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The continued defamations by Colin Craig

Colin Craig called a press conference last week. At that press conference he hurled all sorts of accusations live to media, and handed out a booklet at the same press conference.

That booklet contains many defamatory allegations, none of which are true. Colin Craig repeated those defamatory allegations on all media outlets including Radio NZ, TVNZ, TV3, Radio Live and NewstalkZB.

The Conservative party hosted that document, and the defamatory press statement of Colin Craig and Helen Craig.

They were notified that continued hosting of the document would expose all of their office holders and the party to an action that is being contemplated against Colin Craig. The document has been removed and the press statement as well.

Other media have likewise removed the document.

Colin Craig has, it appears, mailed out that booklet or distributed to an unknown number of households, and the proof was furnished in a tweet by Toby Manhire.

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One News viewers don’t buy TVNZ pimping the poor

Why does the MSM continue to pimp the poor when their readers and viewers are clearly non-sympathetic?

Is this just outrage-bait?

So why are the idiots continuing to whine to the media when they can clearly see they’ll be used and eviscerated?

There’s little sympathy from ONE News readers for a west Auckland man who was told by Housing New Zealand (HNZ) he had to wait up to 10 days to get his fireplace fixed.

Earlier this week a problem with Stefan Atkinson’s fireplace meant it became a fire risk and left him without a heating source.

Initially HNZ classified the issue as urgent, but on Friday that was downgraded, and Mr Atkinson was told it would be 10 days before HNZ could fix it.

Yesterday HNZ visited Mr Atkinson to drop off an emergency heater as well as providing $100 of pre-paid power so that he can afford to run it.

A story detailing Mr Atkinson’s plight was posted on the ONE News Facebook page yesterday where it was overwhelmly met with a tone of toughen-up and wait.

ONE News reader Tim Williams wrote: “Is this guy for real? Does he think tradies are just sitting around WAITING for emergency work? Join the queue mate and stop moaning. You got a free heating source for the meantime. YOU won’t have to pay to get the chimney fixed, you get cheap rent.”    Read more »

My Good Friend Brian Edwards passed judgment on the NZ Herald

My Good Friend Brian Edwards seems a bit curmudgeonly these days. Perhaps the butcher has run out of good luncheon sausage?

Anyway MGFBE has passed judgement on the NZ Herald and found them…ermmm…wanting.

Under the editorship of Shayne Currie the New Zealand Herald has been transformed from a quality newspaper into little better than a trash tabloid.

I need to be a little more precise here. Mr Currie has responsibility primarily for the Monday-to-Friday Herald and it is to those editions that my remarks apply.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS Nellie Bly was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864. In the 1880s and 1890s, as a reporter for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World, she was a pioneer in investigative reporting.

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
Nellie Bly was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864. In the 1880s and 1890s, as a reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World, she was a pioneer in investigative reporting.

Elizabeth Jane Cochran (Nellie Bly)

A Brilliant Reporter; A Brilliant Example

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The most powerful man in New Zealand Politics according to Martin Martyn Bradbury.

Super Politics Guy

Super Politics Guy

Just how powerful is this man that Martin Martyn Bradbury can’t stop blogging about?

Apparently he is incredibly powerful and can control government organisations and individuals  as well as the MSM.

According to Bradbury he is Super Politics Guy, able to leap two story OIA requests in a single bound. When he snaps his powerful fingers things happen and people get rinsed.

Here is a selection of quotes from a number of different posts written by Bradbury about Super Politics Guy.

 

He can control the Police:

Which begs the question, did a friendly cop who likes ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ decide the hard drive wasn’t stolen…

While we are on that, could we ask again why ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ had his complaint against Hager actioned within 36 days when Don Brash couldn’t get his actioned after a year?

Super Politics Guy ‘ on the other hand has an investigative journalist’s house raided within 36 days of making his complaint.

I. Dont. Understand.

 ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ makes a complaint to the NZ Police that his emails were hacked and stolen on August 28th. By October 2nd, the NZ Police had 5 Officers search Nicky Hager’s house for 10 hours. That’s 36 days.

That’s unbelievable isn’t it?

Super Politics Guy ‘ whom the PM calls regularly and describes as ‘colourful’, gets his complaint actioned within 36 days with a 5 cop, 10 hour search. Don Brash, the leader of the Opposition at the time, gets nothing after a year.

The Labour Party made a formal complaint regarding the allegations in Dirty Politics on the 1st of September, the Greens made a complaint on the 14th of August, yet it is ‘ Super politics Guy’s ‘ complaint made on August 28th that has had priority. Whose interests are the NZ Police serving here?

