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We will miss Mike Hosking at 7pm the way we miss cancer

By   /  December 15, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

I think Mike appeals to those who already have and his quaint musings on working hard and not helping beneficiaries because that only enables them when you feed them slips effortlessly into the cultural norms rich people convince themselves of when they have to step over beggars to get into Louis Vuitton stores.

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New Zealand media ownership: History and obfuscation

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

This year’s New Zealand Media Ownership report written by Merja Myllylahti and published by the Journalism, Media and Democracy research centre (JMAD) recounts how two attempted mergers failed. The Sky TV–Vodafone and NZME–Fairfax mergers were prevented by the Commerce Commission (in the latter case an appeal is before the High Court). These events are of […]

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RIP Patrick Gower Political Editor 2012-2017

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

…Patrick Gower isn’t so much a journalist as he is a barking dog that chases every stationary car he can see. I enjoy watching his work for the pure bloodsport element, when his eyes roll into the back of his head as he starts his death spin on whatever unfortunate soul has been stupid enough to be interviewed by him,  you watch with all the excitement of a really gruesome snuff movie.

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What does the final Q+A Poll mean and why it should freak out Labour

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  58 Comments

So no bounce for the new Government and that is pretty grim, why is it so grim? This new Poll was taken using 50-50 cellphone and landline methodology . This is the best ever polling landscape for the Left yet all they’ve done is stay static in the final MMP numbers.

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How Steven Joyce killed NZ music & how a new youth radio station could save it

By   /  December 6, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

There’s been a very interesting series of articles published by the NZ Herald over the last week looking into why the NZ music scene that was so vibrant at the end of the 1990s has crashed to such woeful levels now.

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Don Brash’s attitudes a relic of colonialism

By   /  December 3, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  46 Comments

Don Brash also overlooked the historical and contemporary diversity, and complexity of New Zealand, saying ‘New Zealand values are British values’, and that a lot of socio-economic deprivation among Maori is because they ‘don’t speak English properly’.

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MEDIAWATCH: If you feel alienated by hearing Māori, then perhaps you need to reflect upon that

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

It seems deeply sad and ugly that a gift like Te Reo can be attacked in this manner, we are beyond this and all I hear in Brash and Edwards are the roar of tired dinosaurs who don’t appreciate they are extinct already.

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This picture shows why we can’t have democracy in New Zealand

By   /  November 30, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

You would think that an article as enormous as that would not only lead every news outlet, it would remain the top story.

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Yardley & Hosking: The 2 mikes on poor people & wealth creation

By   /  November 26, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

We have one Mike who wants to keep propping up failed economic models and another Mike who wants to keep propping up failed welfare policy.

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What Duncan Greive misses and why Ben Mack is National’s best chance of winning 2020

By   /  November 9, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

There is never a better fight to settle down and watch explode on Twitter than a fight between schisms.

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Can the NZ Herald explain how this is breaking news?

By   /  November 1, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Since when was Mike Hosking’s bullshit hot takes on any subject ‘Breaking News’.

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I’m not joking, NZ mainstream media accuse Jacinda of witchcraft

By   /  October 22, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

Will she get blamed for curdled milk and crop failure as well?

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Duncan Garner attacks Taika Waititi – in the immortal words of Kendrick Lamar, “sit down (lil bitch) be humble”

By   /  October 19, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

I think this can be easily resolved by sending Duncan Garner a dictionary.

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Controversial I know, but Sean Plunket should NOT have resigned from the BSA (sit down lil bitch be humble – a guide for white guys)

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

I’m going to try and use this excuse if I ever get caught smuggling a tonne of cocaine across the border, ‘but your honour, it’s a social experiment bro’. 

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WaateaNews: Metiria Turei vs Jian Yang – Compare the media values at work

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

How come a Maori solo mum who stole to feed her child a quarter of a century ago is a bigger story than a possible Chinese spy deeply embedded inside our own Government?

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Why Lizzie Marvelly’s compulsory voting idea isn’t a solution

By   /  October 8, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

If you chose to not engage with the political process, it’s your right to have the agency to do that. I don’t think forcing people to have their say is a positive response to voter apathy.

‘Vote or else’ isn’t particularly inspirational is it?

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