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Einstein versus Trump*

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 18th, 2021 - 10 comments

Einstein tried to explain complex things and understand reality; Trump tried to explain it away and distort reality.

Taxpayer’s Union is wasting taxpayers’ money

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, September 15th, 2020 - 35 comments

The Taxpayer’s Union, which claims to be opposed to Government waste, is wasting taxpayer’s resources by lodging a spurious complaint with the Broadcasting Standards Authority against Labour’s free apprenticeship policy.

Checkpoint shroud-waving over Queensland politics?

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 pm, September 10th, 2020 - 12 comments

Today’s Checkpoint descended into shroud-waving in the case of a New South Wales family not able to visit their dying father in Queensland because of the strict border closure. As our health officials note, “bereavement issues” are where most care is needed to prevent the virus spread.

The big State Media Merger?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 8th, 2020 - 27 comments

Looks like there’s a ways to go before New Zealand gets an integrated state-backed broadcaster. But the Government’s recent proposal is a big step in the right direction.

Mark Richardson wants to be a Nat MP

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, June 14th, 2019 - 102 comments

Mark Richardson thinks he may have a future career and will be able to transform from overpaid TV personality to overpaid public representative.

Bryce Edwards: Just another political simpleton

Written By: - Date published: 1:33 am, November 5th, 2018 - 68 comments

I can only describe Bryce Edwards spin about what a “The Standard” post means is that it is complete bullshit. This site is not the editorial and political monolith. But what else do you expect from a political simpleton with a limited understanding of actual debate. Like Mike Hosking, he is far more suited to a broadcast medium where he doesn’t get robust debate on their inane explanations of real world politics.

An Ineffectual Opposition Is Bad News

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 28th, 2018 - 42 comments

An ineffectual Opposition creates a vacuum that will be filled by the Mainstream and Social Media as they will assume the role of unelected and non-representative opposition in effectuo.

Clare Curran Demoted

Written By: - Date published: 4:11 pm, August 24th, 2018 - 51 comments

Clare Curran has been demoted after failing to properly account for a meeting with entrepreneur Derek Handley.

Racial bias in RNZ world reportage, or just giving people what they want?

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, August 14th, 2018 - 64 comments

GUEST POST:

Is Radio NZ meeting its obligations to report the news of the world fairly or is it just once over lightly at the public broadcaster? Some thoughts from regular TS contributor Adrian Thornton.

An Orwellian Minister for Open Government

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, March 27th, 2018 - 257 comments

A picture of Minister Clare Curran

The Minister for Open Government has been caught organizing a secret meeting, and it has led to the resignation of an RNZ manager who covered for her. Is it time to kick Curran out?

Nothing like Mike

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, February 1st, 2018 - 18 comments

Turns out Mike Hosking was eminently and delightfully replaceable.

Broadcasting Standards Authority finds Mike Hosking’s election comments about the Māori Party inaccurate and misleading

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, December 20th, 2017 - 56 comments

“Further, his comments the following evening were confusing and insufficient to correct the inaccurate information for viewers.”

Congratulations John Campbell

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 am, November 3rd, 2017 - 25 comments

Mr Campbell is awarded Presenter of the Year by the Association for International Broadcasting.

“Reporters”.

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, October 17th, 2017 - 56 comments

“Once upon a time, in a world far away” we had these people called “reporters”.
An honourable profession, who considered it their job to keep the public accurately and completely informed.

Sean Plunket resigns from Broadcasting Standards Authority

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, October 14th, 2017 - 44 comments

Anyone feeling for Sean Plunket?

Anatomy of a plonker

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 am, October 12th, 2017 - 30 comments

“Anyone else feeling for Harvey Weinstein?” – Sean Plunket

How much is Mike Hosking paid by TVNZ?

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, July 25th, 2017 - 107 comments

Mike Hosking does not want there to be a debate on how much he earns from TVNZ and thinks that there would be an adverse irrational response from the public if the information was released. This is the best reason yet why disclosure should occur.

People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media

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

Hosking’s party political broadcasts

Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, October 28th, 2016 - 75 comments

Hosking’s pro-Nat rants have been compared to “state TV in China” and “Fox News-style comment”.

Drinnan – Treatment of state-funded broadcasters smacks of political expediency

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, June 3rd, 2016 - 35 comments

John Drinnan has a pretty explosive piece in The Herald this morning. (See also Drinnan’s new blog ZagZigger).

Matthew Hooton and the Radio New Zealand post

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, May 15th, 2016 - 192 comments

Radio New Zealand recently published a piece penned by well known supporter of the right Matthew Hooton.  What has happened to the concept of balance?

Fairfax and NZME and merger talks on

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, May 11th, 2016 - 13 comments

As previously discussed here, bad for the media, bad for democracy.

APN Fairfax NZ merger?

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, May 10th, 2016 - 20 comments

A healthy democracy requires a healthy media, and in NZ both are getting sicker.

John Campbell returns

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 18th, 2016 - 60 comments

John Campbell’s return to broadcast media is imminent.

The media in 2015

Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, December 29th, 2015 - 88 comments

Some random musings on what happened in New Zealand’s media this year.

An open letter to Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 433 comments

A respectful open letter to Andrew Little with suggestions for how to win the next election!

Global mode killed off

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, June 24th, 2015 - 21 comments

CallPlus folds and kills global mode to avoid legal action. We are not amused.

More political interference in State Broadcasting

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 …

Kia kaha Mihingarangi Forbes

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, June 5th, 2015 - 29 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.

RIP Campbell Live

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.

Effective political communication

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.

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