grief porn

American media, Political parties and Grief porn

“Grief porn”  is when the media use grieving family members to sell a story. In the case of the American Muslim parents whose soldier son died fighting for America, their grief has been politicised by the Democrats to benefit them with the support of the media. As the below article points out, when the Republican Party did the exact same thing, the media were highly critical of not just the Republicans but the grieving mother herself. The difference between the two headlines are stark.

  1. Khizr Khan’s words won’t be soon forgotten
  2. RNC manipulates the pain of a grieving mother for partisan gain

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How low can the media sink?

hypocrites

It’s not been at all hard to take the high road over the last week and a bit.   With my media colleagues reveling in my private communications and enjoying what they think is the damage they are doing, they don’t understand it has set a new expectation:   private media emails are now in play.

I’m not going there unless I’m forced to.  I think confidences are necessary.  As is some level of respect and professionalism.

But it does show the media’s self imposed thresholds as to what goes and what doesn’t have significantly changed.

We’re seeing a lot more door stepping, a lot more gotcha journalism, and an erosion of privacy.

I get the irony, as I have myself been rightfully accused of not respecting those boundaries.   The problem is, some media luminaries were micro-leaking bits and pieces from my hacked private correspondence on Twitter yesterday.

Think about that for a minute.  This isn’t the hacker.  This isn’t Whaledump, or a left blog or a political party.  These are professional journalists that have access to my private emails care of the hackers, and they are deliberately picking little tidbits to reveal in personal Tweets.

This isn’t journalism the way I know it.  And it isn’t what they were told in ethics class, I’m sure.

But people in the same company were doing this yesterday:   Read more »

The (stupid) face of naked greed

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That man looked at the MH17 crash and thought… “now, that’s a great source of inspiration for art”.

Yes, art.

Or maybe, he was just after a quick buck?  Cherie Howie will help you decide:

A man who bought a personalised plate bearing the flight number of downed Malaysia Airlines’ jetliner MH17 says his purchase is a “priceless piece of art”.

Massey delivery driver Russell Montaperto spent $650 for the plate a few days after the plane was shot down while flying over a region of Ukraine under the control of Russian separatists.

Australia-based Kiwi Mary Menke and British-born Otaki man Robert Ayley were among 298 killed in the atrocity.

Montaperto hasn’t had the plate made yet, and was not sure when that would happen, but he had no doubt it was something he wanted.

“It’s like a priceless piece of art. When people see that, it means something to them … because it’s part of history that has affected the whole world.”

I guess I left another option out.  He could also me a complete moron.   Read more »

Henderson needs more loving

Len in Fiji

Excuse me if you haven’t had breakfast yet

A reader writes:

Hi Cam,

Was it just me, but did anyone see the tv clip a few nights ago where Len Brown had made the trip out to the site of the recent fatal stabbing of the diary owner in Railside Avenue in Henderson.

At such a s tragic turn of events you would think that the mayor (flanked by Penny Hulse) would have something at least sympathetic if not enlightening to add.

I wasn’t expecting much to tell you the truth… as he makes my flesh crawl…but what he said left me gobsmacked.

He said – words to this effect – “Henderson needs more lovingRead more »

Scumbag media. Yeah, I’m looking at you Wilma McCorkindale @FairfaxNZ

Headline:

Children’s funeral strictly policed

Opening paragraph

Tomorrow’s funeral for two Dunedin youngsters gunned down by their father last week is to be strictly policed.

Also in the article

Police say their family is worried about huge media interest in the event, and has asked for respect. A media area has been set up outside.

The family has asked that it and friends not be approached by journalists and not be photographed at close range.

So what is the second sentence in that piece?   Read more »