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Bomber, Tumeke and the next step…

Written By: - Date published: 11:33 am, February 12th, 2013 - 65 comments
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Bomber Bradbury today steals The Pope’s limelight by announcing that he is stepping down from Tumeke. But fear not Lefties – it’s for a good cause…

Why I’m stepping down from Tumeke – what I have in common with the Pope today

Dear blogging whanau.

I never thought I’d ever have much in common with the Pope, but today is also the day that I am announcing that this will be my final month at Tumeke. …

I’ve decided to step down at the end of the month because of an incident that occurred last year.

It was the Labour Party Conference. Watching the mainstream media manufacture a leadership coup because they were personally surprised by the shock of members and unions wanting to make the Party more democratic astounded me.

It made me realize how small and narrow the focus of the mainstream media really was. The manufactured crisis at the Hobbit, the Titewhai fetish at Waitangi, and the ease with which media are turned into a vehicle for Government spin rather than critics of Government spin are all to me, examples of what happens when we have so few avenues for a counter perspective.

As Seven Sharp becomes the new dumbed down bench mark for critical public debate, I’m determined to put together a counter weight to that narrative and start to not only challenge it, but to begin amplifying the arguments needed for us to find the solutions to 270 000 kids in poverty, a real unemployment rate in double figures and the highest rate of inequality we’ve ever had.

We need an economic debate, a social debate and a cultural debate that has no fear of slaughtering New Zealand’s right wing sacred cows. Sadly we have a news media and hard right blogosphere that only seems to want to feed, water and maintain those sacred cows.

On March 1st I’m launching something new, consider it my media blow for a more egalitarian New Zealand. That announcement will be made next week on Tumeke. …

I’m very excited with what I am about to launch. Beware the ideas of March.

Follow me on TWITTER or FACEBOOK for all the latest details.

Why not head on over to Tumeke and wish Bomber well…

65 comments on “Bomber, Tumeke and the next step…”

  1. Colonial Weka 1

    I can’t comment at Tumeke because I don’t belong to any of the comment clubs it is set to, so my thoughts here in case Bomber turns up…

    I’ll miss your writing at Tumeke, but look forward to what comes next and hope I can support it in some way. It’s exciting to see a new initiative on the horizon. All the best.

  2. King Kong 2

    He’s too late. …[RL: Deleted. Not needed.]

  3. GREAT TO HEAR!!!!!

    Go Bomber!!

  4. Tiger Mountain 4

    The loneliness of the long distance columnist, go Bomber! Jim Moro Bar still does not want you back by the way.

    • Bearded Git 4.1

      I text him every week “Bring Back Bomber”

      • Tiger Mountain 4.1.1

        Heh, go Git I email him too now and then. Don’t buy the “bombastic” line given all the soft gutted middle classers they have on RNZ panel. Jim gets rather defensive, “no I won’t have him back”–what is with the “I”.

  5. saarbo 5

    Go bomber…something needs to be done!

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    I still hope that Bernard Hickey’s idea for a journalism.org.nz enterprise can get off the ground at some stage. Good on ya Bomber.

    • Rogue Trooper 6.1

      Hay, does anybody graze the world news links that you neigh of?

    • Draco T Bastard 6.2

      Journalism.org is a good example of why capitalism doesn’t bring about the dynamism that its supporters believe it does. In fact, as this example shows, it actually brings about the opposite as the vast majority of people just don’t have the wherewithal to be dynamic as the majority of the wealth is tied up by the few rich pricks.

  7. Rogue Trooper 7

    btw, good on ya Bomber, (I also do not comment on other blogs, ‘cept The Jackal, because of the Ridiculous formatting, lets follow the commentors and see what else they get up to, ALSO Frankly Speaking, is EXCELLENT writing / compilation and wotta bout that Guy? hmmm, pretty clever imo) . Now how about the tangata whenua and the tradition of koha; my neighbour Gave, yes Gave, me a tele and freeview box so that I can laugh hilariously at the politics in this country, particularly at Reinhard Dick Carter’s attempt at ignoring our world renown Indonesian activist friend. wotta Dick!

  8. tarkwin 8

    Stealing the Popes limelight???? Can’t wait to see the head lines, “Bomber posts on The Standard – Vatican panics!”

