Can we please have a chat about Rachel Stewart and the NZ Herald?

By   /   March 8, 2017  /   27 Comments

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To be honest I bit my tongue at the time and waited for the giants of our media landscape to step forward and say something. Because you know, what happened was terrible and it demanded a response that had all our Journalistic best and brightest lining up to turn attention onto what occurred and to denounce it in no uncertain language.

Cough.

So.

No one else is going to say anything hu?

To be honest I bit my tongue at the time and waited for the giants of our media landscape to step forward and say something. Because you know, what happened was terrible and it demanded a response that had all our Journalistic best and brightest lining up to turn attention onto what occurred and to denounce it in no uncertain language.

But I didn’t see anything or anyone.

It’s been a full 7 days so I think it’s down to me to say something.

So I suppose I better just do that.

Rachel Stewart, the award winning columnist, the journalist brave enough to face off against the largest and most powerful lobby groups in the country  – that Rachel Stewart.

The Rachel Stewart who has the courage to criticise Fonteera’s lies, DairyNZ lies, the Rachel Stewart who was threatened with rape by Federated Farmer members on twitter, the Rachel Stewart who uses her media platform to actually hold the bastards of this world to account – THAT Rachel Stewart.

Had this happen to her 7 days ago

That’s right. 7 Days ago Rachel Stewart had her column in the NZ Herald censored. It had powerful names pulled in the print version. After Stewart tweeted her column had been heavily edited removing many of the Dairy Industry targets of her criticism (this tweet was later deleted), the NZ Herald republished the original online.

I don’t know what is most terrifying to me.

A newspaper simply going over the top of an award winning columnist by censoring her attacks against a corporate overlord like Fonteera or the fact that no one else seems to have noticed that it even happened.

Rachel Stewart is a journalist legend in this country who holds the powerful to account with an intelligence and righteous disgust against environmental degradation that makes her one of the few columnists I religiously read. That the NZ Herald attempted to gag her is extraordinary and speaks to the influence corporate Dairy has over the media culture.

This can’t be allowed to ever happen again.

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27 Comments

  1. Paul says:

    I commented on it the day it happened on your blog site.

    This is what I typed.

    “3 tweets from Rachel Stewart after her article was edited/censored by the Herald.

    It would appear criticising Fonterra is not appreciated by the Herald’s editors. Big dairy has is tentacles everywhere.

    Rachel Stewart‏ @RFStew
    Today’s column has been edited, with references to Fonterra removed. No discussion with me, nothing litigious in it

    Rachel Stewart‏ @RFStew
    @RFStew Gutted. And disappointed. And angry.

    And then the Herald relented

    Rachel Stewart‏ @RFStew
    My column today. In full, and uncircumcised – just as nature intended.

    And the article itself
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11809138

    • Sam Sam says:

      Yeah, I saw that, never known so many tight jeaned labouers make so many featherweight terrorist threats. personally i like responding to smart people on twitter that wants every one to think they are idiots. Rachel use to get alot of nerds like that defending industry.

      One day we will whisper rackels name in the same vein as Nostradamus. But if Rachel continues holding defferent views from that of the elites I dought she will het promoted at all. I suggest Rachel make a patreon page instead.

  2. Tina Reynolds says:

    Interesting

  3. Tom Gardner says:

    Powerful forces here: a judge (Dame Sian Elias) and businessman (Hugh Fletcher). And cows.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/80360205/more-complaints-about-top-judge-dame-sian-elias-cows

  4. kappanz says:

    I don’t read the Herald. Rachel Stewart is the ONLY reason to read any edition of the Herald. I will complain. We must not allow our journalists to be black markered. We must have the truth. Otherwise our intellect will dissolve.

  5. kappanz says:

    Please reprint the column. I cannot access it.

  6. XRAY says:

    Criticise the dairy industry, you criticise National, you criticise the establishment and the narrative the Herald so carefully cultivate.

    This week the Heralds paper edition has run headlines on it front page about how hot the housing market is, how it’s gently and controlled coming down in price, but some real estate stiff whose life depends on their job reckons it will shoot back up again, how much is your house worth etc. It is reminding us that our benevolent party has gifted us house owning non proles vis-a-vis party members with great wealth.

    As we near the election any pretence of objectivity is going out the window. The banks own the Herald and for a government to give a shit about its population and shut down our ruined Ponzi scheme of a housing market could be rather disastrous for them.

    I am informed Garner is reverting to type, the little Nat boy he is and on it will go.

    Removing the disease that National symbolises is not going to easy!

  7. XRAY says:

    Criticise the dairy industry, you criticise National, you criticise the establishment and the narrative the Herald so carefully cultivate.

    This week the Heralds paper edition has run headlines on it front page about how hot the housing market is, how it’s gently and controlled coming down in price, but some real estate stiff whose life depends on their job reckons it will shoot back up again, how much is your house worth etc. It is reminding us that our benevolent party has gifted us house owning non proles vis-a-vis party members with great wealth.

    As we near the election any pretence of objectivity is going out the window. The banks own the Herald and for a government to give a shit about its population and shut down our ruined Ponzi scheme of a housing market could be rather disastrous for them.

