Media watch – Friday

13 July 2018


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  1. Missy

     /  July 13, 2018

    NZ ranks at number 18

  2. Ray

     /  July 13, 2018

    If you are on Twitter this is providing a good laugh or two.
    “I knitted David Bain’s jumper” # GolrizMyCV

  3. PDB

     /  July 13, 2018

    Not sure if this has been posted elsewhere – a good article regarding the child fiddling allegations made recently against Awanui Black (two years after he died) by his wife and how the MSM have dealt with these ‘unsubstantiated’ claims.

    “My colleagues in the media did stories unsceptically retailing Black’s “gut-wrenching” allegations, some more enthusiastically than others, and sought comment.
    By Wednesday, the police had interviewed Black (his wife Anihera Black) and issued a release with the following sentence:
    “Based on the information available to us at this time, no victims have come forward to Police and no victims have been identified.”
    That seems to suggest Black has been unable to produce any hard evidence for the police to investigate. Not even a single name.
    It may be that in time she will be vindicated and a procession of victims will come forward with reliable accounts.
    Even if that happens Anihera Black and my media colleagues, who reported her claims without so much as an interview, have created an appalling situation.”.

    • Gezza

       /  July 13, 2018

      Yes I read that and duly took note police had said no victims had come forward yet a daybor two ago. In the detailed Herald article published the day after her posting the video she was clearly extremely angry about his infidelity, the cause of their breakup, but her claims of his pedophilia seemed to be based on hearsay or deduction. I assumed, given the scale of his alleged pedophilia activities & the claims of a ring of high-up pedophiles sharing the victims around, by now some victims would have approached the police requesting anonymity.

      I await developments. The reported reactions from iwi & whanau was mixed. Some believed her. Some didn’t know what to believe.

      • PDB

         /  July 13, 2018

        The way it was done was all wrong – she should have gone to the police first if true rather than go on social media. Should be interesting to see what develops (if anything) considering she is saying there was a major pedo ring operating – also her part in staying silent whilst all this was going on would need further investigation.

        • Gezza

           /  July 13, 2018

          Yes. If this really happened it’s awful – but if real, actual victims don’t come forward now – to SOMEONE – even if they don’t trust the police, because she said some people in the police were enablers – recriminations will be next, & claims will start doing the rounds about Maori covering up sexual deviance within their communities for all sorts of nefarious reasons. Ani’s plea was so gut-wrenchingly emotional & dramatic I felt certain that if it was true a floodgate would soon open.

  4. sorethumb

     /  July 13, 2018

    Catherine Ryan “cut her teeth on racism in South Africa (I heard her say). She will know all about this (yeah right):