Beneath contempt

Andrew Klavan

Andrew Klavan

Andrew Klavan writes about the state of the media and proclaims them to be beneath contempt.

[W]hat we have in our news media is a cabal of over-educated but under-smart elites under the hilarious impression that one power-hungry party is out for the good of mankind and the other staunchly opposed. It’s such a stupid thing to think — such a blitheringly naive proposition — that reacting to them with outrage seems almost unkind, like slapping a child for believing in Santa Claus.

That, dear readers is called the narrative…and it is as much true in New Zealand as it is in the US.

And yet one feels one has to say something. Take a look at the mighty John Nolte’s timeline of journalistic lies about the Zimmerman-Martin affair. From CNN falsely attributing a racial slur to Zimmerman, to NBC’s actionable editing of audio to make Zimmerman seem racist, to the New York Times‘ invention of a unique racial category (white Hispanic) useful for nothing but the ginning up of public hostility, there is a childlike insistence that the world be as Democrats claim it is, rather than as it really is, a willing suspension of disbelief in a political distortion. It really is so infantile that it would be kind of sweet and silly if it weren’t so dangerous. I mean, it’s all fun and games until somebody puts out an eye — or burns down a city. 

The way the media manipulated truth and facts was appalling, even lefties in New Zealand like Josie Pagani were trotting out their lies and mistruths as fact.

This is not a political problem, it’s a cultural one. Leftist journalists trained by leftist professors and encouraged by leftist entertainers to slavishly serve the aims of leftist politicians. This circle will not be broken by the cowards and hapless fools on the other side of the political aisle, but only by new educators and new journalists and new culture makers who refuse to conform, rebels who respond to the ceaseless barrage of cynical and racist distortions with facts and moral truths. They can be liberals or conservatives as long as they’re honest. They just can’t be liars and clowns as most journalists seem to be today.

It better happen fast — it better happen now — because jurors like the ones in the Zimmerman trial, jurors who serve the truth above all, will be ever harder to find in a culture shaped by the current set of miscreants.

This has been a shameful affair and America’s newsrooms — and the people who create and encourage them — are to blame.

Not just America’s newsrooms, ours as well.

 


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  • grumpy

    Bloody well said!

  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    But in NZ, National supporters say the media has a left bias, and Labour supporters say it has a right bias. But then we all know that it really us who are right, right?

    • OT Richter

      They have a bias towards whatever increases their reader or viewer numbers. At present it appears (fitting into your stereotype Euan) that the Herald and Campbell Live etc seem to think that bashing the current govt is the way to go. If they stood back and actually had a look at who and what the Labour/Greens have to offer, they could… well actually there would be nothing to report on.

      • sheppy

        If they took a bigger step back they’d discover that the Herald has a very low readership and that a lot of the population avoid the TV News. So I guess that strategy isn’t going that well!

        • Euan Ross-Taylor

          Sheppy, if they step back they’ll fall off the cliff!

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        When Labour were in power, there were so many hack pieces in the Dom about how smart Michael Cullen was and how Helen never slept and about factions in the Labour party.
        I wish I kept a scrapbook.

    • Jman

      Surveys of mainstream media journalists voting sympathies invariably show that left wing parties are overwhelmingly represented in their ranks.

      Here’s a recent example from Australia:
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/its-easy-being-green-at-the-abc-survey-finds/story-fn59niix-1226647246897

      • Euan Ross-Taylor

        Don’t get me wrong Jman, I think I understand the stacking of lefties in the MSM. I was referring to the lefties crying over at the stranded about how ‘right biased’ the media is and how JK gets more airtime than Sheep…

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          John Key is not right wing. He is centre left. I can show you some right wing policies. Just follow elitisttory’s posts.
          I am a consequentialist libertarian who’s disenfranchised.

      • Dave

        Poor Example Jman, That survey asked ABC Journo’s, they might as well have conducted the survey inside the labour party.

        The ABC is known as Auntie, an organization that is more left than the Australian labour party. Many many politicians have called for the ABC to be shut down, and whilst changes to funding and content have been made, its still as left as. Howard made some inroads, but now largely undone by Gillard/Krudd.

        • Jman

          I gave an example of a mainstream-media organisation that has a left wing bias. But because it’s TOO left-wing, its a bad example? Is that your logic?

          Anyway, if you read the full article it also refers to the left- wing bias of Fairfax and News Limited.

