Media watch – Sunday

25 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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    • duperez

       /  March 25, 2018

      12 people, two weeks, $20,000. Teachers to Tonga.
      5 people, a couple of days, $96,000. NZ contingent to Mandela funeral.

      • Try this for size for pork barrel politics. Auckland City Council – I thought I had heard it all! All the entitle-itis, all the arrogance, all me,me,me, how important am I! But no, apparently it’s
        inhumane to travel economy apparently.

        Phil Goff the worst of the lot of them. He actually claims that he “probably wouldn’t have got the China FTA signed had he not flown BUSINESS CLASS”. So he has a skite as well as reinforces his life at the trough.

  1. PartisanZ

     /  March 25, 2018

    HDPA makes plausible ‘opinion’ out of the Greens’ Question Time giveaway – calling it the Judas Announcement – and “resident rogue” Shane Jones’ “naughty toddler” act …

    ‘Heather du Plessis-Allan: Who needs friends like Labour’s coalition partners?’ – Heraldo

    She says – “In a column in December, I warned Jones would take the populist route and trot out crazisms that he wouldn’t have the power to enact … Labour fought day after day of headlines over the alleged sexual assault of teenagers at its summer camp … Labour was already bloodied. And when it was weak, its support parties punched it around a bit more.”

    These phenomena and her analysis of them are clear evidence of the generally infant mentality of our so-called ‘democracy’ … and support calls for its significant reform …

    If Question Time were used maturely and responsibly [Shaw], or if there were a suitable forum for the ‘business amorality vs social ethics’ question [Jones], none of this would be sensational headline material …

    Indeed, if the MSM were more grown-up ‘headlines’ themselves might be wildly different to how they are now? Here’s an example of the ‘money morality vs human ethics’ debate handled maturely –

    “Even if markets start off with a ‘level playing field’, they self-organize into complex structures that reward winners and punish losers … In the absence of countervailing forces such as state regulation or trade unions, the powerful can use their political and economic clout to get even richer – survival of the fattest, rather than the fittest – and so create growing polarization and unfairness …

    In complex systems, institutions are needed to keep the playing field level enough to encourage the dynamism at its heart … And, since markets should be at the service of society, not the other way around, the state and other institutions must find ways to push markets to pursue socially desirable goals … without undermining the dynamism of the market system … a tall order … ”

    – Duncan Green ‘How Change Happens’ – Oxford University Press 2016

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 25, 2018

      There is a silly column in Stuff berating the Greens for giving National extra questions that they then used to grill Shaw about his climate change policies.

      They should instead have berated him for not having good answers on their fundamental policies. Being questioned on them should have been an opportunity to showcase them if they were good.

  2. Zedd

     /  March 25, 2018

    I see on TV news, there are mass protests in USA (& other countries) against the gun laws & the recent mass school shootings.. BUT will POTUS etc. listen ?
    As long as the NRA are giving him $30mil in donations.. very unlikely ! 😦

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 25, 2018

      Trump can only do what Congress will vote for. That is where money and votes talk. I see they are banning bump stocks.

      • Zedd

         /  March 25, 2018

        methinks that they should only arm cops; Sgt at arms & higher.. not frontlines, its ‘too easy’ for them to say ‘he was threatening me’ & BANG

        most western countries deal with this better.. but yes the NRA are strong lobbyists

        • Zedd

           /  March 25, 2018

          the front lines should just wear body armour & carry big sticks ; 3-4 cops should be able to disarm a person as part of training, without someone dying !