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Dumber than a bag of hammers

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Arse-nasty Lolly Stealer is dumber than a bag of hammers.

Have a look at the mocking she is copping from Felix Marwick who highlights her extreme stupidity.

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NY Supreme Court says websites don’t have to reveal their anonymous contributors in potential libel cases

Another case in the US upholds the rights of bloggers and online media to protect their anonymous sources and contributors.

Joshua Benton at Nieman Journalism Lab writes:

Seeking Alpha is a site for people to write up and share their investing ideas —“a platform for investment research, with broad coverage of stocks, asset classes, ETFs and investment strategy.” Some of its contributors use pseudonyms, and earlier this year, someone using the nom de investissementof “Pump Terminator” wrote a piece arguing that a company named NanoViricides was wildly overvalued and using sketchy business practices.

NanoViricides went to court, demanding that Seeking Alpha turn over the real identity of Pump Terminator so that it could pursue a libel claim against him or her. Seeking Alpha fought it, and now, in what the site is calling a victory for free speech, the New York Supreme Court has denied NanoViricides’ demand. (You can read the court’s opinion here.)

Of interest: The very nature of open crowdsourced platforms — the ruling lumps them together under the rubric of “message boards,” though that seems imprecise in 2014 — makes it harder to pursue the sort of claim NanoViricides was trying to make. Quoting an earlier ruling (emphasis mine):

[i]n determining whether a plaintiff’s complaint [or pre-action petition] includes a published ‘false and defamatory statement concerning another,’ commentators have argued that the defamatory import of the communication must be viewed in light of the fact that bulletin boards and chat rooms ‘are often the repository of a wide range of casual, emotive, and imprecise speech,’ and that the online ‘recipients of [offensive] statements do not necessarily attribute the same level of credence to the statements [that] they would accord to statements made in other contexts.’ 

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Media trust? Not any time soon

Where America goes we do follow.

Gallup has released research that shows Americans no longer trust their news media.

This is what happens when media cease telling the news and start mounting campaigns, mostly for left wing causes.

Americans’ faith in each of three major news media platforms — television news, newspapers, and news on the Internet — is at or tied with record lows in Gallup’s long-standing confidence in institutions trend. This continues a decades-long decline in the share of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers or TV news, while trust in Internet news remains low since the one prior measure in 1999.

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These results are from a Gallup poll conducted June 5-8.The three major sources of news ranked in the bottom third of 17 different U.S. institutions measured in the poll.

Confidence in newspapers has declined by more than half since its 1979 peak of 51%, while TV news has seen confidence ebb from its high of 46% in 1993, the first year that Gallup asked this question. Gallup’s only previous measure of Internet news was in 1999, when confidence was 21%, little different from today.

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Trotter endorses journalists declarations of political interests

Chris Trotter is a man from the left that I admire.

I enjoy our chats from time to time and he is a good bellwether for what is happening on the left of NZ politics.

He comments on journalistic ethics and undeclared inherent political bias.

IF YOU’RE READING this column you know already that it’s coming to you “From the Left”. You are, therefore, free to absorb its contents with a rare foreknowledge of its author’s ideological predispositions.

But how often can you say as much? How many of the stories, columns and feature articles published every day carry such a useful consumer warning? And how easy is it, Dear Reader, in the absence of such a warning, to discern how those stories, columns and feature articles have been put together and why?

Because, make no mistake, everything you read, watch and listen to, every newspaper article, television programme and radio broadcast, has been carefully constructed by an individual, or individuals, working consciously, or unconsciously, from well-established ideological predispositions.

The information a journalist decides to include in a story is very often less important than the information he or she decides to leave out. Indeed, this is almost always the case. Because in any “newsworthy” event there will always be many more details and contributory causes than a journalist’s employers could ever possess either the time or the space to relate.

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I think the NZ Herald is really, really struggling with the whole digital media idea

 

The NZ Herald is really, really struggling with transition to digital environment.

This is obviously the NZ Herald’s desperate attempt to move their print version to digital.

Old media

Oh dear lord.

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An email from a reader

A reader emails about recent matters and media coverage:

Mr Slater, I am becoming increasingly concerned at how the news is being reported, particularly the circumstances and positions that “traditional media” are taking and the more accurate but divergent paths from commentators – journalists, actually – such as yourself. This is particularly true of the coverage in relation to Ministers  Collins and Williamson. Over recent months and weeks the media have dropped all pretence of impartiality (if it ever was and I know Pete the moderator has his own views on whether journalists in the modern era have an obligation to be objective and impartial. They are his views and I respect them.) However, being a bit old school, I believe the media have a position of power – and by inference responsibility – in today’s information & political  landscape and they clearly taken sides against the government of the day. In essence, the Fourth Estate has become a Fifth Column (someone has probably drawn parallels to that already).

