Mediawatch on the media orgy

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, October 6th, 2014 - 12 comments
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RNZ’s Mediawatch is a bright spot in the media wilderness! This weekend’s episode examined the media’s orgy of hyperbole and spin on the Labour leadership contest. Also featuring censorship of satire during the election campaign. Well worth a listen:

Update: Link above doesn’t seem to work, but identical link in comments below does!?

12 comments on “Mediawatch on the media orgy”

  1. Craig Glen Eden 1

    Hyperbole indeed its amazing to watch the level of personal attack directed at David Cunliffe. David did a good job against Key during the campaign no other person in that Labour Caucus would have done any where near as well.

    • Chooky 1.1

      shows what a threat they think Cunliffe is…he is not a Nactional right wing man ….like the other leader contenders, who have endorsement from the likes of Hooton and Boag

      • Craig Glen Eden 1.1.1

        Exactly Chooky.

      • Saarbo 1.1.2

        Agree. Im sure the attacks against Cunliffe have been unprecedented in politics, certainly they show our media at its ugliest, the media seem to have some sort of adolescent pack mentality. Our political gallery media are probably a small tight bunch who know who each others ‘insiders’ are and I suspect that Cunliffe hasn’t played “the game”which has left him excluded, but it does show he has more integrity than many of the dead wood light-weights in the Labour caucus.

        Clearly the nats are now selling the perception that they have re-newed with their new caucus line up, Labour are looking pretty bloody sad.

  2. adam 2

    Umm link not working. Is it just me?

  3. ianmac 3

    [audio src="http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20141005-0907-mediawatch_for_5_october_2014-048.mp3" /]
    Confirms what we believe. The Election was won by smear of David.
    Rachel Smalley was a breath of fresh air even if too late @8:30minutes
    [audio src="http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20141005-0907-mediawatch_for_5_october_2014-048.mp3" /]

  4. thechangeling 4

    Very interesting that the satirical “Planet Key” video would not have been banned in the U.K as it was here. Suggests that NZ is very rigged and biased toward National not only in the MSM but across most legal spheres as well now. Bedtime for Democracy anyone?

  5. D'Esterre 5

    I’m a longtime listener to Mediawatch; it provides a refreshing alternative voice on media issues. I recommend it to anyone who’s not a regular listener to RNZ on a Sunday morning.

    There’s no question that the mainstream media coverage, not only of the election, but of politics generally over the last few years, played an important part in the outcome of said election. Many media people indignantly deny that they had any special role,preferring to blame policy, Cunliffe’s personality, Kim Dotcom, blah blah blah. But they overlook their role in publicising and framing these and other issues.

    Regarding the the special vote count and the swing against National, I recently read a comment speculating that, if many of those votes were cast by people living overseas, their not having been exposed to the relentless media bias against the opposition during the election campaign might well explain that result.

    • Rodel 5.1

      D’Esterre
      Support your recommendation to tune in to mediawatch on Sunday mornings and repeated later on Sunday night. It’s balanced, factual and well presented.

      Also recommend the following programme featuring Wayne Brittendon who delves deeply into important issues that the rest of the media ignores or seems to just regurgitate political & corporate press releases.

      These are a counterbalance to the prejudice and partisanship in commercial media and sad to say becoming more evident in our public broadcasting system.

  6. Jrobin 6

    Also D’Esterre, that people are leaving NZ who have left wing leanings as it is so unpleasant here under the current regime. Interesting that Key described the swing in the specials as “odd” implying that only odd people dare to question his ” there is no alternative” line. This appears to be working well too, regarding Party vote statistics. Even in Dunedin, where said regime’s policies on Invermay, Hillside, Uni funding, hospital rebuild etc etc are a disaster, a majority party voted National. Now watch the carnage unfold.

  7. D'Esterre 7

    @ Rodel: “Also recommend the following programme featuring Wayne Brittendon ….”

    You’re dead right; an oversight on my part. I should have mentioned him; he’s always worth listening to. These two programmes – along with the rest of what Wallace Chapman presents – is radio for grown-ups, in my view.

    @Jrobin: “Even in Dunedin, where said regime’s policies on Invermay, Hillside, Uni funding, hospital rebuild etc etc are a disaster, a majority party voted National. Now watch the carnage unfold.”

    It’s bizarre,isn’t it? When I was much younger, there was a saying in regard to voting patterns: turkeys don’t vote for an early Christmas. Seems that it doesn’t apply to Dunedin voters….

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