Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 5 comments
Is having a strong, independent media an essential part of a functioning democracy? What is the role of the ‘Fourth Estate’ in today’s world? Are the media doing a good job of keeping citizens informed?
People’s Commission has its final workshops in Auckland, and how to submit online
Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, June 3rd, 2016 - 35 comments
Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, May 11th, 2016 - 13 comments
As previously discussed here, bad for the media, bad for democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 18th, 2016 - 60 comments
John Campbell’s return to broadcast media is imminent.
Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 432 comments
A respectful open letter to Andrew Little with suggestions for how to win the next election!
Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, June 23rd, 2015 - 43 comments
It appears that shortly after a meeting between the Minister of Maori of Affairs Te Ururoa Flavell and head of Maori TV Paora Maxwell occurred a potentially embarrassing planned televised debate concerning Whanau Ora was cancelled. Of course the timing is completely accidental and Flavell had nothing to do with it …
Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, June 5th, 2015 - 28 comments
Mihingarangi Forbes resigned yesterday as a reporter for Marae Televison apparently because of managerial interference in a story she intended to run. In the week since Aotearoa lost Campbell Lives it has now lost arguably the best investigative reporter that the country has.
Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, May 29th, 2015 - 255 comments
Campbell Live plays for the last time tonight. With New Zealand on Air having new targets that will make support for similar shows unlikely the holding of the powerful to account is about to become more difficult.
Written By: - Date published: 9:13 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 61 comments
Richard Harman concluded his presentation to the recent Fabian “Destination Next Progressive Majority” event by quoting the noted political scientist Bob Chapman’s remark that he had “reluctantly come to the conclusion that it was far more important for a political party to have a communication strategy than an economic policy.” I’m inclined to agree.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, May 7th, 2015 - 61 comments
Despite being heavily advertised Paul Henry’s show’s viewer numbers are small while viewer numbers of Campbell Live have surged.
Written By: - Date published: 5:48 pm, April 25th, 2015 - 407 comments
From pulling ponytails to police minimisation, there is a deep problem in our country with attitudes towards women and to sexual violence.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, April 24th, 2015 - 47 comments
Although John Key clearly wins the award this week for unbecoming insensitive and bizarre behaviour there is a media figure who did their best to provide him with competition. And it is not Rachel Glucina.
Written By: - Date published: 5:41 pm, April 9th, 2015 - 282 comments
It looks like NZ’s last outlet for daily TV investigative journalism is going to be axed. TV3’s owners, Mediaworks, are going to focus all their resources into propping up the odious Paul Henry’s breakfast show. The bad taste jokes don’t end there, though. Campbell Live is going to be replaced with a comedy show. No, really. Updated with links to petitions.
Written By: - Date published: 4:54 pm, March 9th, 2015 - 42 comments
A short case study of the kind of mainstream media reporting that drives me nuts!
Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, January 13th, 2015 - 81 comments
Political Scientists Bronwyn Hayward and Mark Boyd were interviewed on Radio New Zealand yesterday on New Zealand politics in 2014 and what happened during the election. They talked extensively on dirty politics, on the role of the media and how things can be improved in 2015.
Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, December 6th, 2014 - 42 comments
Snippets from a detailed and interesting report on the ownership of NZ media, media trends and issues, and the role of blogs post dirty politics. One major quibble – not all blogs are created equal, no more than all TV is game shows, than all radio is talkback, or than all websites are porn.
Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, November 10th, 2014 - 70 comments
We often look to the first Labour Government for core left wing values, & a political way forward. As well as massively restructuring of the NZ economy, work, welfare & housing, that Government aimed to restructure NZ culture & to combat capitalist-dominated popular culture.
Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, September 5th, 2014 - 15 comments
The University of Otago had a symposium on Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics book now. The event has ended but video on youtube: Interviews with Hager, speakers, panel.
Written By: - Date published: 5:00 pm, August 29th, 2014 - 7 comments
Dirty Politics shows the need for a reformation of our media, broadcasting and related online content. It’s about democracy. Lucy lawless agrees. Laila Harre and Colin Craig have been added to the line up for Sunday’s Broadcasting Debate in Auckland.
Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, July 26th, 2014 - 86 comments
The focus of criticism of Mike Hosking as moderator for the TVNZ Leaders has been on his blatant pro-Nat bias. Hosking’s also has a track record of sexism and put-downs of some of the least powerful people in society. Are only white males eligible for the job?
Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, July 23rd, 2014 - 15 comments
It has become very clear in the run up to this year’s election that we need better broadcasting and news media coverage of politics. The Campaign for Better Broadcasting has organised a series of public debates (with MPs) throughout Aoteatora, beginning this Friday in Dunedin.
Written By: - Date published: 6:33 pm, June 13th, 2014 - 17 comments
So it appears the intended non-partisan deeper engagement with politicians that is the Otago University Vote Chat has been taken over by the National Party.
Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, April 21st, 2014 - 14 comments
Greed used to be regarded as a major sin. Now it is often seen as either trivial, or, in Gordon Gekko’s words, “Greed is good”. Greed has become a religion, focused on the sacred “economy” and its “market” of (allegedly) “invisible hands”. Greed fuels inequality and undermines democracy. Democracy needs a more critical public sphere and media.