          In comparison, Greens voters represented 20 per cent of the 86 journalists who revealed their intentions both at News Limited, publisher of The Australian, and Fairfax. Labor was the most popular party at both major publishers, with 55 per cent support at Fairfax and 47 per cent at News Limited.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      The NZ media has a right wing bias? Anyone who thinks that is well over in the loon spectrum. I can tell you now though, Australia is WAY more left than NZ, but NZ is very left.
      How often do journalists approach the Green party for a comment on an issue when they can’t even win an electorate and the only people who vote for them are credulous undergraduates who “rebel” against society by conforming with each other, put on stupid hats and sign petitions without understanding any of the issues in the petitions properly?

  • Middleagedwhiteguy

    I believe that is the job of the media to hold our politicians to account, but I do find that the media holds some politicians to account far more than others.

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      Too true. Why do we see virtually no Greens ever held to account for their obviously loony policy and actions? Many people who go about their day to day business actually think the Greens stand for a viable alternative because there is no credible media challenge to what would really happen to our economy if any of their hairbrained schemes ever see the light of day.

      • Dave

        The greens have Policies?

        • Euan Ross-Taylor

          Their solution to Aucklands transport problems is to provide dedicated cycle ways, safer pedestrian access and more buses FFS. Has any media thought, ‘now how would that service the city in reality?’ But no, just a ‘Well that is what we would expect from the Greens, instead of calling them out on their dumb city genocidal ideas.

        • sheppy

          Yep, close everything that makes money down

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          Yes, they’re about the same as those of the 19th century luddites. I’m sure you can find a manifesto in one of those picture book social histories of England. :-)

      • OT Richter

        Fuckwit Normal on TV3 news last night talking about the UK customs/cellphone drama, but anyone half-listening or half-witted would have thought it was the NZ govt taking peoples phones & data at the border. Constant referals to “the Government”, but leaving out the important ‘UK’ bit.

      • blokeintakapuna

        …and that’s just another reason why WOBH is so popular – to counteract all the MSM bullshit and slanted narrative.

        Even more worrying on a longer term basis is not only the way media are “trained” but also the philosophical slantings that goes into teachers…

        “Leftist journalists trained by leftist professors and encouraged by leftist entertainers to slavishly serve the aims of leftist politicians.”
        Leftist teachers training college, leftist teachers, teaching leftist scaremongering, educating & influencing the next generation of voters. THAT’S where serious reform and resetting the narrative needs to happen.
        Free the young minds!

        • Polish Pride

          Freeing the young minds needs to be from both the illusions that are the left wing AND the right wing narrative.

          • Dave

            No polish, just training them to REPORT the facts, without an OPINION, and then stating it as an opinion, along with Disclosure of their leanings. Then some investigative Journalism would be good occasionally. A few Examples, you can find the stories yourself.

            The pimping of the poor, but WOBH and the army outed that story, remember the RTD’s, Sky, Beer, new Iphones in the picture, previous credit history, non payment of rent stretching back years, but the LEFTY Journo’s expected NZ to believe their straight bullshit.

            The HORRID publishing a story about a poor prick who couldn’t afford to live on his MODEST salary as a SALES person for the Media. Poor Salesperson i would say, and Polish, where was their retraction / correction.

            It’s their own making Polish, they are well and truly stuffed, more and more kiwis are turning off their diet of manufactured bullshit daily. Hopefully they will collapse very soon, if I was in charge of strategy at the Horrid, I would have done a back room deal with another few papers, and merged the lot to cover NZ with one paper, a few local stories so it looks local, and HONEST stories, researched and BALANCED.

            They can all stew in their own bullshit, they created this by following their university leanings, their editors persuasions. More fools them.

            Financial advisors, Insurance salespeople, Real Estate agents, etc etc need to disclose any potential conflicts, yet we listen to Journalists who are on payrolls of Unions and Political parties and tell porkies, yet their corrupt political pedigree is hidden. Case in Point – Bradbury, Matt McCarten.

          • Polish Pride

            Dave I believe both your and my assertion to be correct.
            Ignoring the illusions of left vs right partisan politics and even better understanding that that is what they are – illusions is the best way of being able to report facts without impartiality.

          • parorchestia

            The media does not check its “facts”. They accept what they are told by sources. This is lazy and dangerous reporting. Then they compound the problem by mixing opinion with the reporting of facts.
            We have to educate our young people so they are able to distinguish well established fact from “fact” and opinion.

          • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

            It is quite easy for anyone to do this. All they need to do is read Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono and remember: “it’s white hat time when I write the news and red hat time when I get onto my twitter account.” Simple.

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          It really is sick how the teachers bombard impressionable children with propaganda. I got it when I was at school in the mid-to-late nineties. I remember it very clearly. The trainee teacher had this wide eyed look like she had just been let out of the sanatorium by Stalin, and the bromides she spouted off against English culture and the subsequent glorification of Rousseau’s idea of the noble savage just reeked of a dumbed down pernicious academic trend which empirical evidence long since falsified as a plausible narrative of the nature of the human condition.
          Whoever closed down the loony bins and managed to horde these people into these new mental institutions and extract an enormous amount of money for the privilege of housing them is the greatest financial genius/scam artist since Charles Ponzi.

      • Polish Pride

        Yes because nothing is more important than the economy..

        • Euan Ross-Taylor

          Dumb hippy comment. We who live in this city pay rates. More and more money is being required of us every year. A vibrant city is founded on it’s economy. The ‘richer’ the city. the more it can fund lifestyle quality ideas. If you want lifestyle alone, go and live in the bush; no rates – but no theatre either.

          • Polish Pride

            No more the comment of someone who sees the system for what it is and knows that money has become a barrier to achieving most of the things that are really needed at many different levels in society. It is no longer just a mechanism for exchange.
            See Euan The richer the city narrative is only applicable in the current system. Unfortunately the current system is deeply flawed even to the point that most Economic theory right down to Maslow’s hierarchy is incorrect because it is all derived from within the bounds of the current system and not from the requirements of mankind.
            To be fair The System has evolved to where it is. That does not change the fact that it fails to meet the requirements of mankind on numerous levels.
            So no Euan not a hippy comment full of peace love and mung beans. Just an unbiased one and one that sees the BS that is the left vs right paradigm designed to keep you focused on the opposition rather than the System itself. .

          • Ratchette

            Not sure what you are ‘on’ but stay on it & dream the dream.

          • Polish Pride

            It is simply called opening your eyes and taking the time to understand the actual reality and failings of the system we currently have.
            Having been a systems analyst for nearly 20 years and applying those principles to our current system and being able to see the fundamental flaws in it helps a lot too. It even shows up that most economic theory on which much of our current system is based, is also flawed.

          • Euan Ross-Taylor

            Your problem Polish is that it seems no one else wants to live in your utopia, therefore it is just pie in the sky. Now back to reality…

          • Polish Pride

            This I not my problem at all. The problem and it is more your problem than it is mine, is that too many people do not understand the true reality of the world in which we live. unfortunately with trying to make a living, feed a family, have some recreation time and get some sleep and generally play the game the way it has currently been set up/evolved (take your pick), they don’t have the time to understand it either.
            First its not a Utopia.
            Second You’d be surprised about how many people are right behind this move including some already in the corridors of power. It is also understood and supported by many in the younger generation for whom the current system isn’t all its cracked up to be in their eyes. Being lied to by politicians, seeing Bankers commit a myriad of crimes and get off scot free. whilst joe public commits a crime with far less damage caused and gets 10 years jail time.
            Seeing Govts oppressing dissent with a more and more militarized police force. Seeing their more and more of their rights taken away. Seeing the corporatization of their political system.
            All I can say Euan is keep watching this space.
            You keep focusing on the importance of the economy though. Forget about technology like 3D printing, that if it evolves like computers and cell phones have, has the ability to collapse economies on its own.
            Your reality Euan is unfortunately an illusion. If you took the time to understand the actual reality and thought longer than the 3 year election cycle…. you would have at that point started thinking for yourself. You should try it, it’s quite liberating in many ways. Start by turning off your television.

          • Euan Ross-Taylor

            You really took the time to write all that for me?

          • Polish Pride

            Not only you Euan there are many others that read WO as well but as your earlier posts have shown you to have intelligence then yep part of the reason in writing it was for you. Had you shown yourself to be an idiot… I wouldn’t have bothered.

          • Euan Ross-Taylor

            I had better read it then
            aha…
            aha…
            aha….
            It seems that you have read me quite wrong. I’m not really interested in a 3 year election cycle; the truth be known, I am really most interested in eternity.

          • Polish Pride

            truth be told I didn’t actually think you would be. Not sure why I left it in.