  9. TightyRighty 9

    sounds like someone tossing their toys because they didn’t get the tv station they wanted.

  10. TheContrarian 10

    Really? Who cares. The guy is a ranting, lying nobody who is completely unable to brook any criticism, no matter how well founded.

    An egoist of the highest order

    • Rogue Trooper 10.1

      contrary to popular opinion

    • Jackal 10.2

      Do I sense some jealousy there TheConformist, and what ever happened to your blog? I can’t find it on google anywhere… Consigned to the digital dustbin I guess.

      • TheContrarian 10.2.1

        Indeed, I attempted blogging but mothballed it. Haven’t posted for nearly a year – tried and gave up when I realised I was never gonna write enough to keep it fresh.

        But jealous of Bomber? Please – the guy is liar and screeching, shit flinging, orangutan. Why be jealous of someone who can’t write for shit when I could be jealous of Hunter Thompson, Fareed Zakaria or Bill Bryson.

        You know, writers who have the respect of their peers and have actually done things.

        • lprent 10.2.1.1

          Multi-author blogs are the way to go… They are a bit few and far between on the rightish. You could ask at No Minister.

          • TheContrarian 10.2.1.1.1

            Yeah but I am not on the right so where does that leave me?

            • Colonial Viper 10.2.1.1.1.1

              Plenty of ground for pragmatic centrism which makes sense, in this country. The ground that NZ First and United are supposed to occupy but completely fail to because they believe that centrism is taking some stuff from the Left, some stuff from the Right, and making an un-intelligible, philosophically incoherant miss-mash of it, as they pander towards who can give them the baubles of power.

              • TheContrarian

                I do aim for pragmatic centrism and I agree with you when it comes to NZF and United.
                Centrism/moderate =/= half left/half right.

                • Colonial Viper

                  If you take a look at how King Dick ran NZ, you’ll see some good lessons that today’s “centre” could learn from.

                  • TheContrarian

                    I have actually done a bit of reading on Seddon and Ballance in recent weeks.
                    Both interesting characters in their own rights.

                    I liked Seddon’s style I must admit.

      • TheContrarian 10.2.2

        Lets throw in Christopher Hitchens while I remember.

  11. just saying 11

    Thanks for your work Bomber. I’ve followed your blog for ages and always found it to be a valuable and interesting part of the wider NZ media. Nobody in the ‘sphere has worked harder than you to fight the movement against democracy and towards a police-state. I expect that work has made life difficult for you in some ways

    I never did figure out how to comment at your place, so I’ve had to cheer you on silently.

    I’m looking forward to your new venture.

  12. Aww 12

    Good on you BB! Glad to see you are choosing to focus your energy on something new. NZ needs you more than ever.

  13. ak 13

    Onya Bomber. The degree of ship-scared vitriol from the tools of Money tells me you’re onto it with a vengeance. Look after yourself brother, a kiwi John Stewart is what they fear the most, and cornered rats will bite….

  14. infused 14

    Surprised people read his dribble.

  15. higherstandard 15

    Who is Bomber Bradbury ?

    • Tiger Mountain 15.1

      He’s a guy that gives a much needed serve to the blue bellies, bureaucrats and bloody Hobbit lovers.

      • higherstandard 15.1.1

        Oh, OK, I’ve not come across him before.

      • TheContrarian 15.1.2

        “He’s a guy that gives a much needed serve to the blue bellies, bureaucrats and bloody Hobbit lovers.”

        Really?

        I thought he was that shrill lying blogger who users polemics, hyperbole and unfunny metaphors to attack those he personally disagree with in order to hide the anger he feels about being left behind when his university mates grew up – leaving him alone in a world of adults who don’t take him seriously.

        • fenderviper 15.1.2.1

          Ouch…..did he steal your sweetheart,

          You should watch Citizen A, he’s “grown up” and very relevant, as are the guests.

          • TheContrarian 15.1.2.1.1

            I have occasionally attempted to watch Citizen A but his voice is almost too much to bear.

            And no – he isn’t relevant. Relevant would imply more than a handful of views on Youtube as well as better guests from all walks of political life. Not to mention he is painfully unfunny.

            • blue leopard 15.1.2.1.1.1

              “And no – he isn’t relevant. “
              Not to you.
              Critique of Government behaviour and policies is a very relevant part of the democratic process, as is informing the public of the ramifications of such. Bomber provides this service.

