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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

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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.

Black is White. Up is Down.

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, April 17th, 2017 - 133 comments

Media have a role to play, apparently…

Charlie Brooker’s school of news production

Written By: - Date published: 12:13 pm, January 30th, 2010 - 5 comments

His formula appears to have been faithfully replicated here. Our only significant divergence is the recent inclusion of a live cross to the news site webmaster who gleefully fills us in on ‘what’s hot’ on their site right now – often a heady mix of celebrity gossip, violence, stupidity, tragedy and cuteness.

The day there was no news

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 pm, May 19th, 2008 - 5 comments

Our condolences

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, April 16th, 2008 - Comments Off on Our condolences

Our condolences to all those affected by the Mangatepopo Gorge canyoning tragedy.

National’s nanny state

Written By: - Date published: 1:40 pm, March 27th, 2008 - 73 comments

Seems to me we need some consensus on what a “Nanny State” actually is. Today the Nats have come out in opposition of some scholarships awarded for doctoral research by the Tertiary Education Commission – stuff like “children’s colour use and emotional wellbeing when drawing” being researched by Emily Crawford at Otago University. What could […]

National still evasive over KiwiSaver plans

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, March 19th, 2008 - 17 comments

You do have to wonder sometimes what it takes to get a straight answer out of a National party MP. Having recently given Brian Connell a bollocking for being evasive on camera, Bill English has now pulled out a performance of his own. He was far more polite of course, and at no stage made […]

Dream of sliding to work?

Written By: - Date published: 5:17 pm, March 14th, 2008 - 4 comments

Google have just opened a new European engineering headquarters in Switzerland, according to a report from the BBC: “Dotcom companies were defined by beanbags and pizza but Google, a company that came to prominence after the bubble had burst, has taken that image to a whole new level. Meeting ‘pods’ in the style of Swiss […]

Bursting the bauble

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, February 20th, 2008 - 39 comments

While the David Farrars and Fran O’Sullivans of this world have been trying to create a storm over Owen Glenn’s recent comments, real journalists have seen it for the non-story it is. Owen Glenn gave some money to Labour, he did so openly, unlike National’s secret backers who gave them $2 million in 2005 alone. […]

Good news

Written By: - Date published: 4:05 pm, February 16th, 2008 - 16 comments

Stuff reports the stolen military medals have been returned. I had expected they would never be seen again but when I think about it nearly every high-profile theft of art or artifact I can remember has resulted a successful return. Kudos to the police for making sure we get to keep a part of our […]

Good luck Winnie

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, February 5th, 2008 - 13 comments

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to MP Luamanuvao Winnie Laban who has just revealed that she has breast cancer. The cancer was apparently discovered early by a routine mamogram and three cycles into the chemo she’s in good spirits. The cancer is apparently treatable – she says she’s positive about things and has […]

Jacinda Ardern to lead IUSY

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, January 31st, 2008 - 71 comments

Jacinda Ardern, former Young Labour president and political advisor, has just been elected president of the International Union of Socialist Youth – a group encompassing socialist, social democratic and Labour Party youth organisations from more than 100 countries. IUSY is a massive organisiation and holds consultative status with the United Nations. This is a huge […]

Biofuel stars at Taupo (and we win)

Written By: - Date published: 1:43 pm, January 22nd, 2008 - 10 comments

Congratultions to Jonny Reid for his win in the Taupo A1GP sprint race on Sunday. He also managed to finish fourth in the feature race which gives the NZ team the series lead. What was also a world first is that all of the teams competing took to the track with 30% biofuel in their […]

Bye bye Ed, you beauty

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 pm, January 11th, 2008 - 2 comments

I won’t try and add anything much to the many, many words of tribute on this, the sad death of Sir Ed Hillary except to quote what Jack Nicholson says to Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets: “You make me want to be a better man.” Thanks mate, you made the world a […]

McCready facing 51 fraud charges

Written By: - Date published: 12:17 pm, December 20th, 2007 - 4 comments

Yesterday NZPA reported that Graham McCready – the man who brought a private prosecution against Mallard over his fight with Tau Heare – was himself in court. He’s facing 51 fraud charges from the IRD.

Terrorism charges blocked

Written By: - Date published: 4:12 pm, November 8th, 2007 - 17 comments

The Solicitor general has decided against allowing prosecutions under the Terrorism Suppression Act for all 12 people referred to him by the police and is making an announcement in Wellington now to that effect. According to Newsroom: He says the key reason he is not prepared to authorise prosecutions is that there is insufficient evidence […]

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