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After character assassinating Clarke with an e – is the NZ Herald now just a blog with Trolls?

By   /  April 24, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

The Herald have had the audacity to pick up on their own columnists smear job on Clarke with an unnamed ‘story’ covering the outrage they created.

Clickbait using clickbait.

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The Kiwi Connection In Palestine

By   /  April 24, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

I DON’T KNOW which is more embarrassing: to have a lawyer called Trotter defending a woman who prostituted her own daughter; or a PhD history candidate called Trotter “Exploring the Kiwi connection as Israel turns 70”.

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Breaking the billionaires’ grip on our economy and our lives

By   /  April 24, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Our lives have been hijacked by billionaires.

They cream off the wealth we create and leave us and our families struggling.

Most of us work longer hours for poor pay in insecure jobs. We have less money, less choices and face lives of increasing struggle. Most of our children will never own a home and face bleaker life chances than us today.

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Banning the benefit for a Tinder date?!? This is why we still can’t trust Labour, the Greens & NZ First

By   /  April 24, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

There is a belief amongst some on the Left that our comrades inside the Government are so over whelmed by the enormity of the job and are being so expertly manipulated by the Public Services that there will be only shallow promises an no real policy change.

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Even for Deborah Hill Cone, this is petty & spiteful

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  53 Comments

I’ve grown to like Deborah Hill Cone. The neurotic insightfulness of privilege after two bottles of white wine on a Wednesday in Devonport mixed with prescription drugs never sounded so self assured.

There are times she soars with enlightenment, cheers with genuine humour and preaches with conviction.

This hate column attacking Clarke Gayford however, sure as fuck isn’t one of them.

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Dear Students of Auckland University – here is how you get your libraries (and power) back

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

If students want to keep their libraries and reject the hollowness of neoliberal culture myths, they must fight to bring back Universal Student Membership. 

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It’s fair to compare Heather du Plessis-Allan to Ann Coulter

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

It’s fair to compare Jacinda to Trump in that they are part of the same species, breath oxygen and both have two legs and two arms.

The similarities end there.

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Poisoned spies, diplomatic mocking and hate speech: Tova O’Brien doesn’t like Jacinda much does she?

By   /  April 22, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

Tova is of course free to take the lines of inquiry she wants, she is the Political Editor of a main News Network, it is utterly her prerogative, but the results seem to be cheap headline gotcha’s rather than meaningful comment.

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Dr Liz Gordon: Bees, guns and cults: recent happenings in education

By   /  April 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

I see the point of pupils knowing how to react if something happens.  In most cases, actually, the ‘drop, cover, hold’ rules of earthquake reaction is the best response. What I don’t see is why a security agency should be employed, unless schools in New Zealand are thinking that they are about to get targeted by a mad gunmen.

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Western Economic and Military Groupthink on Parade This Week

By   /  April 22, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

So while leaders from European superpowers, Five Eyes nations and the Commonwealth parade, in self-congratulatory back slapping and hand shaking in front of the cameras, they engage in lock step and group think, marching as one over firing missiles at Syria that are actually aimed at Russia, in a real battle for supremacy of the ‘There is No Alternative’ approach to economic management, monetary policy, growth, trade and the neo-liberal agenda.

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The three things we learnt this week

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  26 Comments

Good week for the Left, good week for NZ.

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National attack Labour for launching 75 inquiries and end up shooting themselves in the foot

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

I haven’t seen self mutilation this bad since Passion of the Christ.

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Look at this picture – the National Party said this could never happen

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

Remember that above image when the National Party insist things can’t be done.

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Another report that clearly states how damaging farming is for our environment has been released, is it time to end big Dairy in NZ?

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Economically it makes no sense to continue investing in big Dairy when synthetic milk and meat are on the horizon.

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EQC blowout, Middlemoore Hospital rot & another National Party housing project collapse

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

How can the National Party destroy the country over 9 years, get exposed after they leave power and yet still have 44% of NZ supporting them?

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MFAT use dirty corporate spies to spy on TPPA protestors

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Who did Thompson + Clark spy on? Who authorised it?

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