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Outing Nats’ smear machine

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, March 29th, 2014 - 275 comments
Categories: accountability, blogs, democracy under attack, election 2014, news, newspapers, spin - Tags:

For a long time, many of us on the left knew it was happening. The National Party has been feeding its pet bloggers, and some tame mainstream (MSM) journalists with its smear lines. Now it has been publicly outed, and some in the MSM seem remarkably complacent about it  – at times they almost seem to celebrate the slick, and tricky success of it.

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Standardista andy (the other one) nails it:

Two days, two articles, two different media outlets admitting that they know National use Slater/Farrar to smear and dissemble.

Both media outlets admit they are still happy to run those lines without attribution to who actually provides the source material.

Drinnan in The Herald & Watkin’s at Fairfax.

All these examples of dirty tricks, whisper campaigns and character assassination go by without comment. Our media are captured, lazy and unable to function properly.

Can’t forget the new front in the Nats media machine Gossip.

Some extracts from the linked articles:

Drinnan:

The election is nearly six months away, but National is already winning the media war.

Herald political commentator John Armstrong cannot recall an earlier start to the unofficial campaign, which has so far been notable for “frippery, sideshows and the inconsequential”.

But diversionary tactics and John Key’s popularity have worked, and Labour is not getting a chance to promote its policies.

National has developed a media network incorporating the Whale Oil website, Kiwiblog and commentators Matthew Hooton and Michelle Boag.

They have been feeding the media appetite for short, sharp crises to fill online news space.

It is Labour’s job to counter National’s influence over the news agenda. But it does not have many of its own partisans in the media; the left-leaning website The Daily Blog does not have an audience to compare with Whale Oil.

Matt McCarten was an articulate voice for the left during his time as a columnist for the Herald On Sunday, but he is now working for Labour.

Tracy Watkins:

THE SMEAR CAMPAIGN

Do smear campaigns work?

Short answer – of course.

If they didn’t, they would not be a time-honoured political tool.

But the trick is maintaining the appearance of keeping your hands clean. In 2008, when Labour was caught out trying to gather material to drop an “H-bomb” on John Key it backfired spectacularly. But that was in the days when smartphones were still new, and it was not so easy to plant an internet meme and see it spread like wildfire before it had been proved or disproved.

Would that story have played out differently in 2014?

When a senior adviser to Key was caught out earlier this year supplying photographs to shock-jock blogger Cameron Slater, it was confirmation that the major parties see blogs as an important outlet for stories they prefer to keep at arm’s length or don’t want their fingerprints on.

The fact that Jason Ede supplied Whaleoil with photos of rubbish from a press gallery party was less of a revelation than the fact that feeding the blogs is officially part of his job description. Key used to give a passable impression of someone who had just noticed a bad smell under his nose whenever he was questioned about National’s links to Slater. Not so now.

Key even admits to having a direct line to the blogger.

Links between the Left-wing blog The Standard and Labour are just as scrutinised; the blog has not always been a friend to Labour, and was pivotal in destabilising David Shearer’s leadership. But the fact that a confidante of David Cunliffe’s is a chief contributor to The Standard aligns it much more closely to the current regime.

Fact check - Cunliffe has had some guest posts published on The Standard.  That does not make him “a chief contributor”.  “a confidante”?  Seems a little over-stated to me.

Gossip columnist, Rachel Glucina:

A former friend and employee of Kim Dotcom spoke exclusively to The Diary from Los Angeles yesterday about the internet tycoon as he launched his foray into New Zealand politics.

Alex Mardikian played fixer for Dotcom, bringing people together and making things happen. He was a close friend and trusted adviser, living in the Coatesville mansion and watching Dotcom first-hand. He says he was paid a monthly retainer, but left in 2012.

And Chris Trotter rightly asks how these authors are able to run similar smear lines via access to some crucial sources.

What is clear, however, is that the material currently being used to discredit Dotcom and undermine his Internet Party launch did not just descend from the clouds in the hands of blameless angels. The information being drip-fed to the news media was assembled and distributed in an organised fashion. Introductions were arranged. Phone-calls were made. “Eye-witness” testimonies were recorded.

Of course, it’s always possible that the FBI, the BKA and their Kiwi equivalents had absolutely nothing to do with the current smear campaign against Dotcom. The information about Nazi memorabilia and the damning testimony of erstwhile employees and friends may simply be the fruit of outstanding journalistic research on the part of Cameron Slater and Rachel Glucina.

Then again, they might have had help.

Where is the critical fourth estate on this?  Or are some writers just willing participants in the Nat smear machine?  A critical fourth estate, working in the public interest, would be speaking truth to power, not celebrating the success of a well orchestrated political smear machine.

shushing key

 

275 comments on “Outing Nats’ smear machine”

  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    Karol, the “confidante” is our esteemed Micky Savage :)

    The US military attempts to control the media with embedded journalism. In this case it’s politicians embedded in the media.

    • karol 1.1

      Thanks – read it in haste – getting ready to go protest. Will amend.

    • swordfish 1.2

      Second time Watkins has alluded to Mickey in a Dominion Post Op-Ed political analysis in the last few weeks. She’s got you in her sights, Mickey.

      • Anne 1.2.1

        Yes. If you can’t keep up discrediting the boss (David Cunliffe) because you’ve got nothing else on him, then target someone in his electorate team. Spread lies and misinformation and with a bit of luck the boss gets tarred again by association. It worked well in years gone by – the Muldoon era comes to mind – so why not again.

        Anyone noticed that the comparisons of the Key government with the Muldoon government are increasing in number? The latter ended in tears (big time) so lets hope the same is going to happen to the former…

      • mickysavage 1.2.2

        I’m not sure why. I am but a glorified pamphlet deliverer! Someone seems to be obsessed with the thought that I am going to be the next COS when I have never even thought about applying for the job …

        • Anne 1.2.2.1

          Someone seems to be obsessed…

          Matthew Hooton and/or Cameron Slater come to mind.

          • the pigman 1.2.2.1.1

            That particular piece of misinformation had Hooton written all over it if you ask me… well, him or Clare Curran…

  2. Ad 2

    I cannot believe that a leftie site is complaining that the rightie sites are winning.

    They are doing a better job than the left, and have better access to the PM’s office. Oh noes!

    Stop whining about your defeats – that’s pathetic. You sound like one of those people stuck in a traffic jam in the morning, complaining about the traffic jam. You are the traffic jam.

    The left has plenty of media capacity and personnel – go and marshal them.

    And for God’s sake stop reifying the themes that there’s a vast conspiracy. Course there is! They currently have a better conspiracy than we do. Pick up the phone to Matt McCarten and generate your own “smear” lines. Be the conspiracy.

    You will cheer up quickly, and you’ll probably win.

    • karol 2.1

      I’d rather we focused on speaking truth to power, highlighting crucial issues, than on running dishonest smear campaigns.

      • lurgee 2.1.1

        I think that was why smear was in quote marks. You don’t need to lie. Just expose the loathesomeness, repeatedly. Rather than bleating about the vastrightwingunfairconspiracymsmbiassounfairwhyiswhaleoilmorepopularitsnotfairness of it all.

        • weka 2.1.1.1

          You think that media bias doesn’t exist, or exists but isn’t a problem?

          “Just expose the loathesomeness, repeatedly.”

          Which is exactly what karol just did.

          • lurgee 2.1.1.1.1

            It exists, and it is a problem, but not to the extent that some hereabouts seem to think.

            And whining about it will not go away.

            • geoff 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Somehow, in your mind, people simply talking about the media bias is just ‘whining’?

              • lurgee

                When it goes on and on an on and on, yeah. Because that’s what 97.3% of the comments on the Standard seem to be about.

                (Note, for the irony challenged, that statistic is entirely made up. The true figure is probably somewhat lower, at about 92.6% of comments).

      • Populuxe1 2.1.2

        What is dishonest about anything the blogs have said about Dotcom? If any of it is calumny, he is certainly rich enough to sue them into the ground.
        Perhaps you might want consider letting the public deciding what is in their interests to know on occasion, rather that the usually elitist-paternalist stance you tend to adopt. I’m all for speaking truth to power, but you seem to want to dictate which truth and to which power.

        • weka 2.1.2.1

          If the MSM was doing its job properly, Slater and Key’s smear machine wouldn’t matter. The public would have access to a range of information. The problem is that the MSM look more interested in the sensation than journalism, so that’s what is getting reported. Plus what felix says below. If Slater is to be a NACT smear outlet, let that be visible and commented upon.

    • felix 2.2

      “I cannot believe that a leftie site is complaining that the rightie sites are winning.

      They are doing a better job than the left, and have better access to the PM’s office. Oh noes!”

      Ad, this completely misses the point of the post. It’s not about blogs having access to the PM, it’s about the PM having access to a network of blogs to disseminate his stories.

      • Populuxe1 2.2.1

        And the left doesn’t? One need only look at the hefty list of left wing blogs this site links to.

        • weka 2.2.1.1

          That doesn’t even make sense Pop. Try making the actual comparable connections.

          • Populuxe1 2.2.1.1.1

            My point is that there isn’t a shortage of left wing blogs in New Zealand. The right really only have two that have any impact, Failoil and the evil baby. Ergo, the left has plenty of opportunity to present compelling policy and counterarguments. Instead of wringing our hands all holier than thou and complaining it isn’t fair, perhaps we would be better off co-ordinating and Labour really needs to do something about their online communication strategies (starting with locking Clare Cullen in a broom cupboard).

            • Populuxe1 2.2.1.1.1.1

              *Clare Curran

            • weka 2.2.1.1.1.2

              The problem there Pop, is that most people on the left believe that independent media is better than calculated, co-ordinated smear teams. By better I mean more ethical, honest and fair. If that means having to lose the election then we have much bigger problems than is apparent today.

              You appear to be arguing for the abandonment of standards in favour of power.

              • Populuxe1

                Grub first and then ethics. The reality is another term of National will probably turn us into a third world basket case banana not-republic. If that rests more lightly on your conscience than a bit of highlighting National’s dirty washing, then your priorities are well off. More to the point National doesn’t appear to have told any actual lies – influenced the narrative, certainly, but only highlighted what concrete things they could find regardless of how trivial (or significant, depending on your priorities).
                National needs its dirty laundry aired.

                • weka

                  You are assuming that the left have to give up their ethics and standards to win. I don’t see that.

                  • Populuxe1

                    How many consecutive terms have National sat now?

                    • weka

                      Less than the previous Labour govt. What’s your point?

                    • Populuxe1

                      And in that short, short time they have done terrible things to welfare and sold our assets for a pittance. You ok with more of that then? Because they really are looking as though they’ll get another term at this rate. Try being part of the solution rather than part of the problem, eh?

                    • felix

                      From one comment to the next.

                    • Populuxe1

                      Felix, do you have a learning disability or are otherwise incapable of multi strand reasoning. National has got to go at all costs and wishful thinking ain’t going to cut it at this rate because their facility with information and spin will probably win.

                    • felix

                      The other day I said you were contradicting yourself left right and centre, and now I point out that from one comment to the next you attempted to use the same evidence to demonstrate two diametrically opposed ideas, and you say that doesn’t matter because you don’t like National.

                      See Pop, this is why I think you have problems with mania.

                    • Populuxe1

                      I have not contradicted myself – you mainly seem to be obsessed with carefully crafting your straw men. Also you constant accusations of mania are ableism and offensive to people with genuine mental illnesses.

        • lprent 2.2.1.2

          The feed is the most interesting one. The blogroll is essentially dead.

          Currently I have TDB, political parties, and scoop on tabs. The bulk of the main feed is now the unions. The actual number of active left political blogs is pretty low after that. No Right Turn, Polity, and frogblog.

          It looks larger because I have aggregated a lot of occasional blogs together and leavened it out with near daily blogs with other interests like Public Address, Transport Blog, and two climate science sites.

          But the reason for the feed is to ensure that the smaller left blogs can be seen

      • Once was Pete 2.2.2

        Oh for heavens sake! What do you think left wing blogs and politicians do? Why do you think the Collin’s story broke when it did? All this ranting about the media is juvenile. It is like sports team blaming the ref when they lose. Haven’t you got it yet? The media will go wherever there is a story and a headline, left or right. That is why they made a meal of the Collins story. Also, Cunliffe is ‘accident prone’ and his repeated gaffes make good headlines.

        • felix 2.2.2.1

          I was referring to a couple of blogs being more or less run out of the PM’s office and used by the PM’s office to spread stories that the govt can’t afford to be seen to be involved in. I know of nothing comparable on the opposition side.

          I do agree though that all your ranting about the media is juvenile.

    • greywarbler 2.3

      Ad
      There are legitimate reasons to complain or criticise. Don’t damage the left by criticising it unnecessarily. It makes you sound like a RW trial. Are you? Or are you hopeful for the left? Careful of too much sneering then.

  3. National use a compliant media to run smear campaigns. So do Labour. Winston Peters is well practiced at it. Greens are not so much into smears but use the media as much as they can to promote their agendas. It’s sometimes dirty but it’s been a part of politics for a long time.

    What’s relatively new is the use of social media including blogs. It shouldn’t be any surprise that party PR machines use blogs and bloggers any way they think they can score some points or hits. This is obviously not confined to one party either.

    And the MSM are gradually waking up to the fact that blogs have become a part of the game.

    • karol 3.1

      So do Labour.

      Citations needed – especially ones showing an equivalent scale as that reported for National and it’s use of bloggers, MSM articles, etc.

      • Pete George 3.1.1

        From the Watkins article you linked to and quoted in your post:

        But the trick is maintaining the appearance of keeping your hands clean. In 2008, when Labour was caught out trying to gather material to drop an “H-bomb” on John Key it backfired spectacularly. But that was in the days when smartphones were still new, and it was not so easy to plant an internet meme and see it spread like wildfire before it had been proved or disproved.

        Look at Trevor Mallard’s history. Judith Collins recently. Paula Bennett. Labour have been trying to smear John Key for years.

        Are you really questioning whether Labour try to smear or not?

