Media watch – Wednesday

9 January 2019


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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

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  1. Blazer

     /  9th January 2019

    Reddit..interesting AMA thread..-Kevin Rudd ex P.M.

    ‘There’s been a lot of response from around Australia on my calls over recent months for a royal commission into the future ownership and diversity of Australian media – in particular for such a royal commission to examine the abuse of power by the Murdoch media in Australia. I have described the Murdoch media not as a legitimate news organisation but indeed a political party seeking to advance its own commercial and ideological interests. I’ve also described Murdoch as a cancer on democracy, not just in this country, but in the United Kingdom and the United States.

    My experience of the Murdoch media is canvassed extensively in the book I’ve recently published entitled Kevin Rudd The PM Years. It deals with the Murdoch medias campaign to destroy the National Broadband Network of fibre optic to the premises in order to advance Murdoch’s commercial interests in protecting the Foxtel cable based entertainment network in Australia. My book also details the vicious nature of Murdoch’s campaign against my government in the 2013 election. Also you may have seen the attached opinion piece I wrote in last Saturdays Fairfax media on what Murdoch may seek to do next in seeking to ingratiate himself with the Labor party prior to the next election.

    If you wish to discuss these and any other related matters then Reddit, Ask Me Anything!

  2. Nostradamus at Kiwiblog has orchestrated a major personal attack on me today, blatantly making things up (lying).

    And in trying to respond a comment of mine has gone quickly into ‘moderation’ – this likes more user initiated censorship.

    More to deal with here, I’m considering my options.

    Edit: looks like there’s more to it. Another comment went immediately into moderation. That raises more questions about how things work at Kiwiblog. Once one comment is in moderation do all subsequent comments go into moderation until the first one is cleared?

  3. I saw on TV3 news that Whakamana Cannabis museum/Cafe (In Dn) is set to open #2. The curator (Abe) is joining with the owner of ‘Cookie Time’ to open another in ChCh 🙂

    Hemp seeds are now legal (as a food item) & are already being used in the menu in Dn cafe. The manager confirmed ‘you can’t get high’ from consuming the seeds; <0.05% THC. They are rich in omega acids & other beneficial proteins

    best wishes ! 🙂

    • Corky

       /  9th January 2019

      I use the oil, Zedd. Potent stuff..but doesn’t taste too good. Will give the seeds a go when I can source some.


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