Media watch – Friday

14 December 2018

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  1. Missy

     /  December 14, 2018

    When reporters get more than they bargained for. NY Times requested experiences of petty crime in London, I don’t think they expected the responses they got. Enjoy reading some of them.

    • Gezza

       /  December 14, 2018

    • Gezza

       /  December 14, 2018

      A sample of replies

  2. In 2018 Kiwis were storm-watchers, royal family fanatics, vege munchers and engrossed by the Thai cave rescue.

    Google’s 2018 New Zealand Year in Search reveals that despite becoming only the second Prime Minister to give birth while in office, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wasn’t the top-trending Kiwi of the year – with late comedian and prankster Johnny Danger taking that honour.

    Who?

    • Missy

       /  December 14, 2018

      That’s why he was most googled, no-one has heard of him so they needed to google to find out who he was!

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 14, 2018

        Who googles people ‘they’ve never heard of’ ? You wouldn’t know what name to google.

  3. sorethumb

     /  December 14, 2018

    Fake news – Leftist spin (we wish)

    Racists boo Maori Santa – but it backfires and he is invited to a “much larger event”. Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/12/maori-santa-invited-to-wellington-parade-new-zealand-after-racist-boos-in-hometown

    • sorethumb

       /  December 14, 2018

      “Santa is not, has never been and will never be a bloody Māori!” said one person on Facebook.
      ………
      It depends on how that is interpreted.
      a. No Maori can dress up as Santa (play the role of)
      b. A Maori representation cannot *be* Santa (Batman cannot be King Neptune)

      Naughty leftists

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 14, 2018

        Santa wears a red suit and has white hair and a white beard. I can’t remember if I’ve ever seen a Maori Santa, but his race wasn’t the point. It was that he wasn’t Santa and wouldn’t have been if he’d been a Pakeha in that outfit.

        I hope they meant B.

  4. sorethumb

     /  December 14, 2018

    A matter of interpretation?

    My complaint is about this item

    A week after Nelson paraded a Māori Santa – leading to outcry and an apology from the organisers – one small North Island town did the same.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12175366&fbclid=IwAR1J3KPugxLfNQeZQ_AHFDixAreikpV6tsOJ-Ldwrfc-rk2ga9zFG3oq_TQ
    ………………….

    Surely your journalist can distinguish between a Maori woman wearing a Santa suit (beard and all) and a “Maori Santa” which deviates from any known representation of the commonly accepted and expected rendition of the Father Christmas character?

    The article suggests the negative reaction was the fault of Nelsonians with racism implicated:

    “Raetihi is totally different.”

    He said he wasn’t surprised no one took any issue with the stand-in Santa. “It’s happened before, a Māori Santa isn’t new to Raetihi, put it that way.

    “The thing about Raetihi is more than 50 per cent of the population is Māori. They are currently going through the Treaty settlement process and there’s a real sense of unity and pride coming through.

    Clearly the article is suggesting the people made the difference and not the lack of a Santa suit.

    The article does not suggest the negative reaction was the fault of Nelsonians, with or without racism implicated. It was an article about two parades, with their choices of characters and the reactions to those choices. The article also clearly stated the Nelson person was dressed in a Maori korowai.

    • sorethumb

       /  December 14, 2018

      I think there are levels here. The light one (suggestive) and the deeper one (as in comprehension test)?

      • sorethumb

         /  December 14, 2018

        The important detail is omitted until later down the piece.

        • Gezza

           /  December 14, 2018

          This one’s got horribly old. It was big screw up & won’t happen again.

          • sorethumb

             /  December 14, 2018

            I hope not Gezza but there are plenty of supporters on the left who don’t want to admit they don’t have the moral authority to intervene in culture. Take that Guardian article i posted above, I saw this as a conceit?. “A week after Nelson paraded a Māori Santa – leading to outcry and an apology from the organisers – one small North Island town did the same.”

            • sorethumb

               /  December 14, 2018

              I would put the new Christchurch central Library in the same bag – Maori symbolism and language all over it when they were a minority (less than 2% 121 years after settlement). I wouldn’t bag all Maori either (of course), it’s a Maori nationalist leftist thing.

            • Gezza

               /  December 14, 2018

              I don’t give a bugger and I reckon most sensible people don’t. The Nelson Santa parade was a cock up of the first degree. Red faces all round, went horribly wrong. People took their kids to see Santa and he wasn’t there. The organiser guy who caused the whole bloody fiasco meant well but he was dumb as a sack of hammers & he won’t do it again.

              Christchurch central library sounds interesting; next time I’m down there I must go have a look. If they decorated it up with Maori art and symbolism it doesn’t bother me, probably looks quite cool and if you go inside and most if not all the books are on shelves and they’re in English then the inside’s culturally appropriate for us pakehas, so no biggie.

            • sorethumb

               /  December 14, 2018

              No decolonisation agenda just random: “oh wouldn’t it be nice if we had a Maori [ ]?”

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 14, 2018

              Some korowai; which NZ birds have red feathers ? I bet it was made from feather dusters.