public opinion in general and by the late 1970s the educated and the less educated were at odds on the question of immigration. The general opinion of people with tertiary qualifications was quite unlike the general opinion of less educated people.

      • PartisanZ

         /  March 22, 2018

        Which is not to say your ‘Social Contract’ article doesn’t contain considerable relevance and some insight …

        What I suspect TSCP writers don’t realize is that they are themselves doing exactly what they’re complaining the intelligentsia (believe they) are doing … They’re articulating the “general opinion” of the populace … For the “less educated” cohort of populace they are their ‘intelligentsia’ …

  5. Zedd

     /  March 22, 2018

    I see another Natl. MP has resigned; J Coleman; “Good Riddance” sez I

    he was one of those who led the attack against the greens Med. cannabis bill… often calling it ‘Medical Marijuana’; you would think a ‘qualified’ doctor would know its correct scientific name.. or was he just muddying the waters, alleging it was really about ‘smoking pot’ not medical use ?? 😦

    • Gezza

       /  March 22, 2018

      Far out. Bailing on Simon?

      • High Flying Duck

         /  March 22, 2018

        Got an unsolicited better offer from a private healthcare provider.
        What could be better than 3, 6 or 9 years in the political wilderness with no power is beyond me though.

  6. Blazer

     /  March 22, 2018

    Coleman was standing for leader a year or so ago….what a fickle ,fortune hunter…he turned out