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Face of the day

Today’s Face of the day is a man of courage, a man who stood for freedom of expression, a man who persisted in the face of danger. His body guard was not able to save him or the others at his newspaper. I honour him, and them today and I challenge us all to not let their deaths be in vain. We too must be brave. We too must stand strong against this worldwide threat against the freedoms that we hold so dear.

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Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier Photo: AFP

Stephane Charbonnier, editor of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, was among four cartoonists killed in the Paris massacre which left 12 people dead in total.

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Photo Of The Day

AP Photo/Thibault Camus. People gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against a satirical newspaper, in Paris, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people, including the paper's editor, before escaping in a getaway car. It was France's deadliest terror attack in living memory.

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People gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against a satirical newspaper, in Paris, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar!” stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people, including the paper’s editor, before escaping in a getaway car. It was France’s deadliest terror attack in living memory.

A Message To The World

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Let’s come up with some new adjectives to describe the MSM

When Cam was the Editor of a MSM newspaper the MSM still referred to him as Attack Blogger Cameron Slater or Controversial Blogger Cameron Slater or Right Wing Controversial or attack Blogger Cameron Slater. Many of the e-mails taken by the hacker were working e-mails from when he was employed as an Editor and were between him and his many contacts and sources.

After a respected High Court Judge declared Cameron a Journalist the MSM still refused to call him a journalist. When Nicky Hager used information stolen from Cameron it was not reported as a writer of a book based on a Journalist’s stolen information but as a respected Investigative Journalist reporting on a nasty attack blogger! No doubt the fact that Nicky admitted to deliberately leaving out of the book all the journalists who regularly worked with Cameron and shared information with him ensured that he got nothing but positive press about his commercial venture. After all, he protected their skins, so they had to return the favour or be tarred with the Dirty Politics brush.

No doubt when Freed starts giving the MSM a good old fashioned thrashing, pants down they will still refer to him as a Blogger using one of the above adjectives.

No doubt even as they are forced to lay off journalists and tighten their collective belts while giving away even more copies of their outdated and behind the times product they will continue to get a sense of satisfaction from their adjectives.

Well I say why should they have all the fun?

Time to start a collection of adjectives of our own.

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Dead tree media

Dead tree media

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What is NEW Media?

What is New Media?

What is New Media?

We talk about the MSM ( Main Stream Media ) and the emergence of New Media quite often on this Blog but what exactly is this NEW Media?

What I think it is may be very different to what you think it is. When you hear about a New, exclusively online News organisation what image does that evoke for you?

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My new Best Friend: NZ Herald Editor Shayne Currie

As part of the NZ Herald’s 150 year celebrations, they interviewed their own Editor yesterday. ?To be honest, I think that by cleaning out a few bad apples, there might be some hope for the future after all. ?That’s some pretty straight talk from Shayne.

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There are aspects of this town that make it a shithole, albeit, our shithole

A raw piece from Northern Advocate editor?Craig Cooper, who I suspect won’t mind a full reproduction of his work under the circumstances.

I’d like to shove a large Love It Here sign up this town’s backside.

We have a dirty secret that the biggest Love It Here sign for this proactive local government campaign can’t hide.

I’ve known for a long time that it’s not safe at night in Whangarei.

Now my 15-year-old daughter knows too.

On Friday night, she was attacked, waiting for me near the Old Library, near Forum North, after the Stan Walker concert.

Three youths walked up to her and a friend.

A 16-year-old girl too young to be charged in an adult court told my daughter she liked her top, and her shoes.

She punched my daughter several times in the head, shoved her to the ground and kicked her.

My daughter is 15. She has learning difficulties which make processing information difficult. The sinister overtones of the girl’s comments would have taken a little longer to register.

Just what is Martin Devlin outraged about?

The Herald on Sunday is continuing to show me examples of how they expect me to act as a “decent journalist, trained and skilled” by splashing articles, photographs and videos of Sir Paul Homes (perhaps ‘Sir’ didn’t fit in the HoS’s title either) all over their website and print versions in a frantic effort to outdo all the other MSM to show how much they care, regardless of content quality.

 

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Of course there’s no attribution on this article, ?but being an editorial ?one doesn’t need to look far

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What was that Bryce said to me, oh yes… “if you?re playing editor now you?ll need to start taking the personal stuff out of it.”

What a patronizing hypocrite.

Herald on Sunday insists I act like a “decent journalist, trained and skilled”

The other day I received an email or three from a Paragon of Media Professionalism (POMP) who is paid by the Herald on Sunday. ?I was being asked to lift my game. ?Now that I was “one of them”, you see.

I’m still mulling over publishing the full conversation to the blog.

However, the central message was for me to start acting more professionally. ?I think the point was ?not to make things personal and to raise my standards. ?Like them, I guess?

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Whale Week What Was

682zoomWe started our Saturday by paying our respects to?Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the hard-charging US Army general whose forces smashed the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War. ?He died aged 78. ?At The Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog Mike Smith is told some home truths about long term grass-roots Labour families heading for the Greens. ?A quick vid on how to put out a boat fire the Kiwi way is next, followed by a vote for Best Minister. ?The winner, at 52%, is Judith Collins. ?The Whale Week That Was summarised all the stories this blog covered in the previous seven days. ?A quite active Saturday Debate (for the time of year especially) led a post calling for nominations for Best Political Blog. ?Those who see WOBH as any sort of threat to them (and those that don’t too), should take heed of this Malcolm Tucker quote: “marshal all the media forces of Darkness to hound them to an assisted suicide”.? A CNN piece showing Teachers in Utah taking a class on gun use shows some common sense around the gun debate. ?A reader has taken yesterday’s US Fiscal Cliff graphic and created one for New Zealand – great work. ?As Cameron Slater predicted from the outset, the Aussie Hoax DJs will not face charges. ?The NZ Herald continues to amuse – this time a car crashed into a poll. ?The blog then introduces us to two sexy taxidermists showing you don’t have to look like a front row forward to deal with dead animals. ?And you’d think we’re picking on an incompetent NZ Herald, and you would be right. ?This time they have Jesse Ryder beating himself at Eden Park in Wellington. ?Then a hilarious story about a Queensland woman who fell into the longdrop and was there for two hours before being discovered by her husband. ? Turns out that during the Falklands War the French tried to send missiles to Argentinia behind Margaret Thatcher‘s back. ?Commerce first eh? ?The last post of the day highlights a report of a man holding up a Countdown Supermarket with a hammer. ?Our readers get fired up about the idea of hammer banning.

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