It must be Christmas, media running obligatory granny dumping story

This same sort of story runs every year…granny dumping is a worry...apparently.

Emergency departments across New Zealand face a grim and growing annual Christmas tradition, dubbed “granny dumping” by hospital staff.

Each Christmas season, elderly people are being left at hospital emergency departments as the families who would normally care for them take off for a summer break.

New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association national secretary Deborah Powell confirmed “granny dumping” was a growing reality.

“It is a thing – we are seeing more of it. Every year that passes, we are seeing a bit more.”

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Denzel Washington – “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed,”

Denzel Washington calls out the media:

Denzel Washington is making the rounds discussing his latest movie Fences, but at the Washington D.C. premiere of the film he took some time on the red carpet to revisit a topic absent from the film: the media.

The Academy Award-winning actor (and former journalism student at Fordham University) discussed the state of news today and, in the process, spit some real truths about the “fake news” epidemic we find ourselves swimming through.

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed,” Washington said in response to a question regarding a fake news story about the actor’s political leanings before the election.    Read more »

Should a stock photo of a child be used to illustrate a news article about child rape?

Both Stuff and the New Zealand Herald chose to illustrate an article about the rape of a ten-year-old New Zealand schoolboy with a stock image of a young boy on a bed with his head in his hands. One of our readers sent me an e-mail about it. They said that even though it is a stock image they couldn’t understand why a journalist would use someone’s real child in an article about a child raping another child. They said that they  felt absolutely sick before they even read the article.

Apart from the content of this article being awful – WTF with using a stock photo of a 5 or 6 year old to highlight a rape?

What is wrong with reporters???????????????????
-reader e-mail

This is the stock photo that the New Zealand Herald used.

The woman, who was not named to protect her son’s identity, said another child witnessed the incident. This image is a stock image.

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Media are embracing Facebook, but is it a good idea?

Media are embracing Facebook. We’ve seen fake news site TheSpinoff close comments and send everyone to Facebook, same with Radio NZ and a number of other sites.

Insiders at NZME. and Fairfax tell me that they are embracing Facebook for news because they get 100% of the revenue from ads…for now.

But as a long-term strategy, is it a good idea?

Nope. Frederick Filloux explains:

Facebook is made up of dozens of millions of groups carefully designed to share the same views and opinions. Each group is protected against ideological infiltration from other cohorts. Maintaining the integrity of these walls is the primary mission of Facebook’s algorithm.   Read more »


Stop reading the news

One of the people I read to give me ideas, strategies and direction is Ryan Holiday. A great deal of what we do here at Whaleoil comes from his ideas. One of his books is my bible.

Now you may think I am giving up our secrets, but the reality is no one will bother to try to emulate me, for a start they don’t have the work ethic I do, and they aren’t prepared to do what it takes.

That said, Ryan Holiday makes some observations about the media and politics:

The last few months have been particularly unhappy ones for me. Not because there was anything wrong in my life; on the contrary, in my life things were going surprisingly well. The source of my misery? I was caught up in the news cycle.

I told myself it was partly my job. But the reality is, I was doing less of my job. How could it have been otherwise? I’d become consumed by a divisive, contentious, scandal driven news loop. Twitter. Google News. Apple News. Facebook. Longreads and hot takes via Instapaper. CNN. Email conversations. NPR.

My media diet had gone from abstemious to addicted. As someone who is normally self-disciplined, I felt guilty about the time I was wasting and the energy I spent emoting about things far beyond me, and yet, I could not control it. I know I am not the only one—the most common thing I’ve heard from people the last few months is: I can’t wait for this election to be over so I can go back to work. I’d venture to guess that there is someone else, who deep down, can at least relate to that sentiment: Fellow (and admitted) news junkie and, now President-elect, Donald Trump.

It’s time we all came to terms with our compulsion: How is anyone going to make America or themselves great again—if we’re all glued to our devices and television screens? How can anyone maintain their sanity when everything you read, see, and hear is designed to make you stop whatever you’re doing and consume because the world is supposedly ending?

