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The pathetic boycott culture of the left

Righteously indignant left wingers demanded boycotts of South Africa over apartheid in the 1970s and 1980s.

They demanded boycotts over France’s nuclear testing in the pacific in the 1980s and early 1990s.

They demanded boycotts over Royal Dutch Shell for its complicitness over human rights and environmental abuses in West Africa in the 1990s and 2000s.

They constantly demand boycotts over Israeli goods because they don’t like Israel’s tough line on Palestinian terrorists. And if you are an Israeli tennis player then they don’t want you playing tennis in New Zealand.

But now, they demand boycotts because John Campbell’s show didn’t get renewed…

“In breaking news, Campbell Live has been axed!”

It hit me a like bolt as I listened to Willie and Ali on Radio Live in the car. I was just heading up the on-ramp to the Harbour Bridge, looking west towards Watchman Island.

It’s one of the great vistas of automotive Auckland. That swoop up from Herne Bay onto the bridge, that view to the Chelsea Sugar factory, it always gets me. I was just thinking about how radio has been the making of Alison Mau, and of Radio Live’s afternoon session with Willie Jackson. It’s now one of the best things on radio, and it owes as much to Mau getting the push from Seven Sharp as anything.

But thoughts of silver linings were still some time off. I was still in shock, even though we all knew it was probably coming. Being part of Mediaworks, Radio Live’s staff are obviously careful about their outpourings over the matter, but Willie and Ali passed on respect and Mau commiserated, in advance, to the poor saps who will front the re-boot of Campbell Live.

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The luvvies couldn’t sustain their support for John Campbell for even a week

The luvvies who came out in support of Campbell Live managed to sustain their enthusiasm for the show for … oh…about 3 days.

Throng reports:

This won’t make pleasant reading for some but the ratings for Campbell Live have fallen away since the initial panic at the potential departure of the show from TV3.  Viewers tuned in en masse and gave the early evening current affairs program the boost in the arm that it desperately needed but last night’s episode failed to rise above Friday’s low.

With Monday traditionally being the highest night of the week and Friday the lowest, this doesn’t bode well for the rest of the week as the Mediaworks executives complete their review of the show.

Source/ Throng.co.nz

Source/ Throng.co.nz

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A case study in professional journalism

The Grey Party

Laila and the kids

Some of the top financial minds behind New Zealand’s economy are at odds over how to solve the housing problem.

The Reserve Bank’s Deputy Governor has urged the Government to look again at a capital gains tax to deter investors.

Left-wing commentator Laila Harre agrees.

“The reason why I’ve always supported a capital gains tax is because it’s a fundamentally fairer way of taxing income,” says Ms Harre.

But Treasury boss Gabriel Makhlouf says it wouldn’t work.

Seriously now, TV 3 went to Laila Harre to get commentary on Reserve Bank and Treasury professionals’ views.

That would be similar as someone coming to me to for a comment on the decline in tofu quality.

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TV3 shows brave initial move to respond to decline in traditional broadcast media ratings

TV3 is to chop its Sunday night news bulletin to 30 minutes, in the latest dramatic move to turn its news department into a “news, commentary and conversation” team.

MediaWorks chief executive Mark Weldon is at odds with many among his 200-strong news staff after announcing “bubbles and bagels” to celebrate the launch of Paul Henry – at the same time as Campbell Live staff were being told their programme faced the axe.

“It was just insensitive and inappropriate,” a TV3 news staffer said.

The reduced Sunday news bulletin, starting on May 24, allows TV3 to move its former hour-long mid-week 3rd Degree current affairs programme to early Sunday evening. It is being renamed 3D and will be shortened to 30 minutes.

Duncan Garner and Samantha Hayes remain the presenters. Hayes will also, with David Farrier, present Newsworthy, the renamed TV3 late news programme that will include a significant “digital element”.

In his first major interview since taking the job, Weldon tells the Star-Times Sunday Business today that he was attracted to the MediaWorks position because he found journalists “very real, gritty, honest and dynamic”.

The Campbell Live review, however, was necessary “to improve commercial performance of the 7pm time-slot, after a consistent 10-year trend of ratings decline, with no reversal in the trend.”

The days where we all came home after a hard slog at work to sit down and eat dinner in front of the telly watching the news are long gone.  Yet TV programming has steadfastly refused to admit this.

Sure, we’ve had people nibbling at the edges with a news bulletin and 5:30pm, and then time-shifting for those that don’t get home until after 6pm, but in the end it hasn’t recogised that we all consume news all day long.

