So, how is the click bait mentality working out for media?

So, how is the click bait mentality working out for media?

Not so well.

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Are the media biased against Donald Trump?

Are the media biased against Donald Trump?

Well, if you look at donations from media to both campaigns then you can see that they are indeed biased in favour of Hillary Clinton.

In yet another example of the implicit liberal bias among the mainstream media, a new report has found that award-winning journalists have forked over $382,000 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, including New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum and ABC World News Tonight anchor Carole Simpson. That’s compared to contributions of only $14,000 from right-leaning journalists to Donald Trump’s campaign.

From Public Integrity:

In all, people identified in federal campaign finance filings as journalists, reporters, news editors or television news anchors — as well as other donors known to be working in journalism — have combined to give more than $396,000 to the presidential campaigns of Clinton and Trump, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis.

Nearly all of that money — more than 96 percent — has benefited Clinton: About 430 people who work in journalism have, through August, combined to give about $382,000 to the Democratic nominee, the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis indicates.

About 50 identifiable journalists have combined to give about $14,000 to Trump. (Talk radio ideologues, paid TV pundits and the like — think former Trump campaign manager-turned-CNN commentator Corey Lewandowski — are not included in the tally.)

According to the report, the law requires disclosure of names only when the donation exceeds $200, meaning the numbers could swing even higher.

Nussbaum, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has been actively knocking Trump this election cycle as running an “ugly and xenophobic campaign.” She said, “I rarely write about politics, but it’s true that the RNC-on-TV posts verged on punditry, and I can understand the concern about disclosure.” Nussbaum gave $250 to Clinton.

Most major outlets forbid their journalists from making contributions. Oddly enough, the clearly “we’re with her” New York Times states in its ethics handbook: “Any political giving by a Times staff member would carry a great risk of feeding a false impression that the paper is taking sides.” The Associated Press and CNN also ban its journalists from donating to political campaigns.

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No wonder the Poms voted for Brexit, now they aren’t supposed to mention the religion of bad terrorist wogs

The EU is trying to silence and censor British media:

European human rights chiefs have told the British press it must not report when terrorists are Muslim.

The recommendations came as part of a list of 23 meddling demands to Theresa May’s government on how to run the media in an alarming  threat to freedom speech.

The report, drawn up by the Council of Europe’s human rights watchdog, blamed the recent increase in hate crimes and racism in the UK on the ‘worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians’, although the research was done before the EU referendum campaign had even begun.

The suggestions sent to Downing Street urging the UK Government to reform criminal law and freedom of the press and in a brutal criticism of the British press, the report recommends ministers ‘give more rigorous training’ to journalists.

But UK ministers firmly rebutted the remarkable demands, telling the body: ‘The Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.’

In other less diplomatic words, ‘Get Fucked!’   Read more »


Can you trust the Media?


Who is afraid of being sued by Colin Craig?


Who is afraid of being sued by Colin Craig? If the flurry of articles in the media critical of Colin Craig are anything to go by I would say almost 100% fewer people than the day before Jordan Williams won his defamation case against Colin in court.

Media and individuals had good reason to be afraid. Not many men have the kind of money that allows them to silence critics with merely the threat of a lawsuit. Colin Craig is a very wealthy man with deep pockets. So deep in fact that he thought nothing of spending almost 2 million dollars of his and his wife’s money on a vanity project that they both felt ” passionate ” about.

Before Mr Craig lost to Mr Williams editors were vigilant, telling their journalists to dial it back whenever they strayed into subject matter that might attract Craig’s legal attention. After all, Mr Craig has a history of threatening to sue people whenever they say something he doesn’t like. The satirical site The Civilian, for example, caught his attention and was threatened with legal action. They swiftly backed down but maintained their satirical bent with a carefully crafted apology.

“We retract the statement and apologise to Mr Craig for any harm we have caused to his impeccable reputation. We would like to note that we have also taken the additional measure of bolding the statement in question so that everybody knows which thing it was that Mr Craig did not say.”

-The Civilian

Since Jordan William’s win, however, it seems as if the Editors have turned to their journalists and said, “Go ahead, knock yourselves out, say whatever you like.”

If you think I am exaggerating here are some quotes from satirical site, The Spinoff.

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Bob Jones on Matthew Hooton

Matthew Hooton is the latest person to draw the ire of national treasure Bob Jones.

After explaining some travesties of reporting against him by various media outlets he then sets about excoriating Matthew Hooton.

