This won’t end well for Fairfax

Fairfax is under the cosh in Australia for their blatant anti-semitic coverage of the current conflict in Gaza.

They ran this cartoon the other day:


It has caused outrage.

Fairfax obviously do not understand their market, such as it is these days. With falling revenues and a relentless left-wing slant they are suffering.

Annoying the largest population of Holocaust survivors in the world outside of Israel is just plain dumb. Especially in Melbourne.

The violence and attacks against Jews is increasing in Australia.

Times of Israel explains:

“Zionist scum” daubed on the wall of a Jewish school in Perth. A Jewish man in Melbourne beaten up in the street while wearing a T-shirt with Hebrew writing.

As shocking as these incidents are, they have been the only “attacks” on the Jewish community in Australia since the launch of Operation Protective Edge.

Yes, there have been the pro-Palestinian rallies through our major cities where thousands march decrying Israel, while brandishing banners and placards that equate the Jewish State’s actions with those of the Nazis.

But while the community remains on high alert and fearful of the worst, Australia so far has been spared the anti-Semitic violence and vandalism witnessed on the streets of Europe.

That said, there is a considerable air of disquiet and unease, resulting from relentless assaults on Israel in the media.

What many consider the worst examples emerged last weekend with a segment on Channel Nine’s current affairs program Sixty Minutes titled “Unholy War” presented by Allison Langdon, and a column by veteran journalist Mike Carlton published in The Sydney Morning Herald and on the website of its fellow Fairfax newspaper in Melbourne The Age.

To say they were unbalanced in their coverage of the conflict is an understatement.   Read more »

And in other news: The Standard to host Whaleoil web site… yeah right

If you think that’s absurd…



Fairfax Media has reached agreement with rival APN News & Media to have newspapers including The Waikato Times, Sunday Star-Times, Sunday News and some community titles printed at APN’s modernised print facility at Ellerslie in Auckland.

The deal would allow APN to use spare capacity at the printing facility and help the publisher of the New Zealand Herald wring out cost savings, APN chief executive Michael Miller said. The Australian company is on track to achieve a further A$20 million in cost savings across its publishing businesses this year, having trimmed A$40 million in 2013 from changes that included consolidating printing of a number of its own titles at Ellerslie, he said.

So Fairfax will make APN more profitable by taking up their spare printing capacity.   Yeah, that’s not odd at all.   Read more »


Why the mainstream media can’t be trusted

Late afternoon yesterday Fairfax via their Stuff website posted an article about David Cunliffe going all nasty and calling the PM a liar.


There is a problem though…here is the same article with areas marked in red that were deleted from the article a short time later.   Read more »

Less than honest from Fairfax

Lately many stories have been popping up in other media pimping the poor, hard working people on struggle street, and I really hate using this word relating to anything in NZ…..poverty.  We’ve heard all sorts of stories about poverty. Child poverty, beneficiary poverty, working class poverty, and on it goes. We also hear constantly by those sad faced families sitting on the couch with their 15 kids surrounded by luxuries like sky remotes, xboxes, playstations etc hear how hard it is and that it is all the current Governments fault.

But what we never seem to hear about is journalism poverty. The kind where the National Government is neglecting the journalism community by failing to provide them with a “living wage” of newsworthy material. So much so, they’re having to resort to the desperate means of manufacturing and fabricating the news to fill the newsprint and web pages.

A few days ago Andrea Vance, Michael Fox and Siobhan Downes from Fairfax published one such story  called “Economy rockstars or roadies?“about several working couples who were struggling to make ends meet and having to go without luxuries like alcohol and movie tickets, but there is one part of the article about a particular couple that requires some special attention.

Hawera nurse Anna Tairawhiti is another who hasn’t seen any extra in her pay packet in almost seven years. The medical practice where she works restructured last year but despite the upheaval, and having to re-apply for her job, still no rise.

Her husband – a truck driver who works “shockingly long hours” – got an extra 50c an hour last year. With interest rates set to rise, the family must do without little luxuries such as movie tickets for their teenage children, and alcohol.

“I’ve asked numerous times [for a raise] . . . I’m pretty much sitting [on the pay scale] not much higher than a new grad[uate], even though I’ve got nearly 15 years’ nursing experience. They lay the guilt on that there is not enough money,” Tairawhiti says.