 

He can control the MSM:

…the mainstream media. Their slavish, uncritical devotion to Key for 6 years has been caught out by their deep involvement with ‘ Super Politics Guy

In short, while the compromised mainstream media who have empowered  ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ as much as Key has tries to claim Key will win by a 50% landslide

It’s incredible that TV3’s 3rd Degree had the money and resources to use ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ as a source again to track down 3 of Kim Dotcom’s former workers in the Philippines for the shock horror revelation that he may have called NZers ‘cheap arsed farmers’ once and yet not one single member of the entire NZ news media can seem to track down and interview Jason Ede…

They don’t want to investigate Dirty Politics any longer because most of them are all complicit in helping and enabling

Super Politics Guy ‘ and want that conveniently forgotten.

Look at this picture…

Chart showing Super Politics Guy at the centre of all things Political

Chart showing Super Politics Guy at the centre of all things Political

 

…what’s missing? Conveniently all the mainstream media contacts Super Politics Guy ‘ fed.

I certainly believe that there are many in the mainstream media who are complicit with ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ in progressing the Dirty Politics agenda of demonising anyone they see as a threat

Every day I have rushed to read the paper to see if a breaking story on the Ede-‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ emails had broken yet. They haven’t. Day after day, where are these emails? We know Rawshark sent the emails to David Fisher and Matt Nippert, yet nothing

 

He can control the Labour Party:

Both of ‘Super Politics Guy’s‘ mates leading the Labour Party?

That’s just too depressing to even consider.

So let’s give the sleepy hobbits what they want, uncomplicated boiled meat and 3 vege politics led by ‘Super Politics Guy’s ‘ mate, Stuart Nash as leader.

The graceless win of ‘ Super Politics Guy’s ‘ mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here ‘ Super Politics Guy’s ‘ mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into Hone’s face.

 

He can control the election result:

Can Labour be saved? Why ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ & National won and why we need a new media

So why did ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ and National win such a thundering victory?

 

He controls the SIS and the GCSB:

Did the SIS/GCSB just take down @whaledump from Twitter?

As Whaledump gets close to releasing the ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘/Ede emails, the deep State has moved to shut down what is now being seen as a national security issue.

 

He controls the National Party and John Key:

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The farce whitewash that Key is trying to push through here for the inquiry into Judith Collins role in a hit on the SFO should enrage any NZer, regardless of how they vote.

Super Politics Guy ‘ won’t be forced to appear, it’s happening after the election and the scope is as tiny as Key can make it.

It’s a farce, a whitewash, a joke.

How could ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ have known what was in OIA request before he got it?

 

The Herald and their Whaling Crusade

An email from a reader.


I’ve been following your ongoing stoushes with the Herald with interest. What’s been puzzling me for some time is why the Powers That Be at the Herald would allow their employees to keep putting the paper’s reputation at risk by publishing what can only be described as tabloid journalism.

Part of the reason, I concluded, is that the paper’s owners, APN, are safely offshore, across the Tasman, and happy to allow business as usual as long as the money keeps flowing.

So is it? I compared the oldest earnings report I could find, pre-APN-ownership (1999), when Tony O’Reilly’s Independent Media Ireland reported earnings from NZ operations of 28 million Euros EBITDA (approx. NZ$56 million at the exchange rate at the time).

Last fiscal, APN reported NZ EBITDA of A$53 million (call it NZ$59 million).

So – earnings up 5% in 15 years. Not great, but no doubt it looks pretty good in the context of a disintegrating newspaper industry.

So how is the Herald (the largest single item in the APN NZ portfolio) managing to sustain this revenue stream?

I’ll let you into a little secret: it’s not from circulation revenues. I’ve compiled a year-by-year chart of the Herald’s circulation over the last 15 years (the numbers aren’t perfect because the newspaper industry is quick to sweep its past under the rug, preferring that you focus only on the last couple of years of numbers, not see them in historical context — but Google is my friend, enabling me to find at least one number for each year).

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Media is more entertainment, less facts – Hillary Clinton

Hilary Clinton once famously declared that there was a “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” out there and coined a phrase at the same time. I’m not so sure it was vast.

Now she has decided to round on the media…again.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lamented the state of journalism on Wednesday, telling an audience at the University of Connecticut that journalism is now driven more by entertainment than fact based reporting.

Clinton, who has been the focus of national media attention since the early 1990s, told the 2,300-person audience that “journalism has changed quite a bit in a way that is not good for the country and not good for journalism.”

“A lot of serious news reporting has become more entertainment driven and more opinion-driven as opposed to factual,” she said. “People book onto the shows, political figures, commentators who will be controversial who will be provocative because it’s a good show. You might not learn anything but you might be entertained and I think that’s just become an unfortunate pattern that I wish could be broken.”

Clinton’s comments came as part of the question and answer portion to Wednesday’s event. University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst asked Clinton about how journalism has changed and whether journalists could help break gridlock that has halted work in Washington.

