Media watch – Friday

21 December 2018

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    • Gezza

       /  21st December 2018

      Somebody tell Lurch, just in case he was thinking along these lines…

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  21st December 2018

        I think that her sentence was wrong for the crime, which in theory cops a large fine and a prison stay. Her remorse is neither here nor there, and I am sceptical about it.

        250 hours is just over 6 weeks.

        Why would anyone give their child that name ? It’s like being called Jonse Jones.

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  2. phantom snowflake

     /  21st December 2018

    I generally don’t bother reading Bradbury anymore; way too much bleating about “Identity Politics”, “The Wellington Twitterati”, “The Woke Left” etc. etc. but this, yesterday, was too funny:

    Biggest Prick in NZ Politics – Mark Mitchell

    How the living baby Jesus did a multimillionaire death merchant like Mark Mitchell suddenly become the voice of morality in the National Party? Doesn’t it say something when a private mercenary is your mouthpiece for ethics?

    Shouldn’t that concern anyone else?

    Who will speak for justice in our Party? Why the guy smeared with blood from being a private army warlord. It’s like getting a zombie on meth to be your life coach. Mark is a a cross between Goofy, a fundamentalist bible thumper and a homicidal psychopath. That he’s National’s next great thing speaks of a dark future where mankind is locked in a doom spiral between robots and aliens – Mark would be sub-contracting out to the aliens and the robots. He’s so self righteous he calls out his own name at the point of orgasm.
    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2018/12/20/tdb-political-media-awards-2018-part-2/

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  3. The Consultant

     /  21st December 2018

    Did somebody say “fake news”???? Der Spiegel reporter Claas Relotius sacked over ‘invented’ stories

    An investigation into a story by Relotius about immigration and the US-Mexican border revealed that he had fabricated information about seeing a hand-painted sign in a town in Minnesota that read: “Mexicans Keep Out.”

    Fraudulent information appeared in other stories including one about inmates at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay and another about the US NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

    Relotius, who joined the publication as a freelancer in 2011, told the magazine he regretted his actions and was deeply ashamed.

    Hmmm – I’m detecting a theme in this fake news, which was the usual lazy European anit-Americanism. Relotius would have done well here in NZ media – and probably would not have been caught either.

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  4. The Consultant

     /  21st December 2018

    Oh, and then there’s this article – Der Spiegel journalist messed with the wrong small town – which probably played a role in taking him down.

    In pre-Internet days a journalist writing for a foreign magazine could almost certainly have got away with this crap, because the targets would likely never have seen or heard about it. But now, even the residents of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, could find out what the good burghers of Germany were reading about them – and they responded to the POS.

    In February 2017, my husband and I attended a concert at our local theater, and were sipping some wine in the lobby before the show started. Several people came up to us at separate times excitedly, and asked, “did you meet the German guy yet?!”
    I hadn’t, but my spider senses perked up when I heard that he worked for Der Spiegel, a magazine based in Hamburg, and that he was writing about the state of rural America in the wake of Trump’s presidency.

    I know I’m not the only rural advocate and citizen that is wary about the anthropological gaze on rural America in the wake of the 2016 elections, and has struggled with how or whether to respond to the sudden attention and questions, when before we really didn’t matter to mass media at all.

    Suddenly we do matter, but only because everyone wants to be the hero pundit that cracks the code of the current rural psyche. There are only two things those writers seem to have concluded or are able to pitch to their editors  – we are either backwards, living in the past and have our heads up our asses, or we’re like dumb, endearing animals that just need a little attention in order to keep us from eating the rest of the world alive.

    They narrowed their response down to “only” eleven lies, simply because they were the most absurd. Here’s one example, but the link is worth reading for all of them:

    2. The gun-toting, virgin City Administrator
    “Andrew Bremseth would like to marry soon, he says, but he was never together with a woman. He has also never seen the ocean.”

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st December 2018

      Oh, isn’t the way Americans mangle language ghastly ? I never, ever want to live there.

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    • Blazer

       /  21st December 2018

      can’t work out what the exact threat is….neither can the GCSB….which has inspector Clousseau like…credentials.

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      • Missy

         /  21st December 2018

        Just because GCSB haven’t stated publicly doesn’t mean they don’t know what the threat is. It will be economic, something intelligent people will easily work out.

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        • Blazer

           /  21st December 2018

          dear oh dear …sarcasm!….most likely it will involve western corporations ,who do not like their IP being remaindered but have no qualms about sharp practice themselves.

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  8. Kitty Catkin

     /  21st December 2018

    Stuff is giving free publicity to the grannies or aunties who refuse chickpeas and tinned tomatoes because they are too hard to prepare. Yes, opening a tin of tomatoes is very complex. They also have a long list of the sort of clothes that they do and don’t want; no light coloured jeans or anything like a business jacket or skirt, but they will accept dark jeans, leggings and yoga trousers.

    NB: as a skilled chef, I managed to open both chickpeas and tomatoes and combine them for dinner tonight and another night. It took skill and imagination, of course.

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    • Gezza

       /  21st December 2018

      Of course. I would expect nothing else, but your modesty is appalling.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  21st December 2018

        Har har….seriously, how much preparation does opening tins and heating the contents take ? I hate cooking, and can’t think of anything much easier than this. It’s hard to imagine how anyone could see tinned tomatoes as difficult to cook.

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        • Gezza

           /  21st December 2018

          Ma and me have been dining like Kings and Queens on things that take 7-10 minutes in the microwave.

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