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MSM asking questions in a democracy

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 am, May 7th, 2020 - 13 comments

Too much repetition, or the wrong questions?

Constructive Criticism and Team Work In Politics

Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, January 26th, 2020 - 34 comments

Team play is more important than ever in politics.

Te Whare Pounamu – Are Children Really Safe?

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, September 4th, 2019 - 7 comments

How seriously do Women’s Refuge, the Ministry of Social Development and Te Whare Pounamu management take child abuse concerns? This requires greater scrutiny. 

Stuff is banning climate change deniers from articles and comments

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, November 29th, 2018 - 261 comments

Stuff have adopted a policy of banning opinion pieces and comments from climate change deniers on the basis that the science is settled and allowing space for deniers is a dangerous waste of time.

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.

Censorship

Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, August 23rd, 2018 - 13 comments

It seems that if you’re the right person, harbour the correct thoughts, have the right connections, and you don’t like whatever the political opinion, news or information that’s floating about is, then you can get it banned.

Propaganda Wars.

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, August 10th, 2018 - 30 comments

No-one reading this blog would willfully offer support to an ideology that’s killing people, right?

The Schnews.

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, April 28th, 2018 - 7 comments

Apologies to the Schnews that was actually a pretty good wee publication that came out of Brighton, England.

The right to free speech

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, April 20th, 2018 - 105 comments

This week has seen a number of examples where right wing and religious men have said stupid things and then had their statements defended on the basis that free speech should be protected.

Bullshit upon Bullshit.

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, April 18th, 2018 - 34 comments

Doctors being intimidated.

Labour speaks up.

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, April 8th, 2018 - 5 comments

Partial transcript of a speech as reported in “The Independent”

Nothing like Mike

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

Turns out Mike Hosking was eminently and delightfully replaceable.

People of the Year

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, December 7th, 2017 - 135 comments

Time has named participants of the #MeToo campaign its people of the year. So why hasn’t the movement taken hold in New Zealand the way it has in the United States?

Election night coverage

Written By: - Date published: 1:18 pm, September 23rd, 2017 - 13 comments

Some places for lefties to follow the counting and take part in the talking.

Non-news News and News Non-news

Written By: - Date published: 12:22 pm, July 13th, 2017 - 100 comments

A politician said their party would insist on being a part of government depending on the vote falls in September, while another gets called out for his habitual stirring at the pot of ethnic division. In a place like the South Africa of old, we all know which one would be the story. But this is New Zealand and this is now.

MSD tried to shut down housing providers

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, May 12th, 2017 - 24 comments

An attempt to gag emergency housing providers got quickly withdrawn when Checkpoint started making enquiries. Given this government’s record, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that there will be further attempts to shut down bad news.

Welcome newsroom!

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, March 13th, 2017 - 4 comments

The shiny new newsroom website is now up and running. They have a strong team, and a great first scoop on the sale of falsely labelled “free range” eggs.

Hilary Barry quits TV3 (for TVNZ?)

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, April 30th, 2016 - 23 comments

All the best to Hilary Barry in whatever she chooses next.

TPPA snippets and media coverage

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, February 7th, 2016 - 24 comments

Snippets from recent pieces on the TPP, including The Spinoff’s José Barbosa an his take on the media coverage of the Auckland protest.

Stay Classy: TV3’s Newshrub.

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, January 21st, 2016 - 32 comments

TV3 have announced they are getting out of the news business and getting into cross platform media hotdesking across the continuum of diminishing eyeballs. Welcome to TV3 Newshrub, the place where no news is good news!

Q&A with Scoop’s Alastair Thompson

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 30th, 2015 - 46 comments

Scoop’s Alastair Thompson will be joining us live around 10am. Do you have questions on the future of the media, public service journalism, or plans for the Scoop Foundation? Ask them here!

Tomorrow – Q&A with Scoop’s Alastair Thompson

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, October 29th, 2015 - 4 comments

For 16 years Scoop has been making an enormous contribution to the NZ media landscape. On Friday at 10am Scoop’s Alastair Thompson will join us here on The Standard for a question and answer session.

Bugger the Truth – Getting elected means fooling the poeple

Written By: - Date published: 1:15 pm, September 19th, 2015 - 34 comments

So, its is not that the voters are idiots, as some suggest the Left are claiming, it is that the Right deliberately lie and mislead to get a vote, on false pretenses. It is the Right who constantly treats voters as gullible idiots, And a media, strangled by shrinking budgets and reduced personnel with less and less time to research rather than regurgitate. Couple that with an increase in non-journalists hogging the space set aside for reporting and elucidating news events… what chance the voter?

BuzzFeed?

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, June 18th, 2015 - 20 comments

stuffed

Happy Birthday Scoop!

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, June 12th, 2015 - 4 comments

Sixteen years of Scoop. Good stuff!

Pull the other one… ponytails, minimisation and male privilege

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.

The media bloodbath

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, April 16th, 2015 - 52 comments

On Alastair Thompson’s “Media Bloodbath” piece and more. Privately owned media will not in the future have a hope of delivering quality news services in this country. If we think that matters, then a strong publicly funded media presence is the only way forward.

Save Campbell Live!

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.

The Sabin issue timeline

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, February 3rd, 2015 - 277 comments

An analysis of the timeline and a reading of Cameron Slater’s comments concerning Mike Sabin raises real questions about the veracity of what Key has been saying to the media.  Update:  It appears that David Garrett and Rodney Hide have expressed views wondering if Key’s statement about when he was told is actually correct. Update:  And Matthew Hooton suggests that the Police may have advised the Government of the invesigation.

The Hypocrisy of Hate

Written By: - Date published: 4:07 pm, January 11th, 2015 - 223 comments

You’d think that with all the WW1 commemorations going on at the moment it would make us more vigilant about our freedom and security, not sleep-walking towards another Holy Crusade (in the name of the God of Money and Father of Fossil Fuels), seduced by slick liars and the gods of commercialism and greed.

Charlie Hebdo: ‘… and not give in to fear’

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, January 8th, 2015 - 596 comments

It is a shocking story to wake up to. A murderous act in a beautiful city.  Condolences to those close to the people who were killed, and to the people of Paris and France.  It is not a justification for the anti-democratic, invasive extensions to the surveillance state.

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