        • newsense 3.1.1.1

          Sorry fact-checker Pete,

          A cabinet minister arranging photo opportunity and access to endorse a product for a company where her husband is director and the company is closely involved with the Party president and the PM has been involved and the compay donates $55,000 to the National party….

          and then she refuses to front, makes doubtful claims and generally acts in a haughty manner and suggests she can do what she damn well pleases

          is an example of a conflict of interest and a born-to-rule arrogance- not a smear campaign.

          Paula Bennett? What has she been smeared with?

          Put this story above next to the following- David Cunliffe declared all his assets, some were a few months late. David Cunliffe owns a nice house. David Cunliffe helped his friend buy a house. David Cunliffe has a great CV that is difficult for DPF to read.Hoot-hoot, uggg-ugg omg!

          One is a series of smears. The other is a conflict of interest in the use of government for personal benefit. Spot the difference.

          • Jimmie 3.1.1.1.1

            What about using a blind trust to hide leadership donations and forgetting to tell anyone? Was that only a smear as well?

            More one eyed to the red than a crusaders supporter…..

            • RedLogix 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Jimmie,

              And if the trust had not been used to make the donations anonymous, Cunliffe would have been in breach of his own party rules.

              And you would have been banging on about that instead.

              • Jimmie

                Well if he did nothing wrong why did DC apologize and refund some of the donations?

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure you can think of some dishonest way to smear him over it.

                • lprent

                  Because there was a unresolved conflict between the rules of the party that said donations to a candidate for the leaders position could be anonymous and between the rules of parliament that said that donations above a certain size to a MP could not be anonymous – despite those donations not being used for bribery or electioneering.

                  Basically the rules of parliament haven’t caught up with the use of primaries inside political parties.

                  • alwyn

                    Is the statement here that donations
                    ” to a candidate for the leaders position could be anonymous” accurate or did you simply mistype it?
                    I thought that David Cunliffe claimed that he HAD to keep them anonymous because the party rules REQUIRED him to do so. You appear to be saying that it was only his choice not to divulge them. Is your statement correct or is DC gilding the lily a bit?
                    You also seem to be suggesting that the money wasn’t being used for electioneering. Come on, what else would you call a campaign to be elected leader but “electioneering”?

                    You also seem to be arguing that the rules of Parliament, ie the law, must be altered to fit in with whatever a party chooses to say. Would that extend to the National Party, say, recreating the Waitemata Trust and insisting that all contributions to National must be given to the Trust and that the original donor must be kept anonymous? Then you would have to argue, if you really mean what you say, that the law must be altered to fit in with their party rules.

                    I am personally of the view that the Party rules, of whatever party, must conform to the law. There is no way that a private group can make a rule that breaches the law. On second thoughts, of course, I will set up a party and make a party rule that no party member should pay income tax. The tax law will naturally be altered to conform to this rule. I am sure you will agree.

                    • lprent

                      Uh? The donors could (and did) out themselves. The party obviously didn’t bind what they did.

                      Pretty obvious. Please think first.

                      The rest of your comment shows the same lack of thought. Suffice to say that legal structures require courts to mediate conflicting laws.

                    • alwyn

                      You say again that the party didn’t require the donations to be anonymous.
                      However David Cunliffe, in a Mar 4 article in the Herald said

                      “The Labour Party rules had specified donations would be confidential, and the donors had given on that understanding.”

                      This was his justification for having a trust, it was, he said, because the party rules required it. Surely his claim is rather divergent from the facts? In fact it is more accurate to say that he took advantage of the party rule to excuse his avoidance of the Standing Orders.

                      You state that

                      “legal structures require courts to mediate conflicting laws”

                      You cannot really put the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives on the same level as the rules of a small private organisation such as the New Zealand Labour Party, and regard these party rules as being like in the nature of a “law” can you?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Yeah, it was all a conspiracy to avoid standing orders. Underpants Gnomes much?

                      1. Avoid standing orders.
                      2. ???
                      3. Profit!!!!
                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    When I make a list in a comment the numbers disappear and I have to re-renter them using the edit function.

                    Chrome :)

        • geoff 3.1.1.2

          National use a compliant media to run smear campaigns. So do Labour.

          Pete George, you asserted that Labour uses a compliant media, that is what karol questioned.

          Show your evidence that Labour uses a compliant media.

          • Pete George 3.1.1.2.1

            FFS. All politicians and parties use the media however they can, it’s a core part of the political game.

            Are you trying to claim Labour never do?

            • RedLogix 3.1.1.2.1.1

              Of course parties ‘use’ the media.

              But ‘using’ the media to disseminate lies and smears is something else.

              That you cannot tell the difference “Mr Fact Checker” Pete – somehow does not surprise me.

              • That’s a weak attempt at a smear.

                Labour, like National, use the media in any way that will help them. I think they both use it to try and smear opponents, and they have both probably deliberately lied (or at least spread deliberately inaccurate stories) at times to do this.

                Do you disagree with this? Do you think no one from Labour has ever used the media to try and smear? Do you think no one from Labour has ever spread deliberately incorrect or inaccurate information to try and discredit and smear?

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  “I think…”

                  Bollocks. No-one who “thinks” writes such dishonest weasel drivel as “…they have both probably deliberately lied…”

                  You are a walking smear campaign, a gossiping whispering nasty little insect. Every single comment you make oozes dishonesty like pus from a sore.

                  • @ oan..+1..

                    ..couldn’t have said it better myself..

                  • Once was Pete

                    OAB. The only one oozing pus is you. Abuse is the last refuge of those who can’t sustain a logical, unemotional argument. Really, if you think that Labour doesn’t have it’s own apparatus to jump on rumour, gossip, an innuendo and publish it to further its own goals then you are blinded by your own loyalty.
                    You just don’t need to ask for references or citations to recognise this truth.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      We keep hearing that what you say is true, but when I ask for a couple of examples for comparison, all that’s forthcoming is the H-fee, which at six years old is a pretty feeble example.

                      I note your pretence that unemotional arguments are superior to emotional ones. If you think it’s possible to conduct an argument in good faith with Pete George, I invite you to stick around and observe his behaviour.

                      In the meantime I’ll just keep on oozing pus.

                      PS: I further note that I characterised Pete as oozing dishonesty. I note your failure to note that.

                • RedLogix

                  It was you who started this by characterising Mike Williams fact-checking trip to Aus as an example of a smear.

                  Mike returned and acknowledged he had not found anything new or damning. Looking for information that discredits someone is not the same as making shit up and using it to lie about them.

                  And if you were a half-way competent ‘fact-checker’ you would uncover for yourself the blatant anomaly in Key’s CV in the 80′s.

                  I saw the raw data for myself. Key claims he was working with Andrew Kreiger at BT yet Kreiger resigns BT about six months before Key started work there.

                  Absolutely Key has fudged something to coverup for either his involvement with the H-Fee affair, or his activities at BT. Finding out exactly what he is covering up would be the work of a fact-checker.

                  You would after all be doing your hero a service if you could discover the facts and innocently explain away the anomaly.

                  • Something historic like that won’t be a priority for Politicheck but if you want to submit some facts for cross-checking and possible publication then you’re welcome to do so. The more who contribute the better.

                    “You would after all be doing your hero a service if you could discover the facts and innocently explain away the anomaly.”

                    That could be considered a false insinuation and an attempt to smear. You practice differently to how you preach.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      It’s hard to have priorities when you’re a corpse.

                    • RedLogix

                      Colour me shocked!

                      I made some shit up about you – and now you can tell the difference!

                    • mickysavage

                      Pete the Mike Williams stuff gets brought up all the time but do you have anything more recent? And the Mike Williams example is a bad one because he did not actually find anything. And it astounded me that righties should jump up and down about it because of course it was a valid thing to check into.

                • weka

                  Pete, you need to compare what NACT and Labour are doing now. Please provide examples of Labour doing the same degree and kind of smearing that NACT are doing. Anything say since Cunliffe became leader.

                  Of course Labour have done some dodgy shit at times, just like everyone else. The problem is that NACT are taking this to a whole new level. That changes the culture, for the worse. Get that. For the worse. That’s why people complaining here that left just doesn’t like losing are completely missing the point. Irrespective of who wins the election, if the current behaviour and methods are normalised in the way you are doing, we are all the worse off.

                  • “Irrespective of who wins the election, if the current behaviour and methods are normalised in the way you are doing, we are all the worse off.”

                    Are you accusing me of being involved in taking smearing to “to a whole new level”? Very ironic. I’m promoting more openness and honesty and less smearing and I get smeared for it. Very ironic.

                    I see National activists claiming Labour is much worse at it, but I think National and Labour are approximately as bad as each other. As do many other people – a lot of people criticise all politicians jointly for poor behaviour. That’s one of the reasons why less and less people vote.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Oh look, here’s some weasel slime pretending butter won’t melt in his mouth. What an asshole.

                    • weka

                      ffs PG, read what I said. NACT are doing bad shit and YOU are normalising their behaviour in this very thread. Faux claims of you being smeared is just yet another example of your inability to debate the actual points.

                      “but I think National and Labour are approximately as bad as each other.”

                      Yeah, I’m just not sure why you have to go on about your thought ad nauseum here without actually contributing anything meaningful to the conversation. You’ve been asked repeatedly, put up some examples so we can compare.

                    • weka

                      “Oh look, here’s some weasel slime pretending butter won’t melt in his mouth.”

                      We knew already it was going to be a weird election, so there might be some entertainment value in trying to decide if PG is really part of the WO crew. It’s hard to explain his clusterfuck communucation behaviour otherwise.
                      ;-)

                    • I’m not normalising National behaviour. In fact while you’re busy making factless insinuations and attempts at smears I’ve been taking David Farrar to task for perpetuating what could be called a smear.

                      http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2014/03/more_on_dotcom.html/comment-page-1#comment-1298068

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      …but then he was headbutted on the toe by an ant and that was worse.

                    • weka

                      I’m not making factless insinuations, I’m stating outright that what you are doing here in this thread is normalising a new level of smear campaigns by saying oh everyone does it (as if what the other parties do is comparable. Still waiting for the comparisons btw). What you say elsewhere has no bearing on that.

                    • karol

                      weka said: Please provide examples of Labour doing the same degree and kind of smearing that NACT are doing. Anything say since Cunliffe became leader.

                      This is pretty much what I asked you up thread, pg.

                      I said: Citations needed – especially ones showing an equivalent scale as that reported for National and it’s use of bloggers, MSM articles, etc.

                      My bold – indicating the bit of my comment you avoided responding to. I haven’t fully read down the discussion yet, but so far, it seems you keep dodging this.

                      You gave an isolated example, which was pretty much rubbished by the MSM when it happened.

                      I read the discussion as it was back when I was on the demo – on my little flip phone. Some others had touched on it, but at that point, I hadn’t seen such an eg of a smear campaign from the left that was simultaneously cycled through blogs and several mainstream media reports and op eds.

                • lprent

                  About other parties? It doesn’t happen very often IMO. They really don’t have that many friendly contacts inside the media.

                  Of course if they want to do a Chris Carter for dirt inside their own party, then of course the National friendly media are happy to present that and we get weeks of speculation about who is doing it.

                  But as far as I can tell, the most common reason for smears about National party MP’s is also other National MPs. But they do dampen out pretty fast.

                  • You really don’t believe that do you?

                    It’s mostly a “National friendly media”?
                    Labour don’t have many “friendly contacts inside the media”.
                    Most smears against National MPs are against other National MPs?

                    I hear exactly the same ludicrously claims slanted the opposite way from the right. Do political activists actually believe what they spout?

                    • lprent

                      It isn’t hard to find academic studies inside nz that statistically show the preponderance of national friendly media during the election campaigns. They go Back to the 70s. Go look them up -I am on a march. There has been exactly one study I know arguing the other way. It was from that nutty prof at Massey? Her stats were very ummm selective.

                    • weka

                      Not asking PG to do some fact checking research are you Lynn?

                    • lprent []

                      Me? Why would I do that? Oh that is right.

                      He should be able to find some studies in the library at otago uni.

                    • Funny, like I should fact check lprents claims. Maybe next time he queries what I say I should tell him to go off and search. It isn’t hard to find all sorts of stuff – especially about media bias.

                      But media bias and “the National friendly media” are different things. Where’s recent research into the media being National friendly?

                      The media is doing it’s job when it it says what you want, and it’s biased when it says what you don’t want it to say or doesn’t say what you want it to say. I should add “in my opinion”, on second thoughts I won’t rely on getting lprent to research that.

                    • weka

                      PG: you don’t really believe that there is a bias in the media towards the right?

                      LP: yes, there is a whole body of research over decades to support that, go look it up.

                      PG: why should I do your research for you?

                      hint: you might learn something. But of course then you couldn’t go round spouting your ill-formed opinions as if they have some basis in reality.

                      The reason no-one else is expecting Lynn to provide the research for you is because people trust Lynn based on his actions over time and they don’t trust you based on your actions over time. Plus, someone could actually go and get that evidence for you and you still wouldn’t believe it.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      “It isn’t hard to find all sorts of stuff – especially about media bias.”

                      What a passive aggressive, boring, dishonest asshole.

                    • McFlock

                      You really don’t believe that do you?

                      It’s mostly a “National friendly media”?

                      It’s not hard to find evidence for that.

                      Not fucking hard at all

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      A Kiwiblog commenter alleged that the media shows left wing bias all the time. Are you saying that we should just discount that evidence? Are you saying that David Farrar is a liar for not moderating it? Isn’t that just a smear?

                    • weka

                      Very generous of you McFlock. Perhaps you could apply for a job at politicheck as PG’s back up man :-)

                    • McFlock

                      I was actually tempted to get involved with them for stuff in my area.
                      Now I’m very much “wait and see”.

                    • That research is from someone referred to a few comments back as ” It was from that nutty prof at Massey? Her stats were very ummm selective.”

                      And look at the last paragraph:

                      Dr Robinson’s analysis also found a dramatic shift in image selection at the height of the teapot tape saga. “When the news media itself becomes an actor in a political controversy, things get ugly. Picture editors dusted off their most unflattering shots of John Key. In the final days of the campaign none of the papers published a negative image of Phil Goff compared with the early (pre-teapot) period where more than one in three images of Goff were negative.”

                      Negative coverage of Key in the final two weeks may have contributed to National dropping from 50+ (as polled) to their 47% and it may have made the difference in getting NZ First over the line.

