Media watch – Friday

27 April 2018


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  1. Gezza

     /  April 27, 2018

    An extensive investigation into Hill Cone’s story conducted by the Spinoff over dozens of seconds in the early hours of this morning casts uncertainty on the story’s findings. This in-depth reporting, which involved repeatedly looking at pictures of Gayford looking dreamy and happy suggests that, far from being problematic, Gayford looks like he might be an OK guy. Furthermore, rather than engaging in “the political equivalent of manspreading” – as Hill Cone’s piece explosively claims – these inquiries reveal that Gayford looks kind of like an old friend of mine, which makes me kind of like him and feel instinctively that the Herald should leave him alone.

    How can Hill Cone maintain her charges against Gayford in the face of these findings?

    Senior Labour Party figures [and PDB, which, btw, is shorthand for pantsdownbrown #satire] refused to go on the record to discuss [the horrible, dreadful truth that is missing from] Hill Cone’s piece [but is really all about, to those in the know who frequent seedy bars & soak up gossip from Gary’s mate who actually knows whoever its about ] : an indication, perhaps of the gravity of the charges against Gayford and the depth to which they have rocked the party to its core, although that wasn’t quite how they put it.

    One agreed to reveal on deep background that he had once met Gayford, briefly, and that he seemed friendly enough. It is difficult to see how this can be aligned with Hill Cone’s finding that Gayford bugs her. Someone [possibly Gary’s mate] is lying.

    Perhaps the most devastating claim in Hill Cone’s piece is that the picture of Gayford posing with his fellow CHOGM spouses was cringey. On the surface – like many of Hill-Cone’s claims – this appears to stack up. But I printed out a copy of the photograph and showed it to two of my workmates. Their responses, “What is this?” “Is it cringey? I don’t know. Why are you even showing me this?” reveal the carefully hidden gaps in Hill-Cone’s version of the truth.

    [Pressed for details, PDB also responded that it went right over people’s heads”
    Gary’s mate had obviously told a few other people whose heads it went into.]”

    More to come, one hopes …

    *Some names may have been changed to protect Gary’s* mate

  2. sorethumb

     /  April 27, 2018

    Content-sharing agreement between RNZ and The Spinoff muddies public radio waters
    No longer a neutral public servant (they haven’t been for quite a while)
    [Things I learned at the oldest, whitest meeting in the world
    By Hayden Donnell | Staff Writer
    August 12, 2016

  3. sorethumb

     /  April 27, 2018

    ‘Why do I have to put up with this shit?’ Women journalists in NZ share their stories of online abuse
    Sitting at the presenter’s on-air desk at a radio station in 2017 is exciting; the cut and thrust of the morning, everything happening at once, before most people have even had their breakfast. Through their headphones, the show’s host can hear both the guest they’re interviewing and the studio producer giving them cues. [Kim Hill/Don Brash]
    A year ago, Ferguson tried an experiment, posting the contents of an abusive text message – with the sender’s identifying details removed – on her Twitter account. The response from her followers was overwhelming. People were shocked that this kind of feedback was standard, and they enjoyed mocking what the man had said.

    “It’s such a great way to take the heat and the angst and the hurt out of it, being funny about it,” Ferguson said. “Why should the people saying those things have any power over me?”

    Ferguson now tweets examples of gendered feedback regularly. And while she has found a way to make it funny, experts say that globally, sexist abuse of women journalists on digital platforms is no laughing matter.
    While don’t read the comments is an adage for the digital age, for Radio New Zealand’s community engagement editor, Megan Whelan, and her deputy, Leilani Momoisea, reading the comments is in their job descriptions. The pair sees every post, tweet, email or text made to the public broadcaster’s programmes or pages.

    Both are experienced journalists, with a couple of decades’ experience between them; Whelan is also a regular fill-in host on RNZ. She said that even more than stories addressing race, news about the gender pay gap is what draws the most negative feedback to RNZ’s page.

    Whelan and Momoisea often give commenters a link to RNZ’s feedback policy if they are in breach of it. Whelan said all comments have to be manually checked and approved on stories about two particular female politicians – both National Party MPs – because abusive posts about the pair are so prevalent and so appalling that RNZ can’t risk allowing comments unfiltered.

    Gendered harassment? And the rest – and well deserved too!?

  4. duperez

     /  April 27, 2018

    Content sharing is great with NZME. Someone on Radiosport interviews someone from the sports world. An interviewee expresses reservations about something. A few hours later there it is on the Herald site, “So and so slams …”

    Then the same radio staff grizzle about sportsmen and women not being freely available to talk to and when they are available what they say is strictly monitored and controlled by the organisation’s media people.

