Garner on Moroney and Social Media

Duncan Garner joins the fray on Sue Moroney.

Labour MP Sue Moroney’s moronic tweet this week about why a wealthy bach owner shouldn’t decide our flag referendum was a shocker.

She knows it. Labour leader Andrew Little knows it. It was serious face palm stuff wasn’t it? Moroney didn’t engage her brain with her loose fingers and wayward, poorly judged thoughts.

She also forgot the immense and invasive power of social media. It’s the equivalent of sending out a press release to the entire world.

In the old days rookie MPs were told to ‘breathe through their nose’ (a nice way of saying don’t ever open your mouth) as they learned the ropes from the back benches.

But today MPs are all over Facebook and Twitter because it’s such an effective (and free) way to connect directly with voters.   Read more »

Finally a media person gets the point of Twitter

Tracy Watkins wrote an opinion piece the other day about Sue Moroney’s troubles.

I don’t think we need to relitigate the issues of her stupidity around that, but Watkins did note at the end of her column something that seems to have passed politicians by.

It is also something I have been talking about for years.

It’s a graphic reminder to MPs that while social media might be a potent political weapon in the right hands, used badly it can be a quick route to self-destruction.

British MP Emily Thornberry discovered that when she was forced to resign for perceived snobbery over a tweet picturing a working-class house flying the St George flag.

Moroney’s tweet no doubt reflected back the views of those in her Twitter clique. And that’s the problem with Twitter especially.

It has became an online echo chamber, in which its users follow others who share their own views and political opinions. And that in turn leads to a mob mentality when the group turns on the views or opinions of those who don’t agree with them.    Read more »

More cartoons about BDS that the censors don’t want you to see

 Happening now in Jerusalem- the Yediot Aharonot conference for the war on BDS featuring the TICP Exhibition.

Happening now in Jerusalem- the Yediot Aharonot conference for the war on BDS featuring the TICP Exhibition.

In a follow up to my post ‘Ten cartoons that the censors do not want you to see,‘ here are some more cartoons. They expose some uncomfortable truths about the BDS movement and are censored by many social media and mainstream media outlets. Buzzfeed took down an entire post of the TICP that contained ten cartoons. I have reproduced all of them here because Buzzfeed, Facebook, Twitter and the main stream media need to learn that freedom of speech will not be denied.

 By: Amir Avni Cartoons and Animation Makes Sense... From the TICP - The Israeli Cartoon Project Exhibition at the ידיעות אחרונות Yedioth Ahronoth conference.

By: Amir Avni Cartoons and Animation
Makes Sense…
From the TICP – The Israeli Cartoon Project Exhibition at the ידיעות אחרונות Yedioth Ahronoth conference.

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Crybaby apologises, and so should the Herald

Yesterday the NZ Herald ran a crybaby story about some tart who didn’t like her tattoo. They lifted the story out of Facebook.

Fairfax ran a far better story that showed how the Herald’s “shock horror story” had now meant that the tattoo business was receiving death threats and staff were terrified as a result of a social media pile on.

After she posted the photo, hundreds of others sent her messages to her with their own experiences at the studio, she said.

“I never wanted them to get them shut down, it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, but I don’t think putting it on Facebook was wrong because it made all these other people come out of the woodwork.”

Epic Ink tattooist Joel Parkinson said they had fallen victim to an “unfair, one-sided battle” and were were now receiving violent threats.

“We had to take all the equipment home last night, out of the studio. We’ve had violent threats against my father, about breaking limbs. Dad didn’t sleep last night, the family are worried, and my sister left the house and went and stayed somewhere else.

“She doesn’t understand what she has done.”   Read more »

Sledge of the Day

Not from parliament, but from Facebook where Manawatu Standard columnist Liam Hehir schools Iain Lees-Galloway





It was all a Whaleoil conspiracy, apparently



Breakout the tinfoil hat folks, apparently our screenshots of abusive comments were comments planted by us, or at least some of them were. According to Marion Ogier the commenters didn’t have ‘normal’ Facebook profiles, whatever normal means. Instead of seeing it as typical unmoderated wild-west Facebook, she thinks it was a dirty tricks set up.