                      But looking at a few newspapers only in a limited way and not at TV or radio is not proof of a general National bias in the media. It could just as easily be seen to be the opposite in the end result.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      :roll:

                    • karol

                      Yep, PG. That was around the first time that Key got fairly negative coverage across the media since being elected. The blogs, though, had nothing to do with the releasing of info about the teapot saga. And the thing that seemed to have incensed many MSM journos was that Key attacked the media.

                    • miravox

                      McFlock, McFlock… You probably don’t have he right research skills. They’re not just academic you know.

                      http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-22032014/#comment-789012

                      We are also still to be advised of what makes the editor in chief so uniquely qualified for his post, despite him being asked directly.

                    • karol

                      Also research by Claire Robinson, as reported on TV3 News Nov 2012:

                      A study has found four of the country’s most-read newspapers were biased during last year’s election campaign, with Prime Minister John Key receiving far more coverage than then-Labour leader Phil Goff.
                      Research by Massey University Associate Professor Claire Robinson, a political marketing expert in the university’s College of Creative Arts, reviewed images and column widths in the New Zealand Herald, Herald on Sunday, Dominion Post and Sunday Star-Times during the campaign.
                      She found the papers showed “substantial bias” in their use of images – most of it in favour of Mr Key, who featured in 138 photos, while Mr Goff featured in 80.
                      Mr Key also dominated the column centimetres, at a ratio of almost two to one.
                      “Labour and Phil Goff have real grounds to feel they were unfairly treated in print during the last election campaign,” Dr Robinson said.
                      “My research suggests there could be grounds for a complaint to the New Zealand Press Council that the newspapers breached the principle of fairness and balance in their campaign coverage.”

                      Margie Comrie did research on the 2008 election that showed National got more favourable coverage than Labour – can’t look for it just now, gotta get to work.

                • kenny

                  Since when has Labour had a COMPLIANT media? That is what is being discussed here – a RELUCTANT media, one which is only too quick to change/drop the subject, now that’s a different matter!

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Are you denying that there is a journalist who could be described as left wing? Do you think the Labour Party never puts out press releases? Are endless questions a simple way to look as though I’m undermining your argument without actually engaging with it?

                    Is this the way political debate can be killed? Never adopt a position and simply introduce relentless banalities?

                    Or is it just transparent dishonesty?

                • Murray Olsen

                  You, Mr George, are really quite a horrible person. You are the one who claimed that Labour has used the media to smear, then required a questioner to prove they hadn’t, then suggested that they probably had. Have you ever, by any chance, sold insurance or used cars?

                  Anyone thinking you could be a fact checker would have to spend a hell of a lot of time teaching you what a fact was before you were let lose on the public.

                  • “You are the one who claimed that Labour has used the media to smear,”

                    I wasn’t the only one, but I’m sure they have. Just as some are sure National have (including me) but haven’t provided any proof.

                    “then required a questioner to prove they hadn’t”

                    It’s impossible to prove that.

                    • weka

                      Doesn’t need proof, just evidence, and there is plenty to show what NACT are doing. Like I said earlier, by your inability or unwillingness to differentiate between what different parties are doing, you are interpreting that evidence to normalise NACT’s behaviour.

                    • karol

                      Yep, PG. That was around the first time that Key got fairly negative coverage across the media since being elected. The blogs, though, had nothing to do with the releasing of info about the teapot saga. And the thing that seemed to have incensed many MSM journos was that Key attacked the media.

                    • miravox

                      “I wasn’t the only one, but I’m sure they have”

                      But you were/are one who does claim that Labour uses the media to smear. And again you say ‘I’m sure they have’. Because you are sure, you can obviously name at least one instance of the current Labour team doing this. Otherwise, you’re not sure, you are only asserting a belief not a fact.

              • John Drinnan

                There are such cases – you probably just agreed with the outcome

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  “There are such cases”. Yeah, they all leap to mind so much you need to describe them in vague unspecific terms.

                  Perhaps you can point to some of these oh-so glaringly obvious examples so that we can compare them with Cameron Slater’s daily behaviour.

                • karol

                  Can you point to any cases when several media reports, and blog posts simultaneoulsy attacked the right, especially Key’s government, on any given issue/smear? – especially with a smear that attacked a politician’s personal values/behaviour?

                  • Populuxe1

                    Pansy Wong and Aaron Gilmore come to mind.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      How did the coverage of their behaviour qualify as smears? Please pay attention to the English language: the word “smear” has a definition, so twisting it to mean something else will be taken as evidence of failure.

                    • karol

                      Gilmore did a good job of smearing himself.

                    • Populuxe1

                      You didn’t ask for smears, you said “simultaneously attacked” – which I think is your way of saying “intensively covered something embarrassing or silly that they did”

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      “…didn’t ask for smears”????

                      Karol asked for them especially. English language comprehension difficulty or selective avoidance?

                    • Populuxe1

                      “Can you point to any cases when several media reports, and blog posts simultaneoulsy attacked the right, especially Key’s government, on any given issue/smear? – especially with a smear that attacked a politician’s personal values/behaviour?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      So nothing then.

                    • Populuxe1

                      If you are just going to resort to “I know you are, you said you are, but what am I” tactics like an irritating school child, you care clearly not worth taking seriously

                    • felix

                      In case you’re wondering why you are eliciting bored responses, I would like to draw your attention to the words “You didn’t ask for smears”.

          • Jim Nald 3.1.1.2.2

            Hi Geoff

            To a particular pair of eyes, your last line reads:

            “Show your evidence that Labour uses … media.”

            But not to mine.

            • geoff 3.1.1.2.2.1

              Yep, that word ‘compliant’ must be right on PG’s blind spot. Of course he gets a lot more attention if he ignores that word and bleats on incessantly so…

        • RedLogix 3.1.1.3

          Pete. The H-Fee trip was not a smear. Legitimate questions were asked and nothing new was uncovered.

          But it was an attempt to uncover the truth about an episode in Key’s very murky CV from the 80′s. Seeking the truth is not a smear.

          (Oh and personally I remain convinced that the official Key CV is not true – it’s just so far the wrong questions have been asked.)

        • Jimmie 3.1.1.4

          PG Smears from the left aren’t smears – they’re seeking the truth – because everyone knows that John Key and National are the antichrist and the epitome of evil so everything negative that can be dreamed up is actually seeking the truth to expose this great evil.

          On the other hand anything that is negative against the messiah DC are obvious lies and smears and should be roundly mocked as such.

          Put these two factors together and its called ‘fact checking’

          Brings tears to my eyes especially when the proponents of both views are deadly serious in their belief that they are right – a pity for them that the voters don’t seem to share their mindset.

    • Weepu's beard 3.2

      I think now that blogs are part of the game then they will have to play by the rules. Broadcasting standards are broken every second post by contributors to and commentators on one particular blog I could mention.

  4. veutoviper 4

    As KDC has tweeted this morning, the Herald is in overdrive with six articles/opinion pieces today re KDC and the Internet Party.

    KDC – “6 Dotcom articles in the @NZHerald today. That’s overkill. Let’s make a deal @tmurphyNZH. One week NO Dotcom. Agreed? http://t.co/GHociBbd5c

    The articles

    Editorial – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11228383

    Armstrong – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11228272

    O’Sullivan – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11228318

    Gaynor – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11228289

    Thomas – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11228269

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11228390

    This is on top of Drinnan’s and Byce Edwards’ articles yesterday afternoon.

    I have not read today’s offerings as yet, but suspect that they will continue the ‘smear’ theme. I may be surprised, but the cynic in me …..

    • John Drinnan 4.1

      surprised if you can find a smear in the Herald media column – but ugly is in they eye of the beholder

      • weka 4.1.1

        Which is the Herald media column?

        • John Drinnan 4.1.1.1

          me Drinnan – referred to in blog

          • weka 4.1.1.1.1

            You probably don’t realise then how weird it is to read a senior journalist on a major NZ newspaper saying that it’s Labour’s responsibility to control media bias. Do you honestly not see that the MSM has serious responsibilities here?

      • RedLogix 4.1.2

        While I accept that KDC is the sensation de jour – you have to impressed at all six columnists unanimously dumping on his IP at the same time.

        • John Drinnan 4.1.2.1

          I find mein Kampf attack very House Of Cards – but attack in unison is partly because it was the party launch and because of mainstream dismay at the brazen manipulation of the mana deal.
          That in the overall notion of a foreign individual buying a place in parliament and Left cheering

          • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.2.1.1

            As opposed to the Warner Brothers or Sky City deals, or the National Party selling audiences with the Prime Minister, or let’s face it, the fact that the entire Party is a bought party.

            • Pete George 4.1.2.1.1.1

              It’s a newspaper. Those things were covered when they were news, which wasn’t over the last week.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                John Drinnen’s false narrative is to the effect that Kim.com is buying influence and the left is cheering him.

                Meanwhile, the National Party openly sells legislation, audiences, gongs, and the country down the river, so Drinnen’s false outrage is especially inane.

                But not as inane as you are.

                PS: fuck off.

          • lprent 4.1.2.1.2

            …foreign individual buying a place in parliament…

            Firstly he cannot. He isn’t a citizen.

            Secondly, how does that differ from a citizen buying a seat in parliament? John Key for instance.

          • RedLogix 4.1.2.1.3

            foreign individual

            Given that KDC is a New Zealand resident, and one who has become very embedded in the NZ scene, that’s a pretty devious characterisation.

            buying a place in parliament

            What no comment about Colin Craig using his wealth in exactly the same manner?

            Nor anything to be said about how much dubious business money flows into National’s coffers?

            and Left cheering

            No-one is cheering his politics. But on the other hand the left can recognise the very blatant injustice this government inflicted on him – and will cheer on his battle against it.

            And you wonder why so many people think the NZ media is lazy and biased.

          • Blue 4.1.2.1.4

            If only Kim Dotcom had thrown his support behind National, eh?

            Fran O’Sullivan would be urging us all to lie back and think of the economy, because a cash-for-no-extradition deal would benefit everyone.
            John Armstrong would be tittering with glee as he recounted Kim’s antics and mocked the left for denying the popular appeal of the loveable German.
            Claire Trevett would keep us all updated on the sparkling bromance between Kim and John.

            You have to feel for the poor guy. He went about this all wrong.

          • Murray Olsen 4.1.2.1.5

            What Left cheering? Most of the left was violently opposed to Mana doing any deals with Dotcom. Somehow, except for what Sue Bradford said, most of this was missed by the media.

    • Populuxe1 4.2

      Probably because it offers up some interesting ethical and political considerations in general – god forbid opinion columnists should write about what appeals to their interests, and, well, anything to do with H1tler will always make people interested. If I do a google news search jor “Judith Collins” and “China” I get 756 results, so obviously there must be a conspiracy to cover that. Only 756 indeed!

      • karol 4.2.1

        Why is it the op ed columnists mostly tend towards the same end of the political spectrum?

        I wouldn’t mind if there was more variety of opinions.

    • geoff 4.3

      If I were the owner of the Herald I might notice that all 6 writers banging on about the same topic makes my paper look like it’s full of partisan hacks.

      Hmm…

  5. Jimmie 5

    Karol, the only issue I have with your post is that it ignores the point of a lot of the so called ‘smearing’ against Dotcom.

    Anyone who tries to have a dab in politics is going to come under public scrutiny to see if their public persona is for real or not. It comes with the territory – no different than when Mike Williams took off to Aussie to see if he could dig stuff up on John Key.

    Now obviously the motivation of those doing the digging is pretty obvious – they want to neutralize the target as having any influence in the political scene – both sides do it and have for many years.

    Now if KDC was straight up squeaky clean then all this dirt digging would come to nought – or even blow back in the diggers faces (Again think Mike Williams) however if the reality is that KDC has skeletons in his closet then he has only himself to blame.

    KDC is a colourful character of dubious history and income sources who has sought to influence NZ politics by splashing $$$ around to anyone who is prepared to listen and support his point of view.
    He has an over riding motivation in life (Apart from making multi million $$$ from file sharing) and that is to avoid being put on a plane to LA to face the music (no pun intended) in the US.

    I think the left in general have made a strategic mistake by hitching their ponies to the KDC wagon – for all the small embarrassment that he has caused John Key with GCSB etc. – that was yesterdays story.
    All it is going to take is for a photo of a nazi flag or similar recordings/photos of KDC with nazi paraphenalia to bring him down and to stain the hands of all the opposition pollies who went to genuflect in his presence.

    The left would have been better to try and paint KDC as a grubby, no morals capitalist and attack National for allowing him to remain in NZ.

    • geoff 5.1

      Now obviously the motivation of those doing the digging is pretty obvious – they want to neutralize the target as having any influence in the political scene – both sides do it and have for many years.

      That’s probably only part of the motivation. The other part is that it keeps the media distracted from looking at National’s failings.

      I think the left in general have made a strategic mistake by hitching their ponies to the KDC wagon – for all the small embarrassment that he has caused John Key with GCSB etc. – that was yesterdays story.

      Completely false statement. Most of the Left, from what I can tell, wouldn’t trust KDC as far as they could throw him.

      Also, saying GSCB is yesterday’s story is complete and utter bullshit, if anything that particular story is only going to become more central as more and more of the snowden info comes out.

      Jimmie, I can’t help but think you’re just trying to distract from the topic at hand which is how grubby John Key and National are in their attempts to control the media.

      • Jimmie 5.1.1

        Left in general?? Hmmm so who was beating a path to the kdc shrine? Greens, labour, mana, nz first? About the only principled leftie not trying to suck the kdc money tit is sue bradford……and good on her

        • geoff 5.1.1.1

          They talked to him! OMG!

          Get some perspective.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.1.2

          “Beating a path”?
          :lol:

          Because visiting someone means you agree with them, doesn’t it. Surely you can’t be stupid enough to actually believe that, and are simply engaging in a convenient dishonest pretence? I’d hate to think you really were mentally handicapped, but perhaps you really are simply another example of how low IQ predicts for right wing politics.

        • risildowgtn 5.1.1.3

          John Banks had already got there first.. or have you conveniently forgotten this FACT???

    • karol 5.2

      Jimmie: Anyone who tries to have a dab in politics is going to come under public scrutiny to see if their public persona is for real or not.

