Media watch – Sunday

19 August 2018


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  1. sorethumb

     /  19th August 2018

    Paul Spoonley: A beginner’s guide to the Alt Right [From a radical in a suit]

    Spencer, president of a white supremacist think tank called the National Policy Institute, believes in eugenics and argues for the US to become a white ethno-state open to all “racial Europeans” which, he admits, would require “ethnic cleansing” (his words).
    Real diversity and tolerance apparently only go so far, however. In an address at white supremacist Jared Taylor’s 2013 American Renaissance conference, Spencer called for “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” As an example of how this could be accomplished, he cited the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, where new national boundaries were formed at the end of World War I. “Today, in the public imagination, ‘ethnic cleansing’ has been associated with civil war and mass murder (understandably so),” Spencer said. “But this need not be the case. 1919 is a real example of successful ethnic redistribution—done by fiat, we should remember, but done peacefully.”

    Spoonley’s not trying very hard to be objective. He takes the most extreme and lumps them onto breitbart

    “The term gained new meaning in 2016 when media mogul Steve Bannon announced that Breitbart – his syndicated far-right American news network – was the platform for the Alt Right and a vehicle for promoting its ideology.”

    But what about S&M
    “Lauren Southern, the Canadian speaker and activist due here in August, is at the soft end of the Alt Right spectrum but promotes the “white is right” platform and engages in extensive use of social media to talk directly to various audiences.

    This did not work quite so well in Melbourne where she went undercover and interviewed people on the street, asking them “should we kill Lauren Southern?” When most professed ignorance of who Southern was, she then described herself as a “fascist”.

    Stefan Molyneux, her compatriot, is very much in the mould of Spencer, believing that “racial sub-species” cannot and should not live together; that apartheid was a white survival strategy; that Germans had to do something to protect their racial interests because of a the threats of a Jewish-communist conspiracy; and that the gene pool that he believes underpins free market capitalism is being undermined by immigration and inferior genes.”

    What are we going to do about it:
    a. I will be their spokeman

    “But, as a recent NZ Herald editorial noted, Southern and Molyneux’s views are easily accessed online and not all “have a right to room on other platforms that try to serve the public interest”.”


    This is a moment to debate that very question. [in their absence]

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  3. duperez

     /  19th August 2018

    “Two conversion’s from Australia kept the Wallabies in front in the opening half.”

    The Herald online seemingly plucked someone out of a journalism class to put the captions on the Sky highlights package they carry. The students were too busy so they got the 10 year old daughter of one of them to do the job.

  4. Zedd

     /  19th August 2018

    Kofi Annan RIP (ex-UN Sec.Gen.) aged 80 😦

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  6. Gezza

     /  19th August 2018

    TV one’s Women’s SUNDAY programme might actually be worth a look tonite, from the promo during 1ewes at 6. Miriama might still be on holiday. I’ll check it out & report back.

    • Gezza

       /  19th August 2018

      Catching the end of Country Calendar – it’s been about a hemp oil processing operation it seems.

  7. chrism56

     /  19th August 2018

    There was an MP in the British Parliament called Sir Peter Tapsell.
    Of the Conservative party though.

  8. David

     /  19th August 2018

    Seriously, the Herald is claiming Melania Trump is being held against her will by Trump according to Omarosa who the media have been treating as credible for a few days this week. The shark has been jumped yet again by the media so now how many books have we had written by crazy people feted by the media only to have their credibility shot.


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