Media watch – Thursday

26 April 2018

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  1. sorethumb

     /  April 26, 2018

    Individual in Toronto Van Attack may have been wanker
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/103386191/toronto-van-attack-suspect-may-have-felt-anger-towards-women

    “And certainly something we will be hearing a lot more about in the coming days, weeks and months,”
    Susie Ferguson

  2. Zedd

     /  April 26, 2018

    I watched the ‘MPs panel’ on TV1 Breakfast.. usually Bishop & McAnulty, but they had Ginny Anderson (Lab) & Ms Willis ? (Natl). They were asked to rate the Govt. performance.. Ginny gave 9.2/10 ‘still more to be done’.. whilst Ms Willis (?) gave 3/10. (what else was expected.. maybe 1/10 ?)

    There was talk about J Coleman walking away as Northcote electorate MP; triggering a by-election. Ginny said (paraphrased) ‘If he stood in the electorate, he should have committed to 3 years.. not just bail when a better offer came along.. & an exit from all the negative feedback about his performance as minister’
    Willis of course disagreed & then stared ranting about their ‘wonderful’ new Natl MP standing in the by-election.. no mention of the huge ($1mil ?) cost to run it.. typical Tory !

    • Pickled Possum

       /  April 26, 2018

      Zedd it appears its the Right of the Righteous Righties to Use public funds to ‘advertise’
      their ‘Mr wonderful’ and the phffffff!!! 1 million dollar charge; it’s there for the taking. is it not.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  April 26, 2018

      Helen Clark resigned soon after an election, as did David Shearer and David Cunliffe. This isn’t some Troy money spending conspiracy Zedd. Coleman was a minister for a long period of time and an MP prior. He did his time and was entitles to leave if circumstances warranted and a good offer came along that made better use of his considerable talents..

    • Richard

       /  April 26, 2018

      In New Zealand the term Tory is meaningless. The

  3. sorethumb

     /  April 26, 2018

    Emanuel Macron delivered left hook to left hook to Donald Trump – RNZ

    Not as good as
    The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive,”

  4. Blazer

     /  April 26, 2018

    compliments of TS…
    This broad remit, gave me a broad remit to look into what National had done in their first 6 months. And this was the answer.

    It took National 6 months and one week to reach 75. For full transparency, you can see the full list of review on google drive here.

    This proves in my mind that the National oppositions attacks are totally spurious, and people should stop taking them seriously. Conducting reviews and consulting with internal and external experts is core government business. The nature of politics is that people often hear complaints with how current processes are working, however usually there are complex reasons that explain how current laws and processes work. Therefore, making kneejerk decisions without a full understanding of the issues is clearly dangerous, and I think Trump has shown us what happens if you govern like that. It is clearly important that governments take on board advice, and make decisions with a full range of facts in front of them.

    Luke C

    • PDB

       /  April 26, 2018

      “It took National 6 months and one week to reach 75.”

      It took Labour 9 long years in opposition to not bother doing any of the 75 – that is the point.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 26, 2018

    This would be funny if it wasn’t so outrageously pathetic. Female MSM journalism at its worst:

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/amy-chozick-chasing-hillary-review-media-bias-display/

  6. PDB

     /  April 26, 2018

    Say that again?

    • Gezza

       /  April 26, 2018

  7. Gezza

     /  April 26, 2018

    Breaking news: Clarke Gayford reputation rocked by Herald allegations
    Early this morning the New Zealand Herald published a hard-hitting piece on Clarke Gayford, a fishing show reality TV star and the partner of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The story, which led the newspaper’s website and was announced with a “Breaking News” banner, was written by veteran business journalist and columnist Deborah Hill Cone.

    It contained a number of serious allegations that raise grave doubts about Gayford’s reputation as a likable guy who likes fishing. Instead, the story alleged, the “first bloke” is “vexing, “problematic” and “cringey”. Hill Cone further alleges that Gayford’s first name ends with the letter “e”.

    If the revelations in Hill Cone’s piece are true, Gayford is far from the amicable figure he seems. It raises important questions …

    New Zealand taxpayers deserve to know the real nature of the man who is poised to spend months knee-deep in vomit and baby-shit while his girlfriend runs the country, but sadly the Herald’s reporting on this issue only raises more questions than it answers…

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/media/23-04-2018/breaking-news-clarke-gayford-reputation-rocked-by-herald-allegations/

    • PartisanZ

       /  April 26, 2018

      That “first name ends with a letter ‘e'” is a really big worry Gezza … I’m very surprised the Illuminati allowed it …

      We must always remember though, the “vexing, “problematic” and “cringey” guy may be a Security Detail body-double … ?

