Media watch – Thursday

19 April 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. Missy

     /  April 19, 2018

    Good grief, if Tova O’Brien swallowed this claptrap she is stupider than I thought.

    Sadiq Khan promotes Freedom of Movement from the EU, he has no interest in non-EU migrants at all, his whole time in office has been about the EU. He is very good at saying what he thinks the audience wants to hear, and talking to a NZ reporter with the NZ PM he is not likely to say anything else, and especially not that he thinks EU citizens should have more rights than Commonwealth citizens.

    • sorethumb

       /  April 19, 2018

      He says New Zealanders “add diversity” (RNZ). Reminds me of:

      “David Wong, president of the Chinese New Zealand Oral History Foundation, didn’t think migrants diluted New Zealand’s cultural identity.

      “On the contrary, I think it is broadening it and I think migrants are enriching it, and I think it’s good for New Zealand’s national identity,” Wong said.

      • PartisanZ

         /  April 19, 2018

        Pakeha diluted Aotearoa New Zealand’s hapu iwi cultural identity MAJORLY …

  2. sorethumb

     /  April 19, 2018

    North Korea: Donald Trump’s unconventional style could succeed where others failed
    Morning Report praised Kim as a hard negotiator, whereas Donald Trump no good – useless!!!!

  3. Ray

     /  April 19, 2018

    This interesting, difference between Labour and National.
    Stuff “The number of young people who offended in 2016/17 was almost 5200, well down on the close to 14,200 who offended in 2009/10”.

  4. PartisanZ

     /  April 19, 2018

    Unconditional cash transfers work it seems …

    ‘Give Poor People Cash: There’s a simple way to reform welfare: Send money to those who need it, without conditions.’ – Charles Kenny ‘The Atlantic’.

  5. Zedd

     /  April 19, 2018

    I read that the administrators of the Health Select Committee, have written to about 10% of submitters on the Medicinal cannabis bill, advising them to; either change the content, claim anonymity or withdraw their submission (the other option was leave as is) because they contained, either admission of law breaking (illegal cannabis use ?) or personal sensitive info.
    It was stated that the submissions were covered by ‘parliamentary privilege’ BUT the submissions, would be posted on the website, which would not stop Police using the info. to launch seperate inquiries !

    I hear that members of MCANZ (Mr LeBruns group) had voiced their fears of such action & some had declined to send a submissions ?

    What happened to ‘Freedom of speech’ & DEMOCRACY.. sounds like it is being curtailed, by these ‘potential Police actions’ !! 😦

    How the hell are we going to get law reform, if citizens fear speaking out ?
    I promised not to use ‘Godwin comments’………..