Media watch – Tuesday

22 May 2018

MediaWatch

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  1. Gezza

     /  May 22, 2018

  2. duperez

     /  May 22, 2018

    Trying to create news:

    I heard an interview with Steve Hansen where he gave a sensible, rational answer in calm tones to a specific question. Today Stuff has :
    “Brad Shields does his best to remain oblivious to Steve Hansen’s jab.
    “Shields dismisses Shag’s taunts.”

    In the body of the article, to Brad Shields’ response is, “Feigning no prior knowledge is a familiar tactic in these circumstances. Although it’s probably a smarter option than engaging in a slanging match.”

    The slanging match and controversy is what the media are trying to create.

    I often hear about the unwillingness of rugby players and officials to engage with the press, their poor availability and reluctance to speak off scripted party lines. Maybe experience has taught them that even thinking about putting your feet in the water will have the piranha primed.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  May 22, 2018

      Agree entirely, just another fictional spat created by typewriter.
      I wonder if there is a quota these days for words like “Slammed” & “Destroyed” relating to any discussion.

  3. Blazer

     /  May 22, 2018

    epsomites well summed…up..
    Brendan Kelly
    @brendankellol
    ‘ Epsom residents are being warned their future neighbours may have ‘mental health issues’

    Meanwhile, future neighbours are being warned Epsom residents may be ‘toffee-nosed trust fund wankers’

  4. sorethumb

     /  May 22, 2018

    Hundreds flock to free te reo Māori class in Christchurch
    Up to 600 people turned up to a free te reo Maori class given in Christchurch on Monday night. The class was offered by restaurant owner Anton Matthews, who was astonished by the turnout. He tells Guyon Espiner about the evening.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018645935/hundreds-flock-to-free-te-reo-maori-class-in-christchurch

    Earlier was 700.
    Much te reo but feedback was “mostly positive” -thanks astroturfers. Consider this those who speak te reo have most to gain and are likely tightly organised?

    • Gezza

       /  May 22, 2018

      😳

      Wot?

      Do you live in Auckland, by any chance? o_O

  5. Zedd

     /  May 22, 2018

    I was watching debate on the recent USA school shooting (Democracy Now) It seems that many ‘officials’ are still pushing the mantra; ‘Guns are NOT the problem’.. the Texas Governor blamed it on constant exposure to violence (desensitized) through video games etc. & even said ‘drugs’ are to blame. He said that allowing abortion was also part of the problem.. ‘mass killing of unborn children’..
    one of the fathers of a student who died in the Parkland Florida shooting countered by saying ‘what a crock (of shit) ?’ & that the Governor should be sacked.
    They showed footage of the same governor addressing a NRA meeting recently; blaming everything but guns & ‘the moral decay’.. mentioning the loss of religious ethics in many families !

    The host mentioned that, recently more people have died in USA school shootings than in USA military conflicts 😦

    ‘God bless America ??’

    • Griff

       /  May 22, 2018

      In the USA the percentage of prisoners who are Christian is higher than in general population
      Worshipping Jesus does not mean you have morals.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  May 22, 2018

        Doesn’t it mean Christians are persecuted, like blacks are? And Maori over here?
        Being prone to criminal behaviour is not an acceptable reason for disparities in prison population demographics these days.

    • Corky

       /  May 22, 2018

      ‘God bless America ??’

      Yes, they have the second amendment. We don’t. In a fractured world that amendment is a fine piece of paper to have in your back pocket.

      • Zedd

         /  May 22, 2018

        ‘what a crock..’ from corky

        ‘Thank God’ we dont have a ‘right to bear arms’ equivalent here in Aotearoa/NZ. Our prisons are overflowing already, we dont need more reason to build more 😦

        • High Flying Duck

           /  May 22, 2018

          A few more guns might lessen the load on the justice system Zedd.
          The problem is the collateral damage.

  6. sorethumb

     /  May 22, 2018

    Job losses indicated for Māori Television
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/357963/job-losses-indicated-for-maori-television
    ‘cos no one watches it except Gezza, PartisanZ, Joe Bloggs, Phantom Snowflake and Ian Gillies (Radical Rat)