            • geoff 15.1.2.1.1.2

              He is quite ‘shouty’. He does have egotistical pictures of himself as his set background. He does have an annoying way of saying ‘yea’ in a harsh sounding manner when one of his guests is talking.

              But….

              He has really solid content and guests and he often says things that don’t ever get said on the tele anywhere else and sometimes he’s rather insightful. I hope he does well with his next project.

              • TheContrarian

                ” he often says things that don’t ever get said on the tele [or] anywhere else”

                Yeah because it is complete crap and sounds like a angsty teenager wrote/said it.

                • idlegus

                  “Yeah because it is complete crap and sounds like a angsty teenager wrote/said it.” you obviously don’t watch tv.

  16. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 16

    Why not head on over to Tumeke and wish Bomber well…

    Because he is a childish attention-seeker.

  17. fenderviper 17

    Hope it’s Bomber to host Q&A.

  18. chris73 18

    Maybe hes getting his truth gig back…

  19. North 19

    Seems like there’re a few arseholes don’t like you Bomber.

    Choice ! Market confirmation.

    All the best.

  20. Nick K 20

    Bomber Bradbury today steals The Pope’s limelight by announcing that he is stepping down from Tumeke. But fear not Lefties – it’s for a good cause…

    Bomber Bradbury steals the Pope's limelight?!?!?!

    Excuse me while I have a fit of hysteric laughing.

    I mean, this blog makes ridiculous, hyperbolic statements daily, probably hourly. But that is tops. Just so funny.

  21. SouthDeezNuts 21

    Much respect, Bomber. I look forward to seeing your forthcoming project.

  22. TheContrarian 22

    This most recent comment reminds me of Andy Millman from ‘Extras’ when he got his own shitty sitcome.

    Seriously man, he sounds like a fucking ten year as opposed to a guy in his late 30’s

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=529259333772268&id=177559742275564

  23. I haven’t agreed with bomber all the time but reading the wankers who don’t like him on this thread confirms my pleasure in supporting him. Kia kaha bomber.

  24. karol 24

    Bomber as a colourful turn of phrase, and makes left wing politics interesting.

    I always enjoy his TV shows, which usually have a really good bunch of guests.

    Will be interested to see what he does next.

  25. the sprout 25

    An excellent blogger, I will sorely miss my daily visits to tumeke.

    Best wishes for the new venture Bomber.

  26. Hami Shearlie 26

    I’ll sure miss you on Tumeke, Bomber. Can’t wait to see what you’re doing next! Thanks for your work so far! :)

  27. Skinny 27

    I am picking Bomber will be hosting an afternoon radio show focusing on politics & current affairs.

  28. Rastan 28

    Aww, bless him.

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  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
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  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
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  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
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  • Relationships Aotearoa
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  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
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  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
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    5 days ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
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    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    5 days ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
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    5 days ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
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    5 days ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
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    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
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  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
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    6 days ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
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  • Stop the conversions
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
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  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
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    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
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  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
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    1 week ago
  • Why are the regions still facing restrictions?
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    1 week ago
  • The high costs of weak environmental regulation
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    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • Submissions to Wellington City Council on their Gambling Venues Policy
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    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank action shows Govt out of touch and out of ideas
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    1 week ago
  • Send us your snaps: 25 Years of the Green Party
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    2 weeks ago
  • 25 Years of the Green Party
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    2 weeks ago
  • Bay growth plan too little too late
    Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government bows to ACC pressure
     The Government has finally buckled to pressure from Labour and the New Zealand public in making a half billion dollar cut to ACC levies, but the full benefits are two years away,” says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “$500 million over… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • False figures cloud Auckland transport facts
    The Prime Minister should apologise and issue a correction after both he and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have been caught out misrepresenting facts on Auckland’s transport spending, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Both John Key and Simon Bridges have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt books confirm National can’t post surplus
    The last publication of the Government’s books before the budget shows National will break its promise of seven years and two election campaigns and fail to get the books in order, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • US state joins NZ with GE food labelling
    New Zealand has a similar law making the labelling of many GE foods compulsory, but the Government seems to let it slide.  Because the government has not monitored or enforced our GE food labelling laws since 2003, it seems the… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
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  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago

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