Media watch – Sunday

30 September 2018

MediaWatch

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  1. chrism56

     /  September 30, 2018

    How much longer can the Speaker keep up the farcical ban on photos of Neve? The Prime Minister was happy to use her as a prop in New York, even hiring a film crew (at taxpayer expense but not releasing the footage) to document it.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12134068https://www.
    Or is this another do as I say, not as I do?

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 30, 2018

    Jacinda was just a useful idiot for the anti-Trump political and media forces in the US.

    • Gezza

       /  September 30, 2018

      Don’t be petty Al.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 30, 2018

        Not petty, just true. She was seized on as a campaign prop by the Left there.

        • Gezza

           /  September 30, 2018

          and they seized on Sir John for … ?

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 30, 2018

            Dunno. He’s your squirrel not mine.

            • Gezza

               /  September 30, 2018

              Actually didn’t HE have to pay THEM?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 30, 2018

              That’s probably what you would expect for Lefties?

            • Gezza

               /  September 30, 2018

              And then they laughed at him. :/

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 30, 2018

              That’s probably what you would expect for Lefties?

            • Gezza

               /  September 30, 2018

              I’m not laughing at him. The blighter joined the board of Air AllBlacks, conned them into paying for his loser golfing buddy to come here (and you don’t even like him) and the next minute they’re putting up their excess baggage charges – probably screwing their customers to pay for it. >:D

    • Griff.

       /  September 30, 2018

      Depends on what you define as a useful idiot Alan.
      Did she know she would be used by Liberal USA as a counter point to Trump?
      Yes.
      Is that concurrent to her own personal views?
      Yes
      Did she come across as an idiot ?
      No ,
      Did she allow Liberal media to take charge of her message?
      Definitely not when it comes to Trump ..she refused to be drawn into potential diplomatic incidents like her measured reply when asked if she laughed at the orange ones self congratulations along with others . She has skillfully presented her own message and refused to directly attack Trump in her interviews and speeches.
      How ever .
      We see you Alan rooting for trumps ideas that are firmly against your own views.
      Like the election to the supreme court of a conservative pro life judge.
      Or the Tariffs and USA centrist international trade policy that trump has enacted.
      Useful idiot indeed ….

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 30, 2018

    In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as a propagandist for a cause of whose goals they are not fully aware and who is used cynically by the leaders of the cause.
    – Wikipedia

    I haven’t rooted for Kavanaugh, just against wild, ancient and unprovable allegations used for character assassination of a political enemy.

    I see Trump’s actions on trade necessary for sustainable free trade. I know you like that word.

  4. Gezza

     /  September 30, 2018


    New police recruits who have grown up in the internet age, with social media, emails and comment sections, struggle with face-to-face confrontation on the beat, Tasman’s police boss says

    District Commander Superintendent Mike Johnson said Millennial rookies were ill-equipped for encounters with criminals and drunk or drugged people as they entered police training.
    More…
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/107453607/social-media-making-new-police-recruits-illequipped-for-life-on-the-beat

    • Corky

       /  September 30, 2018

      I always said new police recruits need two years probationary work in South Auckland. That would act as another filter to weed out non-hackers ( as a Master Chief would say).

      You can’t beat a bro to test your mettle.

  5. Gezza

     /  September 30, 2018