    • PDB

       /  April 26, 2018

      Obviously the real meaning of the article went over many people’s heads…

      • Gezza

         /  April 26, 2018

        Luckily not yours, & you are bursting to tell everyone what the real meaning is – so here’s your shot. Go for it, PDB …

        • PDB

           /  April 26, 2018

          With most things like this Gezza the main story is not the story itself but the cover-up.

          If the left-wing spin doctors keep it under wraps, or are able to spin it in their favour then good on them – job done.

          • Gezza

             /  April 26, 2018

            What story? Looks like a major hit job plan is being rolled out as part of an orchestrated anti-government campaign. You seem to be in the know. How many others are involved in the execution of this project?

            Mike Hosking: Word to Clarke Gayford – don’t take the bait so easily
            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12039271

            • PDB

               /  April 26, 2018

              Gezza: “Looks like a major hit job plan is being rolled out as part of an orchestrated anti-government campaign.”

              Yet the Gayford article everybody has an opinion on is written by a left-wing feminist? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11937957

              Try again.

            • Gezza

               /  April 26, 2018

              Who’s talking about THAT catty article of faded celebrity-wannabe Hill-Cones’?

              That one doesn’t say anything about whatever it is you’re too shit-scared to say anything about.

              What I’m waiting for is for you or somebody with more balls & a good lawyer to actually drop the smelly shoe you keep wafting the smell of about the site.

              Are you gonna front up or wimp out?

            • phantom snowflake

               /  April 26, 2018

              The kind of stuff which is being insinuated might have mattered in, say, the Muldoon era, but I don’t think many people would care today. The idea that making sleazy accusations about the Prime Minister’s partner is a valid tactic in trying to bring down the government is f***ing absurd!

            • Gezza

               /  April 26, 2018

              It’s ok when the right do it Snowy, because they’re only motivated by genuine virtue.

              PDB – here, this is for you

            • phantom snowflake

               /  April 26, 2018

              G: I just imagined myself being a Rabid Rightie and I get it now. This government is sooooo evil that anything which damages it is good for the country.

            • PDB

               /  April 26, 2018

              Gezza: “That one doesn’t say anything about whatever it is you’re too shit-scared to say anything about.”

              That whole article is ALL about what everybody appears to know but can’t talk about – what is of interest is the PR machine within the Labour office trying to forewarn people of possible scandal/disappointment with Gayford through the NZ Herald/Hill-Cone which are both left-wing aligned. This follows on from a RNZ reporter laying the seed for the ‘shit in walls’ Middlemore lies (aided by Lizzie Marvelly in her NZ Herald piece) and RNZ reporters killing off Turei – no doubt all through information/spin from the Labour party.

              I agree with Snowflake – the story/stories of Clarke themselves are not a great look but hardly going to shake the govt so anybody on the far-right pushing the stories will be disappointed. As I’ve said before it is the PR spin and MSM maneuvering that is of interest, not the actual accusations – the main one which is confirmed as 100% true but can’t be spoken about.

            • Gezza

               /  April 26, 2018

              God, it’s pathetic. Insinuation after insinuation, dancing around the public toilets but never actually peeing. What accusation has been confirmed as true.

              What can’t be spoken about – and why can’t it be spoken about, PDB? Truth is an absolute defence against defamation. Is it defamatory because it’s not true? Is it so scandalous;y horrific that anyone who comes right out and says it will get shot by assassins working for the evil left wing government?

              You’re pumping out gossip just like the Evil Paula story. It’s embarrassing. Spit it out. What are you on about? Most of us don’t hang around seedy bars listening for this kind of stuff.

              What spin and PR anyway?
              National controls the spin and PR organs that run the msm, don’t they? That’s what I kept reading on TS when National was in government. That’s why I came here. To get away from the gossipers. Now you’re doing itb!b 😡

            • PDB

               /  April 26, 2018

              You’re not listening Gezza…….can’t be bothered.

            • Gezza

               /  April 27, 2018

              Nobody’s listening. You’re not saying anything!
              Or if you think you are, it’s hinty schoolgirl stuff.
              If there’s any real dirt it would be out there in the sea of sharks that is the blogosphere and msm.

