The Daily Blog 2014 Media Awards

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By Martyn Bradbury  

2014 was the year mainstream media Journalism died and women increasingly became the best cultural talents we had to offer the world. There were unique triumphs and abysmal also rans. Here are the 2014 Daily Blog Media Awards  MORE >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Setting The Agenda View All →

US displays some reasonableness towards Cuba, at last

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By   12 hours ago

On 19 October 1960 the United States banned exports to Cuba. The embargo had nothing to do with advancing democracy (the Fidelistas had recently overthrown the Batista dictatorship). It was all to do with the Castro government having the cheek to nationalize some US firms that had dominated the Cuban economy.

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Power companies drop solar buy-back rates, but equity’s a low priority

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By   12 hours ago

Power companies take home millions of dollars in profits, pay their CEOs huge salaries and disconnect the homes of tens of thousands of families unable to pay their bills. Equity and fairness for solar generators is likely to be low on their list of priorities.

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Why do we treat mental disability differently from physical disability?

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By   1 day ago

The fact that different disabilities are treated differently by the medical world is illogical in itself. Mental illness is never taken as seriously as physical disabilities and disability acquired by an accident holds more privilege than one acquired at birth.

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Fighting to keep Vector in public hands

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By   1 day ago

Their miserable plan, as I have been led to believe, involves pressuring the National government to introduce legislation that would allow the shares, worth around $2.1b, to be nationalised, and then gifted back to the Auckland City Council for them to sell – to the people of Auckland and overseas buyers.

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What WINZ are callously saying to people even when they know people are listening

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By   2 days ago

When you are vulnerable and down, you have the right to be treated with dignity, respect, compassion, and kindness by whatever government is in power. Don’t you deserve to know you are loved and valued no matter how much profit you are or are not turning over?

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Bolivia, South Africa and Cuba – three victories for the left

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By   3 days ago

Three events this week mark high points for the international socialist and working class movement in the struggle to free humanity from the interlinked scourges of capitalism and climate change.

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Latest secret TPPA leak reveals mass surveillance plans

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By   3 days ago

When the GCSB debate was in full flight I warned that a seemingly innocuous e-commerce chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) could become a stalking horse for the NSA to get its hands on our personal data, as well as sweeping away privacy protections and controls on internet commerce.

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Say ‘Yay’, not ‘Nay’, to this New Zealand Flag

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By   3 days ago

In 2017, we will get a chance to have our chance to choose what is arguably the most important symbol for our country; our national flag.

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Are the NZ Police contaminated by Dirty Politics?

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By   2 days ago

The sooner we know about the real motives behind the NZ Police’s sudden decision to search and detain Nicky Hager’s computers and files, the better for NZ democracy.

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Sky City Convention Centre Scam – dirty deeds done relatively expensively

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By   2 days ago

Not one single tax dollar should be wasted on this abomination but with Sky City and the Key Government the best of mates, and with National having full spectrum political domination in Parliament, expect a bail out of some description.

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So the United States of Torture is the ally we are supporting to re-invade Iraq?

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By   5 days ago

The average National Party voter loathes Muslims with the same spite they hate the poor, Maori rights and women’s rights. Key whipping up their hate with fear mongering won’t cause the average National voter to question the wisdom of joining a country who tortures to wage a pointless war.

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The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters

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By   6 days ago

National peddle small business morality but really only help big business. Labour are better for the economy, National are great for monopolies but muddle Nu Zilind cling to Key’s vacant aspiration like a child to candy.

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Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics

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By   6 days ago

That our PM has to suck up to a far right hate speech merchant and keep him happy is sickening.

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Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial

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By   6 days ago

30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that success is an individual pursuit, thus those who don’t succeed are personally liable for that failure. 30 years of neoliberalism has ignored the hegemonic structures of power within a society to explain inequality, it has sought the simplistic answer of personal responsibility.

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Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy

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By   7 days ago

The Sydney siege has finished, from the reports that are breaking the gunman, Man Haron Monis is dead and one of the hostages has also been killed.

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Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour

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By   1 week ago

Peace has broken out between the Greens and Labour.

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Media Watch View All →

The Daily Blog 2014 Media Awards

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By   9 hours ago

2014 was the year mainstream media Journalism died and women increasingly became the best cultural talents we had to offer the world. There were unique triumphs and abysmal also rans. Here are the 2014 Daily Blog Media Awards

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This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt

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By   7 days ago

Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt

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This weeks Waatea news column – How should Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Sovereignty be implemented?

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By   2 weeks ago

This weeks Waatea news column – How should Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Sovereignty be implemented?

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Political Journalism in the South-Pacific – a new direction for NZ influence?