      Oh. I didn’t realise. Then maybe you could provide multiple citations of when John key first became leader of National, and when he became PM, of loads of media reports and op eds critically attacking him? I seem to have missed a whole raft of such reports.

      It comes with the territory – no different than when Mike Williams took off to Aussie to see if he could dig stuff up on John Key.

      Acttually the scope and extent of the attacks on KDC are not in the same league as the Williams episode. Williams was on his own, and generally got slammed for it in most media reports.

      • Jimmie 5.2.1

        John Key had plenty of attacks on him at the time – Cullen and his ‘rich prick’ comment for one.

        Perhaps the main reason why the msm didn’t attack Key so much was because he didn’t make poor political decisions and pretend to be someone he wasn’t. He was open about making money, and owning a house in Hawaii etc.

        Unfortunately David Cunliffe has been the opposite beginning to his leadership – think different messages to different audiences, pretending to be middle class, criticizing Key for living in a flash house and pretending he was only in a humble shack himself – list could go on.

        As for Dot Com he public persona is as fake as mock cream in a bun – sure a lot of dirt on him is coming out via Whale Oil who doesn’t exactly like KDC however if had acted ethically and with good character over the past several years then there would be nothing to be smeared around.

        Politicians don’t get it: Be genuine. If the image you portray in public matches how you act in private then you have nothing to fear…….if not then be very afraid as you can be sure that your sins will find you out.

        Think Graham Capil….

        • karol 5.2.1.1

          Sigh. key got attacked from some on the left. But it was not echoed by a raft of MSM journalists.

          Key was criticised by many in his early days on TS, for saying different things to different adiences. It was not a line taken up critically by the MSM journalists. Key was not actually that good in front the media in the early days, but his minders kept him away from anything too harmful. And the MSM continued to not be critical.

          Meanwhile, the MSM has slammed Cunliffe for every little error and misdemeanour.

  6. Corokia 6

    I hope National radio’s new afternoon programme dumps Ele Ludeman, she is never described as National’s Otago Southland regional chair, instead listeners are encouraged to visit her blog as if it was the quaint time filler of a rural lady, rather than the right wing site of a National party official that it really is.

    • Plus 1 So true – a snide little blog is hers

    • greywarbler 6.2

      National Radio afternoon programme presumably refers to Jim Mora. He doesn’t describe the background to most of his Panel – there is no other like it. I have a horrible feeling that Radionz is about to be dumbed down so that all those people out there that don’t want to define what they are and believe in, are encouraged to join the Radionz present listeners. They are talking about increasing their audience. Apparently there is some competition going on that Radionz wants to be involved in to encourage that attitude.

      • Bearded Git 6.2.1

        Agreed grey, Susie Ferguson is a weak questioner (possibly pro-Nats though I have no info to this effect). Espiner is way to the right. So that is Morning (mostly weather) Report sown up for the Nats for election year.

        Moving Mora to Checkpoint will result in Mary’s excellent interview style being cut in half and a pro-Nats bias inserted. Good for Nats in election year.

        There also seems to be a pro-Nats bias creeping in to Morning (weather) Report in terms of the Tweets/Emails they read out and the news headlines. Or is this just me?

        • Ergo Robertina 6.2.1.1

          Espiner is to the right, and I think most don’t realise to what extent. He did a hatchet job on Cunliffe in the Listener in 2012, and while I am not particularly enamoured of Cunliffe it was grossly unfair. Susie seemed slightly right biased as a fill-in.
          The right has TV and radio sewn up, just look at what Hosking is doing with Seven Sharp. He’s made it somewhat relevant and the ratings are up, which is really depressing.

        • greywarbler 6.2.1.2

          I am always amazed when radio gives precious air time to someone who writes in with some critical remark that is virtually saying I wish everyone did everything right just like me. Or criticises the young or some other noticeable group which bears the brunt of all the ills of the world.

          Anybody with an attack of cramps or indigestion can say that stuff and it gets read out as pearls of wisdom??

    • RedLogix 6.3

      They used Farrar for years without making reference to his tight affiliations. Why start now?

    • @ crokia..plus one..plus one..

      ..plus..she sounds so bored/is so boring..

      ..and it must take her all of five mins to find the ancient internet pieces she drags up..

      ..(she set a record a while back..a ‘fresh’/cutting-edge story i had covered @ whoar about 12 months previously..)

      ..i knew she was a far-righter..(runs in farrars’ crew)..i didn’t know of her official natty-staus..

      ..and yes..listeners should know/be told that..(part of set-piece intro?..)

    • Marksman 6.5

      I think she mentioned the fact that she was a National party supporter on her very first time on air,then nothing more was mentioned.Mora loves her though,says more about him than her.She’s just horrid.

  7. RedLogix 7

    To some extent we are also seeing the toxic fallout from a media industry that is itself shrinking and changing in ways that are well outside the comfort zone of many of it’s players. The pool of well-paid media jobs is shrinking and this means everyone in it is competing for sensation, shock-jock stories that will grab short-term eyeballs and impress their bosses.

    Journalism is no longer a career. There are no professional standards. No-one employs anyone to research and fact-check. Good writing style is no longer needed, and considered thoughtful analysis is the mark of the naive.

    And they fear KDC above all – because this man, for all his faults, is capable of the kind of internet innovation that will kill off traditional media once and for all. Of course they all instinctively loath him.

    • Ergo Robertina 7.1

      ‘To some extent we are also seeing the toxic fallout from a media industry that is itself shrinking and changing in ways that are well outside the comfort zone of many of it’s [sic] players.’

      Subverting the business model of old media brought KDC his present troubles, but it doesn’t ring true that his potential to undermine what remains of the news business model is driving the smears and media storm around him. Chris Trotter’s piece yesterday seems closer to the mark with his analysis of the elite using their favoured ones in the media to do their dirty work and smear someone they fear.

      • RedLogix 7.1.1

        True ER. Your point is a good one.

        At the same time I it’s (not so sic this time) true that a shrinking media industry has certainly filtered out and markedly reduced the range of voices.

        • Ergo Robertina 7.1.1.1

          Yes, it’s the Foxification of news, where the line goes out for repetition across the commercial outlets, and, increasingly under the new CEO it seems, the last bastion, RNZ.
          This media group think is even more pernicious, if a lot less raucous, in a small isolated country like New Zealand than the United States.

    • karol 7.2

      Very good comment, RL. Yes, part of the problem with the MSM, is that they run on more limited resources than in the past, and are required to do more sensationalist (and shallow) reports in a pretty short time.

      They tend to go with what’s “in the wind” without too much time for reflection. I think many journalists are probably unaware of how they repeat some strongly conservative lines – because they are all around them, within their sphere of operation, and probably just seem “natural” or “normal” to them.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1

        The MSM are a product of human discourse, not the sum of it. Political revolution was possible with a printing press and analogue distribution methods, so it is possible with memes and social media.

        Ad and Lurgee touch on this up-thread. If the right ruled none of us would be able to read, let alone organise.

  8. Quasimodo 8

    Mathew Hooton: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ..

    Thanks !

  9. captain hook 9

    the media in New Zealand is slack sloppy and at bottom infantile and lazy.
    It is riddled with juveniles who have some idiotic dream about getting a scoop or becoming the new pilger but in the meantime they are just pawns in the game.
    They’re only a pawn in the game.
    meanwhile the creep factor is going full steam ahead with fatboy and wailboil disseminating their poison with no holds barred whatsoever.
    not only that but they threaten with physical violence anyone that stands up against them.
    this country is in a verry sorry state when lowbrows and thugs are in complete control.

    • Populuxe1 9.1

      Still a better love story than FOX

    • RedLogix 9.2

      not only that but they threaten with physical violence anyone that stands up against them.

      That’s nothing new. Especially not in the light of the Ernie Abbott thread yesterday.

      A cursory examination of political violence in this country is very instructive. It’s all been a one way street.

  10. Blue 10

    A critical fourth estate, working in the public interest, would be speaking truth to power, not celebrating the success of a well orchestrated political smear machine.

    Yeah, we don’t have one of those fourth estate thingees here. Just a bunch of gossips with delusions of grandeur. Witness Armstrong this morning:

    Every day that Dotcom deprives Key’s other opponents of the oxygen of media coverage is one day closer to election day on September 20. It is one day less for the real election issues and priorities to take centre stage.

    National’s opponents can complain all they like. But the never ending Dotcom saga is a freak show of epic proportions with ever more twists and turns. The media simply finds it impossible to avert its eyes.

  11. captain hook 11

    +1 redlogix.
    Why is that?

  12. McGrath 12

    Politics is a messy business. Blogs like WO/Standard are now part of the game and I believe will become even more important over the coming years. Parties using blogs to promote/slander should therefore not be a surprise.

  13. bad12 13

    Back up the Post Pete George claims that Parliamentary Labour has used blogs to conduct smear campaigns in an obvious defense of National having admitted that they happily do so,

    When called on this George like every ‘wing-nut’ to ever make a bullshit claim here in the pages of the Standard, that’s 99.99% of them, then goes on to dance on the head of a pin citing Mike Williams flying off to Australia to dig for dirt on Slippery the Prime Minister,

    While there’s truth in Williams taking his plastic spade on that jaunt, the unresolved question that George cannot or will not answer is WHAT blog was involved in this,

    Rock-Snot as i said yesterday is a fungal organism that attaches itself to any mode of transport from gumboots to twigs to enable it to enter an untainted waterway from there multiplying to pollute the whole expanse,

    Such is Pete George…(Rock-Snot George might want to apply His ‘fact-checker’ to the above)…

    • lprent 13.1

      One of our authors put the stuff up. I removed the damn login pretty fast. If you read the comments back in 2008, you will find authors at the time attacking the use of the site

      • weka 13.1.1

        Once, six years ago, I guess Petey does have a point then.

      • bad12 13.1.2

        Lprent, yeah but did Mike Williams provide the author with info which up to the point of the Post wasn’t in the public domain with the intention of having such info included in a Post…

        • lprent 13.1.2.1

          Beats me. I still don’t know who it was. The author got added by another author without anyone else being consulted and they started to run a tease.

          Reaction by other authors was pretty swift and rather irritated. I disabled the login and added auditing systems to prevent a recurrence.

          It was early days for the site.

    • John Drinnan 13.2

      You sound like a doppelganger of Whale Oil

      • One Anonymous Bloke 13.2.1

        You sound like a slightly more widely read Pete George.

        • phillip ure 13.2.1.1

          @ oan..heh..!

          • phillip ure 13.2.1.1.1

            i wouldn’t be too hard on drinnan..

            there are far worse than him out there..

            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11227808

            and in that link drinnan is promising us that the herald will go behind a paywall in the third quarter..

            ..and isn’t that hilarious..?

            ..that this supermarket-giveaway/parish-pump quality rag has such a level of self-regard..

            ..they think people will chase them behind a paywall..

            ..fucken hilarious..that one..

            ..i understand stuff are similarly self-deluded..

            ..go on then..!..off you go..!

            ..hop into yr coffins..!

            ..there’s a good m.s.m..!

            ..shall i smooth yr pillow for you..?

      • bad12 13.2.2

        You sound like right-wing scum,(now have a whine about abuse why don’t you)…

        • srylands 13.2.2.1

          I think you could lay off the abuse. Combined with a somewhat convoluted writing style, you will admit it does detract from your messaging? Why not just stay calm for a while, and try to write in succinct language? Often it is a real struggle for me to decode what you mean.

          • bad12 13.2.2.1.1

            Your right SSLands, i agree with you that John Drinnan,(why does that name make me think of drain cleaner), should lay off the abuse, and, quite frankly i did not think you had the intellectual where-with-all to have noticed the convoluted writing style of Mr Drain Cleaner,(have you got your Mummy reading the comments and providing you an interpretation tonight),

            By the way SSLands, take a deep look at the little green icon that appears with your every post, you carry the sign which marks you as SSLands…

      • karol 13.2.3

        John, your comment just seems like a diversion from the content of bad’s comment. It’s just resulting in a string of follow-up ad hominems.

        [Edit;] Bad made a good point about left wing blogs not being involved in an orchestrated smear campaign the way WO and KB have been a few times, with some MSM reports also printing similar, or picking up on the smears from right wing blogs.

        This point has been addressed above in various ways from left wingers. But responses just dance around the issue: e.g. saying blogs will be used more in this way in the future, just avoids the main criticism.

        And, the thing about The Standard, is that it tries to provide a forum for members of the public to discuss important political issues. Blogs and/or in conjunction with the media smears just make politics a PR game. It marginalises the voices or members of the public.

        Lynn has pointed out that he aims to not to let this blog be used in the way WO and Kiwiblog have been used.

        • bad12 13.2.3.1

          Karol, my bad for responding to the ‘puppet’, i assume He got the desired reaction with the usual ‘wing-nuts’ tactic of diversion or subject change…

        • Pete George 13.2.3.2

          “being involved in an orchestrated smear campaign the way WO and KB have been a few times”

          Can you back up that claim? I presume you’d ask me to if I claimed something like that.

          I often see one blog pickup on something another blog has posted on, that happens here and on The Daily Blog as well as KB and WO and others. I often do it. That doesn’t mean it’s orchestrated.

          It’s quite possible some things are orchestrated or pre-advised amongst bloggers but I presume you’re only guessing what could be arranged as opposed to spontaneous blogging.

          I doubt there’s much if any co-operation between bloggers and MSM. Whale Oil in particular doesn’t have many fans amongst MSM.

          • karol 13.2.3.2.1

            There’s the current Dotcom one. There’s the Len Brown one. They and Wishhart, the talkback shows etc, ran the “communist, lesbian, dictator” line (as written about by Lew Stoddartd).

            There’s the “democracy under attack”….. etc, etc, with the Helengrad Billboards

            As I understand it, WO and KB often float a bit of an attack on the left, then it’s picked up by the media.

            It certainly LOOKS orchestrated. But it is likely that the journalists and bloggers are being fed similar lines, separately by their “unnamed sources”.

            • Pete George 13.2.3.2.1.1

              So you’re guessing. There’s no way of knowing if any party orchestrates things with blogs.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                That’s right, the Prime Minister calls his mate Cameron to discuss foreign policy, Jason Ede has considerable latitude in the boundaries between his job and personal interests, and trivial banality is a sign of credibility and good faith.