Tairawhiti and Manson are not alone – almost half of workers did not receive a pay rise last year, according to the latest Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll.

Right, so lets pick apart the incomes and circumstance of Mrs “Tairawhiti” and her husband to put some things into perspective here. Mrs Tairawhiti  says “ I’m pretty much sitting [on the pay scale] not much higher than a new grad[uate], even though I’ve got nearly 15 years’ nursing experience”. 

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Fair sucks of the sav

Supermarket giant Countdown doesn’t seem to be having much luck.

Not only are they trying to extort more coin out of New Zealand suppliers for the privileged of them stocking their products, their Australian owners are now causing an international incident, that will further hit Kiwi suppliers.

Even travel and lifestyle blogger David Farrar is tagging them as a bunch of protectionists, saying that it’s a bad business decision – but it’s their decision to make.

Meanwhile Labour’s Shane Jones has come out guns blazing. Jones is on a roll at the moment, and is seeing this for what it is – further evidence of strong arm tactics by Countdown’s Cosa Nostra. Jones says:

‘‘They are victimising Kiwi businesses and have created a culture of fear and menace. I have been told New Zealand food producers were warned not to complain about their poor treatment publicly or they would be blacklisted.’’

The key question is what Woolworths/Countdown PR numpty thought hitting Kiwi suppliers up for millions in extra payments at a time you’re killing off their Australian supply arrangements was a good idea?  Read more »

Scumbag media. Yeah, I’m looking at you Wilma McCorkindale @FairfaxNZ


Children’s funeral strictly policed

Opening paragraph

Tomorrow’s funeral for two Dunedin youngsters gunned down by their father last week is to be strictly policed.

Also in the article

Police say their family is worried about huge media interest in the event, and has asked for respect. A media area has been set up outside.

The family has asked that it and friends not be approached by journalists and not be photographed at close range.

So what is the second sentence in that piece?   Read more »

Sea level rises have been extreme due to global warming



Tongariro Crossing altitude / elevation profile - BEFORE GLOBAL WARNING RAISED SEA LEVELS

Tongariro Crossing altitude / elevation profile – BEFORE GLOBAL WARNING RAISED SEA LEVELS

This is what it looks like since January this year, when Stuff reported on the calamity.

It has obviously been downplayed, as no other media has picked up on it, and Stuff haven’t had the courage to push it.   Read more »

No huge spend up in Public Service for Christmas…media call them stingy instead

You’ve got to love the mainstream media.

Kirsty Johnson at Fairfax has sent of loads of OIA requests to discover how much money was spent in the public service on christmas functions and gifts for staff.

The answer was next to nothing. Probably not what she was looking for.

Nevermind..a quick re-write from the planned story of excessive spending and now state sector bosses look like Scrooges.

If you thought your work party was a bit stingy, spare a thought for the public service, where Christmas certainly didn’t come early this year – if at all.

Figures released under the Official Information Act show the maximum budget for Government staff shin-digs for 2013 was about $30 per head – with the cash strictly not to be used on alcohol.

In some cases, such as at Internal Affairs, allowances sank as low as $10 per person and parties had to be subsidised by the social club.

Worse, there were no funded parties at most of the hospitals, where staff were left to arrange their own or go without.

Pathetic piece of journalism really.

The request for information was sent to every government ministry. Most did not reply.


Internal Affairs $10

Ministry of Health $12.50

Ministry of Education $16

Ministry of Women’s Affairs $20

Ministry for Primary Industries $20

Ministry for the Environment $25

Ministry of Transport $25

Ministry of Culture and Heritage $25

Te Puni Kokiri $25

Housing New Zealand $30


Manufacturing the news


Fairfax has the following headline:


Well actually no they don’t…it is just a guess from the “fair and balanced” journalist.

Have a read of the actual details.

Tens of thousands of workers have been sacked under the 90-day-trial period, with many let go because they “did not fit in”.   Read more »

Looks like Fairfax’s “right first time” policy is in action

Looks like the “right first time” policy has started up at Fairfax.

You would think that getting today’s year right wouldn’t be too hard – we are pretty much all the way through it.