Media watch – Sunday

7 October 2018


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  1. David

     /  October 7, 2018

    Rather nasty hit piece in the leftist SST on MFAT support for Helens world tour and promotion of the taxpayer funded “My year with Helen”. I am no fan of hers but she was 2nd in charge at the UN, was going for the big job and it is a far better recipient of NZ onAir funding than say 7 Days or some of the other crap we finance.
    MFAT are doing screenings in our embassies and inviting the local hoi poloi along which is a an eminently sensible thing to do but the sinking SST are horrified at the 33k cost so far. Just petty destruction of Clarks reputation, cant believe I am defending her but there you go.

  2. Ray

     /  October 7, 2018

    The ODT (one of NZs better papers ) prints a section called 100 years past.
    It has been fascinating watching the Great War grinding to a finnish but even more interesting has been the brief mentions of the coming Influenza disaster.
    There was a brief mention that a flu had spread from Spain to the UK but it was not a worry a couple of weeks ago but the pace is not starting to pick up, deaths being reported in the UK.
    Subscribers can read the whole paper of 100 years ago on-line.

    • Yes, that has been fascinating to follow.

      And easier now, I dropped my subscription to the ODT a couple of years ago but started getting it again a few months ago. As well as having plenty of fire lighting paper again, it is really quite good having it back – it’s different browsing a ‘paper’ rather than online, and it is good for keeping in touch with local news and events. Also useful for the death notices.

      • Ray

         /  October 7, 2018

        Yes, we get two papers but I am seriously thinking about dropping the Timaru Herald which while being good on local events has been taken over by one of those reborn Safras, so sudden lurch to the left.
        Death notices can be read online and the Facebook local pages will have to do.

  3. Promising at last for Hartley, but there’s the race to come.


    Meanwhile the endless chatter/drivel goes on & on.. very little happens; All Hui, NO dui !

    • What do we want ? “LAW REFORM”
      When do we want it ? “about 40 years ago !!” 😦

  5. chrism56

     /  October 7, 2018

    See the Trump Derangement Syndrome rolls on relentlessly. Melania is being colonialist because she wore a pith helmet
    All grist for the mill, encouraging Middle Americans to vote Republican