Media watch – Friday

29 June 2018

MediaWatch

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  1. sorethumb

     /  June 29, 2018

    Donald Trump has had a polarising effect on US politics – and in some respects that’s a deliberate tactic. How bad is the political divide in the US?
    ………..
    No he hasn’t he has just gone against a bipartisan consensus and done what the people want. Ie close the border to illegals.

    We have the same situation here where Winston is fun until he dose something to seriously upset the applecart. He missed his opportunity when the Sihk boy asked “why are you against immigration?” and he replied “I’m not”.

  2. duperez

     /  June 29, 2018

    I was pleased to see one opinion writer in NZME coming out strongly with an opposing opinion to another working for the same outfit.

    Simon Wilson has it that cycle lanes are important for Auckland. He suggests that Mike Hosking with his “Peddling bollocks – opt-in surveys count for nothing” column was actually, well, peddling bollocks.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12079324

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 29, 2018

      Having witnessed many of the cycle lanes in Auckland, which are almost universally rubbish I side with Mike. If there was a way of putting in safe cycleways that covered main routes, I would be very supportive. But the council like to find the most disruptive and unsafe way of putting cycleways in place. As such they are not well frequented and cause road rage on a regular basis.

      • Blazer

         /  June 29, 2018

        wasn’t the champion of cycleways…John Key….minute Mike has all the answers to problems that don’t..exist.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  June 29, 2018

          JK was the champion of the National Cycleways, which are very different to the abominations councils are putting in and have been far more successful than anyone envisioned.
          I”m glad you brought that up, because it is an important distinction and he deserves a lot of credit.

          • Gezza

             /  June 29, 2018

            The National cycleway from Tawa to the Porirua Estuary rarely even sees a cyclist but it’s a gorgeous afternoon walk that follows Gezza’s stream all the way to the sea & a fantastic walk for dogs. They love it.

          • Blazer

             /  June 29, 2018

            on yer…bike.

  3. sorethumb

     /  June 29, 2018

    Advisory Group notes meeting subject to OIA, stops taking minutes
    28/06/2018

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/06/advisory-group-notes-meeting-subject-to-oia-stops-taking-minutes.html

    Media + [secret] agenda?????
    Espiner admitted he enjoyed infuriating such listeners and confirmed RNZ would not give into such complaints.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/96875989/rnz-listener-takes-offence-to-over-morification-of-the-station

    Social Engineering is definitely not a figment of the imagination.

  4. Gezza

     /  June 29, 2018

    John Campbell resigns from RNZ, moves to TVNZ
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/105111297/john-campbell-resigns-from-rnz-moves-to-tvnz

    Bugger. TVNZ might not be up to much these days beyond women’s mag style programming but it was nice not having to watch Campbell on tv.

    • Gezza

       /  June 29, 2018

      Hoots is a liability for any publisher these days.

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  June 29, 2018

    Excellent breakdown on the fuel tax. Worth clicking through and reading the whole thread.

  6. Zedd

     /  June 29, 2018

    I see a USA supreme court judge is retiring (3rd tier of Govt. ?) & Mr T is looking to appoint an Alt-right replacement; for 40-45 years !
    The first thing in his sights; Abortion laws.. another ‘fire storm’ coming ?

    • Zedd

       /  June 29, 2018

      Ive heard that NZ is one of only a few countries that has eff. a ‘one tier Govt’.. but we struggle to agree on this (MMP model ??). 😦