The TV and print media are sources of information for a large section of the public, ie, voters. I would suggest that most of the people who sit down for dinner at 6pm are influenced by what they see; if you control what people see hear and read, you influence how they think. I would describe 3News as 3Views and is opinion dressed up as fact designed for stupid people who need an opinion given to them so they can at least have one. TV One is only marginally better, but I do get nauseous at media commentators from all channels and stations constantly interviewing each other. This is particularly important in an election year where people should be making informed choices about the type of government we will ALL get for the next three years. Unfortunately, they are being fed a one sided or skewed diet of disinformation and selective opinion dressed up as fact. MP’s, regardless of party, are there because someone voted for them. That’s democracy. This vote may very likely have been cast as a result of how media have represented the parties & politicians seeking their vote. If the media want to become an active part of the political landscape and push their own views [policies?] and report in a very selective manner, that’s being dishonest – and nothing to do with journalistic licence. That’s precisely the behaviour they will crucify a National MP for but no-one in opposition gets any scrutiny regardless of the evidence of wrongoing, Cunliffe & Peters to name but two. That is left to journalists such as yourself and ably assisted by the Whaleoil Research Crew.   Read more »

Tweet of the Day – Which gallery journalist is in trouble?

As I said earlier…Pandora’s Box has opened as a result of the media frenzy over Oravida and Maurice Williamson.

Chickens are going to come home to roost…I wonder though what this tweet is all about?

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So, I’m a journalist now

Cameron Slater went to the High Court last Thursday to overcome the next legal hurdle in the defamation case taken out against him by Mr Matt Blomfield.

For those of you late to the story, Whaleoil was given access to information about Mr Blomfield’s business dealings regarding Hell Pizza.  Due to a series of events, allegedly supported by Mr Blomfield’s own documents (allegedly, because we’re still subject to legal action), some of Mr Blomfield’s business dealings  were reported on, especially those surrounding Hell Pizza and Hell Pizza sponsorship.

Mr Blomfield took exception to having his business emails published and took Cameron Slater to court for defamation.  Part of this process is that all the articles about Mr Blomfield on Whaleoil have been removed from public view, and we are under a suppression order from the Court that stops us from revealing any new information about Mr Blomfield – anything that isn’t already out in the public domain.

As part of that legal tussle, Mr Blomfield wanted to know who provided Cam Slater with access to the emails and documentation.  Whaleoil doesn’t reveal sources.  We never have and we never will, so Slater respectfully told the judge he couldn’t do that, and invoked protections under the law allowing journalists not to be compelled to reveal their sources by a Court.

The next legal step was therefore obvious to Mr Blomfield:  insist that Cameron Slater isn’t a journalist, and Whaleoil isn’t part of the media.

A District Court judge found in Mr Blomfield’s favour, and insisted Cameron Slater reveal his sources.  Again, this was resisted, even though Cam Slater was now clearly in contempt of court.   Read more »

A reader emails about the ‘media’

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A reader emails:

Hi Cam,

I’ve never posted on your blog before, but the mainstream media has been getting me down so much lately I felt I had to speak out.

It seems to me that the MSM is duty bound to ensure any one party never has enough of a percentage of the popular vote to govern alone. To me it seems that if one party nears 50% the MSM suddenly pulls out articles they’ve been sitting on for months – beat us to death with them, until the party the articles are invariably about is eroded to below the threshold of being able to govern alone.

I believe in free speech, but I believe that if you are attempting to speak to the masses – we should at least know the colour of the soap box you’re standing on. It’s ridiculous to accept there is no media bias, when those writing the articles day after day seem to follow party specific lines.  Read more »

A reader emails about our media

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A reader emails.

This has been pissing me off for a while and I’m not sure what to do about it.

I think we all agree that events over the last few months has bought the realisation to many that our media is no longer an impartial commentator. Alright, I know, many of us already realised this, but, they have now revealed their bias to many who actually thought that the MSM journalists were well trained and impartial.

The fawning and pontification by John Campbell and the MSM over Len Brown while attempting to brow-bash John Key is one example.

The total ignoring of David Cunliffe’s trusts and donors while trying to shoot down Judith Collin’s for a perceived conflict of interest is another.

Then there is the public show of allegiance as many of our supposed ‘impartial Forth Estate’ have shown for the left by either joining political campaigns, becoming party members running for Parliament or just using tax payer funded resources from their places of work to run political campaigns.

This has shown an extreme left wing bias in our MSM. Now, I have no issue with The Herald being a left wing news media as they are not taxpayer funded, however, I’m getting really grumpy with TVNZ and other state funded outlets doing the same.

As made obvious by the increased net traffic to WOBH, many are turning away from the MSM and turning to other sources for information. These sources may well be biased but they wear this bias on their sleeve, unlike TVNZ etc. In fact, it’s this bias that is making commentators and outlets such as WOBH more palatable, we all know what we are getting.  Read more »