Media watch – Friday

30 November 2018


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 30, 2018

      Trump will no doubt ultimately be remembered as the most well-known, most talked about, by the most people, person in history.

  1. Mother

     /  November 30, 2018

    The media trump up snowflakers, even right wing ones and especially far leftists. Duncan and Patrick shared about their traumatic playground experiences etc, yet media barely report on true victimisation as it relates to community well being. This country is suffering from generational faux martyrdom and lethargy. Our justice system is clogged up because of this epidemic. Huge waste of tax money. I hope to take part in a conversation including these issues. There is opportunity to respond in General Chat. The media love to be sensational. The everyday life stories that affect us all? These stories are the most thought provoking.

  2. duperez

     /  November 30, 2018

    I’d just read on Stuff, “Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell – is she a bully?” an article from Newsroom.

    I went over to Newsroom and there it was; ‘6hrs ago.’ Then I saw across to the right, ‘Maxwell to leave Commission 25 Minutes ago.’

    Trial by media is not right but the article gives me things to reflect on personally.

    I am aware of a work place where the manager would say exactly some of the things Maxwell said, such as;
    “I don’t feel that rings true for who I am or for who I am as a leader. We’ve been through an extraordinary period of change. We’ve changed who we were as an organisation and what we did and that was very very hard.

    “Now along the way various people haven’t agreed with that change and I respect and understand that but … It’s been unpopular but, I believe it’s the right thing to do. Now, along the way some people have not agreed with that strategy and not agreed with what we’re doing and that’s okay.” And,

    “The people who had left had left under redundancy and the people who stayed didn’t think there was a problem.”

    On that site I’m familiar with those who stay don’t stay because they don’t think there’s a problem. It’s about having a job.

    Belittling of staff and negative, destructive responses and appalling management of people are typical. You get that when the boss is an insecure, out-of-their-depth person ‘managing’ an enterprise with singularly poor personal skills.

    Of course I can’t question the validity of Maxwell’s responses or the claims of the complainants but the whole article certainly rings some bells.

    • Gezza

       /  November 30, 2018

      Oi think there be dragons on Stuff. 😐

      • Gezza

         /  November 30, 2018

        I had a glance at some point in the early afternoon at Stuff either yesterday or the day before. It was chocka with interesting looking headlines and side headlines and pics. I clicked on and read a couple of the first ones that caught my eye and having worked my way all the way through them to the end, I clicked on a couple more for a quick scan.

        I reckon at that particular point in time about 50% of the headline articles were Opinion, or Lifestyle or Celebrity News – most of which was some blithering opinion. I looked and looked for anything factual. Any analysis of something concrete and established true fact and – I kid you not – there was none. There was nothing but speculation, on what I could only call gossip or recent events, or personal predictions of both dire and happy futures, and personal experiences with men women or anything in between, all opinions, dressed up sometimes as expertise.

        I sat there for a few seconds and thought – I feel like I’ve just been looking at the Contents of North and South, Woman’s Day and New Idea – and I gave up on Stuff for the rest of the day.

    • Gezza

       /  November 30, 2018

      Ok – there’s the Stuff republished Newsroom article:–is-she-a-bully

      Absolutely believe all of that. Seen it many times and experienced it myself – and the stress leave and counselling – more than once.