Manufacturing public opinion the TV3 way

It looks like TV3 is going to have another crack at manufacturing the news.

I have just been sent this information about an”exciting new show” they are proposing.


As you may be able to tell from the flyer above, it looks like what they’re trying to do is lure a bunch of Young Nats or those who claim to be pro John Key or pro free market capitalism on to a TV show where it will then be revealed to them that their Nike shoes, iPhones and other accessories they hold dear are brought to them by a much-loved “free market” that thrives on exploiting workers in sweatshops in the third world and other dodgy means of production. Basically trying to make them appear as either ignorant or cold-hearted right wing Key lovers.

It is insulting that the nasty media commies think we are stupid enough to fall for this and shows a new level duplicity and deviousness.


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  • Blue Tim

    Hypocrites all of them as they too have their iWhatevers’, S4s, Nikes, Levi’s etc.

  • rockape

    There are more Nikes worn in bro town than the young nats!

  • blokeintakapuna

    Perhaps TV3 should take Helen Kelly and the CTU instead? The CTU could finally get some traction and might even appear credible in places like Bangladesh and India.

    TV3 might even score an Emmy Award for exposing those countries that perpetuate child slave labour.
    I’m sure if they asked her if she wanted to stop child slave labour – she’d be up for it.

    • Muffin

      fucking leave her there

  • Josh Metcalfe

    New Zealand as a society has already decided we aren’t prepared to pay more for domestic products with our worker’s rights. If they want to do a show about how that’s wrong good for them. But to claim that it’s all the fault of people like me is disingenuous and wrong.

  • blokeintakapuna

    since it’s a “Top shelf” production – maybe they could ask Winnie? He’s always up for some top shelf – especially if someone else is footing the bill…

  • Anonymouse Coward

    So the Julie Christie era begins. Reality TV, all you can eat.

    • Rex Widerstrom

      Precisely. Cheap, lowest common denominator bubblegum for the brain. If it was politically motivated at least it’d have some credibility.

      But there’s likely to be a spin-off already in the works whereby some student Marxists given seats in a boardroom and discover they like the perks of management and that their philosophical underpinnings are as shallow as the IQ of the people who watch this pap.

      Next up, someone who’s done nothing in their life except appear on a reality TV show gets parachuted into an actual media job and finds they’re hopelessly out of their depth. Oh, wait…

  • David

    And it’s a rip off, this was done in the UK a few years back and I think may well have been screened here.

  • Kiwikea

    It’s when your company is broke, so there is more “reality” tv. Going down the drain fast. No wonder Sky doesn’t care about the EPL rights, they are probably a year away from being the only relevant primetime content provider.

  • maninblack

    The pinkos love to have all the techy istuff as well.. hypocrites!!

  • Saccharomyces

    “exploiting workers in sweatshops in the third world” – surely the exploited workers could go back to what they would be doing if the sweatshops weren’t there, i.e. subsistence farming. I bet these exploited workers would tell you which they’d prefer….

  • CheesyEarWax

    Are you sure this is a new show and not John Campbell Live? If the former may I suggest a name for it, lets see… about A Night with JC, The JC Show, More of the Same with JC, Me Myself & JC, The Great Dictator…?

    • Cadwallader

      How about “A Night of Engendered Envy Politics?” Host by the vile little creature.

  • Vlad

    Looks like a rip-off of a BBC series called Blood Sweat and T-Shirts, in which naive plonkers were sent to India, got all indignant that the workers weren’t paid as much as out-of-work bludgers in the UK got on welfare. Outcome, right-thinking people won’t buy goods made in low-wage country; poor people will starve to death and the left will feel righteous. Just like greenies ploughing up poor people’s food crops to plant biofuel.

  • tarkwin

    I reckon they might be trying to make a reality show about how a good honest socialist leaning news manufacturing, Campbell employing T.V company went bust. They will then go on to show how it was all the fault of Nike wearing tech savvy, John Key voting, gainfully employed socially aware people who are far too bright to go anywhere near this steaming pile of contrived shite.

    • Mediaan

      That would be right. TV in this country doesn’t move unless somebody overseas has done the parallel, and not succumbed to viewer ignominy or vampire assault or something.
      When are we going to get the intelligent applicants in our top broadcast media jobs? Rather than the relatives and friends of crooks?

  • Agent BallSack

    Heres a thought – send Jamie Ridge to one of these countries and leave her there.

    • tarkwin

      Now that is funny.

  • Vlad

    OK, so let’s say what this kind of programme says ought to happen, gets to happen: Every employer in India/name your country is forced to pay a “living wage” as determined by HKelly International. Result, all the businesses go bust as nobody buys their products, economic growth nosedives, millions starve to death. Now are you happy?

  • jagilby

    Get someone to go on there and then fit them out with bespoke clothes made in London and a Nokia phone made in Finland.

  • Harroputza

    Are you in your twenties? Do you have strong opinions and views on the value of socialism and the welfare state? Are you the next Metiria Turei?

    Do you want to find out more about how and where your tax dollar is spent and the kind of person and lifestyle it supports?

    Shit, I’d apply for a job in TV, but I don’t think I have the correct political persuasion.

  • Daniel Church

    Ooh! Do you get to meet Bryan Bruce and John Campbell? :D

  • pukakidon

    This is obviously a copy of the British program where they send young twits to third world sweat shops to see where the poor people make these sort of goods for the likes of us bad people.

    It might make the Green Hypocrites realise where their I phones come from.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Careful, this is a trick by Max Headroom, Network 23

  • Kopua Cowboy

    Wow I can hardly wait, sounds like real hard hitting, insightful watching!!

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Supporters of John Key are not free market capitalists. I support trade liberalisation and open markets with sensible regulation because it is necessary. John Key’s economic views are centre-left.

  • Tiberius

    I would go just for the free holiday, but I wouldn’t enjoy it with cameras following the whole time. I know perfectly well where my iphone comes from; a factory where they apparently have put nets under the windows to stop the workers jumping to their deaths, rather than improve working conditions. We don’t realise how lucky we are in this country.

  • Mediaan

    Agree with all you say, WO.