New Zealand media is suffering another mania moment. They like to label ‘things’, sometimes as somethingmania, and then grossly overdo their coverage.

Their labelling is really self-describing their own  behaviour, a maniacal belief that people are interested in gaga coverage of something that doesn’t warrant such extreme levels of adulation and trite news.

This happened with the rise of Jacinda Ardern – sure with her there was a valid news element, but the mediamania was at time ridiculous. Sometimes they simply played at being silly buggers, besotted out of all proportion to the importance of the subject. But they were also played by the subject, who milked their mania for their own political advantages.

There are now real risks that Ardern is incapable of living up to the heights she has been elevated to. The realities of ruling a small country, and the obvious unpreparedness of the incoming Government to govern, are showing that some of the claims framing and coverage were never going to fit the facts.

This time over the visit of an ex president of another country. A fairly mediocre president at that, at best. He was another who was raised to heights he never lived up to, awarded a Nobel Peace Prize before he had proven his international credentials, which were far from worthy of such an award. He also failed to inspire much of any note in his own country.

He is visiting New Zealand for the first time, as a private person. It is a private visit, sponsored by private companies, with private events, and the main event has banned any media coverage.

Yet the media are acting like maniacs, going all gaga over nothing of any real importance. Some of it is pathetic, most of it is over the top.

I’m not the only one trying to avoid this mediamania, but it’s difficult when ones hobby is to keep an eye out for news of interest.

There have been a number of comments on Twitter about the overkill of a subject that doesn’t affect most people and I expect most people don’t care about.

Some journalists get thrust into mania assignments, and they do their jobs as professionally as the subject overkill allows. Others seem to relish rubbing shoulders with the over-elevated subjects. It can drip with cringe.

But this sort of mediamania, once reserved for royal visits or royal weddings or royal births (mostly in a country on the other side of the world), is a growing phenomenon, media coverage of many things has become more trivial, more superficial, and overdone on the fewer things they focus on.

It is particularly garish when over-celebrification is involved.



  1. PDB

     /  March 23, 2018

    Stuff: “But as Ardern herself noted, there was still plenty for her to learn from Obama, as one rookie world leader and “political nerd” to another former world leader, not least of which was some advice on parenting.

    She asked Obama how he dealt with the guilt of being a parent and a world leader, and his advice was to “do the best you can”.”


    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 23, 2018

      Very deep – I DON’T think. But if you ask a stupid question, you’ll get a silly answer.

  2. Gezza

     /  March 23, 2018

    I don’t care that Obama was here. I don’t care what tossers he played gokf with. He costs half a mill a speech & any idiots who paid to go & see him should shut up and kerp quiet because they’ve wasted somebody’s money even if it’s their own & they ought to be too embarrassed to let people know who they are. Except Shane Jones.

    • Gezza

       /  March 23, 2018

      Sht! * golf, keep

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 23, 2018

      Gezza, rest assured, if they have enough money to attend such events, it’s someone else’s money …

      Unpaid wages, avoided tax or misappropriated public funds are the only sources of peoples’ truly excess “own money”, which often accrues to them as grotesquely high profits or obscenely high salaries …

      • Corky

         /  March 23, 2018

        It was invitation only. No fees as far as I know.

        • PartisanZ

           /  March 23, 2018

          Well according to Gezza he got paid half a mill by someone …

          ” … a private visit, sponsored by private companies, with private events”

          The excess profits of private companies that can ‘sponsor’ this kind of systems justification PR international lobbying BS is made up of “unpaid wages, avoided tax or misappropriated public funds” like, for instance, corporate welfare received despite the globalized ‘free market’ …

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 23, 2018

            Corks is right. Nobody paid to see him, it was invitation only and one doesn’t usually pay for these. It was sponsored.

            The idea that the people who went paid for it with other people’s money is nonsense.

  3. artcroft

     /  March 23, 2018

    Can’t see how Obama was a mediocre president? out of all the presidents in the last 40 years who would you rather see in office at present. Gerald Ford? George Bush 2nd? Besides Obama introduced a better health care system to the US.

    • Corky

       /  March 23, 2018

      Arty, you have swamp fever. Them ticks have bit you. Like me, you should know the answer to your question.. President Trumpy is our man. Didn’t he put a bullet between the eyes of that ponce riding a red and blue genetically engineered donkey? What about telling them Chinese where to stick their Chop Suzie. And them bad bad hombres down south are gonna be shaded by a mighty fine wall. As for that cowpoke Obama’s healthcare system.! That’s taking spurs off the rich to give to the poor who haven’t got a nag. Ain’t no sense there.

      • artcroft

         /  March 23, 2018

        Sorry partner, theres no wall, no fence just a bunch of Trump hooey. China is the new sheriff in town, with Russia riding as deputy. NZ will need to saddle and join their posse cos US ain’t great no more.

    • Chrissy

       /  March 24, 2018

      A better health system. Really? I haven’t met any Americans that actually think this. lol Except the dems of cause.
      Here’s a shortened list of his achievements as president.
      Gave billions to Iran – the western worlds enemy – so they wouldn’t build nukes. lol. What a twit.
      Became famous for calling any islamic violence ‘workplace’ violence, while excusing and praising that cult for it’s peaceable values and berating anyone that dared say a word against them.
      Took his advice from the huge number of muslims he put in power.
      Sold uranium to the Russians – the most important ingredient for nukes.
      Created a health system that many Americans simply could not afford.
      Treated those that fought for the freedom of his nation with distain, cutting their benefits and refusing to acknowledge them.
      Played golf while his country were getting their heads cut off – literally.
      Actually played golf for a whole year of his Presidency over the time he was President.
      Intentionally prevented soldiers from coming to the aid of those in Benghazi, and afterwards blaming a movie for their horrible deaths, (once again excusing Islam for it’s disgusting behaviour), – a movie that didn’t come out until after the Benghazi incident – and based on that logic – should mean that Russia and German have every right to commit treacherous deeds against America for the way they have portrayed them in movies.
      Removed the words ‘Islamic Violence’ from all FBI files.
      Tried to have a muslim commemorative museum erected on the site of the Twin Towers.
      Provoked more racial violence in his time as a President that any modern President before him.
      Gave an unprecedented amount of money to that death machine – Planned Parent Hood – so they could commit more abortions.
      Decided that schools must teach pupils more about islamic beliefs than the beliefs that America was birthed on.
      Bought in Gender confusion as he proudly insisted schools allow boys that think they’re girls into the schools dressing rooms even if they have just decided on this for the day.
      Ended his term as President as one of the lowest rated, most disliked Presidents of all time.
      The list just goes on and on – and I cannot for the life of me think of one good thing that he actually did for America.
      If you can – please enlighten me.

  4. Blazer

     /  March 23, 2018

    ‘There are now real risks that Ardern is incapable of living up to the heights she has been elevated to. ‘…what heights would they be…then?

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