                No, wait…this just in: you’re an asshole Pete.

              • bad12

                George, if it looks like Rock-Snot it probably is, did not Slippery the Prime Minister say he has a direct line to Blubber boy over at ‘wail-oil’,

                Did not the 9th floor of the Beehive admit the picture of the aftermath of a press gallery piss up got to Blubber boys ‘wail-oil’ via them,

                Are they, they being the 9th floor of the Beehive, including the PM, going to openly admit to have been feeding the media and blogs anti-DotCom material,

                One and one is two and only a fool would do the dance of ‘i see no evil’ when considering the occurrences and their timing around the publishing of this material,

                Add one more and you have three, the Prime Minister admitted he had plenty of dirt on un-named people in His top draw, perhaps having friends in high places like at the head of the GCSB and SIS gives the PM access to such ‘dirt’…

                • srylands

                  I don’t get the outrage. What is the issue with the PM talking to a blogger? (and it is Whale Oil Beef Hooked (WOBH)). I find the “wail oil” reference very offensive.

                  Also what is wrong with spreading the word about KDC?

                  I detect all this faux outrage in you. You get more and more offended and offensive. But it is about absolutely nothing at all. You may as well say “The world offends me” “Politicians are being mean” wah.

                  I am really surprised at you Bad12.

                  • bad12

                    SSLands, read my comment below at 8.30pm, its al the answer you either deserve or are going to get other than to be told to fiuck off back to ‘wail-oink’ and share your syphillated drivel with the inmates of that particular zoo…

                  • felix

                    “I don’t get the outrage. What is the issue with the PM talking to a blogger?”

                    There are several.

                    For one, the blogger in question has, among other things:

                    publicly mocked the victim of a horrible accident and the victim’s grieving family, saying he did the world a favour by being killed.
                    thrown someone down a flight of stairs and bragged about it.
                    made and distributed child pornography.
                    knowingly and consciously published identifying details of children who are the victims of sexual violence.

                    Does this sound like someone the PM should have a close relationship with?

                    But the real issue is that the blogger pretends to be an independent critical observer of politics when in reality he is little more than an extension of the PM’s office.

                • karol

                  Maybe some regular viewing of House of Cards is in order – now that’s “orchestration”!

                  • bad12

                    Lolz have never bothered to watch that one, i have tho a sharp eye for the ‘wing-nuts’ tactics of diversion, in most Posts i have found when they enter the debate there are a few diversionary tricks they use(with some success),

                    The one that hasn’t been employed tonight appears to be that where they intimate you have said something and chastise you for saying it, even tho nothing in any comment could be construed as being anywhere near the ”i suppose you think” which is how that tactic starts in most cases,

                    Its simple diversion away from the heart of the Post that they seek…

                    • karol

                      House of Cards is all about “orchestration”. Frank Underwood, Congressman and whip, manipulates, by whispering something in one person’s ear, something else in another’s, seeding a story with a tame journalist, etc – quite the puppeteer.

          • bad12 13.2.3.2.2

            Blah,blah,blah, looks like ‘Rock-Snot’ to me, now you continue to dance upon the head of a pin with your latest little prevarication,

            There’s an element you have conveniently and i suggest deliberately missed out in this little mix which is an integral point of the original Post,

            That being the conductor of orchestration hides up on the 9th floor of the Beehive…

            • srylands 13.2.3.2.2.1

              “That being the conductor of orchestration hides up on the 9th floor of the Beehive…”

              Who do you mean?

              • bad12

                SSLands, whats with the calling me mean stuff, are you looking for a fight or something,

                Tell you what, go back to the top and read the Post slooooooowly again, then, if you still have no understanding of ‘what i mean’ i suggest you not get back to me in an attempt to waste my time upon your puerile little questions, go back to school preferably starting about year 5,(in a remedial reading class as well), the planks made from the trees in a whole forest would not begin to suffice as a measurement of your density…

            • karol 13.2.3.2.2.2

              Yes, thanks, bad. I was about to add that.

              Because it is the main point of my post, that MSM journalists are now writing about such “orchestration”.

              For instance, as Drinnan pointed out, immediately after Gower went on TV3 News about the Mein Kampf thing,

              A few minutes later the pro-National blogger Cameron Slater – an assiduous Dotcom critic – “coincidentally” posted about the Hitler book on his Whale Oil website. It appears Slater sparked the item, with his inquiries prompting Dotcom to feed the story to TV3, hoping to get in first.

              Tracy Watkins – usually a Nat fan:

              The fact that Jason Ede supplied Whaleoil with photos of rubbish from a press gallery party was less of a revelation than the fact that feeding the blogs is officially part of his job description. Key used to give a passable impression of someone who had just noticed a bad smell under his nose whenever he was questioned about National’s links to Slater. Not so now.

              Key even admits to having a direct line to the blogger.

              Trotter on the likelihood of different authors finding out some of the info at the same time as KDC is in the hot seat:

              What is clear, however, is that the material currently being used to discredit Dotcom and undermine his Internet Party launch did not just descend from the clouds in the hands of blameless angels. The information being drip-fed to the news media was assembled and distributed in an organised fashion. Introductions were arranged. Phone-calls were made. “Eye-witness” testimonies were recorded

              • My guess is that Whale Oil had that post read to go for some time, possible weeks as he’d hinted about it at the start of the month and decided to post it when 3 News broke the story. No orchestration necessary (although possible).

                The Herald and other MSM picked up on the story too, that’s Norman for them to feed off each other. They’re in competition so are unlikely to ‘orchestrate’.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Gosh yes, and since the allegation is that the orchestration is happening on the ninth floor, your comment breaks new records for trivia and banality.

              • bad12

                Karol, aha, which just leads me to the wish to only spray the likes of George,Drinnan, and now, SSLands with an increasingly acidic commentary in reply,

                Does this diversion come to George et al naturally???, i doubt they have to sit and ponder for long befor they come up with a hair splitting prevarication in my opinion deliberately designed to remove the conversation as far away from that which they are paid??/ to protect as possible,

                ‘That’ being of course where such ‘campaigns’ are being directed from, it’s pretty obvious to anyone with a slightly functioning nut that Blubber boy and the Herald columnists Rachel Glaucoma are not the sources of information and nor are they sharing such information,

                They are simply the monkeys doing the dance as the organ grinder ensconced on the Beehives 9th floor grinds out the tune…

                • Tweedle Bad and Tweedle Bloke are the monkeys trying to play diversion here.

                  Totally unsupported assertions about the ’9th floor’.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Unsupported by none other than John Key, the lying Prime Minister.

                    It’s another one for Blip’s list: Key doesn’t talk to Slater at all, he just made up that story to cover himself in the sweet smell of Cameron.

                  • bad12

                    Utter rubbish Rock-Snot, it is you who tried to drag the conversation away from mention of the Beehives 9th floor by the pretense of discussing the Post in terms of only the media and the Blogs,

                    The ‘fact’ if you care to ‘check’ is that the Post discusses the leaking of information ‘to’ journalists and blogs by politicians, in this case it happens to be the political machine ensconced on the Beehives 9th floor at the moment that has given us every reason to suspect it is they who are the ‘leakers’,

                    By the way George you make among your spray of ‘rock-snot’ above the claim that Blubber boy over at ‘wail-oil’ was hinting about having info on DotCom a month befor he published it,

                    Check your facts and post us a link to this assertion wont you…

          • One Anonymous Bloke 13.2.3.2.3

            Pete George, your doubts are of no more significance than your “thoughts”, suffused as they are with trivia and dishonesty.

            The reason Politicheck will be stillborn is because you aren’t qualified to be an editor’s asshole, let alone a fact checker, but more importantly, your appointment is an active deterrent to others’ involvement.

            Sacking you now might help. but the fact is your appointment in the first place did so much damage it’s doubtful anything can be salvaged.

            This will be your legacy.

  14. Jrobin 14

    If there is really no bias to the current media constellations then please explain why there was no reporting of the recent Roy Morgan Poll which had Labour,Green bloc neck and neck with National. The Leftist blogs were the only places I was made aware of this poll. I also checked the reporting of Roy Morgan polls up to the latest. The Herald does not usually report on this poll as it sees to be viewed as competition to their Digipoll. However it was normally reported on by National Radio,Dominion Post and Tv Three. So what’s going on?If not bias is it fear and compliance. Are journalists scared for their future employment? If so that is also disturbing. With the cuts to funding that have happened to such bodies as the noncompliant Problem Gambling Trust it is not surprising people feel a little nervous. However to be honest I read Drinnans article as fairly neutral and felt some relief that the issue was being raised. Tough time tobe a journalist.

    • karol 14.1

      I agree, there were some very good points in Drinnan’s article. And it was refreshing to see some mainstream journalists finally acknowledging the way Key/National’s PR machine worked.

      The thing I disagree with is the tendency to applaud Team key for having such a slick PR machine, and to blame Labour for not being as good at spinning. The sticking pint for me is i this paragraph:

      It is Labour’s job to counter National’s influence over the news agenda. But it does not have many of its own partisans in the media; the left-leaning website The Daily Blog does not have an audience to compare with Whale Oil.

      Matt McCarten was an articulate voice for the left during his time as a columnist for the Herald On Sunday, but he is now working for Labour.

      And there seems to be a judgement in favour of right wing blogs over left wing ones – not because of anything to do with quality, but to do with (alleged) “audience” share.

      This is the neoliberal driver of news media, that puts ratings over quality of analysis and debate.

  15. A VOTER 15

    One has to take serious issue with amount of propaganda the Nats issue thru the top media outlets and why are they the top money of course
    You offer anyone more money and say dont worry about the legalities its all taken care of your doing a good job weve got the money and power to back you up We can shut down anyone who gets in the way
    This is the new FACE of 1951
    A group of educated smooth selling monied bastards sucking on the gossip of the day and when you analyze it there is nothing in it except to put as many people as possible off voting
    That is the way empty people get their way
    There is a real crisis in NZ its called the Duming down of Democracy
    People are losing their future everyday to promises of increasing wealth that doesnt exist
    Wages suck Tax is over the top Research and development is on the back burner The right to protest is under threat in all areas The country is turning into another corporate dumping ground of outdated historical doctrines that are going to enslave this country further to the imperialism of China and the US so that we wont be able to control our own food resource or environment or fisheries and Govt responsibilities to the nation This is TPP coming to a town near you under the disguise of an election
    Dont forget to think and Vote in the next election so the Nats TPP Road show cant get any traction
    We could have a dollar off every litre of fuel every item in the super market and a dollar a day off the power and phone bill for those on less than the median income that might blow a hole in this govts propaganda
    Vote

  16. Jrobin 16

    You have hit the nail on the head Karol. Everything is about winning and dominance! That was my uneasiness in response to Drinnan too. It’s all about who “owned” who. So childish and simplistic. So when John Key looked more cocky than Campbell in the notorious interview instead of analysis we get stupefying comments on who looked the most confident. It is so refreshing to read The Guardian or New York Times and note the level of context and analysis that is expected of journalists. But when you have a ruling elite who dismiss intellectuals I guess it s not surprising that the level of debate drops for the majority to primary school tit for tat. It’s hard not to feel sad about New Zealand or is that New Zilln and what we are becoming on the surface. Fortunately I know there are a massive pool of discontented and intellectually curious citizens who re becoming increasingly furious with the level of debate. Great to see the people supplementing the dumbed down MSM. Well done the Standard! Keep poking the dumb and sluggish beast and it might just wake up and become a Fourth Estate again.

  17. Karol: “This is the neoliberal driver of news media, that puts ratings over quality of analysis and debate.”

    Jrobin: “Fortunately I know there are a massive pool of discontented and intellectually curious citizens who re becoming increasingly furious with the level of debate. Great to see the people supplementing the dumbed down MSM. Well done the Standard!”

    I don’t see the quality of blogs like this, Kiwiblog, Whale Oil etc as any better than MSM – in fact they have taken on some of the worst of a sick way we have of doing democracy.

    As in Parliament the “quality of analysis and debate” is frequently overshadowed by nasty attack politics. Bad behaviour is actively supported here as it is elsewhere.

    “Everything is about winning and dominance!”

    Often in some of the worst possible ways, from the top to the bottom, from the party leaders to the bitchers of blogs.

    “I know there are a massive pool of discontented and intellectually curious citizens who re becoming increasingly furious with the level of debate.”

    I agree. And it’s not getting any better, here (despite one eyed denials) or anywhere. It’s part of a wider entrenched sickness within politics.

    • karol 17.1

      sigh – I do my best to provide evidence, and not use ad hominems. No matter how much I have done that in this thread – you keep saying my post and others, as as bad as the worst in the MSM and WO etc.

      And you are resorting to blanket criticisms – can you be specific as to when and how you include my posts and comments here in this blanket condemnation of blogs and the MSM?

      • Pete George 17.1.1

        I believe you passively and actively support a culture of abuse. This whole thread is an example – your post legitimately confronts political smearing but you allow smearing in the thread and support the worst of the abusers. That’s your call, just pointing it out.

        You seem to be an intelligent, knowledgable and often thorough person, but you seem to have only one eye when it comes to political and blog behaviour.

        It’s easy to get a perception of criticising MSM and journalists when you are no better.

        • karol 17.1.1.1

          Whoa! PG, those are some allegations. I will respond later down the track when I have time. Right now work calls.

          PS: In the mean time, could you please supply some specific examples of the things you accuse me of.

          I asked for specifics – you come up with more blanket criticisms.

          • Pete George 17.1.1.1.1

            I presume you’re aware of ongoing abuse through this thread (if not read my post) – you seem to accept this sort of behaviour because you do or say nothing about it, but whatever you think of it you do nothing about it.

            A specific example is bad12′s comment at 13 which you praised, plus subsequent comments in that thread which you took part in that were repeatedly abusive. Also claims were made like “That being the conductor of orchestration hides up on the 9th floor of the Beehive…” that you accepted and appeared to support without demanding any substance.

            In comments on your post criticisng political smearing there is an ongoing political smearing campaign which you take part in passively and sometimes actively join.

