Media watch – Tuesday

26 March 2019

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 26, 2019

    The media is increasingly partisan and decreasingly tolerating criticism. This seems a dangerous trend.

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  3. phantom snowflake

     /  March 26, 2019

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    • Corky

       /  March 26, 2019

      Yes. I’m sure Mikey insisted the ad be placed with the article. More likely a snivelling Lefty journalist having some fun. That type action is typical of the left.

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      • phantom snowflake

         /  March 26, 2019

        Sorry to burst your bubble but journalists aren’t responsible for the page layout.

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        • Corky

           /  March 26, 2019

          I couldn’t find the right moniker..they used to have a name because it was done manually . Now it’s just some wet liberal typing on a keyboard. Use your imagination.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 26, 2019

      Exactly the kind of analysis that is crippled by the idiot banning of the manifesto.

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      • phantom snowflake

         /  March 26, 2019

        I definitely agree with you on that. However there was a certain inevitability about the ban; in times of upset and insecurity many will find comfort and security in an authoritarian response. (Unfortunately.) Authoritarianism is a characteristic of all our major political parties; it’s not a left or right wing phenomenon. I hope that once our collective psyche has settled ‘We’ can revisit the Chief Censor’s decision.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 26, 2019

          Won’t happen under this Government. The Left is perfectly happy with censoring everyone else.

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          • phantom snowflake

             /  March 26, 2019

            Disingenuous. You would be well aware that the National Party, (The Right!) given its social conservative roots, has a long history of support for censorship.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 26, 2019

              The “Right” contains both conservative and liberal elements. Conservatives censorious inclinations are aimed at social/sexual issues rather than political.

            • phantom snowflake

               /  March 26, 2019

              Yes I know that. Your implication above was that censorship was a left wing phenomenon. This doesn’t fit your narrative, but there are many on “The Left” who have very little in the way of authoritarian/ totalitarian tendencies.

  4. Corky

     /  March 26, 2019

    Jacinda has limited her trip to China. She will be there for one day. I don’t know why. I can’t think of any affairs of state that can’t wait. Maybe she has photo shoots to do…maybe a Women’s mag interview?

    Meanwhile, I now know why Winston went missing in Turkey.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12216158

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    • Corky

       /  March 26, 2019

      Bullseye, Alan.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 26, 2019

      WordPress strikes again. That belongs at the top of this thread.

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  March 26, 2019

      Which comment are you referring to Al? Is it their new rule “no nitpicking other commenters’ spelling or grammar”

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  5. The Consultant

     /  March 26, 2019

    Media Research Center President Brent Bozell:

    “I don’t know how CNN undoes the damage, because they not going to stop. They’re going to continue this. Are they going to say, ‘Oops! For two years we were wrong in our slandering of the President?’ They’re never going to do it.”

    “Half of me wants to burst out laughing. The other half of me wants to look seriously at American journalism and look at the damage these people have done to that institution. I don’t know how they repair it. I don’t know how some networks ever come back. I don’t know how Jim Acosta can ever be seen on television without people laughing at them. He’s ruined. Brian Stelter at CNN, Chuck Todd of NBC. These people are never going to be believed again.”

    Wishful thinking. Everyone of those clowns mentioned will memory hole this and keep right on going with the same shit they’ve been pushing since at least the 1980’s whenever there’s a Republican US President. Their watchers – like Lefty commentators here – have nowhere else to go. What are they going to do? Start watching FoxNews?

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 26, 2019

    And here it comes:
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12216004
    We need a severity test and of course that severity test shouldn’t be too low, we don’t want to infringe on free speech,” Spoonley said.

    Of course he does. That’s exactly what he wants and the consequences are playing out in the UK and Europe.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 26, 2019

      Nothing like conflating unrelated issues to push an agenda.
      The world is becoming full of echo chambers with people completely unable to handle differing opinions without shouting “I’m offended” or calling people racists for daring to promote different views.
      I thought Spoonley was more intelligent than that.

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  7. High Flying Duck

     /  March 26, 2019

    A reality check for Saint Jacinda”

    But Sloan suggests Ardern’s popularity is misguided: “I get it: she’s young, a new mother with a stay-at-home partner and she’s from the Left.”

    She pointed to the 2017 election when Ardern’s Labour Party won 46 seats, which were not enough to form a government. It only managed to get through by forming a coalition with New Zealand First and a confidence and supply guarantee with the Greens.

    Ardern’s deputy, Winston Peters, was described as a “nationalist-populist” by Sloan, who she said was “rewarded with the deputy prime ministership” along with three other ministerial titles – “not a bad haul for a party that received 7 percent of the vote”.

    Sloan said the New Zealand election was “surprising” considering the “success of the previous National Party governments” under former prime ministers John Key and Bill English. She said they “artfully” steered us through the global financial crisis and Christchurch earthquakes.

    But the National Party, like Labour, did not win enough seats to form a government, and under Mixed-member proportional representation (MMP), both parties were at the mercy of New Zealand First to form a coalition.

    Sloan also took aim at Ardern’s persistent offer to take some of its detained asylum seekers – an offer that was first made in 2013 under the National-led government and refused over the possibility of New Zealand being used as a backdoor into Australia.

    “Ardern has been happy to garner favourable press coverage criticising our offshore processing system and vaguely agreeing to take some refugees from Manus Island and Nauru,” Sloan said.

    “But her country’s annual refugee intake had been just 750 until last year, when it was lifted to 1000. New Zealand’s refugee intake amounts to 0.02 percent of its population compared with our 0.07 percent.”

    Sloan did not mention that the Government announced in September last year it will be increasing the refugee quota to 1500 within its first term. The quota was increased to 1000 by the previous National-led government in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

    Sloan also took aim at the Government’s KiwiBuild policy, which has come under fire for not delivering on its initial pledge. In January Ardern said the programme had been “re-calibrated”, with the target of 1000 homes by the end of 2019 dropped.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/03/australian-economist-judith-sloan-rips-into-ordinary-jacinda-ardern.html

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    • Blazer

       /  March 26, 2019

      ‘steered us through the global financial crisis and Christchurch earthquakes. ‘

      worn out line.Borrowed 10’s of billions….how ‘artful’ is that!

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  8. duperez

     /  March 26, 2019

    “Judith Sloan, a Melbourne-based economist, says while Ardern has been lauded for her response to Christchurch including clamping down on gun laws, she only came to be in her position through “extraordinary selectiveness”.

    I see Sloan has held a number of government appointments in Australia, including Commissioner of the Productivity Commission and also had a go at our Government’s attempt to reduce the migrant intake.

    I can’t be bothered checking on her background to see if she ‘s used ordinary or extraordinary selectiveness and the influence and knowledge from the levels she’s reached to make comment about Australia’s detention centres and their human rights records. Hard case that she’s on about our attitude to asylum seekers.

    I’m pleased she cares, but she should naff off. Let us worry about our crappy inferior people, our crappy inferior way of doing things. Rather, let her celebrate the marvellous, wonderful Australian ways.

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    • harryk

       /  March 26, 2019

      ‘I can’t be bothered checking on her background to see if she ‘s used ordinary or extraordinary selectiveness and the influence and knowledge from the levels she’s reached to make comment about Australia’s detention centres and their human rights records’

      No need. She hasn’t. She’s a Murdoch bot currently running a cut immigration campaign – rightwing dogwhistling with an economic camouflage. The Murdoch commentators are complicit in Islam bashing and have striven to give the Abbott Morrison Dutton triumvirate a social license and philosophical legitimacy. Their post Christchurch ‘we’re not responsible’ line involves bashing Ardern. These people swallowed the discredited Huntington Clash of Civilisations meme, as did the Christchurch perp. But shhhh they don’t want you to know embarrassing stuff like that. As for economics, she’s infamous for having attempted to justify monopolies.

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  9. Blazer

     /  March 26, 2019

    ‘she was a founding member of the group Conservatives for an Australian Head of State.[6]
    She writes for The Australian and is a frequent guest on the ABC talk show Q&A. An email leak in November 2018 revealed that Sloan earns A$357,000 for her work as contributing economics editor at The Australian.[7] ‘-Wiki.

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