Willie Jackson

Question for our media: why don’t you ignore fabricated ‘race’ attacks?

It must be election time again, when the usual Maori political suspects need to cheaply raise their public profile.

How, what has worked in the past?

Oh, wait!

Let’s call people racists!

Iwi are to gain control of Maori Television and millions of taxpayer dollars in an election year lolly-scramble that is alarming officials.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says “racist” Treasury and State Services Commission officials are trying to stop his paper going to the Cabinet next week, because they fear iwi will misspend Crown money as they allegedly did with Whanau Ora and Kohanga Reo.

The only reason these “racist” attacks keep working is because the media are happy to buy into the staged bun fight.

No exposure, no need to stoop as low as to label Treasury and State Services Commission officials as racists.   Read more »

JT to sue Mediaworks, slams the sisterhood

John Tamihere is going to sue Mediaworks over his dumping from Radio Live.

NBR reports:

Former RadioLive host John Tamihere says he will sue MediaWorks over his departure.

Mr Tamihere and co-host Willie Jackson werestood down last month after a controversial interview with a girl who phoned saying she was a friend of a victim of the Roast Busters.   Read more »


Alasdair Thompson said some incorrect things, and rightly lost his job and his career.

Alasdair Thompson

Alasdair Thompson

Paul Henry used the correct name and pronunciation of an Indian woman, leftists howled with outrage, unions protested outside TVNZ and he had to quit and leave the country.


Paul Henry

Aaron Gilmore got drunk and abused a waiter, he was hounded from office by baying media, ending his political career.

Aaron Gilmore

Aaron Gilmore

Willie and JT said some dumb things and were hounded off air, costing JT his job.


Willie Jackson and John Tamihere

Len Brown fucks someone on the Council table, takes undeclared freebies, fails to comply with the code of conduct, lies about lots, has form in lax fiscal controls with his spending, and will “endeavour to do everything he can to follow those through on your behalf”.

Len Brown

That’s fair, right?

The mayor is laughing stock and a disgrace. He should go.

Willie and JT off air until next year at least


At 12:10 today Radio Live announced via a statement from Willie Jackson and John Tamihere that they will be off air at least until the new year as they speak with management about the implications of their shows last week.

They made an apology to listeners, advertisers, and staff at Radio Live.

They stated they do not condone rape or rape culture.

In the end though they are off air for the rest of the year.

A reader emails about the attention span of the media

A reader emails me about the state of the media and their attention span of a gnat.

I’ve noticed today that yet again the media has managed to get itself off-topic and be distracted by a side show event that is secondary to the main news event.

Back last month we had the Len Brown dodgy sex-gate and within a week the mainstream media had been distracted off topic by a PR spun side show conspiracy that Whale Oil and John Palino had orchestrated a hit job on Len. Sniff. Poor Len.

The real story was Len’s very dodgy behaviour in office. Like references for the girl he was nobbing, using his Council paid PR guys to work him out of trouble and rooting in the office and hallowed rooms of town hall.

Now we have these complete idiots calling themselves Roast Busters (what does that mean anyway?) who have essentially raped a pile of girls under age and bragged about it online. That and the lack of police action is the news.   Read more »

Tough guys prey on 13yo girls then run like cowards when things get hard

These “Roastbusters” turkey are a bunch of blouses…the brag about raping and stupefying 13 year old girls…then do a runner when things get a bit heated.

The Herald on Sunday reports:

“Roast Buster” Joseph Parker has skipped town after threats and abuse were shouted at his family home.

The Herald on Sunday has spoken to his family through an intermediary, who defended Parker’s actions despite video on Facebook showing him and his friend boasting about sex with young, drunk girls.

His family is adamant he did the right thing and fronted up to police on realising the sex had gone too far.

The turning point was an encounter with a 13-year-old girl, who alleged three boys had group sex with her. But when she protested, Parker had pulled another boy off her, saying they had gone too far.

