Media watch – Monday

21 May 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. Stuffed up seasons (and that doesn’t refer to the weather).

    It’s not uncommon to get cold spells in May (or April or March).

    The seasons have never fitted neatly into media friendly boxes, especially in New Zealand,.

  2. Zedd

     /  21st May 2018

    I watched an interesting item on AlJz about an investigation into: Cambridge Analytica, Breitbart/S Bannon, Robert Mercer (obscure computer geek, who seems to have financial connections to all) & the TRUMP election campaign: targeted ‘anti-Clinton’ advertising in a few ‘swing states’ (via facebook).
    They said that Mr T spent a lot of time in the last few weeks before the election in these places, rather than ‘major Republican states’.. many wondered why ?
    They pointed to the recent inquiry into the massive ‘data transfer’ from facebook to Cambridge Analytica ! oh dear….. :/

  3. Blazer

     /  21st May 2018

    and some are worried about Labours Finance Minister…!

    ‘CORIN Okay. Would you, as Finance Minister, continue with the tax cuts in the face of clear signs of poverty, of homelessness? All these issues, the crises we can see there — would you continue with tax cuts for wealthy New Zealanders?

    AMY So we had our policy going into the last election, which was that we could afford to return $1000 a week to the average worker and continue to put more funding into health, more funding into education, more funding into homelessness, more funding into state housing and the private housing market. We were doing all of that.’…Q&A.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  21st May 2018

      National were going to give tax cuts to everyone. Labour is going to give handouts to everyone (after taking their cut).

      • Zedd

         /  21st May 2018

        Is that called ‘neo-liberal trickle down tax-cuts’ : give most to the top few & the ‘scraps’ will trickle down to the rest of us ?? 😦

    • Blazer

       /  21st May 2018

      yes rather large ones according to their shadow finance minister…’AMY So we had our policy going into the last election, which was that we could afford to return $1000 a week to the average worker ‘



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