Media watch – Monday

13 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.

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  1. Gezza

     /  13th August 2018


    Seymour attempts to dislodge Ardern’s halo

    It was pretty rich of David Seymour to accuse National of stealing Act’s policies on charter schools when in the next breath he did the same with New Zealand First. Reducing the size of Parliament was ostensibly the theme from Seymour’s speech to his party conference in Auckland yesterday. Focusing on the size of Parliament was also an easy segue to talk about abolition of the Maori seats without looking like gratuitous-Treaty baiting.

    The most original feature of Seymour’s conference speech was his attack on Jacinda Ardern in a most carefully calibrated manoeuvre to prod her halo.

    She is genuinely one of the nicest MPs, Seymour said, and we wish her well in motherhood. But she was not a real Prime Minister he said. No one was scared of her. She was not tough like Helen Clark or John Key. She was a show Prime Minister, said Seymour (coming close to using a term Ardern hates – being described as a “show pony.”)

    “The economy could go straight over a cliff and Jacinda will go on smiling as it crashes all around her.”

    This is also territory that Seymour very much has to himself.

    National has avoided personal insults, even ones disguised as flattery. It is sensitive about criticising her because it knows that many of its own supporters, particularly women, want Ardern to do well.

    Huh? There’s not been a lot of them here …

    But there are a few people who quietly despise Ardern and in Act’s sole MP, they now have a voice.


    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  13th August 2018

      I don’t think people despise Ardern who they just see as unable to do the job she has been given. They may despise the people who put her there.

      • Blazer

         /  13th August 2018

        its a P.R job…she can handle it.

      • David

         /  13th August 2018

        There are plenty people annoyed at her getting pregnant and if the economy slows further or Auckland house prices fall this will escalate.
        The sisterhood of reporters Trevett/Young/Watkins are very maternal and protective of her but perhaps should leave the beltway a little more often.

      • Griff.

         /  13th August 2018

        They may despise the people who put her there.

        That would be the New Zealand voters.
        Democracy under MMP.
        Something Most national supporters seem to have a problem with.
        NZ first was never going with National as we discovered when it was revealed that Peters had filed papers against three of its MP’s.
        It is called MMP wake up national supporters and stop whining because you lost the election.

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    • NOEL

       /  13th August 2018

      I see on another blog they have been running that line for a couple days. From the Guminit non interferance in the Milk Solids price (not sure how they could change that) to been responsible for falling business confidence and the falling dollar.

      What did the past Gummint use?. Oh yes the Christchurch rebuild.

      • NOEL

         /  13th August 2018

        When I was in Honolulu four months ago the talk was all about 2018 been the year in the recession cycle.

        “Recessions have psychological and confidence aspects. For example, if companies expect economic activity to slow, they may reduce employment levels and save money rather than invest. Such expectations can create a self-reinforcing downward cycle, bringing about or worsening a recession.[“

  3. sorethumb

     /  13th August 2018

    A 1956 American National Election Study found that 66% of Americans thought newspapers were fair, including 78% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats.[citation needed] A 1964 poll by the Roper Organization asked a similar question about network news, and 71% thought network news was fair. A 1972 poll found that 72% of Americans trusted CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite. According to Jonathan M. Ladd’s Why Americans Hate the Media and How it Matters, “Once, institutional journalists were powerful guardians of the republic, maintaining high standards of political discourse.”[15]

    That has changed. Gallup Polls since 1997 have shown that most Americans do not have confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly”. According to Gallup, the American public’s trust in the media has generally declined in the first decade and a half of the 21st century. Again according to Ladd, “In the 2008, the portion of Americans expressing ‘hardly any’ confidence in the press had risen to 45%. A 2004 Chronicle of Higher Education poll found that only 10% of Americans had ‘a great deal’ of confidence in the ‘national news media,'”[15] In 2011, only 44% of those surveyed had “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in the mass media.[16] In 2013, a 59% majority reported a perception of media bias, with 46% saying mass media was too liberal and 13% saying it was too conservative. The perception of bias was highest among conservatives. According to the poll, 78% of conservatives think the mass media is biased, as compared with 44% of liberals and 50% of moderates. Only about 36% view mass media reporting as “just about right”.[17][18]

    In 2016 the trust in media by both Democrats and Republicans changed once again. According to Gallup news, “Democrats’ trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly” has jumped from 51% in 2016 to 72% this year — fueling a rise in Americans’ overall confidence to 41%. Independents’ trust has risen modestly to 37%, while Republicans’ trust is unchanged at 14%”.[19]

    In the beginning it was assumed the editor was a patriot. Now the main ideology is globalisation. Unless nationalism is respectable again there will be no trust in the media. The arguments for nationalism are the same as those for conservation and family size.

  4. Blazer

     /  13th August 2018

    morning report..suggestions for ACT change…my fav..’Last Tango in Epsom’…also Me First Party ,See More David Party,Redact Party,

  5. Zedd

     /  13th August 2018

    news flash; Bridges spends over $100k in 3 months cruising in the parliamentary limo..

    Mr Peters said ‘he could have gone around the world 3 times for less’ (paraphrased)

    They know ‘the cost of everything… but the VALUE of NOTHING’ !!
    His preferred PM percentage… & dropping… 😀

  6. Kind of wow!

  7. robertguyton

     /  13th August 2018

    “Newshub has been leaked the National Party leader’s expenses, which show Bridges has spent waaaay more on travel and accommodation than MP’s usually get by on.

    Travel and accommodation topped $113,973, and most of that, $80k, was blown travelling the country in fine style, staying in some of the countries best accommodation. And a top of the range BMW Crown limousine has chauffeured Bridges from Kaitaia to Southland as part of his three month ‘Getting to Know Simon’ roadshow.”


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