Media watch – Friday

14 September 2018

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    • David

       /  September 14, 2018

      She should just announce Winston as stand in PM for the next 12 months so she can concentrate on her baby and perhaps herself.
      I blame all these women/feminists and media crapping on about women can have a baby and run the world at the same time, well it turns out they cant do both jobs properly so why cant we support Ardern in her stepping away, its not as if she is very good at being the PM and we will be lost without her.
      She can just roll up to the odd school or LGBGT event or duck off to the UN and we can best utilize her as a tourist attraction.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  September 14, 2018

        Come on David – it’s not like this was the third time she’s pulled out of an interview with the show or anything…oh wait a minute.

        • PDB

           /  September 14, 2018

        • Blazer

           /  September 14, 2018

          this is not unusual for politicians from all parties.
          Morning report,checkpoint are always saying X was unavailable.
          Ministers refuse to appear on all sorts of programmes or be interviewed by say…John Campbell.

          • Corky

             /  September 14, 2018

            Sir John Key turned up at times when he was under tremendous pressure, Blazer. During the spying legislation controversy he was out on his feet. He took his lumps, came back, and buried the Left at the next election. Plus DC. Plus the media.

            I doubt Jacinda has the Kahunas for doing hard yards like that.

          • PDB

             /  September 14, 2018

            John Campbell would be still wishing he didn’t have John Key on his TV show who expertly destroyed his loony theories, any remaining credibility he had and long term damaged his media career. Poor old Campbell hasn’t been the same since.

            • Corky

               /  September 14, 2018

              Yep, from media darling with a mission, and a TV programme just for him, to a dank radio booth with a small audience listening to his sonorous voice and sensing an ego craving to be important again.

        • Gezza

           /  September 14, 2018

          I thought Brett’s name was HuSDon? That’s what it said on his letter inviting Lurch & me to come & listen to Simon tell us he played the drums and what a cool guy he is & how he wanted to know what we thought the important issues were. At 2pm on a work day. (Lurch didn’t want to go with me so I gave it a miss.)

      • PDB

         /  September 14, 2018

        She should just become a school teacher – seems to spend all her time speaking to students & answering their questions whilst avoiding the adults & theirs…

        Stuff reporting from event held last night: “Following Ardern’s speech, 19 head girls from around Christchurch took to the stage to ask the prime minister questions.”

  1. sorethumb

     /  September 14, 2018

    UKIP Scotland MEP David Coburn branded the EU’s new copyright proposals an “enormous strike against free speech on the Internet” in the European Parliament, before being howled down by establishment politicians and cut off by the parliament’s president.
    ………………..
    Coburn and Benjamin believe that the EU’s proposals will end the creative transformation of film clips, news material, and so on by turning them into memes or offering commentary on them, despite fair use protections, because Internet Service Providers will have to use upload filters to automatically block anything that looks like it had once belonged to a corporation, or else risk being “bankrupted”.

    “These corporations have more money than God,” explained Coburn.
    “So they’ll come and they’ll get you — the only people that will be able to continue, will be people with money, so it’s basically keeping the little guys out,” he added.

    Upload filters and copyright rules which already exist on social media platforms are incredibly blunt instruments and frequently abused.

    For example, musician James Rhodes recently had a piece by long-dead composer Johann Sebastian Bach which he played pulled down from Facebook after Sony claimed ownership, and Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg — YouTube’s biggest star — claimed he received a copyright strike on his channel for playing a cover of Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ on his own guitar.
    https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/09/13/ukip-eus-copyright-proposals-enormous-strike-against-free-speech-internet/

  2. High Flying Duck

     /  September 14, 2018

  3. sorethumb

     /  September 14, 2018

    • sorethumb

       /  September 14, 2018

      I don’t get 6.?

      • Corky

         /  September 14, 2018

        I really don’t get any of it in the context of true journalism. Great for people who live on angst though.

      • Gezza

         /  September 14, 2018

        I don’t get 6.?
        I shall assist you.

        By the time all those foregoing 5 stages have been progressed through, both the interviewer & the audience will have found something more interesting to occupy their time, like counting the holes in the ceiling tiles. Delete the video file. See if you can get an interview with Shane Jones, about anything, or Marama Davidson – especially one on rude words. Preferably Jones.

      • Gezza

         /  September 14, 2018

        Now I’ll give you the proper answer, thumbsta.

        What Mr Ikram is explaining is the standard procedure for interviewing Mr Brash.

        Each of those 5 stages is designed to elicit one or more comments from a somewhat naive elderly very conservative white guy whose views on the Treaty and Settlements in particular are widely now considered out of date and can easily offend some some raucous snowflakes, especially if put in an inflammatory context they might not actually have originally been made in.

        In other words, step 6 simply summarises: Interview Don Brash. Use whatever you can from whatever he says to create a sensational scrap with the usual suspects.

  4. sorethumb

     /  September 14, 2018

    • sorethumb

       /  September 14, 2018

      False balance is where they have their say and you have your say. It’s false because your views are just bulls***t.

  5. duperez

     /  September 14, 2018

    Most people get on with their lives. Some, for whatever reasons, are determined to spend their lives focussed on politicians and what they say and do and are dependent on a stream of information from and about politicians. The inanity of that, the insanity of that, was highlighted by Bill English making worldwide news about pizzas.

    Jacinda Ardern is interminably in our lives on radio and tv, in newspapers and magazines and in other media. Now she apparently isn’t available for media stuff on two days and there is meltdown. What likelihood the critics of her ubiquity are the most severe sufferers?

    • High Flying Duck

       /  September 14, 2018

      She’s interminably in our lives in puff pieces and stage managed forums.
      Now she isn’t available for the third time, to face an interview situation where she may actually be pressed on the may issues the Government has going wrong.

      • duperez

         /  September 14, 2018

        Yes, I get that. The only time and place a Prime Minister can actually be pressed on issues is a Sunday TV. No doubt on the Monday or Tuesday, whenever it is, the weekly puff pieces and stage managed time slots on radio will be filled with fluffy pieces. Mike Hosking will see to that.
        But the issues, the many issues where the Government is going wrong, will not doubt be relentlessly pursued and brought to our attention by Simon Bridges, Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and your good self.