Mandy Hager’s scathing blog post about journalists and the MSM

Mandy Hager is scathing of journalists and amusingly peppers her criticism of people with negative adjectives, while at the same time moaning about bias in the media. Her adjectives mirror the current media’s treatment of individuals smeared by her brother’s book.

Here is a selection from her blog post to prove my point:

  • their disregard for the principles of democracy and freedom as they stomp all over them . . . and us
  • brown-nosing their war-mongering puppet masters in the US
  • the Prime Minister continues to tell his porkies (even when it’s obvious he’s lying)
  • their bullshit ‘investigations’ into abuse of power
  • the horrors of this elitist right-wing agenda
  • toxic MP Judith Collins.

Her views on the media:    Read more »

Guest post: What is the point of the Privacy Act?

by Intrigued

John Edwards (the Privacy Commissioner) provided an opinion piece to the NBR published on 26 December 2015 titled “When is a journalist not a journalist?”

It discusses three cases that have for various reasons had to deal with the question as to whether an individual is a journalist and what protections they might have in relation to their “source” material.

It is a lot more complex than that, granted, and if you read his opinion piece at, (it might still be behind a paywall) you’ll get some idea of the incredible feats of legal gymnastics the likes of the Privacy Commissioner and the courts have engaged in to justify their positions in the various cases.

Needless to say, the law is anything but clear and I suspect the NZH’s sanctimony in their opinion piece today (. will be short-lived, as in time our higher courts will simply have to properly define when a journalist is entitled to claim privilege in the first instance, and ergo, just what “without notice” applications for search warrants on journalists will require in explaining the opponents likely defence or potential protections under the law (as in this case with the Hager search warrant).   Read more »

Guest Post – From Another George

Another George has emailed with his observations of a manipulative and highly misleading NZ Herald.

This story ran on the Herald web site and was credited to Newstalk ZB.

$32 Million to Crack Down on Worker Exploitation

This was a cheap sensational headline and completely misleading.

A task force has been given $32 million of government funding to crack down on underpayment of workers in South Auckland.

This is quite simply untrue.

The Herald reports in a story by Tess Nichol on 20/12/2015 under the headline:

”Retail staff being paid as little as $7 an hour” .

“The Labour Inspectorate was allocated $32 million to strengthen compliance with minimum employment standards in this year’s Budget, of which $1.4 million was used to set up the new team of 10 staff.”

32 million to crack down on exploitation?   Read more »


Not a good day for Nicky Hager

John Roughan has been forced to release recordings of his conversations with Prime Minister John Key as part of a court case relating to the “teapot tapes”.

Roughan had refused to surrender transcripts and recordings used for his biography John Key, Portrait of a Prime Minister. He was asked for the documents a year ago under the discovery process for a defamation case being taken against Mr Key by freelance photographer Bradley Ambrose.

The Privacy Commission told the columnist last week that his book did not meet the criteria for the Privacy Act exemption which allowed journalists to protect their sources.

Roughan is the third journalist to be captured by a High Court ruling last year which said a reporter’s research for a book did not qualify for protection under privacy rules.

It appears the Courts have pretty much eroded journalistic privilege.   This may cause quite a chilling effect on people coming forward with information that they consider should be public if it means that the courts can order their identities to be revealed. Read more »

Polishing a turd versus letting it stink

So what does ‘In the Public Interest’ actually mean?

Trying to nail down a clear definition of what ‘In the Public Interest’ actually means is quite difficult. In this article I attempt to define it so that we have a set of guidelines that we can apply to situations where journalists have declared that what they did was acceptable because of ‘ Public Interest.’

 Public interest, according to the Random House Dictionary, is “1. the welfare or well-being of the general public; commonwealth. 2. appeal or relevance to the general populace: a news story of public interest.”[1]

1.The welfare or well being of the general public ( the majority )  must be served by the story.

2. The story must have appeal or relevance to the general public which means the majority of people.

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Dirty Media – Who feeds Fran?

A newspaper during Dirty Politics liked to use diagrams.

Well here at Whaleoil we like diagrams as well…we especially like this one.

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So this is the caliber of our journalism

At today’s post-cabinet press conference, Andrea Vance asked the Prime Minister a really pertinent question.   What does he think about the allegations that UK Prime Minister David Cameron has had his meat and two veg inside a dead pig’s mouth?


The fact that Vance thought that was the sort of thing that would get her the valuable answers needed to write for her newspaper is bad enough, but it would have died a nice death in the awkward silence of others who were thinking “did she really just ask that?”, if it wasn’t for her tag-team partner and Media Party communications spokesperson, Katie Bradford, spewing it out for all to see on the Twitter machine.

Seriously, these people can’t figure out why they don’t have your respect.

No love, your journalism ‘degree’ isn’t worth jack

A dopey and clearly un-talented former NewstalkZB “journalist” is cry baby of the week.

She is crying a river of tears via her former employer’s parent newspaper about how hard done by she is being a journalist, trained and skilled and yet only fit for reception work in London.

It was starting to feel like this city hated me. I was angry, broke, drinking a lot, and lacking any of the confidence I arrived with four months ago.

I’m talented. I’m hard-working. I’m blonde. And I can charm the pants off the 60-something-year-old Italian who makes me my daily coffee.

I’m also one of 30,000 Kiwis who have left Middle Earth for a city twice the population of our country. A city of 8.6 million people. A city that will chew you up and spit you out without so much as a farewell pint. So I may be many things, but in London, I’m irrelevant.

Yep, you are irrelevant. Glad you finally worked that out daaaaahling.

Here’s the thing: there are plenty of people with skills better than you at writing nonsense in London.

Just because you believed the hype of your regurgitated press releases at NewstalkZB doesn’t mean you are actually talented. If you truly were you’d have that dream London job as a hack at a tabloid.

This February felt like the right time for me to pack up my life. I had a specialist degree and three years’ experience working for some of New Zealand’s most reputable companies.

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The desperate stupidity of Rachel Smalley

Who is the 'serious' journalist now eh Rachel?  Photo/ Scott McAulay

Who is the ‘serious’ journalist now eh Rachel?
Photo/ Scott McAulay

Rachel Smalley will tell anyone in the NewstalkZB newsroom that she is the only “serious journalist” in the place.

Desperately unliked except by management, she is also desperately stupid.

After having a mad anti-gun rant at the start of her fill-in for Larry Williams she then, less than an hour later, has this statement to make about the discovery and naming of a new planet.

The details of the new “earth like” planet are:

NASA said Thursday that its Kepler spacecraft has spotted “Earth’s bigger, older cousin”: the first nearly Earth-size planet to be found in the habitable zone of a star similar to our own.

Though NASA can’t say for sure whether the planet is rocky like ours or has water and air, it’s the closest match yet found.

“Today, Earth is a little less lonely,” Kepler researcher Jon Jenkins said.   Read more »