            I admit I’m not without faults, but i think the differences are I recognise them and I recognise the overall toxic political environment and an determined to do something about it – and get abused for doing that.

            Do you think serial political abuse is an acceptable part of our politics?

            • bad12 17.1.1.1.1.1

              Pete George,”i am not without faults”, Ha-ha-ha-ha, the understatement of the year, your faults are as wide as a lake lying over it like a blanket of Rock-Snot blocking out the sun and turning everything below it into a dead zone…

            • RedLogix 17.1.1.1.1.2

              I dunno PG. Over the years I’ve only rarely indulged in outright abuse of other commenters. If it’s warranted because they’re being blatantly sexist, racist or just plain vile dickheads- well other people are better at it than me so I tend to leave it to them.

              Or if it’s just someone whose gotten up my nose personally – there’s not much point in letting it show because they’ll only be motivated to do more of it.

              And while not wanting to moderate The Standard to death, we wanted to nudge the standard of debate toward the ‘civilised’ end of the spectrum.

              But fuck me PG, your endless passive-aggressive hair-splitting, diversions, victim playing, fence-sitting, prevaricating and holier-than-thou hectoring sure tempts the bastard in me.

              Still I suppose we brought it on ourselves. We used to complain about the very low standard of troll that got sent over here from the rw borg. Then we got you.

              • Confronting poor behaviour tempts the bastard in you? Choose to attack the messenger rather than step back and consider the message? Perhaps you’ve been inside politics for too long to see it or to care about it – except when you think it’s against you.

                Do you not think that our democracy would serve people better if political behaviour improved?

                • miravox

                  “Confronting poor behaviour tempts the bastard in you?”
                  :roll:

                  We’re confronting your poor behaviour all the time, Pete. It hasn’t done much good in changing it. Maybe there is a lesson in there that until someone understands their own poor behaviour, confronting it is a waste of time.

                • RedLogix

                  Politics is not a game PG. It’s not a game of tiddlywinks were everyone gets to play nice and share sweetly.

                  In a world where 85 people control more wealth than the bottom 3.5 billion of all humanity, in a world where sexual, racial, economic, environmental and emotional violence is perpetrated on billions of powerless people every moment of every day – I am going to take sides.

                  I think the money changers mindset that John Key stands for, the deals, the privilege, the concentration of power and wealth that has been relentlessly sweeping over the planet, especially in the last three decades of neo-liberal political dominance is wrong.

                  Wrong at every level. It takes whatever it pleases and uses money as it’s justification. It is the negation of everything the human soul truly desires. It is a mindset that rapes everything it touches. And in opposing this evil, over and again the left has brought only a blunt knife to a gun battle, leaving many of us bruised, broken and battered.

                  So when you ask us to ‘play nice’ and walk into the fight totally unarmed – we recognise your bland words for the treachery they are.

                  And you probably feel hurt and dismayed at our vehemence. Understand why PG. It’s not because I like being mean to you. I have way better things to do with my life. It is because at some point you have to decide what you stand for – and then defend it.

                  • So why take out your anger on me? In my own way I’m trying to change things for the better.

                    There seems to be a prevalence of the Bush doctrine – if you’re not wholly and uncritically for the fight then you’re deemed an enemy. I think that’s very counter-productive. The infighting on the left also show the negatives of this mindset.

                    And isn’t nastiness hypocritical? You don’t act like you belong to the world of your ideals.

                    • RedLogix

                      In my own way I’m trying to change things for the better.

                      No I do not think you are. You argue for rational balance, fair process and bi-partisan civility. But that only works when there is a willingness on both sides for this to happen. It is only an option where there is an underlying unity of purpose and values and some form of consensus is possible around them.

                      That possibility does not exist in the modern world. The battle is entirely one-sided, the power of the banks and corporates simply mow down anything in their path. Us ordinary people are just so much used toilet paper, and equally disposable.

                      There is no commonality of values.

                      So when you think you are making things ‘better’ – I see you as just getting in the way. At best.

                    • weka

                      “So why take out your anger on me? In my own way I’m trying to change things for the better.”

                      This has been answered so many times, but once more… what you do is seen by others as counterproductive to what the broad left is trying to achieve. That you won’t even countenance that this might be true, or take the time to talk about that in an open and real way just compounds the problem.

                      “In my own way I’m trying to change things for the better.”

                      And you won’t take any notice of your peers where they are telling you you are fucking up. This isn’t about YOU, and what you think is for the best. It’s about people coming together to work together to make change. You really are on the wrong blog.

                      Awesome comment btw Red. I would just add that I think some people here do actually enjoy being mean. But this is the price we pay for putting up with fools like PG who necessitate harsher lines.

                    • I said I’m trying, I didn’t say I was making things better. But if you don’t try you won’t achieve anything, that’s guaranteed.

                      You seem to be screaming futilely on the sidelines, I’d rather dabble where I think I might change things a little.

                      It seems to funny to me that this is seen as being an enemy of the revolution.

                      We’re living in one of the most fortunate countries in the best era for humans every. Sure there are problems, but things have been improving for most people significantly over the last 50-100 years. We have more knowledge and ordinary people have more power than ever. We have to find ways of realistically and effectively harnessing that power.

                      Shutting out and shitting on anyone who doesn’t wholly fit one’s ideals seems far more likely to get in the way. At best.

                    • weka

                      “Shutting out and shitting on anyone who doesn’t wholly fit one’s ideals seems far more likely to get in the way. At best.”

                      But you are not being shat on or shut out for not wholly fitting the left’s ideals. You’re being taken to task for your behaviour. There are lots of people here who disagree, so to claim that you are being gotten at for disgreeing is stupid and disingenuous. Of all the things you do, it’s this dishonesty that undercuts any respect for you.

                      “You seem to be screaming futilely on the sidelines, I’d rather dabble where I think I might change things a little.”

                      But you’re not dabbling. You’re distrupting important political conversations and making them all about you. It’s the same shit you did before you got your last ban. If you think the standard is all about screaming futilely from the sidelines, why are you even here?

                    • RedLogix

                      We’re living in one of the most fortunate countries in the best era for humans every. Sure there are problems, but things have been improving for most people significantly over the last 50-100 years. We have more knowledge and ordinary people have more power than ever. We have to find ways of realistically and effectively harnessing that power.

                      You can be fairly sure your average Roman slave probably believed something like that narrative too.

                      And you overlook that we are well into a second major round of globalisation. The first took place between 1845 and 1914 and your exact words could well be pasted onto that era too. Look how that ended.

                      And while it is true that cheap oil and technology has been of some benefit for part of the human race – it has been a very uneven and patchy benefit. And indeed the trend in the last decade or so has seen a generation go backwards.

                      And of course you ignore the fact that a very tiny handful of people have leveraged positions of legal and economic privilege to concentrate the vast bulk of wealth and benefit to themselves. And so far they have showed precious few signs of wanting to share nice.

                    • weka

                      Not to mention that the advantages of the past 200 years could have been used entirely differently to attend to the wellbeing of all people not just those with the power. Saying that things are so much better now hides the fact that we could have done something pretty fucking amazing with all those fossil fuels and democracy. But we didn’t.

              • weka

                “Still I suppose we brought it on ourselves. We used to complain about the very low standard of troll that got sent over here from the rw borg. Then we got you.”

                lolz. The irony is that this namby-pamby leftie blog, the standard ;-), will put up with PG’s clusterfuck comments until election day, presumably out of fairness, whereas if he disrupted blogs elsewhere on the political spectrum this much he’d just get banned.

                • bad12

                  Pete George, ”forget about the Post, its intent and content, its all about Me me me me me me me me”…

                  • weka

                    Might soon be time for me to ressurect what I did before he got his last ban – start counting the % of comments by PG or about PG in response to him being a dick.

                    • bad12

                      Laugh, yeah weka, it might tho be more productive if we just default back to the ‘rolly eyes’ icon, that seemed to temper that ones comments a little…

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      +1

                      Life’s too short.

            • mickysavage 17.1.1.1.1.3

              Pete robust discussion is tolerated on this site for a number of reasons one of which is that it stimulates critical analysis of issues. And failing to agree with you is not evidence of abuse.

              And you are derailing what should be the discussion about how the media is poorly serving democracy by presenting politics as a winner take all battle than a search for real solutions.

              • I’m not talking about ‘robust discussions’, I’m talking about levels of personal abuse that are allowed unchecked that you seem to be blind to (two legs bad, four legs good). This thread is about outing a smear machine while can be seen as a smear machine itself. Are you really oblivious to it?

                “the media is poorly serving democracy by presenting politics as a winner take all battle than a search for real solutions” – I agree with that, but have made the related point that criticising the media for that while supporting a social media forum that also presents politics as a winner take all battle more than searching for real solutions is unlikely to be taken very seriously.

                I’m searching for real solutions. More than that I’m putting my time into trying real solutions, despite sometimes fairly extreme criticisms that seem nothing more than petty ill-informed politics trying to discredit anything alternative to their own bubble because, that’s what some in politics seem to want to do.

                • weka

                  “This thread is about outing a smear machine while can be seen as a smear machine itself.”

                  You’ve been asked repeatedly for evidence that the standard is used by left wing parties to smear political opponents, and have failed to produce anything.

                  At the personal level of comments on ts, you seem to think that abuse = smearing. It doesn’t. The criticisms of you and what you do are able to be backed up by linking to evidence of your behaviours. The personal abuse (eg calling you rock snot), isn’t a smear, it’s just being rude. If you don’t like it (ie the robustness of the debate) then go somewhere else.

                  Or, to put it bluntly, if you can’t handle the lack of middle class nicety, you are in the wrong place. I agree that the rudeness and abuse here gets out of hand at times, but you seem to be saying that no-one should be allowed to call you names (if you had lots of money you could join the Colin Craig Club). What you don’t seem to realise is that there are debates that happen here that don’t happen elsewhere because of the moderation policy. You want the moderation policy changed, but are unwilling to look at the fact that the policy works for the intended purpose. Instead you want it to be about you and your personal levels of of comfort. Which just takes us back to what Red was saying – people like you want to tinker with the status quo, wherease most of us here see the need for radical change. Your need to tinker with the status quo and keep that within comfortable bounds hurts other people. Lots of them.

                • “I’m searching for real solutions. More than that I’m putting my time into trying real solutions…”

                  Yeah right mate – some of us remember occupy dunedin and your ‘search for real solutions’ there – funny how it all ended up as occupy pete and the pete party for petes. You have zero credibility and I like that more and more can see it.

            • karol 17.1.1.1.1.4

              PG, thanks, that’s something to work with.

              “Abuse” – others have dealt with this below, especially weka. Rudeness or abuse?

              But, I draw your attention to the blog policies, which provide the framework within which we operate:refers to “robust debate” but warns about pointless personal abuse (ie when there is no other point than the abuse), starting flame wars, and “trolling”. Censuring every bit of rudeness would keep us all busy full time.

              Lynn has explained more than once, that the general aim is to enable discussion to be free flowing. Moderation tends to deal with people diverting from the topic of the post – a kind of trolling; defamation, etc.

              The main focus of this post and discussion has been on the National Party smear campiagns as written about in at least 3 NZ Herald articles & Trotters post.

              I would define “smears” as something aimed at the behaviour and values of individuals. Others below have dealt with the difference between “smears” and critical analysis that disagrees with how something has been done, or challenges the operations of the media.

              The example of bad’s comment at 13 – yes he’s pretty rude – but he also had a strong point that is relevant to the core issue in this discussion.

              While there’s truth in Williams taking his plastic spade on that jaunt, the unresolved question that George cannot or will not answer is WHAT blog was involved in this,

              This relates to my comment at 3:

              Citations needed – especially ones showing an equivalent scale as that reported for National and it’s use of bloggers, MSM articles, etc.

              I still have not seen any evidence that Labour has conducted smear campaigns in concert with material posted on left wing blogs and the media, to the extent as indicated for National and related blogs.

              You have cited one or two examples of Labour attempts at smears, but nothing like that reported in the articles cited for the National. Tracy Watkins, lays it out:

              When a senior adviser to Key was caught out earlier this year supplying photographs to shock-jock blogger Cameron Slater, it was confirmation that the major parties see blogs as an important outlet for stories they prefer to keep at arm’s length or don’t want their fingerprints on.

              The fact that Jason Ede supplied Whaleoil with photos of rubbish from a press gallery party was less of a revelation than the fact that feeding the blogs is officially part of his job description. Key used to give a passable impression of someone who had just noticed a bad smell under his nose whenever he was questioned about National’s links to Slater. Not so now.

              Key even admits to having a direct line to the blogger.

              There is evidence cited there, which points to the “9th floor” having directly fed material to WO for a smear attempt. There is other evidence that indicates on-going personal links between WO and John key.

              I have also pointed to other smear campaigns where the MSM WO/KB seem to be acting in unison to attack the opposition. There is not direct evidence in each case, but a reasoned analysis points in that direction.

              Watkins makes a weak attempt to say therefore Labour must do that too – the only “evidence” she can point to is that micky savage, who has a connection with Cunliffe, writes for this blog – descirbing him as a “confidonte” seems like an exaggeration

              There is no similar evidence to that cited re-WO and the “9th floor” to connect the Standard, with smears and simultaneous MSM attacks/leaks against the government or the National Party.

              Trotter also does some logical deductions and asks is it reasonable to believe that a gossip columist and WO found out stuff on their own from the likes of the LA informants against KDC?

              On who I have censured on the thread for personal abuse – usually I moderate lightly, and leave most of it to the moderators. Consequaently, I don’t comment on left or rightwingers being rude to others, unless the level of abuse gets defamatory. I also have a low tolerance for racism, misogyny and homophobia – I’ve been critical in the past of some lefites for such things.

              When I do step in is when I there are noticeable diversions from the main topic of the post.

              As far as I can recall, the only time I did that on this thread was at 13.2 – my comment to John Drinnan because it had led to a back-and-forth of ad hominems. I was not happy with either JD’s comment or the responses to it. Bad seemed aware of that and did apologise.

              There’s more to be said on the topics of “smear campaigns” and media bias – I’ve written several posts on that topic and presented a lot of evedence and analysis in supporrot of my arguments. I stand by my main conclusions: on balance, the MSM tends to lean more to the left than the right. I don’t agree with your general conclusion, that, because the left does it some times, then everybody, left and right is as bad as each other. There are right and left differences in terms of values, power, campaigning style and many more things.