The girl had told her family and laid a police complaint. The girl’s older brother had gone to the Parker residence in West Auckland to confront him, but Parker was away.

On Parker’s return home, a family friend says, Parker’s stepfather had taken Parker to Henderson Police Station to make a formal statement about the encounter with the girl.   Read more »

Guest Post – Rex Widerstrom on the Jackson/Tamihere debacle.

Rex Widerstrom

Rex Widerstrom

As someone who’s sat in a talkback studio, waiting for the lights to blink to indicate a caller wants to fill a few minutes with something other than my increasingly desperate blathering, I know exactly what it’s like to be Willie Jackson or John Tamihere. They, at least, have one another to talk to if those lights steadfastly refuse to illuminate. When you’re in the studio on your own, the phrase “dead air” seems palpably real. You stare at the microphone that stares back, sightlessly accusing you of not being interesting enough to provoke Fred in Takapuna to press a few digits on his phone rather than jump online and comment on that damned upstart Slater’s blog.

You’re constantly walking a fine line between stirring up the audience sufficiently to get prompt them to call, and not making an ass of yourself by saying something clearly calculated just to cause outrage, though increasingly – and especially on Radio Live – the latter tactic seems to be not just accepted but encouraged. How else to explain hour after hour, day after day, of Michael Laws’ entirely predictable and by now well canvassed opinions that the poor, the infirm, the mentally fragile and of course “fat brown slugs” are responsible for any plight in which they may find themselves?

Anyway, back to “Willie and JT”, as they seem to want to be known. I don’t believe their now infamous interview with the victim of “Roast Busters” was a premeditated attempt at attracting attention to their show – though goodness knows they and everyone else could do with some, as their lacklustre ratings clearly illustrate – which only makes what transpired worse.   Read more »

Judith Collins on rape culture


Judith Collins writes a short and to the point column at the Herald on Sunday:

I’ve never been a big fan of short skirts. With our robust Kiwi figures, they’re best left to super models. So, I’ve been interested to hear a couple of middle-aged males commenting on what these fashion choices mean. What’s the scantily-dressed girl trying to say, they ask.

Well, for a start, John and Willie, they’re not dressing for you. They’re not even dressing for teen boys. Girls dress for other girls. They dress to fit in. They dress to be part of a group. They want to be respected and they want to be liked. They want to be beautiful. They dress to impress. They copy their celebrity idols. These might well be fashion crimes, but short skirts and cleavage don’t signal a willingness to be victimised.  Read more »

Reality bites: Is there free speech on commercial radio?

The Willie Jackson / JT storm has left its teacup and everyone is distancing themselves.  They are even being thrown under the bus by traditional allies such as David Cunliffe

The Prime Minister won’t appear on Willie Jackson and John Tamihere’s radio show again this year as pressure mounts on their bosses to take action against them for their treatment of a young woman on air.

Labour leader David Cunliffe also confirmed he would decline an appearance if invited.

It caps off a mostly horror week for RadioLive parent company MediaWorks as several major advertisers withdrew from the station amid the furore, and the broadcaster lost some of its most popular US television shows. The furore shaded to a degree the work of TV3 in leading television coverage of the story.

John Key has appeared on the show on occasion but a spokeswoman said he would not do so again this year and no further appearances were scheduled.

Mr Key would continue with his regular interview slot on Marcus Lush’s breakfast programme.

Mr Cunliffe said he would not appear on the show “at the moment”, with some party members unhappy with Tamihere’s comments.

As advertisers withdraw, there have been calls about editorial independence and free speech being subverted.   Read more »

The carnage continues, Telecom and Vodafone bail too

Two more companies have bailed from advertising on the Radio Live Willie and JT show.

NBR reports the ongoing carnage:

Vodafone has followed suit and suspended all advertising from RadioLive.

Vodafone acting head of external communications Emma Carter says in a statement:

“The issues raised by the “Roast Busters” case are of huge concern to us all at Vodafone including the way that social media has subsequently been exploited to expose and attack the victims.”  Read more »