    Every media person wants an angle, wants THE angle that will be spread far and wide. It must be a desperate dance of a job.

    “Pay for journalists usually depends on the media they work in, their level of experience and the size of the business they work for. Entry level journalists usually earn $30,000 to $45,000 a year. Mid-level journalists usually earn between $46,000 and $55,000.

    Jun 12, 2017 Journalist – About the job – Careers NZ…/journalist/about-the-job

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  April 27, 2018

    For those who accused National of being complicit in a cover up of Defence Force malfeasance…

    “NZDF has admitted a “phraseology” error led it to telling former Prime Minister Sir John Key no civilians were killed in the controversial 2010 NZSAS raid.

    The new information seems to explain former Minister of Defence Wayne Mapp’s confident assertion no civilians were killed when the NZSAS raid was first made public in 2011 during a television interview with TVNZ’s Q&A.

    Key and Mapp were told, an inquiry team was formed of two Afghan government agencies and officials from the International Security Assistance Force – the organising coalition body.

    The inquiry team visited the province and district, including hospitals where the wounded were said to have been taken, reviewed gun camera footage from aircraft and interviewed NZSAS personnel, the memo stated.

    It concluded: “As a result of their investigation the assessment team concluded that ‘having reviewed the evidence there is no way that civilian casualties could have occurred’ and the actions of the ground force and coalition air were cleared of all accusations.”

  6. duperez

     /  April 27, 2018

    I can see how a phraseology error could be made. It’s quite complicated when you’re an outfit with every detail of your operations needing to be correct and specific having to word exactly “no civilians were killed.”

  7. PDB

     /  April 27, 2018

    High ranking people within the Green party don’t believe in democracy, freedom of speech or integrity by continuing to attack Kennedy Graham for taking a stand against Turei’s benefit fraud and MSM lies…

    “Jack McDonald, a former candidate, campaigner for co-leader Marama Davidson, and current Parliamentary staffer, wrote a post on an internal Green Party Facebook group saying Graham’s planned attendance at a BlueGreens conference on Saturday proved excluding him from the list was the right decision.

    “In the context of Kennedy still apparently having many supporters in the Party who were upset he wasn’t allowed back on the list, we need to make sure there isn’t the ability for this to happen in the future and prevent the election of Green MPs whose politics are incompatible with fundamental Green kaupapa.”

    “We all need to work on bringing together the party and reaching out to those who disagree, but there also needs to be a line in the sand, and for me, Kennedy represents it.”

    Green MP Golriz Ghahraman “liked” the post.”

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 27, 2018

      I.e. we must exclude any Greens who are not loony Lefties.

      • PDB

         /  April 27, 2018

        Apparently giving a speech to blue-greenies about the environment means you are a traitor to the greenies? You would think they would be happy to spread the environmental message to anybody that would listen?

        Again goes to prove that the NZ Green party are much more focused on far-left wing rhetoric/ ideology than the environment.

    • I think that is a good (or bad) insight into the intolerance of some Greens, especially younger ones, of anything that doesn’t follow their mantra without question. I will have a post on it in the morning.

      • PDB

         /  April 27, 2018

        Would explain their about-face on the ‘waka-jumping’ bill.

  8. Surprising support for Penny Bright from Helen Clark.

    Maybe she will precipitate a rates revolt.

    • Maybe she could pay Penny’s rates bill? That would be a nice thing to do. And it’s probably just small change for Helen these days.

    • duperez

       /  April 27, 2018

      Maybe it will precipitate the Council making a public statement which shows clearly that what Bright is on about is a non-issue. A non-issue because what she claims they should be doing by law they are doing, and what she says they are doing but shouldn’t be, they are not.

      • PDB

         /  April 27, 2018

        Doesn’t excuse her from not paying rates that go towards services she still uses. One can protest and still pay their rates.

        I hope Helen is as understanding when I stop paying tax because the govt is quite rightly given ‘F’ for ‘transparency and open government’ by Newsroom.

        • duperez

           /  April 27, 2018

          Doesn’t excuse their hopeless PR either.

          • PDB

             /  April 27, 2018

            No point trying to talk with a nut like Bright who not only lost her cases in court but cost the ratepayers of Auckland a large amount of money.

  9. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 27, 2018

    Why Trump should get a Nobel Peace Prize but probably won’t: