Face of the day

Ad, an anonymous poster on The Standard Blog

Ad, an anonymous poster on The Standard Blog

Today’s face of the day is an anonymous poster on the The Standard Blog called Ad.

He seems to feel that if you can’t beat them you should join them and so proposes that The Standard try to be to Labour what he thinks Whaleoil is to National.

I think that this is very funny, as given the whole Dirty Politics shebang, that would mean…

  • Andrew Little would get grilled for weeks on whether or not he is in text contact with authors on that toxic,vile, Left Wing attack Blog The Standard.
  • Any politician in Labour who is a family friend of a blogger on The Standard will be vilified for weeks in the MSM for associating with them and will be held accountable for what they say both in public AND in hacked e-mails.
  • Andrew Little will have to put up with a Blog that he cannot control, a Blog that will say when it disagrees with Labour party policy or disapproves of how he personally handles things.

So what pearls of wisdom does Ad have for The Bloggers on The Standard?

Does it strike you that one of NZ’s very few leftie institutions (either party or media) to come out of the 2014 election unscathed is The Standard itself?

The Standard is to Labour what Whaleoil is to National…Left and right and MSM can now see the power of blogs – what they have done and can do. This day was coming – it’s time.

Um but isn’t that Dirty Politics? Isn’t that very power and influence what you have all been railing against?

Continuing as is, however, the Standard will become to politics what TransportBlog is to transport: preaching in a narrow conversational base from the converted to the converted. And therefore changing nothing. The Standard must march its banner out of home, or remain a media adolescent.

I want to put it right out there: The Standard can take the next step in New Zealand’s political order, and it should.


1. Article authors should have expertise. Qualified authors will then be broken into the MSM with immediate quotability and echo… Named authors will confront MSM dominance head on and become new media figures. Then let all commenters pour in.

2. The Labour Party and the Green Party should be jointly invited to make The Standard their default online dialogue from MPs to members and to the world. Kill their own sites. Become the dominant portal for the future coalition. The Standard brings activists together like no other media in either digital or analogue worlds. That latent political potential now needs converting

3. The Standard should broaden out its targets. Check out the Australian site Crikey. It tracks its own power against Murdoch on a monthly basis. It has earnt its own swagger by taking on causes, egos, and winning.

4. The Standard needs to be reformed as a company. It needs a Board and shareholders, an advertising base that gains corporate and NGO respect, and have ambition. Have its own weekly (hell daily) editorial committee that directs theme and positioning – like grownup media do. It should seek to at least become NZ Site Number 2.

Er isn’t that capitalism?

..The Standard is the most powerful non-party leftie force in New Zealand. Neither Labour nor the Greens nor the Unions nor any leftie NGO can now live without it….we’ve been bitching and moaning about how stuffed the entire leftie movement is for months now, when part of the answer is staring us in the face.

Because if we leave it as is, the default policy and political content on everyone’s devices this time next year will be Television Goddam New Zealand and the NZ Goddam Herald. They have massive marketing programs to achieve this.

With continued redesign, The Standard should be the default app for all leftie cellphone users. With redesign of its author system, The Standard can break more stories than Whaleoil. With relevant clicbait, more videos, and more comedy, we can broaden beyond the political anoraks.
Let’s use this site to help get from We Lost to We Can Win, by doing and altering media our way.

Sooo you are saying that Cameron Slater is a journalist and does break stories and that you need to emulate his winning techniques, interesting.

I believe The Standard can and should be the primary media voice for installing and then critiquing the next leftie government. But The Standard needs to accept its own power.

It is time for The Standard to Put On The Ring.


The one ring to rule them all

The one ring to rule them all


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