Media watch – Thursday

9 August 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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

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  1. The dangerous Don Brash:

  2. -D

     /  9th August 2018

    Is there any way tonight’s debate could be streamed or YouTube’d for public consumption?

    That’s what the big guns are doing these days to considerable effect. It would be a real service the University could cheaply provide.

  3. Reply
    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  9th August 2018

      The census is a very expensive make-work project with little benefit. Most of the questions are either so imprecise or so insignificant that simple random surveys could provide far more timely equivalent meaningful data at a minute fraction of the cost.

      • Corky

         /  9th August 2018

        I think you predicted the census would be a complete balls-up. You weren’t wrong.

  4. sorethumb

     /  9th August 2018

    Today all of us are living in an environment in which the media’s presence is ubiquitous and their influence is encapsulating. Various media genres, channels and outlets are providing us with information, which is difficult for us to process. At times the information disseminated by the media seems to be haphazard but it is mostly not the case and every media provides public information with a set programme in which communication lexicon is called the media agenda-setting role. Research has discovered that there is a close connection between media agenda and public agenda.

    The basic premise of agenda-setting research hypothesis is that mass media could configure the public agenda, meaning the matters of significance they think affect their lives, by giving importance to various items in their news agendas. The media through their role in the structuring and construction of socio-political reality influence the public agenda in a manner of which issue should be given much importance. Thus media play an instrumental role in building political campaigns, influencing political decision-making like voting. As Pakistan is going to have elections soon this agenda-setting role of the media has started evolving. The hypothetical agenda-setting concept was first put thorough empirical research by Mc Combs and Shaw (1972) during the 1968 US presidential elections. The researchers collected data both about the agenda of news media and public. Pre-supposing that the responses of undecided voters would be most likely to be measurable, the researchers conducted surveys on undecided voters in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Apart from it, they conducted content analysis of both national and local electronic and print media which was used by the undecided voters. The finding of substantial linkage between public and news media agendas pertaining to political and social issues established a core bond of concatenated evidence, regarding the role which the press or the media play in setting the agenda of the public.

    We have seen that with S&M. They the intruders had to be kept out of the club.

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  9th August 2018

    Fran O’Sullivan puts some much needed facts on the table about Tim Groser’s contributions to diplomacy and trade – and confirms by implication that the previous story was a hit job.:

    “He is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on international trade. He has served New Zealand with distinction in a number of capacities, including being New Zealand’s Chief Negotiator in the GATT Uruguay Round, the Round that brought agriculture into the system of the world trade rules for the first time, and has been instrumental in helping to develop the Global Research Alliance on greenhouse gas emissions.”

    All this in the MFAT writeup about the man who was reported to be “pulled from” Washington.

  6. Blazer

     /  9th August 2018

    ‘He is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on international trade. ‘…yes he is…by Tim Groser.Govt spent $100’s of 000’s on the bunny to push him for an international post.Flopped out.
    Champion rat swallower.
    Though he was not reapplying…not ‘pulled’….who cares…good riddance.

  7. duperez

     /  9th August 2018

    Another good advertisement for not getting involved and getting on a school board of trustees.


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