Photographs don’t lie, that’s the photographer’s job


Media elicited sympathy for ‘drowning’ refugees with this photo. They cropped it to hide the fact that they were all floating in water that was not above their hips as you can see from the man standing to the right.

Whenever you  are shown a photo, consider what may be deliberately cropped out of the photo in order to fit the narrative of the article.

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New Zealand MSM proofreading mistakes

We do not have the luxury of paid proofreaders here on Whaleoil and rely on volunteers, whom we are very grateful for. Considering how many errors I have seen lately in the MSM I think that they must be in the same boat or that their proofreaders are all on holiday.

Perhaps it is the immediacy of media these days that is part of the problem. Stories go live on websites as soon as the journalist finishes writing them. Proofreading them therefore, cannot be done until after the story has been published. Here is one example below.

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This Stuff journalist aimed for humour and unintentionally made the hilarious error of calling John Key a genis instead of a genius. Eventually the error was corrected in the main body of the article but it remained in the small ad for the story.

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Pope wants more good news

The media should give more space to positive, inspirational stories to counterbalance the preponderance of evil, violence and hate in the world, Pope Francis has said in his year-end message.
Francis led about 10,000 worshippers in a traditional year-end solemn “Te Deum” vespers service of thanksgiving in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Friday.

In his brief homily, he said the outgoing year had been marked by many tragedies.

“(There has been) violence, death, unspeakable suffering by so many innocent people, refugees forced to leaves their countries, men, women and children without homes, food or means of support.” Read more »


Viewer of Gloriavale doco surprised reality doesn’t match what the media pushes

Danea Russel watched TVNZ’s doco on Gloriavale and expected to join the hate-the-cult team.  Something else happened:

I am not from a religious family. I don’t attend church. I don’t consider myself a religious person. Yet I can see the merit and benefits of living in a community like Gloriavale.

I believe we need to have rules and guidelines on how to behave. As human beings, without rules, we tend to go a bit wild. I’ve been increasingly concerned about where society is headed for a while now.

As a mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl, the worries are endless: ISIS and war, cyberbullying, people like the Kardashians and Nicki Minaj being classed as role models for our growing girls, society’s acceptance of drug use, inappropriate and provocative clothing designed for little girls, and the devaluing and objectifying of girls and women in music videos, porn and commercials. Anything goes these days.

Yes, you could argue that because Gloriavale is run by 12 male elders, it’s sexist. Fair point. But as humans we tend to need to look to someone to lead us.

We have prime ministers and presidents, managers and CEOs. Everywhere in our world there is a hierarchy. I guess its no different in a community like Gloriavale. Someone needs to make the decisions. For better or for worse. Otherwise there is no order.

A family is just a small commune.  And a larger community brings with it certain economies of scale both financially as well as the ability to help each other out, something that solo parents really do the hard way.   Read more »


Charges imminent for Mediaworks host?


THE GUN DEALER at the centre of the Heather du Plessis Allan firearms controversy has agreed to give evidence for the prosecution if the case goes to trial – and says he’s picking the broadcaster will be locked up for her ‘stupidity’.

Gun City owner David Tipple yesterday confirmed he had willingly been cooperating with police about the whole du Plessis Allan matter and would be giving evidence if she was eventually charged.

He believed on the strength of the evidence so far du Plessis Allan could very well be looking at a stint behind bars.

“I doubt very much in this case the courts are going to slap her over the hand with a wet bus ticket. They’ll make an example of her. I’m quite sure of that,” he said.

“The courts take a dim view of anyone who impersonates a police officer. It is a serious offence. I think they’ll take this very seriously.”

Du Plessis Allan is currently the focus of a police inquiry after using fake credentials and illegally assuming the identity of a police officer to purchase a firearm online in what she argued was an attempt to highlight a loophole in the mail order gun system.

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Guidelines for covering jihadism for media parties round the world

PJ Media provides a handy guide for journalists writing about Islamic terrorism so they can get the terminology right.

If you are a journalist covering the slow-motion global jihad, there is a certain formulaic nature to how you treat its victims, victimizers, and the “broader context” of and for jihadist savagery.

The key is obfuscation. Minimize the extent of the threat, separate the jihadist’s ideology from his acts, and if possible, proudly display your Western guilt by attributing the attacks to perceived slights and injustices at the hands of Israel, Europe, or America.

