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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.

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What are they saying behind your back?

Screenshot Youtube Whaleoil.co.nz

Screenshot Youtube Whaleoil.co.nz

In Europe there are very few journalists who can speak or understand Arabic. They are going into situations involving Syrian refugees/ migrants where they can only make judgements and form their opinions based on what they see, not on what they hear. Judging by the sympathetic way they have all been reporting what is going on it is clear that what they could see was far from the truth of the situation.

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Part Three in the Nicky Hager Series: What was left out of the book?

Cameron Slater Journalist and Blogger

Cameron Slater Journalist and Blogger

Like all well informed journalists Cameron has contacts inside every Political Party as well as contacts inside industry and yes even the seedier side of life. He also has an extensive network of contacts within the MSM.

It was very surprising then, that Nicky Hager’s book was missing all of Cameron’s political contacts from parties other than National and all of the journalists he regularly worked with were also excluded.

Why was all this pertinent information missing from an investigation into how political parties use the media and blogs to make themselves look good and their competition look bad?

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Face of the day

Australia's Political commentator Andrew Bolt

Australia’s Political commentator Andrew Bolt

Today’s face of the day, Australian Political commentator Andrew Bolt, has this to say about the current Refugee crisis.

Almost all the media commentary on the invasion of Europe so far overlooks a critical point.

The illegal immigrants in no way are “refugees”. Even those fleeing, say, Syria, were in relative safety once they’d crossed the border into Turkey, which, incidentally, is a country sharing the Muslim faith of most Syrians.

But since then, the immigrants have moved to Greece, then Macedonia and then Serbia to reach Hungary. Even then the vast majority want to move on – through Austria or the Czech Republic to their ultimate goal, Germany, the richest of all the countries on this trek.

I don’t blame them, of course, but nor do I blame Germany for saying it does not have a responsibility to accept these hundreds of thousands of people crossing its borders.

 

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Photo Of The Day

Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images: July 1921.

Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images: July 1921.

Brooklyn’s Greatest Con Man

Stanley Clifford Weyman,  left,  with Princess Fatima, Sultana of Afghanistan and her three sons leaving the White House in Washington after being received by President Harding.

It’s hard to fault a man for trying, no matter how devious their intentions may be, and it’s hard to find a man who tried harder than Stanley Clifford Weyman. When Weyman said, “One man’s life is a boring thing. I lived many lives. I’m never bored,” he really meant it. Over the course of his life, he assumed many identities and careers. Under different circumstances, Weyman might have been considered a fraud or a con man, but he never did it for the money; he was in it for the adventure.

In between impersonating navy and military officials, journalists, a doctor and the actual U.S. Secretary of State, he also masterminded a meeting between an Afghani Princess and Warren Harding, the President of the United States. In 1921, Afghanistan and Britain were in talks to negotiate a peace treaty, and Princess Fatima, of Afghanistan, was visiting the U.S. However, the U.S. government wasn’t acknowledging her official presence.

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Photo Of The Day

Albert Einstein

The Day Albert Einstein Died

A Photographer’s Story

 “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

― Albert Einstein

Photo taken mere hours after Einstein died, April 18, 1955, Princeton, New Jersey.

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Criminal conspiricist party to hacking jailed

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Rawshark?

I have to admit, it’s not a headline I expect to see relating to our media and its accomplices.  But I truly can’t see the difference between the News of the World hacking/media involvement, and the Political parties/Rawshark/Whaledump/Media involvement here.

A former News of the World news editor has been jailed for eight months after admitting involvement in phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct tabloid newspaper.

Ian Edmondson had been a defendant in the trial of former News of the World editors Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, but was excused due to ill health.

Before he could stand trial again, Edmondson pleaded guilty last month to conspiring to hack the phones of a host of public figures between October 2000 and August 2006.

Notice that he didn’t do the hacking himself.  In that sense, Rawshark may even get away with it.  But he was found guilty of conspiracy.   Now that, my dear readers, casts a wide net here in New Zealand when you look through the cast list behind Dirty Politics. Read more »

“…there are bad journalists and good bloggers and vice versa”

Heather Carston asks her fellow media friends:

I have to ask this, because I did learn as a cadet in Aussie, not here – how are polytechs and universities in New Zealand teaching young writers how to really cultivate and then work their sources over the long term these days? Because in reading this and in seeing what is happening in parts of mainstream media, there seems to be a lot of managing of media by sources rather than the other way round.

Yes, one does have to ‘look after’ a good source – but never at the cost of a good story.

The minute a journalist finds themselves allowing their personal preferences (and by this I mean their liking for their source or source’s idealogy) above being as factual as possible and following all leads is when they should question their ethics on how and why they are doing their job.

By the same token, an editor needs to have enough working nous to look at a story and see if there isn’t any aspects that have not been looked into hard enough. Read more »

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INP/Photo

INP/Photo

Sitting Exams Under Cover Of Umbrellas

 

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Journalists as politicians

With the alarming uptake of journalists moving to grab jobs as politicians, mostly for the Labour party it might be timely to re-visit an article from 2010 about this very same issue in Australia.

Sure it is from Australia and from four years ago but it makes for interesting reading nonetheless.

Peter Costello, now a civilian, has bagged the practice of journalists going into politics.

From Channel Nine’s 2010 election commentary panel, the former lawyer and Liberal treasurer (1996-2007) was remarking on the defeat of Labor’s Maxine McKew , a former ABC current affairs presenter/interviewer and Bulletin journalist, in the seat of Bennelong.

In his column for The Sydney Morning Herald on August 18 he wrote:

“Every so often a journalist chances their arm in real politics. Maxine McKew is one. Her underwhelming parliamentary career shows how much harder it is to do than it is to pontificate.”

Putting the possibility of partisan bias in Mr Costello’s dismissive remarks to one side, the issue of journalists crossing over into politics is worth thinking about.

Is it a good idea given the role of the Fourth Estate in a democracy?

Journalists are meant to be independent ‘pontificators’, objective observers of governance and a key part of the accountability process. They are not meant to cross over into party politics with all the vile distortions (spin doctoring) which accompany contemporary adversarial games.

Journalists, particularly political journalists like Maxine McKew, know about the viciousness of politics in Australia. They know about vested interest influence peddling through slush funding practices. They know about factionalism, tribalism, smear, character assassination and zealotry. They know about media management and focus group rhetorical and policy manipulations which pervert honest engagement with the electorate.

When a journalist decides to leave journalism for politics without a cleansing career change in the middle it does bring into question their ethics and leanings for their most recent work. It is much the same if a politician immediately becomes a lobbyist straight after bowing out of politics. It smells a bit whiffy and looks slightly dodgy.  Read more »