Is Katie Bradford coaching MSNBC anchors or are all media entitled like her?

Remember at the last election when the media went all in on Dirty Politics and then couldn’t believe the voting public ignored them.

She famously said on camera near the end of the 2014 election campaign that “No matter what we do, no matter what we say, the polls still favour National.”

Now it appears MSNBC has been infected with the same arrogance and entitlement.

Sometimes the mainstream media slips and tells the truth. MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski did just that on Wednesday, but we are certain she didn’t mean for this little nugget to slip out.

Sitting next to Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe, Brzezinski was in full complaint mode over President Trump having the audacity to think he gets to control what people think when that’s “our job,” she said:

“He is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think.

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Hey NZ politicians, have you heard of Geert Wilders? Dutch prime ministerial hopeful Geert Wilders has said that the Quran is more anti-Semitic than “Mein Kampf

Hey New Zealand politicians, have you heard about Geert Wilders?

He’s the leader of a political party in the Netherlands called the “Party for Freedom”. He’s campaigning in the Dutch elections, which will be held just three weeks from now.

The media hate him. The European Union hates him. And most of all, advocates of open borders and mass immigration hate him.

Because Wilders opposes mass Muslim migration. And he has called for the de-Islamification of the Netherlands.

Wilder is under constant threat of assassination by Muslim extremists. And he’s been prosecuted by the Dutch government for “hate speech”, merely for criticizing their open borders policies.

Oh — did I mention it? Geert Wilders is currently leading the polls.

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We need an update on what constitutes un-parliamentary language

Fast times in Parliament usually end in heated debates, but not everything goes in terms of what can be said.

Insults, “unbecoming” language and accusations of dishonesty are banned, according to a list on the New Zealand Parliament website, but we’re seriously considering getting some of these phrases back into circulation in the newsroom.

Some of our favourites include the 1936 term “Fungus Farmer” which may have been rude in 1936 but is a perfectly legitimate occupation today.

Another favourite is the 1949 banned phrase “His brains could revolve inside a peanut shell for a thousand years without touching the sides.”

One of the few times I agree with journalists.  Time to liven up parliament, especially in an election year.   Read more »

Guest Cartoonist: Wormwood from Martian Magazine

Guest Cartoonist: Wormwood is a renowned yet mysterious artist. After serving his time fighting in the Middle East, he’s committed to making comics, comics so dark they have a 36% chance of getting aborted. Perhaps you’ve met him once on a dimly lit train to Budapest, or in a musty opium den in Shanghai. They’re out to get him, but he’s on the run and always a step ahead. A bit of a drinker. You will find his work at





Mental Health Break

Checkmate: Real feminists are refusing to wear the hijab

Real feminists do not submit to the culture and values of a foreign culture and a misogynistic religion/ideology. They make a stand as all these women have done. It is no accident that all these women also happen to be highly intelligent. I suspect that their ability to think logically and to visualise what their opponent is going to do in the future is behind their principled stand against the hijab. When you think about it the Islamisation of the West is like a Chess game. Only some of us are not fooled by their use of pawns. Only some of us can see ten steps ahead and know where their attack is heading.

Marine le Pen

French…National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon’s grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter.

…After meeting Christian President Michel Aoun – her first public handshake with a head of state – and Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Monday, she had been scheduled to meet the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian

He heads the Dar al-Fatwa, the top religious authority for Sunni Muslims in the multireligious country.

“I met the grand mufti of Al-Azhar,” she told reporters, referring to a visit in 2015 to Cairo’s 1,000-year-old center of Islamic learning. “The highest Sunni authority didn’t have this requirement, but it doesn’t matter.

“You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti, but I will not cover myself up,” she said.

The cleric’s press office said Le Pen’s aides had been informed beforehand that a headscarf was required for the meeting and had been “surprised by her refusal”.

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Map of the Day

Looks like New Plymouth has elected another dud mayor

This guy is 44 years old and rides scooters…and the people of New Plymouth elected him as mayor. Looks like they’ve picked another dud.

New Plymouth’s mayor has been labelled a “pensioner basher” and compared to Donald Trump after calling baby boomers the most selfish generation ever.

Mayor Neil Holdom’s contentious baby boomer comments were published this week in New Plymouth’s Live magazine and immediately angered community leaders who work with pensioners.

Government appointed SuperSenior Champion Lance Girling-Butcher decried it as “pensioner bashing” while former New Plymouth District councillor Keith Allum said the mayor’s singling out of one group was wrong and exactly what Trump was currently doing to Muslims.

For his part the first term mayor has stuck by his words in which he described baby boomers as the “most selfish generation we’ve ever known” and that they were the first generation to be richer than their children “basically on the back of housing inflation”.

“But who’s going to buy all your property, because none of our kids can afford it? Your grandchildren are going to be the first generation poorer than their parents,” he is quoted as saying.

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Police told off for using Taser on scumbag

In a report released on Thursday, the Independent Police Conduct Authority says the probationary constable shot a man running from officers in the back and leg during a chase in Mt Eden in October 2015.

“Police policy is clear that a Taser can only be used on a person who is assaultive”, authority chair Sir David Carruthers said.

“As the man was running away at the time he was tasered, his behaviour had not met that threshold. The officer’s use of the Taser on the man clearly breached policy.”

The man had earlier led police on a pursuit in a stolen Porsche, before fleeing on foot when the car was stopped by spikes.

The authority said the officer believed the man was trying to get into a house and fired twice to stop him. It accepted the constable was inexperienced and worried about public safety.

The probes hit the man in the leg and back. However the man pulled them out with no obvious ill effects and continued running. Read more »


Nice to see a Labour MP standing up for victims of crime for once

Normally Labour MPs are the first to show themselves to be criminal friendly.

One Labour MP, however, is making a stand on behalf of victims.

Stuart Nash highlights the injustice where a man killed his 2-year-old daughter by suffocating her. He was charged with manslaughter and found guilty. He will be out inside 18 months…that’s not justice for his victim, robbed of her life by her father.

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