Media watch – Thursday

5 July 2018

MediaWatch

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  1. David

     /  July 5, 2018

    The media coverage of Trump in Stuff is reaching ridiculous levels with this mornings effort positing that Trump was serious about invading Venezuela.
    Everyday is something ever more preposterous and sooner or later their readers will click that the US is ticking along fine and no one has been invaded, nuked, gay people havent been forced underground, minorities havent fleed for a safe haven in Canada and when he gets re elected in 2020 they will look like muppets.

  2. David

     /  July 5, 2018

    Would be interesting to see any coverage of Merkels downfall, 18 months ago lauded by the press as the progressive successor to Obama now she is about to be ousted.

    • Gezza

       /  July 5, 2018

      That teacher don’t know shit. Ain’t no apostrophe not required there, girl.

      • duperez

         /  July 5, 2018

        Maybe Emmerson was trying to make a point. Then again his tweet message calls it a “Teachers’ strike.”

        Teachers are going to strike.

        Won’t that be a teachers’ strike?

        • Gezza

           /  July 5, 2018

          I contend that as it’s teachers who will be striking, it’s a strike by teachers, or just a teachers strike. That at the very least either could be correct, & I think that teacher should say nothing more & resume her seat.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  July 5, 2018

            I was with you Gezza, but a google of Teachers’ strike has the apostrophe on all news stories (including from the UK).
            “Teachers are going on strike”.
            “Teachers’ strike no surprise”.
            Go figure.

            • Gezza

               /  July 5, 2018

              Once I would have agreed with them but now I wouldn’t write it that way because teachers can’t possess a strike, it doesn’t belong to them. It’s something teachers (or nurses) are doing. So, no apostrophe is perfectly fine.

            • Gezza

               /  July 5, 2018

              Learning American Southern States English must be hard. They say things like :

              “Ain’t nobody goin’ be taking no guns off of me.”

            • Corky

               /  July 5, 2018

              My Daddy’s got one them bad arse cannons. Ain’t that right, Pa?

  3. High Flying Duck

     /  July 5, 2018

    Not a bad effort from Danyl on Bob Jones.
    It’s a shame he devalues what he is saying by calling Jones a speculator when he hardly ever sells anything.

    “Jones has been such a cliche – the absurdly rich old reactionary whining about things like bad grammar and lazy Māori and women drivers – for so many decades now it’s hard to imagine what an impact he had, what a transformational figure he was, way back in the day. Mid-20th century New Zealand was a stultifyingly dull, conformist place; the economy and business sectors were dominated by farming, a handful of wealthy, powerful dynastic families and a legendarily inert, bureaucratic public service.

    Jones was this working-class kid from Naenae who boxed his way through university and became a multi-millionaire by his mid-twenties, an outrageous self-made tycoon tearing his way through a grey, quasi-feudal economy, an iconoclast who relentlessly mocked the pillars of society: politicians, company heads, public servants, the underperforming share-market. He attacked the National Party as socialists; hosted a radio show advocating libertarianism and capitalism and gave seminars that contemporary accounts likened to evangelical revival meetings.”

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/05-07-2018/let-us-now-reconsider-great-authors-danyl-mclauclan-on-bob-jones/

    • Blazer

       /  July 5, 2018

      is that right…’ when he hardly ever sells anything.’

      ‘In 1993, the Securities Commission took Sir Robert Jones to court for breaches of section 30 of the Securities Amendment Act 1988. The commission alleged that Sir Robert had reduced his relevant shareholding in Robt. Jones Investments (now Trans Tasman Properties) from 202.6 to 97 million shares between July 1989 and November 1991 without disclosing the sales as required under the 1988 Act.

      It also alleged that Robt. Jones Investments (RJI) sold properties at an inflated price to boost its March 1990 year profitability and the essential nature of these transactions was concealed from investors. The vendor effectively financed these property sales and Justice McGechan wrote RJI was, in substance, selling to itself.

      The commission sought a range of penalties up to forfeiture of all of the 40 million RJI shares held by Sir Robert at the time of the trial.

      Justice McGechan concluded that there was no reason to believe that Sir Robert was aware of the disclosure requirements of the 1988 Act. This was not an excuse but it ruled out the more serious offence of a deliberate attempt to conceal his share sales.

      Sir Robert was ordered to pay costs of $250,000 and to forfeit 6 million RJI shares worth only 8c at the time of the decision. He had realised 100c per share and more on many of the 105.6 million shares covered by the proceedings.’NZH.

      McGechan clearly believed claiming ignorance of the law was an excuse.Amazing.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  July 5, 2018

        Shares are not buildings. Changing your shareholding, legally or illegally, has no relevance to being a property speculator.
        The funny thing about the 1990 issue is that “The vendor effectively financed these property sales and Justice McGechan wrote RJI was, in substance, selling to itself.” – so he was being charged with not selling at all.
        He rarely, if ever, sells his buildings. The company owns owns 105 buildings.
        I’m not saying he’s a squeaky clean upstanding individual. But a speculator he most certainly is not.

        • Blazer

           /  July 5, 2018

          You may appreciate that the ‘properties’ mentioned here are….buildings!

          ‘It also alleged that Robt. Jones Investments (RJI) sold properties at an inflated price to boost its March 1990 year profitability ‘

  4. There were quite a few photos of the southern right whale in Wellington Harbour today, but this is one of the best.

  5. MaureenW

     /  July 5, 2018

    What a great shot.