            • Gezza

               /  April 27, 2018

              And if your 100% confirmed gossip is just that he’s a social climbing airhead, that’s neither news nor particularly bothering anyone.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 26, 2018

      Clarke’s reputation, Critic 2012:

      I’m not naive. I know that there are cynical naysayers out there who say being a celebrity in New Zealand is like being fat and having big boobs: it simply doesn’t count.
      But fear not. If you encounter one of these bitter, jealous killjoys in your day-to-day life, there is a simple two-word riposte that will convince them of the famewhore’s role as
      the thread that holds the moral fabric of our society together.
      Those two little words are “Clarke Gayford”.
      I know 35-year-old Gayford rather better than the other stars on this list. I have had the immense pleasure of meeting him in the flesh not once, but twice, for a few hours at a time. Once I got over my initial starstruck bashfulness and realised that I would not in fact spontaneously combust with reverence
      upon entering the Gayford force-field of brilliance, I relished the opportunity to marinate in the witty repartee of the More
      FM host, ex-C4 presenter, general media personality and all-around good guy.
      Just as his surname cannot suppress his raging heterosexuality, Gayford’s swarthy good looks belie his humble nature.
      Despite having spent an action-packed decade as a bona fide A-Lister, Gayford’s celebrity status still so confounds him that he finds himself forced to reference his friendship with Tiki Taane and his all-expenses paid trip to Antarctica courtesy of Prime in every second sentence, just to try to make sense of the whirlwind of fame and glamour the boy from Gisborne has somehow been caught up in.
      Much to the chagrin of bachelorettes from Christchurch to Cape Reinga, Gayford is currently seriously involved with Shortland
      Street’s Shavaughn Ruakere, better known as That Girl With The Freakishly Big Mouth Who Is Really Unfunny Yet For Some Perplexing Reason Keeps Getting Invited Back To 7 Days. Yet for Clarke, the road to true love has had many a hole. He has been romantically linked to singer Hollie Smith and socialite Anna Jobsz, in addition to a steady stream of less-famous gash that the ever-compassionate Gayford describes as “training” for the relationships that “really matter”, a phrase which here means “offer over-airbrushed photo shoot and interview opportunities with the Women’s Weekly”.
      The Otago alumnus’ gravelly tones beam into our homes and cars via More FM and Holden commercials every afternoon, offering a sliver of hope for every Otago graduate who dreams
      of emulating Gayford’s meteoric rise to the top of the A List. Gayford’s success is a testament to what any Otago grad can achieve with the right hair product, a friendship with John
      Campbell, culturally sensitive Maori tattoos, a decent workout regime, the willingness to hock environment-destroying family cars on TV for extra cash, excellent cunnilingus skills,
      and raging megalomania.
      For your daily dose of irreverent humour, tune into MoreFM drive from 4 – 6pm weekdays. You can also get the inside word on Clarke’s latest antics on Twitter (@NZClarke).

  8. PartisanZ

     /  April 26, 2018

    Another interesting article from Evonomics – the next evolution of economics …

    ‘They Go Together: Freedom, Prosperity, and Big Government
    Countries with larger government sectors tend to have more personal freedom’

    – Edwin G. Dolan holds a PhD in economics from Yale University.

    “CONCLUSIONS

    Our statistical investigations lead to two substantive conclusions:

    First, the data appear to support notion that economic freedom makes a positive contribution to personal freedom and prosperity. That holds true whether we measure prosperity in a narrowly economic sense, as GDP per capita, or in a broader sense, using noneconomic indicators of education, health, and personal safety.

    Second, the data do not support the notion that a larger government is necessarily detrimental to either freedom or prosperity. On the contrary, countries with larger government sectors tend to have more personal freedom and higher indicators of education, health, and personal safety.

    These findings suggest that libertarians need to do some further thinking about “Our Enemy, the State,” as Albert Jay Nock expressed it in the title of his classic book.”

    https://evonomics.com/freedom-prosperity-big-government/?utm_source=newsletter_campaign=organic

    • Gerrit

       /  April 26, 2018

      Dug down into the linked report plus the underlying links in that report and nowhere could I find the size of how big this “larger” government should be.

      Nor do any of the report actually measure “freedom” in respect of how free an individual may feel. The measure societies freedoms, a different measurement altogether.

      From the HFI report referenced in your link we find that New Zealnd has a rating of 10 (the best) meaning our size and interference (as measured against the last National government) our government has is just perfect.

      “The top 10 jurisdictions in order were Switzerland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Finland, Norway, Denmark”

      https://www.cato.org/human-freedom-index

      So is the Labour/NZFirst/Greens government happy to contain the government to the size it is currently, seeing we scored a perfect 10?

      I doubt it somehow.

      Eric Dolan is reading something into a report that simply is not there in the case of New Zealand. Now South Africa, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Cuba those are different stories all together.

      That is the problem with academics and academia, read a report, make a conclusion to fit the narrative that you wish to push (to get more funding?) and hope that people don’t dig to deep to find the truth.