Despite my comments, I love newspapers and specially the Dom. But I give it maybe five more years due to the short-sighted Fairfax cost-cutting destroying all their publications. The latest newspaper circulation figures show it suffered a disastrous 14.4% drop in sales last year. Every newspaper is experiencing steady drops but none as bad as that.  Staff lay-offs have become a regular feature of late. These sackees are being mopped up by the Weather Office where their creativity has proven a boon to the forecasting department. The sole New Zealand exception is The National Business Review, which alone deservedly enjoyed a growth in sales.

Still, when it comes to fiction-writing, nothing surpasses NBR’sMatthew Hooton’s July effort headed “Bob Jones’ right-hand man set to save Labour.” Over a full page it described how Greg Loveridge was to be the next Labour leader. Apparently he was about to abandon his $9 million Auckland home and recently acquired $3.5 million Waiheke week-ender and shift to Wainuiomata for God’s sake, to pursue Trevor Mallard’s seat, as a first step to taking over the Labour leadership. Hooton backed all of this with an extraordinary NBR radio interview in which he outlined this virtually as a fait-accompli.   Read more » turns its back on the digital age and reverts to snail mail


Yet another online media outlet  has shut off the comment section’s on their articles.At a time when media companies are struggling to survive, they should  ask themselves why their  comments hold so much ridicule and criticism.  If they do not want to see certain comments it is not that hard to moderate them.Technology makes it easy but most MSM these days do not value their readers enough to allow them to have their say.

The Billings Gazette is so backward that they now expect their readers to send a physical letter to the editor. This is as ridiculous as expecting someone to send a message via carrier pigeon. We communicate in the ” instant ” digital world. It is insulting to their readers to expect them to revert to snail mail. It is as silly as a BMW dealership telling their customers to buy an actual horse if they want more horsepower.

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Media focus on the unimportant, instead of the pressing issue of the day

In typical media fashion the focus was put on the unimportant instead of the pressing issue of the day in a recent article about British politician Boris Johnson. The purpose of the news conference was to discuss terrorism. During the discussions the US Secretary of State John Kerry asked a question about the things Boris has said in his past role as a journalist. The media of course made that small question and response the centerpiece of the article instead of focussing on the important stuff.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says it would take far too long for him to apologise for the “rich thesaurus” of rude comments and insults he has directed at world leaders and others over the years.

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Why advocacy journalism is fraught with danger

In recent years journalists have taken to advocacy journalism, where they pick a side and push that agenda…hard. Perhaps the worst offender was John Campbell who, despite falling audiences who weren’t interested in his claptrap, kept on pushing his agendas. He ultimately got the push and is now trying the same thing at Radio NZ.

Sometimes it is the whole organisation. Like the NZ Herald which, in recent years, invested in Kim Dotcom, has run numerous and ineffective “campaigns” and generally pimps out stories handed to them on a plate by the Labour party. Their circulation is heading in the same direction as John Campbell’s ratings.

But when news organisations pick a side and constantly lose the arguments they also destroy their credibility and their audience who no longer trust them to be fair and balanced.

What’s super sad is that when I started counting all of the mainstream media reporters I respect I didn’t run out of fingers. Most of them are just what Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds memorably labeled “Democrats with Bylines.” And that’s literally true – something like 90% of them are, in fact, Democrats. And they act like it. So when Trump refuses to play nice with them, or I hear about another round of lay-offs, the best I can summon up, if I’m in a generous mood, is a half-hearted “Meh.”

The MSM, of course, wants to have it both ways. It wants to be hailed as an institution composed of crusading truthtellers whose integrity and willingness to speak truth to power make them the cornerstone of a free society. Except most of them are really partisan hacks who lie endlessly for the liberal politicians they suck up to. Their relationship with Democratic politicians is less speaking truth to power than sexting their masters. When it comes to covering for their progressive pals, it’s “50 Shades of Newsprint” and the MSM eagerly chomps down on its ball-gag.

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It’s official: media, especially print, now blacklisted by police

This is what happens when your organisation become a crim-hugging travesty.

Police officers are being stopped from taking media calls.

Southern district police commander Superintendent Mike Pannett made the order in a staff “advisory bulletin” on March 7, an Official Information Act request has revealed.

“If you are contacted by media, especially printed media, please do not make verbal comment on any matters over the phone,” Supt Pannett’s email said.

“Please simply ask that all questions are put in an email and then sent to you. You can give the undertaking that someone will reply to those questions in due course.”

There is nothing in the directive stopping officers at crime and incident scenes from making comment and there are still daily face-to-face media briefings on weekdays.

A national media centre opened in Wellington last month.   Read more »