Media watch – Monday

23 April 2018

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  1. Missy

     /  April 23, 2018

  2. I think this deserves more time that I haven’t got right now:

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 23, 2018

      Libraries are victims of technological disruption. Going, going, … So far they survive only via unwitting taxpayers’ largesse in funding resource accesses for elites that they themselves are barred from. That can’t last.

      • Mefrostate

         /  April 23, 2018

        Today on the Libertarian slash & burn agenda: libraries!

  3. Blazer

     /  April 23, 2018

    banks off the hook in NZ ..it would seem…they don’t practice deception,fraud,and misfeasance here…only at…home…ripley’s…believe it…or not!
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=12036426

    • Mefrostate

       /  April 23, 2018

      Yanis Varoufakis makes some interesting points.

      The Standard supplements it with some pretty terrible ones.

  4. NOEL

     /  April 23, 2018

    Here’s one with a twist. Ex policeman bitching. Bet when he was in the force his response would have been ” if you had cooperated things would have been different.” http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12037570

  5. PDB

     /  April 23, 2018

    Suppress a big story and it is likely to leak eventually, especially if everybody from the newsrooms of our biggest MSM outlets to bottom-feeders like Cam Slater have alluded to knowing about it. Throw in the fact the person involved seems to be almost taking advantage of the situation they find themselves in & the real person being protected and harmed is a person the MSM like then the MSM is forced into a strange position. Attacking one person may harm the other.

    In what seems to be a slightly unhinged and unprecedented MSM opinion piece by Deborah Hill Cone this morning seemingly attacks Clarke Gayford for being………well, Clark Gayford. I don’t think I’ve seen an opinion piece in a paper like the Herald attacking a PM’s partner simply for their personality?

    “There’s something about our First Bloke that keeps nagging me every time I see his cheerful face.
    Is it the fishing, the posing, the DJing, the pleased-with-himself grin, the apron, the “first man” thing, the flourish of an “e” in Clarke?
    The truth is, I admire our Jacinda but I’m not convinced about her partner.
    The picture of Ardern in her korowai at Buckingham Palace was magnificent. The picture of Gayford posing like the Bachelor with the Chogm spouses was cringey.”

    “Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg (who wrote Jacinda Ardern’s recent profile in Time magazine) said one of a woman’s most important career decisions is shacking up with a supportive partner. “Ardern seems to have done well in that regard. And I’m a feminist. I should be applauding Gayford for stepping up to this new role. So why does the “first man of fishing” give me a little bit of acid reflux?”

    She then rattles on about his persona etc and concludes with; ” keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. (Could this be an alternative explanation for Tall Poppy syndrome? We don’t like it when we see someone riding too high because we know they will stumble. We fear we won’t be able to bear their humiliation and pain when the inevitable happens and they come a cropper, so our defence is to simply get in and knock them down first.)
    So enjoy the ride, Clarke with an “e”: hopefully you will be one of the few who can emerge from the shitshow unscathed.”

    Deborah Hill Cone – nasty cow, agony aunt or seer?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12037416

    • David

       /  April 23, 2018

      It was pretty terrible and am surprised the Herald thought it worth publishing. Gayford hasnt entered the political arena and should be left alone, the left and media,s attacks on Max Key were disgraceful too.

      • Gezza

         /  April 23, 2018

        Quite right, David. 😐 Bad enuf Max’s clothing allowance was obviously a pittance. On Instagram the poor kid always seemed to be dressed in rags ! >:D

      • PDB

         /  April 23, 2018

        There have definitely been social media attacks on the likes of Peter Davis but I can’t think of anybody like the Herald publishing anything like this previously.

        • Gezza

           /  April 23, 2018

          Well, she’s a female. They’re given a bit more license for this sort of thing. Happens in cafes & offices & suburban mum get-togethers. Quite funny sometimes – unless you actually happen to be the single, unattached one down the street who “dresses like a tart”.

    • Gezza

       /  April 23, 2018

      Hang on I’ll have a look.
      I’ll get back to you. 👍🏼

      • Gezza

         /  April 23, 2018

        Nasty cow, imo. Boy she reeeally hates Jacinda. Clarke’s just the over-feathered arrow she shoots her with. >:D

        • PDB

           /  April 23, 2018

          hmmm – sounds like she really likes Ardern: “The truth is, I admire our Jacinda but I’m not convinced about her partner. The picture of Ardern in her korowai at Buckingham Palace was magnificent.”

          I’d go for…….agony aunt…..trying to warn-off Ardern before the inevitable happens.

          • Gezza

             /  April 23, 2018

            hmmm – sounds like she really likes Ardern
            God. You know so little about them ….

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  April 23, 2018

          He made himself a public target by fronting the “Bachelor and his harem” pic. Sacrificed to Jacinda’s poster girl for female empowerment and generational change image. Could all end messily.

        • Skiting opportunist. Where to start? The arrogance in response to what looks to be political interference and unprecedented conferred privilege is insane in its imperiousness.

          • The link provided might not seem linked but it is. Hard to believe this firm is back in the mix putting out fires. ( unsuccessfully mind)

            • Gezza

               /  April 23, 2018

              Bit confusing there, trav. Who’s the skiting opportunist?

              Me? Deb Hill-Cone? Jacinda? Clarke? Bill Ralston? o_O

              (I notice Jacinda is still choosing her words carefully: she says in the video clip she feels incredibly lucky to get a meeting with The Queen, “not everyone has had that ‘opportunidy'”. Bill or JK would’ve forelocked-tugged & said “honour”, I reckon.)

    • High Flying Duck

       /  April 23, 2018

      There’s many a rumour about our first man on social media. I have no idea of the veracity so they won’t be mentioned here.
      However CG has leapt into his 1st Man status with great gusto and laps up the limelight. Not saying it’s a bad thing, but when you put your head above the parapet you tend to get slings and arrows sent your way.

  6. Griff

     /  April 23, 2018

    Legalising cannabis would reap the Australian economy almost $2bn a year, the Parliamentary Budget Office has found.

    The Greens plan to not only decriminalise cannabis but also legalise it for adult use is the latest case study of political differences, with both Labor and the Coalition looking into legalising it for medicinal use, but going no further.

    But claiming that the “war on drugs had failed”, the Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, last week proposed the full legalisation of cannabis, which would allow adults to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. \
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/apr/23/legalising-cannabis-adds-36bn-to-australian-economy-budget-office-says

  7. phantom snowflake

     /  April 23, 2018

    Destiny Church founder Brian Tamaki recovering after being burnt in a rubbish fire:
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12037713

    The fires of hell??

  8. Gezza

     /  April 23, 2018

    Just saw this on t’ telly. Quite witty I thort: