Media watch

20 May 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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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  20th May 2019

    Did anyone see that extraordinary woman with trout lips to end all trout lips, bleached hair and piled on make-up who was one of The Trumpettes ? $300,000US to join the Trump fan club and have access to him at Mar el Lago. I didn’t mean to see it, but the dog’s treats went in all directions so I was busy collecting those that he didn’t reach first and didn’t turn it off after the one about people dying when they take selfies on cliff edges and such places. (250+ in five years)

    The women claim that Trump is immensely respectful to women (well, perhaps to them) and that the pussy-grabbing remarks were an invention (no, ladies, he recorded them and admitted that they were made by him)

    • harryk

       /  20th May 2019

      Mr Grant is correct. Pogroms have been with us forever. The current, organised attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka are generated by the traditional pre literate village rumour mill. All social media can do is extend the village beyond borders, and censorship of social media can’t be effective without censorship of the mainstream media. Strong media censorship will only create new, virulent conspiracy theories. Sunni Islam terrorism is done for God not for worldy motives, media censorship can’t and won’t affect it. Ms Ardern was correct to change the gun laws. Unlike Howard, who had to spend real political capital, Ardern didn’t. It was easy, so she gets no credit for doing it. We [Aust and NZ] are not there yet but the trends seemingly blindly followed by Ardern have brought us a step closer to Orwell’s thought crimes. By itself, recalling semi autos from the community won’t prevent a determined terrorist. Nor will media censorship. How effective is NZ monitoring and reporting of ag fertiliser sales and thefts? Has Ardern even moved to tighten this up?


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