              There will be plenty of time in the future to revisit those debates.

              • bad12

                Karol, i admire your patience in putting together an explanation to PG, i find these days i can hardly move past derision after the first attempt or two to point out such things,

                You might be waiting for ‘links’ as proof of what he says for a while, i asked Him for a link to the assertion He made saying that Blubber boy over at ‘wail-oil’ had hinted about having something to expose regarding DotCom weeks befor the Meikampf thing hit the light of day,

                Still waiting, and, will assume by the silence such an assertion was said with a little ‘licence’…

                • There’s so much unnecessary noise it’s easy to miss genuine questions. I get to what I can but I’ve had a busy weekend and wasn’t expecting a full on issue on this.

                  http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/02/sort-person-wants-signed-copy-mein-kampf/
                  by Cameron Slater on February 28, 2014 at 5:00pm

                  • bad12

                    i stand corrected, and, withdraw the remark that the previous assertion by PG was said with a little ‘licence…

                • karol

                  Well, bad, I think my arguments stand up, and that they can be supported by evidence and analysis.

                  Of course the problem is that doing that fully requires time, while PG tends to counter criticism by taking another angle of attack – it gets time consuming – PG won’t let up no matter what evidence others produce, while his evidence and analysis often remains flimsy if existent at all.

                  I decided I’ll do what I can when I have the time. Media analysis interests me (and it is something in which I have a strong background – as I said, I’ll probably post more on it in the future.

                  I understand why some people get frustrated with PG and resort to abrupt rudeness. Who has the time to deal with each slippery sidestep?

                  And, I do think there is quite a bit of slipperiness in logic and language by PG in this thread, along with false equivalences – a critical argument about the media is equated with a personalised and well targeted smear campaign against a political figure.

                  My response to your comment at 13, in which I agreed with your focus on the blog issue – PG says that I “praised” the comment, implying that my praise includes the fairly “abusive” elements of your comment – actually I specified only the bits where you touched on the blog issue.

                  It does get tiresome.

                  In the end, PG can keep beating his own drum, but I won’t be diverted from the main issues, analysis and arguments I am making – when I have the time.

                  • You ignore persistent abuse that does nothing to contribute to discussions Karol. You’re making excuses for it. That’s your choice, you obviously don’t think it’s a problem, but it does reflect on apparent standards which has some irony in a post looking at smear machines.

                    • mickysavage

                      Hey Pete

                      Have you ever thought that you might be wrong about something? Have a look at all the comments. Many of us want you to provide specific examples of pro left media bias and also want you to differentiate between frank comments and attack comments.

                    • bad12

                      One who happily dishes out abuse Pete George and then whines about it is to be laughed at,

                      Check your comment at 8.31pm on the 29th of March, calling commenter’s monkeys is abuse so please don’t play the victim here when you have dished it out yourself…

                    • “want you to differentiate between frank comments and attack comments.”

                      Because you can’t differentiate? Maybe you’re used to ignoring, maybe you don’t think anything here is bad in a political context. If you comment at KB do you just get “frank comments”?

                      It’s not my call here but I’ve posted in detail on some of my thoughts – http://yournz.org/2014/03/30/a-sickness-within-politics/

                    • wtl

                      Well, the last time it was PROVEN that Pete George was wrong, his admission of fault was ” I may be wrong in this case, but that’s not known for sure”, and then he went on to play ‘poor me’ saying that the moderators were treating him unfairly.

                      I think the chance of Pete George properly admitting he is wrong about something is the same as Kim Dotcom becoming Prime Minister. It is simply not worth debating with someone who does so in such poor faith, as karol has quickly found out.

                    • karol

                      Another false equivalence. Orchestrated smear machines are not the same as the kinds of robust discussions going on here.

                      And you are again using this to sidestep the main issues.

                    • karol

                      PG, are you trying to tell me how to moderate my own posts?

                      Oh, of course not. You’re saying it’s my choice how I do it, …,. but that it just shows what low standards I have – so you kind of are telling me how I should be doing it.

                      Nice ad hominem, and really adds nothing to the topic under discussions due to the false equivalence.

              • srylands

                “There is other evidence that indicates on-going personal links between WO and John key.”

                You say this like everyone will think this is a bad thing. It is totally unremarkable. Whale Oil Beef Hooked (WOBH) is a popular and influential source of news and commentary. Sometimes it is a bit OTT but New Zealand would be worse off without it. (Which is why I am a financial supporter.)

                Why would the Prime Minister not have contact with its owner?

                • McFlock

                  So you give money to the taxpayers union and whaleoil.

                  How long have you had this deranged moral compass?

                • bad12

                  SSLands, we do to a woman and a man, except for the ODD one or two, and ODD is my form of being entirely pleasant when describing you…

              • Thanks Karol, I need time to go through this.

                A couple of initial points.
                “but warns about pointless personal abuse (ie when there is no other point than the abuse)”

                I understand that’s subject to moderator time and opinion but The Standard has as bad a reputation as Kiwiblog for pointless personal abuse, and this thread seems to have a significant amount (in my opinion). I’m used to it but I don’t think it reflects well on the site.

                When I asked John Drinnan why he didn’t include The Standard in his article:

                @FranOSullivan Mar 28

                @Zagzigger @PeteDGeorge Yes big omission not putting The Standard there. Widely read and not just in the beltway.

                @robhosking Mar 28

                @FranOSullivan @Zagzigger @PeteDGeorge Is it really? Heavens alone knows why. Mix of bitterness and fantasy, whenever I’ve looked.

                John Drinnan ‏@Zagzigger Mar 28

                @PeteDGeorge @robhosking @FranOSullivan The Daily Blog comments are less nutty.

                “I have also pointed to other smear campaigns where the MSM WO/KB seem to be acting in unison to attack the opposition. There is not direct evidence in each case, but a reasoned analysis points in that direction.”

                From what I see (which is quite a lot) WO and KB (and other blogs including The Standard) frequently pick up news stories and comment on them. It’s often easy to predict what’s brewing if you follow journalists on Twitter.

                Sometimes journalists pick up ‘news’ off WO and KB – they have fairly extensive political sources.

                I’d be surprised if there’s much that’s orchestrated.

                I’m sure I can find correlations between posts here and news coverage, and also between posts and Labour press releases and Labour attack lines in Parliament. As I can for WO and KB. And it’s known that people with political connections and also believed-to-be political connections post here. My guess is that much of the time they are individuals posting but it’s commonly believed that there’s some political co-ordination going on. Mike Smith’s post are an obvious example but there’s other authors too who are thought to be no acting entirely alone. No blogger does. I quite often contact politicians for information, Andrew Little gave me a good response to a question on Labour’s position on Dotcom’s extradition yesterday, Judith Collins gave me a response to a question on the same thing earlier.

                Claiming National frequently uses a smear machine and Labour is lily white is not credible to me, they both stir as much as they think they can get away with. I need more time to research this, but I doubt there will be much if any evidence – similar to accusations about National, scant evidence.

                Complaining about the other lot being mean “and we’re not” where National Labour are involved is laughable (in my opinion), they can be as bad as each other when it comes to smearing.

                • karol

                  ’m sure I can find correlations between posts here and news coverage, and also between posts and Labour press releases and Labour attack lines in Parliament.

                  But can you find any examples of when info has been leaked via the Standard before it reached the MSM or at the same time? You are again making a false equivalence here. A correlation is not the same as the evidence pointing to an orchestrated smear campaign, as addressed in the articles and Trotter post that I referred to in my post.

                  As an author I work with what’s already in the public domain – as far as I’m aware, so do the other authors here – except those occasions when there’s been some internal frictions within the Labour Party.

                  Claiming National frequently uses a smear machine and Labour is lily white is not credible to me, they both stir as much as they think they can get away with.

                  Note, I am not a member of the Labour Party, do not always agree with them, and vote Green these days.

                  My bold – another false equivalence. Using a well orchestrated smear machine is not euivalent to, not always being lily white.

                  Why did the people involved try to keep the connections between Key’s office and WO hidden, until they were rather reluctantly outed? Surely indicates something they were ashamed of?

                  Or at least, it was a way of distancing Key from the negative campaigning. I recall that Key has said in the past he doesn’t do negative the way Labour does. All the negative was cycled secretively through WO and/or KB.

                  Fran O’Sullivan, John Drinnan and yourself have had some harsh criticism on the Standard. It is because people strongly disagree with many of their/your views and/or how they were expressed. I’m sure the columnoists found it hard to take, especially when they are used to a more supportive MSM environment.

                  The things I dislike about the WO and KB blogs are to do with the blatant racisim, sexism and homophobia that is allowed on those sites. And to do with some of the other values expressed by Slater and/or on his site – the explicit stuff about the Chuang-Brown affair for instance – salacious and unnecessary.

                  Generally, there are different values underpinning left and right politcs and processes.

                  There’s also, for instance, a big difference between the 2 main right wing blogs and the two or three main left wing ones.

                  WO and KB are focused around one individual who (allegedly) do most of the posts – and they have strong links with the National Party.

                  The Daily Blog, Public Address, The Standard are all more collectively operated. Each author is responsible for their own research and writing of their posts.

                  For myself, I have no connections with major players in politIcal parties. I have never met most of the authors here – don’t know who most of them are. I don’t get inside info. I work with what’s already in the public doamin. I think the likes of Chris Trotter, Bradbury, and Russel Brown probably get some info via the various circles they move in. And they all have different takes on things. I have not seen any leaks being co-ordinated between them and the MSM in any way that could be called “orchestrated”.

                • karol

                  BTW, take your time in responding. You have taken up too much of my time today, when I have other things to attend to. I have made my main arguments on the issues. I will probably revisit them in a post on another day when I have time.

        • phillip ure 17.1.1.2

          fuck off george..

          yr abuse is of the weaseling/false-faced/passive-aggressive variety..

          ..it is the fucken oxygen you run on..

          ..you @#$%^&…

          • adam 17.1.1.2.1

            Phillip, harsh man harsh. Peter is just the system of a dying liberal class – who have very flexible (no) morals, and who (badly) have tried to hide from the working people there love of money over all things.

            They are so use to having no spine and shitting on working people, they find it difficult to understand why working folk in this country hate them. They hate there wishy washy stance, there condescending liberal sympathy and most of all the mad rush to support the 1% if it will make them a few bucks.

            Peter, your the type of liberal who sold out working people 30+ years ago, and like Phil Goff, Anite King, and Trevor Mallard – your days are numbered. Why don’t you be honest and go begs for some more scraps off your masters plate.

            • Pete George 17.1.1.2.1.1

              Adam – remarkable conclusions considering I doubt you know anything about me or my background.

              • we know enough about you..from yr incessant driveling that passes for words/thought…

                ..and yr background is irrelevant..

                ..i couldn’t give a fuck if you were raised in a shoebox on the side of the motorway..

                ..tho’ that might help explain – yr ever-barely-idling/in-neutral brain..

                ,

  18. tricledrown 18

    Pet Grovelar
    Nationals little grovelar.
    Was that you with paula bennett and slater at National BBQ.

  19. tricledrown 19

    Pathetic Grovelar.
    What we do know about you is that you are full of your own self importance.
    A delusional political candidate that got 167 votes.
    And your part of the 0% support for Ubalanced Fuckwits.

  20. rhinocrates 20

    A word of advice for anyone approaching retirement. For God’s sake, get a hobby (stamp collecting, ships in bottles, whatever), otherwise you’ll turn into a sanctimonious, cardigan-wearing, finger-wagging bore like… um, now who was it again?

    And everyone else – DNFTT. I’m tired of formerly interesting blogs turning into The Pete George Show. The man’s an idiot, he has nothing to say, he’s determined to smother anything anyone else has to say with his petulant nit-picking and waffle. Again, DNFTT.

    • greywarbler 20.1

      +1 Rhino But I fear your good advice is like leaves in the wind.

    • Anne 20.2

      It never ceases to amaze me that this sorry spectacle of a self proclaimed political commentator is so lacking in substance that he says the same thing over and over again using different phraseology but the message is still the same. I don’t actually know what the message is and my impression is no-one else does either. He seems to live in a vacuum where banality has replaced cognisant thought.

      I come here to be informed and to occasionally inform – not to spend my time trying to avoid the page upon page of nothingness that is P George.

      I reiterate Rhino’s plea. Stop feeding him everyone!

      • miravox 20.2.1

        +1 Rhino

        @ Anne his message is we don’t agree with him, and are big meanies when he points it out to us.

        By the way, this is the 50th comment from/about PGs attempt to have a go at Karol up the page a bit at 16 (excl the srylands asides). A waste of effort.

        • Anne 20.2.1.1

          Oh, so that’s the reason for his whiny, banal utterances. Guess if I’d read any of them I might have known. Thanks miravox. :)

  21. Jrobin 21

    On a different but related topic it was good to hear Mediawatch today where they discussed in some depth the reporting of polls and the polls themselves. The Morgan Poll I was complaining about earlier was discussed. And why it doesn’t get reported because it doesn’t have a specific media outlet associated with it. Pity as It seems more reliable with cell phones included in the mix. Wallace Chapmans show was good too, great on TPPA. Maybe the new National Radio will be interesting even if Mr Espiner used to be a fan of John Key he seems to enjoy debate over pure spectacle. Hate to admit it but perhaps Radio NZ was too leftist and the bias has kept the debate a bit tame. Having a mix of views might add a bit more challenge …..
    And encourage shy sensitive people such as the reluctant PM to grace the airwaves and get interviewed by someone other than his pet journalists. To be fair Paddy Gower did give JK a fright with his grilling on Judith and her cronies. A beautifully laid trap.

    • Ergo Robertina 21.1

      ‘Hate to admit it but perhaps Radio NZ was too leftist and the bias has kept the debate a bit tame.’

      Do you have any examples of this bias on Morning Report, or other programmes?
      Geoff Robinson is not a left-winger, just an old school broadcaster without much aggression; previous co-presenters include Maggie Barry, Mike Hosking, Sean Plunket, and Lindsay Perigo!
      This lefty bias tosh is an old chestnut propagated by those who call the programme ‘Moaning Report’, which speaks to their resentment and desire for control.
      The programme covers stories in a straight-bat fashion, with a non-commercial focus, that is all.