        • OT Richter

          The stronger the economy, the more there is to go around for the bludgers that choose not to contribute to that economy.

          • Polish Pride

            You do not need an economy to ensure there is more to go around. In fact removing the economy altogether and replacing it with a system focused on automation of roles, technology will enable everyone to have far more than even the strongest economy in the world can provide.

    • Bunswalla

      Exactly – case in point when prior to the vote on the Sky City/Convention Centre deal, Paddy Gower (admittedly in a desperate attempt to avoid jim-jamGate) criticised National for ensuring the vote would go along party lines. Said they “didn’t have the guts” to allow a true conscience vote – even though every single National MP campaigned on the deal.

      If there was any sort of balance he would have admitted, or someone in the studio should have asked, whether Labour and Greens were going to do the same thing, or would they allow a true conscience vote?

      Nobody asked, astute observers already knew the answer, but all the plebs would have heard is “John Key is gutless”.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      In the USA the press are Obama’s lapdogs even though he spies on them and puts them on no-fly lists. This is the result of the chickens of the PC era educational model coming home to roost. Hey, he’s not one of those mean right wingers.
      Shows what happens when you bring in student loans and try to “educate” the masses.

  • Dave

    Having lives in both NZ and Aussie, it has afforded me the opportunity to watch the Media and compare

    In 1997 when Howard was elected in Aussie, I noticed the media was fairly middle ground, working through politicians statements looking for discrepancies in their stories and working with Analysts who costed their promises, I was amazed it seemed fairly balanced. The media in Aust attacks the pollies caught out stretching the truth and outright lying Sure, the NSW media seem to be more left than their counterparts in Vic, but compared to the NZ media, they look 100% balanced.

    Back in NZ mid 2000 to 2011 I was utterly amazed how left they are, right through to having an outright union hack writing straight bulkshit, it was amazing! However, the recent events aroun Shearer give me some hope they might just might be able to see beyond their Stalinist early journalistic education. As fair as we are on the Labour Party, credit where credit us due, somehow they manage to get the NZ media to lie on their side the vast majority if times. Maybe it’s time to Balance NZ’s Journo schools and start from scratch, or just wait another few years until a few like the Horrid disappear and blogs like this grow and become far more relevant than a biased political paper.

    • blokeintakapuna

      it already has become far more relevant – and the MSM with their stale, failing business models are spitting tacks, green with envy and are painting themselves into further irrelevant corners taking up the left’s narrative…

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      Love your typo(?)

      “…outright union hack writing straight bulkshit…”

      About sums up the Horrid reporting right there.

      • Dave

        Oops, that was posted via my iphone, Discus reduces the line to about 8 characters so almost impossible to see what I had typed. Will leave it there.

    • cows4me

      The vast proportion of our media are like the band that played on the Titanic as it slipped beneath the waves. Still playing the same old leftist crap while hoping against hope that the pig ignorant, you and I, will one day see the light. I’m afraid these two bobs will still be playing the same old tune as the bow ploughs into the shit.

  • mike

    Best news program in the world… The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

  • Ratchette

    The NZ Herald has a (Neilson) readership over 500,000 (not circulation) in the North Island – mainly Auckland. Thankfully no longer on sale in Australian main centres. It was an embarrassment to New Zealand. Also not on sale in The South Island. The Dominion dominates Wellington. ……… Reducing size to tabloid & outsourcing some services overseas was necessary. Heavily reliant on frequent real estate reports, out of date overseas news, items written by opinion writers, cringe writers, winge writers – accompanied with large photos to minimise written content. How much longer can the ever shrinking excuse for a ‘National’ newspaper survive ?

  • tspoon

    The main tactic of the left is to :
    a. lie about something
    b. become outraged about lie.
    c. accuse one of being some kind of monster for pointing out lie.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Edward de Bono can help them. White hat for writing the news only. Readers of the news can distinguish between what is simple factual reporting and what is emotion and opinion. If you call yourself a journalist, trained and skilled and you can’t write an objective narrative of events or identify that an aspect of your piece features opinion, then you really ought to thrown your PC wipes in the bin, clear out your desk, buy a toolkit and head down to Tradestaff or Quin Workforce for some ongoing work lugging Persian rugs out of the back of shipping containers.

    Read his book, Six Thinking Hats. He’s written it in the style of a shameless money-hungry whore like Tony Robbins and the book empowers a lot of cretins, but it is short and the ideas are succinctly expressed.

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