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Are NZ Herald ‘Journalists’ Afraid Of Insulting Islam?

Shaykh Anwar Sahib has shut down the at-Taqwa YouTube channel so it is harder now to see the hate that he thinks is appropriate for even public consumption. The widely (except for Labour and the Greens) condemned Auckland hate preacher was exposed in January by Whaleoil for having known Islamic State supporters in his mosque (masjid).

Before the videos were taken down, we found one more clip of interest.

It shows the radical Shaykh admitting that he knew about contact that was made by a ‘sister’ trying to warn the NZ Herald that the masjid promotes terror. We can only hope that she wasn’t beaten with a hammer when she got home.   Read more »

Media hotshots prove yet again that they can’t be trusted

The media never learn. They were called to an off the record meeting with Donald Trump. They also agreed not to disclose the content of the meeting.

Then what did they do?

That’s right, they blabbed about it like the precious little snowflakes they are:

Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post.

“It was like a f–ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.

“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said.

“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down,” the source added.

A second source confirmed the fireworks.   Read more »

Trotter on journalism, such as it is

Chris Trotter has finally woken up to the abject failure of the media and to the chattering classes.

DAMN AND BLAST HILLARY CLINTON! Not just because she lost – exposing in the process the appalling political judgement of the Democratic Party. And not just because her failure has saddled the world with President Trump for at least four years. Those sins, on their own, more than merit political damnation. But there is another sin for which I would like to see Clinton blasted. The sin of exposing the vacuity of contemporary journalism and the powerlessness of the mainstream media. Because, to be perfectly honest, Clinton’s failure is my failure too.

Strong words.

Then Trotter embarks on a typical left-wing hypothesis complete with jargon that no one even knows what it means.

The story has its beginnings in the Watergate Scandal. I was just 18 when Nixon was driven from the White House by what everybody said was the investigative journalism of, among others, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, and The Washington Post. For one brief shining moment journalists were hailed as heroes and journalism was portrayed as a force so powerful that not even the office of the President of the United States could prevail against it.

Forty years on, however, it is clear that Nixon’s fall owed as much to the deliberate and secretive manipulation of the news media as it did to the efforts of the courageous journalists, Woodward and Bernstein. After all, the latter’s’ key informant, the infamous “Deep Throat”, turned out to be no less a buttress of the American “Deep State” than Mark Felt, the Associate Director of the FBI.

In the movie, All the President’s Men, Deep Throat is portrayed as a reluctant but principled whistleblower from the dark heart of the Washington bureaucracy. A more probable explanation, however, is that Felt represented a Deep State faction determined to drive the mentally unstable Nixon out of the Oval Office. In 2016, it is equally probable that a highly-motivated Deep State faction, this time based in the FBI’s New York Field Office, used the news media to prevent Hillary Clinton from re-entering the White House as President.

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NZME admits their business model is failing

Adhub is a business unit of NZME. They run ads across their network and are utterly ineffective from personal experience.

Back in 2014 they approached me to do my ads. They, like everyone in the industry promised me the earth. I certainly had the traffic that advertisers would want.

After 6 months however, I had to give them the flick. They paid me much less than Google ads ever have.

It turned out however that the lack of bookings was politically motivated and they had sneakily removed me from their pitch documents and website, at the same time adding The Standard, The Daily blog and Scoop Media. They tried to explain it away blaming the agencies for the lack of bookings.

So colour me surprised when I received this email via the tipline begging for confidentiality while they try and save the business. Given their lack of honesty towards me in the past, I can’t really see myself honouring their request:   Read more »


Another reader emails Fairfax

Another reader has emailed Fairfax:

Hi Fairfax,

Please stop treating us like this.  Please stop sneaking in left wing politics into entertainment sections like Your Weekend and film reviews to support your Uber liberal narrative. I don’t want to read so-called comedians support anti-democracy protests, or how JK Rowling is so fantastic because she’s a globalist in your film reviews.

And stop it already with how fantastic transgender women are. I’m sorry you think real women pale in comparison but that’s just not true. We matter and we matter more than those who think they’re women.   Read more »