Media watch – Sunday

22 April 2018


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  1. sorethumb

     /  April 22, 2018

    Wallaces guest on North Korea (Kim Un __ is very smart -has been carefully studying Trumps tweets) was from the same organisation that protests the Waihopai base. RNZ described one of their fake friars (damaged the globe) as “a gentle giant with smiling eyes”.

  2. sorethumb

     /  April 22, 2018

    The awards for the best New Zealand journalism have been sponsored by a global camera-maker, a paint firm and even Australia’s national airline in recent years. Now a local ISP is picking up the tab. Voyager boss Seeby Woodhouse tells Mediawatch he’s been spooked by what he’s seen in the US – and he wants our media to up their game.
    As an internet company, Voyager is a distributor of media and I am interested in where things are going” he told Mediawatch.

    “With Trump, the Russian meddling and even authoritarian movements on the rise in Europe, it is important to have a strong and independent media. The fake news is a threat and so are the corporate interests. Fox news is not giving a real picture of events. In the past media organsations (in the US) would all report on major things going on. A third of Americans back Trump and if they watch Fox TV they’re not seeing anything about the scandals he’s involved in or bad things he’s done,” he said.

    “Everyone is in their own bubble silo and social media magnifies existing views. I love the US but it’s worrying where it could end up. I believe a strong an independent media is important for democracy and I’d like to support that in New Zealand,”he said.

    Another progressive who wants to drown out free speech.

    • sorethumb

       /  April 22, 2018

      Also, new news start-ups like Newsroom and the Spinoff – up for awards in several categories at The Voyagers next month – rely heavily on sponsors and donations.
      both left-wing

  3. Gezza

     /  April 22, 2018

    Why has Chris Hipkins twice turned down a request to appear on The Nation to discuss Charter Schools?

    • Blazer

       /  April 22, 2018

      because invites are not demands for compulsory …attendance.

      • Gezza

         /  April 22, 2018

        Clearly they’re not: but I mean why would he not want to front up & take the opportunity to wax eloquent about why they are so evil n stuff? As it was the Head (I think it was) of the Principals Association had to front up to try & sell the idea Charter Schools are terrible because they have a “Business Model”, which presumaby of itself means they are inherently profoundly wicked & immoral.

        I had mahi to do so I didn’t catch it all but as I was turning off the telly the lady from one Charter – sorry … Partnership – School was doing a good job defending them: apparently they have predominantly Maori & Pasifika students who were failing in the state system, and the schools are delivering stellar NCEA results – upwards of 80% passes.

        • NOEL

           /  April 23, 2018

          It seems a repeated argument is failing students doing better. Isn’t that a cop out for a Ministry who isn’t funded to do its job?