Here are the 10 essentials for crafting the perfect narrative on the jihad as a member of the media:

  • Make sure that in the headline, lede and/or tweets covering the jihadist attack, you describe events in terms of the inanimate object used to carry out the savagery, whether a car, knife or rock. Remember: jihadis don’t kill people, guns kill people.
  • Use non-descriptive identifiers so as to conceal the identity of the Muslim attacker(s), such as “Asian,” “North African,” or best of all, “youths.” “Youths” is superior not only because it is the vaguest of identifiers, but because the actions of “youths” can be ascribed to immaturity, or garden-variety student radicalism.
  • Be sure to quote sympathetic members of the jihadist’s community claiming said jihadist(s) were polite, studious, and never showed any signs of “radicalization.” Read more »

Is NZ too dumb for news?

In an interesting article at Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi sifts through US politics to arrive at the problem with modern news media.

This is a horrible thing to have to say about one’s own country, but this story makes it official. America is now too dumb for TV news.

It’s our fault. We in the media have spent decades turning the news into a consumer business that’s basically indistinguishable from selling cheeseburgers or video games. You want bigger margins, you just cram the product full of more fat and sugar and violence and wait for your obese, over-stimulated customer to come waddling forth.

The old Edward R. Murrow, eat-your-broccoli version of the news was banished long ago. Once such whiny purists were driven from editorial posts and the ad people over the last four or five decades got invited in, things changed. Then it was nothing but murders, bombs, and panda births, delivered to thickening couch potatoes in ever briefer blasts of forty, thirty, twenty seconds.

What we call right-wing and liberal media in this country are really just two different strategies of the same kind of nihilistic lizard-brain sensationalism. The ideal CNN story is a baby down a well, while the ideal Fox story is probably a baby thrown down a well by a Muslim terrorist or an ACORN activist. Both companies offer the same service, it’s just that the Fox version is a little kinkier.    Read more »


Bad journalism or pro-Palestinian bias?

Truth Revolt reports on an interesting experiment on the streets of Paris:

Jewish journalist and correspondent for NRG Zvika Klein took to the streets of Paris to get reactions to a curiously worded and very bogus headline that puts the focus on the deaths of the Islamists who just terrorized their city, not the victims. It’s an experiment meant to expose the bias from world media as they regularly paint Israel as the aggressor when Palestinians launch terrorist attacks against them.

The fabricated headline read:

“7 Men Shot Dead During Paris Attack; 129 Dead”

Incredibly, this parody is almost identical to a BBC headline that was posted after one of several knife attacks in Jerusalem in October perpetrated by Palestinians against Jewish victims; in this case, two Israelis killed, and a mother and baby wounded. It read:

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Yesterday’s Papers

Richard Harman writes about the state of the main stream media.

The number of copies of New Zealand daily newspapers sold over the past five years has plunged by 23%.

Newspaper circulation figures obtained by POLITIK show the situation is even worse for weekly newspapers like the Sundays and the National Business Review.

Their total copies sold have dropped by 52%.

These drops are obviously a consequence of the internet.

Therefore it is perhaps surprising that the largest drops have been among provincial papers with the Waikato Times, the Manawatu Standard and Bay of Plenty Times all recording drops of over 30%.

Among the weeklies, the Sunday News is down by 49% and the NBR by 38% to just 5402 copies.

And it is a weekly that has shown the smallest drop; the Herald on Sunday is down by only 3.7% while the Otago Daily Times, the Wairarapa Times Age and the Greymouth Star have all recorded relatively small drops around 10%.

The country’s largest paper, the NZ Herald is down 21.8% to 130,937 copies.

It dominates the New Zealand newspaper market with the second largest selling daily paper, The Dominion Post, selling 63,009 copies.

With thee exceptions of a few independents like the Otago Daily Times (34,112 sales) the country’s papers belong to either APN or Fairfax groups and both have big news websites.

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The Media’s bunny boiler obsession with John Key’s son

I feel for John Key’s son I really do. He should not be targeted by the Media as he is. No other child of a New Zealand Prime Minister has ever been splashed across the media in the way that he has. There has always been an unwritten rule that politicians’ children are off limits but with John Key’s son not only has that rule been broken it has been stomped on so many times that it is now dust.

Any excuse is used for using his photo. In this article the subject is not the lead photo, John Key’s son is. The misleading headline above the photo makes the reader assume that John Key’s son is the New Zealand teen with a billionaire backer when in fact it is someone else entirely. John Key’s son’s involvement in the story is a minor detail that would not even be commented on if John Key wasn’t his father.

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