    I am informed Garner is reverting to type, the little Nat boy he is and on it will go.

    Removing the disease that National symbolises is not going to easy!

  8. Robert Atack says:

    Sadly Rachel is as tits deep in denial as the rest of us/you/them – it wouldn’t matter if every human and their cows left the planet tonight, we are still at 406 ppm CO2, and CO2/CH4 etal will keep increasing for the foreseeable future, leading to next to all life going extinct.
    I’ts not the number of cows that is the problem, it is the products of our maternity wards.

  9. CLEANCREEN says:

    “That the NZ Herald attempted to gag her is extraordinary and speaks to the influence corporate Dairy has over the media culture.”

    Yes the media is simply a trumpet for the Global elitist cabal corporate empire!!!!!

    Now more than ever, and we need a free press again instead of this charade of a so called “free press.

    • Talking about the corporate empire, Trump will soon be over-turning legislation which promoted net neutrality.

      FCC Chairman Pai has made no secret of his distaste for the FCC’s net neutrality policy, which prohibits ISPs from favoring their own services or discriminating against rivals. Earlier this month, Pai halted the agency’s inquiry into zero-rating, a controversial practice in which ISPs exempt certain services from data caps, effectively favoring those offerings at the expense of rivals.

      […]

      “Here’s how cost-benefit analysis works in the Trump administration and at the Pai FCC: If any favored lobby like the cable industry claims that rules cost them money, the agency will zap those rules—without any regard for their benefits,” said Matt Wood, policy director at DC-based public interest group Free Press.

      ref: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/it-begins-trumps-fcc-launches-attack-on-net-neutrality-transparency-rules

      Talk about pandering to the demands of large corporations to create a monopoly and undo open internet transparency. This is Trump not pandering to large corporates?!

      I don’t think so.

      • John W says:

        Trump can be bought and sold like the rest.
        A slave to ego and money.
        His narcissism demand that and more.

        A sadly crippled personality.

        • Diane Bellamy says:

          Totally agree.
          Everyone has a currency, once his is identified it can be actioned.
          It needs to be done quickly before he causes too much damage; he seems desperate for a fight and is being antagonistic towards many countries.

  10. Mike the Lefty says:

    If you ever expected the Natzki Herald to tell you the truth about anything political, then boy! you are either naive or just plain stupid!

  11. Dirk DeLu says:

    The article at this link mentions only Nick Smith by name. Censorship reigns. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11809138

  12. Josh says:

    Criticize the likes of Fonterra or Sanford and you will have the SIS up your ass.

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      Sounds like we are in a police state now doesn’t it folks sadly.
      Corporate cabal are out to own & control the globe using local governance and enforcement services, that is their long game.

  13. Mike in Auckland says:

    It just proves what I have known for a while, the advertisers and with that business, they have an influence on the MSM, hence we get presented what they either want, or at best put up with.

    So do not wonder about the polls and election results, they are the end product of censored and biased media reports, with which most out there are inundated.

    Consumerist spending is the main objective for the people in this country, that is by design, and nothing else must matter, that is the message.

  14. Stuart Munro says:

    Fonterra is a monopoly. Monopolies are notoriously inefficient. What they are good at is political influence. It should be broken into at least two competing entities.

  15. Thad says:

    Considering the amount of “native advertising” and “sponsored content” in the business section of the Herald this isn’t surprising. Let us not forget the free trips and gifts from Fonterra to journalists.
    This isn’t anything to do with politics it’s got everything to do with the Herald not wishing to upset their sponsor. Perhaps those in the business section of the Herald can explain why ethics seems to be a place in England when it comes to reporting and censoring those like Rachel.

  16. Nitrium Nitrium says:

    Fonterror? Just putting it out there.

  17. mosa says:

    What a waste of Rachel Stewart’s time to contribute articles to the Herald if they don’t like what she writes because it will upset its targeted influential audience.

    It seems like a contradiction in terms that they would encourage a journalist of her sane , sensible opinion to write the TRUTH about the dairy industry and then edit it because it makes unpleasant reading but the reality of this country governed by the National/ Fonterra /Corporate coalition government is that they can SUPPRESS what truthful journalists contribute.

    This cannot stand and i fear that this is NOT the country i grew up in.

    This is censorship and surely kiwis should not be voting for it.

  18. anna says:

    Just wanted to let you know there are others out there who Sr being targeted by these dark companies too. Also the elite rich of nz might not like a stewart telling the truth seeing they are a driving force behind the one world orda and the family that has a huge stake in nz.

  19. Cassie says:

    They had a knee jerk reaction at the sight of her words “uncircumcised as nature intended” (!!!!!) which was followed by her criticism
    (- TOO CLOSE TO THE BONE!!)
    -Albeit an innocent faux pas on her part, which they soon realised -hence still published..but reworded item.)

    The Media in NZ & worldwide is owned & run by Jews, along with the International Banking system. (along with nearly everything else)..In fact NZ is just another casualty , another nation subverted..(YOU DO NOTICE how drastically life in NZ has deterriorated since the 1980’s “ECONOMIC REFORMS”)