TV “news” is rarely anything we haven’t heard or read about earlier in the day.

Print media are equally constrained by having to hold back their content most of today, so it can all be released in the print edition tomorrow.  Not doing so would mean people refuse to buy the paper as it is full of “old news”.

Weldon is being criticised by media dinosaurs and sleepy journos unable or unwilling to change.

But change is coming, and although I’m not entirely on board with Weldon’s ideas, at least he’s showing the courage to try and make the future his own, rather than have it arrive and drag him along kicking and screaming.

– David Lomas, Stuff

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Did 3 News try to ratf*ck Winston?

There is something very dodgy about the poll 3 News have run on Northland.

They have asked a question that makes anyone who knows anything about polling wonder if they are push polling trying to get one particular outcome in Northland.

Push polling is a very dodgy practice used by people trying to alter the results of elections. Essentially it is a tool to ratf*ck your opponent.

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Commenting Standards from a readers perspective

I haven’t passed comment on our now more than a year old moderation and commenting policies. I haven’t commented for a reason…there is no need to comment, I am happy with the results despite more than a few detractors who are now junking up other people’s sites.

But people have noticed, and here is one reader who has sent in his comments about the difference between comments on my site vs the mainstream media.


Yesterday I read two articles on the same subject – Helen Clark and her ambition to lead the UN, one on Whale Oil the other on TV3’s site.

No surprises in the content of the articles, but it was the comments sections which I though gave a very interesting insight on the whole perception of Whale Oil versus MSM scenario.

Often Whale Oil is portrayed as the nasty attack Blog with the lowest (or no) standards and the MSM the defender of standards and arbitrators of what is right.

Here are  random shots of both sites comments section where I could include at least three commentators who responded to a different point of view – the difference is stark.

I am betting If you asked a non Whale Oil reader who has been subjected to the anti Whale Oil propaganda they would be extremely surprised at the result.

TV3 has it so wrong on so many fronts it doesn’t need pointing out – they should actually close comments on their site if they cannot keep them to a reasonable standard.

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Sledge of the Day – Mark Jennings

Janet Wilson has had her annual whinge about all the “tits and teeth” on television.

In her blog Adjust Your Set, former reporter Janet Wilson gives rival stations and her old bosses TVNZ and TV3 a serve, saying they are guilty of hiring pretty, young females for their looks and not their news-sense.

“They’re not there because they can do the job better than anyone else; sniff a story out at ten paces or craft a yarn that makes us think,” said Wilson.

“They’re there because they simply LOOK good. Try contrasting that with female reporters in the American networks who aren’t considered up-to-speed journalistically until they’re approaching middle-age.”

Just one TVNZ reporter, Christchurch-based Charlotte Bellis, who was schooled in journalism in the United States, escapes Wilson’s tirade.

Bellis, Wilson says, “seems to have got off her chuff and stopped the tits-and-teeth smirking and got out there and told me something I hadn’t heard before … after all, it is news.”

“The rest belong to that inglorious group, the Pick Me Tribe. These are the prancers who endlessly pick up stories from the front page of that day’s Herald and simperingly regurgitate it on camera.”

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TV3’s love affair with the green party continues unabated

Headline and graphic:

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Oddly enough, none of the online article mentions the Greens at all.  Makes you wonder why they were in the headline, especially as the story isn’t about them.   Read more »

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 »

Are TV3’s ratings a reflection of their left lean?

Guest Post

henry-campbell
I have found watching the ratings between Campbell Live and Seven Sharp incredibly frustrating. Last year, for the first time, TV3 looked competitive at 7pm as TVNZ attempted to revamp their current affairs offering causing viewers to either switch over or switch off. On multiple occasions, John Campbell and his team drew in higher average audiences and looked to be on track to turn the tables on TVNZ who have dominated TV3 with a seemingly stranglehold on 7pm. Sadly, when TVNZ made changes again at the start of 2014, viewers abandoned Campbell Live in favour of the refreshed offering on One. Only once this year has TV3 come within a breath of having a higher average audience and that was back in February. Since then, it’s been one way traffic.

Most would agree that John Campbell’s approach to current affairs comes from a genuine place of advocacy. He’s also very passionate about it. I doubt anyone believes John isn’t genuine in his desire to help New Zealanders who are less fortunate but looking at the ratings, there seems to be a disconnect somewhere.

And then Carlos made this comment on twitter:

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