Could she be right? Let’s have a look at the Facebook profiles of the people whom we highlighted with our screenshots.

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I looked for Tim Wikidclownz first. This is the individual who expressed the anti -semitic view that John Key’s mother should have been murdered in the same way that the Jews were slaughtered by Hitler.

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Kim Dotcom: neither destitute nor concerned about his children’s privacy

Kim Dotcom has claimed in court he is destitute, yet he is living the high life down at the Viaduct, and is taking holidays at $900-a-night luxury lodges…oh, and showing off his kids and his attention-seeking trollop at the same time.

That makes a lie of his claim to want privacy.

His publicist publisher continues the positive news stories about the large German gentleman.

Has Kim Dotcom’s love life taken a twist fit for a rom-com on the eve of Valentine’s Day?

Earlier this month, the internet mogul ended his whirlwind romance with 21-year-old Auckland woman Elizabeth Donnelly, saying the media attention was “unacceptable”.

But a photo posted to his Instagram today shows Ms Donnelly relaxing by the pool with Dotcom’s children at the exclusive Chateau Matakana, north of Auckland.

Ms Donnelly has also posted photos suggesting she is holidaying with Dotcom.  Read more »

Labour Rotorua faces up to finances…sort of

Labour Rotorua has taken the first step to dealing with any problem: admit it has a problem.

Well sort of. Shortly after Whaleoil released a leaked image of Labour Rotorua’s appalling financial state they turned to Facebook to beg for money.


Of course they did it in a very weak manner, hiding it down the bottom of a list of things people could do.   Read more »

Twitter users don’t want anything changed: please keep running it at a loss

Most Twitter enthusiasts are actually the major reason why the platform is dying. ..that and the fact it doesn’t make any money.

It is full of bullies and nasty people, mostly left wing, all claiming outrage on an almost daily basis on the cause of the day.

Now they are upset that Twitter is wanting to make changes and they are outraged at the suggestion.

The hashtag #RIPTwitter became the top trending US item on Twitter after a report from BuzzFeed said the company is planning to change how it displays users’ tweets.

The BuzzFeed report, which went live on Friday night and did not disclose the source of its information, said the social media platform will reorder tweets to prioritize those it believes more users will want to see. Currently, Twitter arranges tweets in chronological order.

The response to the news on Twitter was overwhelmingly negative, with the hashtag #RIPTwitter suggesting many users of the micro-blogging site believe the changes would mean the death of the company.

Many users were upset that tweets from accounts with fewer followers could possibly be suppressed under the new system. Others complained that the changes would make Twitter too much like Facebook, which arranges content through the use of an algorithm.   Read more »


Fascist Facebook [FIXED]

WARNING video contains offensive language.


In this video Facebook is called fascist.  A simple definition of  fascism is:

A way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government.


Facebook is not a government but they are now working with governments in Europe. Their job is to silence anyone who disagrees with mass immigration.They launched a $1.9 million campaign called the Initiative for Civil Courage  which is a task force to work alongside governments in Europe to silence anyone speaking out about refugees on Facebook.

They state that their aim is to remove hate speech from the site by finding and then removing comments that promote xenophobia. The reality is very different as hate speech against Jews and Israelis is tolerated while the exact same speech about Muslims or Islam is not. Make no mistake; this is about controlling the flow of information about what is really happening in Europe. It is not about xenophobia at all. Merkel is trying vainly to keep a lid on the powder keg that she has created. This is about censorship of information. Merkel has the MSM under control but she is trying to control social media as well.

Thankfully, social media is more powerful than any government. Every time one Facebook page is closed down another 10 will spring up.

Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg announced the new initiative and said, “The best cure for bad ideas are good ideas…The best remedy for hate is tolerance. Counter speech is incredibly strong — and it takes time, energy and courage.”

Counter speech is the new buzz word and the definition that springs to mind is propaganda. Also, last time I checked, the opposite of hate was love, not tolerance. Perhaps even Facebook can not bring themselves to love the people who are being criticised on Facebook. The best they can manage is tolerance. We tolerate bad things; no one tolerates good things. Sandberg’s own words reveal the reality of the situation. Bad things are happening inside Europe.