The former secretary of state went on to say that she feels there is a space for “explanatory journalism because there’s a lot going on in the world that needs explanation.”

The former first lady also had a tip for journalists: Do your homework.  Read more »

The Faketivism epidemic

Social Media has led to the emergence of even more faketivism.

If you look at the recent examples of such activities, we can look at the hounding of the CEO of Mozilla out of a job, and in New Zealand the recent actions by Giovanni Tiso against Radio Live and also the jihad against Paul Henry when at TVNZ.

Fakectivism is social media activism by small numbers of people that is integrated into the news cycle because it matches the media’s political agenda.

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Fakectivism online multiplies the problems with media coverage of left-wing activism by completely distorting the number of people participating in a protest and their credibility in representing anyone except themselves.

In real life protests, the media routinely reported higher turnout for left-wing protests and lower turnout for conservative protests. Online, Fakectivism dispenses with head counts. If it’s a trending topic, then it’s news. And sometimes it’s news, even if it isn’t.

Fakectivism begins with left-wing agitprop sites selectively collecting tweets in support or against something. Invariably the handful of tweets are described in collective terms as “The Internet” being outraged or supportive of something. The use of the collective “Internet” is a staple of Fakectivism because it conflates a manufactured story with the impulses and opinions of billions of people.

Successful Fakectivism moves up the ladder to higher end left-wing websites searching for teachable controversies. These websites have enough status that they are monitored by producers and editors from the mainstream media looking for stories.

The mainstream media harvests content from sites such as Slate or the Huffington Post and reframes it in biased but credible language while disguising its sources. Twitter Fakectivism is invariably described as a “backlash” or a “firestorm”. Phrases such as “Twitter was lit up by outraged users” give non-technical readers the impression that the complainers represent the consensus of the site instead of a small number of overactive users.

The manufactured Fakectivism becomes a major news story by a successive filtering process that disguises the dubious source and the credibility of the originating event.  Read more »

Southland Times editorial on Press Council changes

The Southland Times editorial is very good on the changes the Press Council is making to include bloggers.

Sometimes the news media need to grab their ankles for a health check.

This being the case, it’s a welcome development that bloggers and other digital media are being offered to partake in the process, by means of membership of the Press Council.

It’s a body that weighs up complaints against principles including accuracy, fairness, balance, privacy, confidentiality, discrimination, the use of subterfuge, the distinction of comment and fact, and conflicts of interest.

Inviting independent digital media to succumb to such extra scrutiny not only brings more accountability but, equally, credibility.

It doesn’t do any news or current affairs media any harm to be found out when they have seriously erred, nor to have their judgments independently endorsed, as occasionally happens too.

Nowhere is it written that those running their own websites must now form an orderly queue and join up. But the absence of a self-regulatory body has become an issue for those bloggers and sites that have become heavy hitters. And those who aspire to be. So they should be willing to join up.

[This is provided the yet-to-be-confirmed costs aren’t disproportionately high compared with their income and that they are fairly represented on the complaints panel.]  Read more »

Journalists as politicians

With the alarming uptake of journalists moving to grab jobs as politicians, mostly for the Labour party it might be timely to re-visit an article from 2010 about this very same issue in Australia.

Sure it is from Australia and from four years ago but it makes for interesting reading nonetheless.

Peter Costello, now a civilian, has bagged the practice of journalists going into politics.

From Channel Nine’s 2010 election commentary panel, the former lawyer and Liberal treasurer (1996-2007) was remarking on the defeat of Labor’s Maxine McKew , a former ABC current affairs presenter/interviewer and Bulletin journalist, in the seat of Bennelong.

In his column for The Sydney Morning Herald on August 18 he wrote:

“Every so often a journalist chances their arm in real politics. Maxine McKew is one. Her underwhelming parliamentary career shows how much harder it is to do than it is to pontificate.”

Putting the possibility of partisan bias in Mr Costello’s dismissive remarks to one side, the issue of journalists crossing over into politics is worth thinking about.

Is it a good idea given the role of the Fourth Estate in a democracy?

Journalists are meant to be independent ‘pontificators’, objective observers of governance and a key part of the accountability process. They are not meant to cross over into party politics with all the vile distortions (spin doctoring) which accompany contemporary adversarial games.

Journalists, particularly political journalists like Maxine McKew, know about the viciousness of politics in Australia. They know about vested interest influence peddling through slush funding practices. They know about factionalism, tribalism, smear, character assassination and zealotry. They know about media management and focus group rhetorical and policy manipulations which pervert honest engagement with the electorate.

When a journalist decides to leave journalism for politics without a cleansing career change in the middle it does bring into question their ethics and leanings for their most recent work. It is much the same if a politician immediately becomes a lobbyist straight after bowing out of politics. It smells a bit whiffy and looks slightly dodgy.  Read more »