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    Te Whare Whero | 01-09
  • Vote Choice: ACT’s Jamie Whyte – a ‘Narrow’ Ally?
    This week, the Vote Choice series looks at Dr Jamie Whyte, the leader of the ACT party, and his views on abortion and decriminalisation. A google search of Whyte and abortion provides little in the way of his opinion but...
    ALRANZ | 01-09
  • Who is Carrick Graham?
    Carrick GrahamIn damage control since their campaign officially began derailing a couple of weeks ago, things took another terrible turn for the National party last weekend. Not only did the corrupt Judith Collins have to resign on Saturday because of...
    The Jackal | 01-09
  • Judith, Cam, and the phantom FB messages
    I see that Judith Collins and Cameron Slater believe the hacker has simply invented Facebook conversations between the two of them. Insitnctively I don;t believe the denials, but I have an idea that could help Collins clear her name. Facebook...
    Polity | 01-09
  • Judith, Cameron, and the phantom FB messages
    I see that Judith Collins and Cameron Slater believe the hacker has simply invented Facebook conversations between the two of them. Insitnctively I don;t believe the denials, but I have an idea that could help Collins clear her name. Facebook...
    Polity | 01-09
  • Matthew Hooton’s dirty tactics
    Outside observers might be watching the National party unravelling and wondering what the hell is going on. This is especially the case with one particular right wing propagandist, Matthew Hooton.At first Hooton’s behaviour might seem a bit strange. He has...
    The Jackal | 01-09
  • Is Petrol cheap?
    I don’t tend to look at the motoring section of the Herald much however every now and then something stands out - often for its comedy value - and that was the case yesterday in an article titled Motoring Mythbusting. The article covers off...
    Transport Blog | 01-09
  • People of Turkey, Ukraine, I salute you!
    For some reason, I seem to be getting a lot of visits from Turkey.  Or perhaps that's just where IP address disguisers are presenting as at the moment.  But I like to thin the Ruritanian nature of New Zealand politics...
    Left hand palm | 01-09
  • The health pillar of good government
    Whatever the result on September 20, John Key will start the next term with diminished personal authority. Our democracy’s health is also diminished. Key’s inch-by-inch retreat to the point where his imagined leftwing conspiracy turned into a rightwing one and...
    Colin James | 01-09
  • Keystone XL: Oil Markets and Emissions
    Estimates of the incremental emission effects of individual oil sands projects like the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline are sensitive to assumptions about the response of world markets and alternative transportation options. A recent Nature Climate Change paper by Erickson and...
    Skeptical Science | 01-09
  • Union to support Work and Income staff following tragedy
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says today’s shooting at a Work and Income office is a tragedy, and nobody should...
    PSA | 01-09
  • We no longer have a Prime Minister
    Having just listened to an item featuring John Key on Checkpoint (National Radio) I now have to announce that New Zealand has no-one at present performing the proper role of Prime Minister. John Key could not have acted less Prime Ministerial if he had...
    Political Scientist | 01-09
  • We no longer have a Prime Minister
    Having just listened to an item featuring John Key on Checkpoint (National Radio) I now have to announce that New Zealand has no-one at present performing the proper role of Prime Minister. John Key could not have acted less Prime Ministerial if he had...
    The Political Scientist | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014.
    Crime Scene: The murder of two WINZ workers and the wounding of another in Ashburton adds another tragic chapter to New Zealand's grim history of lone men committing multiple murders.I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had...
    Bowalley Road | 01-09
  • Radio NZ: Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams – 1 September 20...
    . - Politics on Nine To Noon - . - Monday 1 September 2014 - . - Kathryn Ryan, with Matthew Hooton & Mike Williams - . Today on Politics on Nine To Noon, Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton on...
    Frankly Speaking | 01-09
  • Radio NZ: Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams – 1 September 20...
    . - Politics on Nine To Noon - . - Monday 1 September 2014 - . - Kathryn Ryan, with Matthew Hooton & Mike Williams - . Today on Politics on Nine To Noon, Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton on...
    Frankly Speaking | 01-09
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies, Today no. 19 – The SkyCity deal doesn’t m...
     SkyCity deal doesn't mean more pokies – Key SkyCity is understood to be seeking law changes allowing 300 to 500 additional pokie machines and wider use of technology which would increase gambling revenue in return for building the $350 million facility...
    Arch Rival | 01-09
  • Will an inquiry make it all better?
    So far, the Dirty Politics book has generated two inquiries. The first is into the release  of information from the SIS to a certain blogger whom we don't name. The second is into Judith Collins' alleged involvement with an alleged...
    Pundit | 01-09
  • We Play Dirty at the Climate Talks Too: New Zealand’s Dirty Politics of C...
    This guest post is by David Tong, an Auckland based community lawyer working on his Master’s in Law on the UN climate talks. He chairs the P3 Foundation and co-chairs the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association, and last...
    Hot Topic | 01-09
  • The trouble with liars
    A group of habitual liars try to get their story straight....
    Imperator Fish | 01-09
  • Photo of the day: Mitre 10′s bike parking
    The other weekend I went to the Mitre 10 Mega in Wairau Road to pick up some building supplies. To my surprise, they’ve put in a bike rack near the store entrance. I’m not sure how much use it’s going...
    Transport Blog | 01-09
  • TEU VICTORIA UNIVERSITY BRANCH NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2014
      TEU Victoria University Branch Newsletter – September 2014 In this issue: AGM-a-calling: Welcome from the Branch President Ask them Anything: TEU Presidential Election Election Special: Union members could make the difference Election Special: 3 Reasons to Vote Bringing Back Dignity:...
    Tertiary Education Union | 01-09
  • Stumbling towards Power?
    Let's be honest about it.  Labour have absolutely nothing to celebrate just now.The last few days have been fantastic for the left and in particular for a certain Mr D Cunliffe.  But before we get too deliriously joyous, let's face...
    Left hand palm | 01-09
  • Will the police investigate?
    John Key is busy putting together an inquiry into Judith Collins' attempt to undermined SFO Chief Executive Adam Feeley. The effectiveness of any inquiry will ultimately depend on its terms of reference, and the signs are not good; Key looks...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • Dirty Politics symposium on Friday
    Otago University will be holding an online symposium this Friday on "Debating 'Dirty Politics': Media, Politics and Law". Andrew Geddis has more details on the agenda: 1:00-1:15: Opening interview with Mr Nicky Hager 1:15-2:05: Media panel with Dr Rosemary Overell;...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • Debating “Dirty Politics”: Media, Politics and Law
    Love it or loathe it, Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics and its aftermath has lit a fire under our perception of "politics as usual" in New Zealand. Exactly how all that plays out come September 20th is an as yet unknown...
    Pundit | 01-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • The Press Leaders Debate – proof a newspaper can kill the internet
    No more beersies for you Mr Key. Seriously – was the Prime Minister drunk during this debate? I am so sickened by what passed as a Leaders debate, I will make this review short and vicious. Everyone involved in putting...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Voting starts tomorrow!
    On the telly, in the papers, on the Net, billboards on almost every street corner – it’s hard to miss the fact that there’s an election coming up. Everyone’s trying to win your vote on Election Day, September 20, (this...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry a whitewash before it has even started
    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. Whaleoil won’t be forced to appear, it’s...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Press Leaders Debate – Round 2 – 7pm tonight
    This debate is live in a Town Hall, Key has done well at these in the past, but since the hate politics exposed in Dirty Politics, expect real fury directed at Key. My guess is that Key will attempt to use whatever he...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • MANA hit speed wobbles – why Annette Sykes will win Waiariki
    MANA are my favourites. But of late, their transition from crawling to sprinting has hit some speed wobbles. Hone’s and Pam’s aggressive attitude towards the media recently is very understandable in light of how connected many of the media were to...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Soz Cam – PaknSave boycott of whaleoil continues – time to start a boyc...
    Cam is so carcinogenic now, not even his mates in the Tobacco Industry are talking to him any longer. I suspect only the Israeli Defence Force propaganda department are paying for content on whaleoil now. Cam says that PaknSave have dropped their problems...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Rock Fuels NZ Roastbuster Rape Culture
    This is making me feel pretty uncomfortable. Here we have an instance of Jono and Ben posing like “exposed celebrities”. But do you know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing two dudes who basically “roasted” a woman online (exposed pictures of...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – Why beneficiaries need advocacy
    There are times when I am wrong. I was wrong recently when someone suggested to me that AAAP should be eligible for government funding to continues its advocacy work. That was before. Before dealing with advocacy on a weekly basis...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • TheDailyBlog September Political Poll Has Been Kicked Off
    The Daily Blog’s August poll has concluded and the September poll has been kicked off, asking readers: What party will you likely vote for at this year’s General Election? You will see this month’s poll in the right-hand sidebar of...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Jamie Whyte, leave that poor seal alone!
    Worse than showing mere lip service to Rainbow inclusion, ACT leader Jamie Whyte showed stunning arrogance when appeared at a candidates debate on rainbow issues hosted by the Auckland University Students’ Association last Thursday. The stunning hypocrisy was evident as...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Right wing can’t help but use scum
    Some people have been shocked that the traditional right wing party in New Zealand politics is so deeply embedded with scum like the blogger Whale Oil. We need not be so surprised. It takes a certain type to support the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: National’s Ohariu candidate admits contact by Simon Lusk
    . . Wellington, NZ, 31  August – At a meet-the-candidates public meeting in the Rongotai Electorate, National’s Ohariu candidate, Brett Hudson, confirmed that he had been approached by “a mate”, who passed on a message from  National Party operative, Simon...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014
    Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Independent Epsom Candidates ‘One Strike’ Crime Policy
    Best wishes to all of those who live in Epsom, Mount Eden, New Market, Remuera and of course the rest of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Large majorities of NZ First voters would prefer Labour deal
    67% of those who voted for New Zealand First at the 2011 general election would prefer Labour to lead a coalition government if one is needed after September 20’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Jointly owned urban development agency for Christchurch
    “Given the strategic importance of the Canterbury rebuild, it is logical that the transition from emergency governance arrangements is overseen by the Prime Minister’s office, but to maintain momentum in the city centre an expert development agency...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix needed
    Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix is needed The Public Service Association (PSA) says the inquiry into Judith Collins’ behaviour must be accompanied by a process to restore the lost trust between Ministers and public servants if...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Association welcomes new Chief Executive
    “The New Zealand Police Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Verry to Chief Executive. Heather picks up the mantle from Chris Pentecost, who recently retired from this position,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Young Voters Want Politicians to Grow Up
    Young voters want answers to the questions that directly affect them – but it seems as much as anything, they want politicians to grow up....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Climate Voter election debate to get big audience
    Auckland, 2 September 2014 - Tickets to tomorrow night’s first-ever Climate Voter election debate have sold out but an online audience will also get to see the event live....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Edge show disregard for consent
    The Edge has shown complete disregard for consent, for women’s bodies and in doing so has contributed to the wider issue of rape culture in New Zealand says specialist sexual violence prevention organisation, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Yesterday,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Rock is Fuelling New Zealand’s Roastbuster Rape Culture
    The Rock are still displaying without-consent images of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities online. They are making fun of this without-consent action, saying that she was "asking for it", etc. They appear to be supporting this kind of...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • HRLA Condemns Murder of Filipino Human Rights lawyer
    Attorney Rodolfo R. Felicio, a member of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers , was gunned down while working on a land dispute in Rizal, east of Manila. Two caretakers of the disputed land were also injured in the attack....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • SFO lays charges for procurement fraud
    Two individuals have been charged in the Auckland District Court today with Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged fraud against Mighty River Power Limited relating to procurement for the Company’s Southdown power station....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Commitment to lifting wages good for New Zealand
    The Service and Food Workers Union has applauded the Green Party workers’ policy announced today....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Sykes: There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Winston Peters Shown up by the Civilian Party
    Even the satirical 'Civilian Party' has now offered the Taxpayers’ Union more credible figures for the ' Bribe-O-Meter ' than Winston Peters’ New Zealand First. The Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter now includes, National, Labour, the Greens,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Further criminal investigation into CTV Building collapse
    Police has today confirmed it will be advancing the criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV building in February 2011....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens policy to restore link between effort and reward
    The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union. The core tenets of the policy include implementing an $18 minimum...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
    The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. “This policy shows the Greens commitment to collective bargaining as the best and fairest way to improve workers terms and conditions. It...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments
    Medical cannabis research will be boosted by $140 million if the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is elected on September 20. Pediatric epilepsy treatment will be one of the main priorities for the research scholarships....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections
    Ngai Te Rangi has begun a postal vote of beneficiaries to change the way representatives are elected to the two Ngai Te Rangi tribal organisations....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party of a commitment to pay equity and to a living wage for core public servants and contractors....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Real People Powering Real Policy
    New Zealanders from all walks of life have helped the Internet Party create a full platform of strong, progressive and realistic policies that will create a better future for everyone, says leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety
    The University of Canterbury is to launch a new research project to make sure New Zealand’s new forestry roads are safe and are established with minimal environmental impact....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Time to get serious about ending homelessness!
    New Zealand needs a comprehensive set of policies that address the housing and support needs of homeless people as well as significantly increasing the supply of affordable, good quality houses and flats....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Hundreds to join domestic, sexual violence march
    Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Students helped with debt repayments
    New Zealand students now living in Australia are being reminded not to ignore their student loan debt as Inland Revenue expands its latest tool to help with repayments....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Launch of GenderNeutral.co.nz website
    GenderNeutral.co.nz are excited to announce the launch of their new website, GenderNeutral.co.nz ....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Factory farming debaters to look chicken in the eye
    MPs participating in a panel discussion about factory farming will come face-to-face with a real live hen, rescued from the claws of the intensive farming industry. Hettie the Hen will demonstrate to the MPs what little space is afforded to...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
    It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth
    From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate
    KEEP OUR ASSETS PICKET OF LEADERS CHRISTCHURCH DEBATE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m. ST MARGARETS COLLEGE, SHREWSBURY STREET, MERIVALE...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
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