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By   2 weeks ago

Ethical Journalism could be more powerful as a value and influence in the South Pacific than any Chinese or American cultural imperialism and NZ should actively seek to cultivate it and spread it as far and as deep as we can.

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UPDATE: Judith Collins joins the Sunday Star Times and cements the Rights dominance of all media

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By   2 weeks ago

That the Sunday Star Times would appoint a Politician so mired in the filth of Dirty Politics shows that the mainstream media have learnt nothing from Dirty Politics and they actually just don’t give a damn about any pretence towards balance.

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The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 3 Dr Wayne Hope and Laila Harre

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By   2 weeks ago

TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week head of AUT Associate Professor Dr Wayne Hope and former leader of the Internet Party, Laila Harre.

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MEDIA WATCH: It’s Time to ‘Activate the Rest Button’

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By   2 weeks ago

NZ on Air is failing to create a healthy market for ideas and programmes. It is no coincidence that after 25 years no other country has adopted this failed funding model.

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Has Laila Harre been blacklisted from Radio NZ?

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By   3 weeks ago

Laila Harre was due to appear on a RNZ panel discussion about the future of the Green Party, but the Green Party complained about Laila being part of the debate and she was then dumped from the panel discussion.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails

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By   4 days ago

Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union

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Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban

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By   4 days ago

Media Release: Rail & Maritime Transport Union

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GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the loser

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By   5 days ago

How did the National Government impose its ideological agenda of privatisation on three democratically elected Auckland DHBs in the face of such overwhelming opposition?

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Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety

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By   7 days ago

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on Saturday night stopped services at Britomart Station and frightened staff and passengers at other stations.

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GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Sweet Sixteen and able to vote?

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By   1 week ago

The level of voter participation in elections is an indication of the health of a democracy. Declining turnout across the democratic world, particularly among young people, has led to questions about the legitimacy of our governing institutions. It is time that New Zealand discusses the possibility of lowering the voting age to 16

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REAL LIFE GUEST BLOG: Lou – 15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homeless since May

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By   2 weeks ago

Lou is a New Zealander whose reality is utterly ignored by politics and media. Real Life Guest Blog aims to give their realities attention.

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GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – is this what you call consultation?

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By   3 weeks ago

About 8 days ago, I got a phone call from Andrea Vance. She was looking to do a story on the government’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation. Her understanding was that there would only be one week to make submissions. Well it turned out that one week is a luxury and what we got is around 24 hours.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrutiny of Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill

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By   4 weeks ago

As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation period.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

Grey Lynn Festival – very Grey – Art in the Dark – very Dark

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By   2 weeks ago

The battle of Helm’s Deep from the Two Towers would have had better OSH conditions than Art in the Dark

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Sue Bradford speaking tour

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By   4 weeks ago

      With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left project?’ Key conclusions from my research and an update on what’s been happening, with plenty […]

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LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: it’s not just for Slacktivists

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By   1 month ago

Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig at Auckland Museum.

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REVIEW: The Blind Date Project

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By   1 month ago

The premise of the show is straight forward enough, a girl waits in a karaoke bar for her blind date to arrive. That blind date is a different person every night and the actress has no idea who it will be before they walk in. There is no script, there are no rehearsals, just excellent performers being sent the occasional direction via text.

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The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey – 4 stars

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By   2 months ago

Oh the delightful oddities one can come across on a Wednesday night in the big city. The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey is one such delightful oddity.

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A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.

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By   2 months ago

NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed a lucrative niche market for church-backed big-screen offerings that faithfully reproduce the scriptural plot-lines.

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Review: Perfect Place

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By   2 months ago

The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete treat- fairy lights lead you into a wood of pastel cardboard cutout trees. The space itself, transformed by astroturf and picket fences became the a perfect little village, resplendent in mint green, baby blue and lavender.

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Sound of Music – Doe. A dear. A 4 star dear.

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By   2 months ago

The Sound of Music
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Runs until October 26th

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Who is the terrorist?

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By   2 days ago

Who is the terrorist?

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A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins

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By   5 days ago

A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins

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The truth about inequality

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By   1 week ago

The truth about inequality

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Helen says it all

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By   1 week ago

Helen says it all

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Chris Rock on cop shootings

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By   2 weeks ago

Chris Rock on cop shootings

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Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future

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By   2 weeks ago

Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future

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Eric Garner killed by NYPD original footage

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By   2 weeks ago

The horror of a ultra militarised and racist American Police Force who can kill with impunity.

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Grumpy Cat and Grumpy Key

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By   3 weeks ago

Grumpy Cat and Grumpy Key

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