UPDATE: BLOGWATCH: The Standard defends Farmer rape threats

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The Standard have received their orders from head office, and it’s all about chasing the middle now, so no more criticisms towards those needing criticism. Today they have effectively said that the courage shown by Rachel Stewart for criticising Farmers was wrong and that she kinda deserved the threats she received.

Those threats included rape threats and misogynistic slurs against her sexuality.

Good to know where the Standard are setting their standards now.

Perhaps this post slipped through because The Standard is about as diverse as the Labour Party front bench.

As for the Corporate farmers – a wee ditty…

The Grand Old Dukes of Pork

The got $10 Billion Yen

They saw Dairy march to the top of the markets

and then they saw the price plunge down again 

 

UPDATE: Following the Standard’s bizarre assertion that Rachel Stewart kinda had rape threats coming for her intemperate language, does it follow that the Standard also feels that Eleanor Catton kinda deserves being called a traitor for her intemperate language? 

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  1. The piece on the Standard about Rachel Stewart’s farming column is hardly victim blaming. The writer says he agrees with most of the points she makes but thinks the tone of the article wasn’t helpful. Surely he’s entitled to his OPINION just as Stewart is entitled to hers.

  2. Yes, that was a very odd opinion piece at The Standard. It makes you wonder what is going on behind the scenes there.

  3. I like it that you define, by your terminology, the difference between ‘ Farmers ‘ and ‘ Corporate Farmers ‘ . Two entirely different wee beasties .

    ‘ Farmers’ are a rare breed these days . I came from a Land of Farmers . Men and women, and children actually, who came to know their lands in the most intimate ways imaginable . They knew the weather , they loved their animals and understood the wily ways of the grains , brassicas and vegetables that grew the healthy cannon fodder and protectors of our democracy and of course the big hairy rugby players of Old New Zealand .

    ‘ Farmers ‘ are the icon we like to ‘ Awwww bless ‘ at in Cheese commercials or as they say ‘ Bugger ‘ humorously as they pull the heads off cows in 4×4 commercials . They, by their labour, love and understanding of the Land as an holistic organism gave New Zealand its pride of place on the world stage and led the way for us to enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world for nearly two centuries .

    ‘ Corporate Farmers’ did not, will not , and will never be able to achieve that standard of genuine , quality production . Our lands will become poisoned, depleted, and dead . Every beastie will depart too and once the land’s deprived of love it will wither and die . Just like all living things .

    ‘Corporate Farmer’ farming is like getting a car mechanic to perform eye surgery on your baby .

    The Banks are behind the rush to Corporatise Farming . It’s they who should be the focus of your consternation .

    • Here here Country boy so right, and I am from a Farming family dating back to 1800’s England came out here in 1842, and did they know their stuff.

      Today I sit on 2.4 hectares’ surrounded by 220 hectares of a family farm now owned by another young 35yr old farming family guy and he does know his stuff but down the road is a corporate farm and the workers are not flash.

      Just a job now you see, there is no interest as they don’t own anything.

      We are on Key’s slippery slope now.

      Good stuff Martyn, pointing out the distinction here, as Corporations are killing our soul now.

  4. it all smells bad over there, perhaps the NatZ moles are taking it over?

    They had better wake up to free speech and know their enemy as well.

  5. What’s going on at the (sub)standard is what’s been going on there for years now… It’s the same process as we witnessed with the corporate party’s approach over it’s term of office… (A show of “democratic” engagement, slowly dropping away as the comfort levels with their invulnerability rose)…

    In earlier times, as bbfloyd, I attempted to contribute thoughts, and ideas to the mix, when I assumed the site was truly committed to the egalitarian ideal…. I was labelled a “right wing nut job” by lprent for my trouble.. This utterly laughable piece of “logic” forced me to accept that the site was no more than an ego trip by the majority of it’s authors, and commentators….. Worse still, was the obvious selling out of whatever principles they may (or may not) have had for the sake of money….

    Just another self absorbed, ego tripping, wasteful diversion in the fight for our sovereignty and dignity as ordinary New Zealanders….

    • 1000% I feel this way too.

      Rules with a cast iron hand on dissenting views so why contribute?
      I will always as a right but with one ideal they like to hear, this is not real freedom of speech just stroking of egos.

  6. Read and enjoy both The Standard and The Daily Blog.

    Primarily because they provide the opinions (and do not edit) of a variety of authors and allow comments to be made on every article. For that reason I don’t need a defined coherent singular perspective for either publication, in fact, I wouldn’t want one.

    For those of us who are looking for alternatives to MSM, they are a great starting point, and daily read.

    I understand when I read the posts that I may not agree with the author, but I always have the opportunity to post my comments and make my points. Oftentimes, the comments section provides nuanced and varied perspectives, such as those you will read in the post you have identified in this article.

    Both The Standard and The Daily Blog serve a wider purpose than that of claiming unique readerships. At least I thought they did.

    I would not presume to tell you to put your energy elsewhere, as I have appreciated many of your efforts and learnt from them. But this kind of sniping from both blogs is offputting, and not a good example of how the left can work together.

    Surely both The Standard and The Daily Blog can do better than that.

    • Agree with you 100% Molly. I enjoy both sites, and don’t necessarily agree with either of them much of the time. This is why we can’t have nice things: while the Right march in lockstep, the Left snap and snarl at each other all the time. Just cut it out already, and remember who the REAL enemy is!

    • Couldn’t agree more. I’m reading these two blogs a lot less at the moment because of this sort of thing. Clearly I’m not the only one.

  7. The problem is I know who Martyn Bradbury is and feel his pain.

    But I don’t know who runs The Standard or feel his/her pain. particularly post election.

    One Martyn was so passionately remorseful, and The Standard was blandly nonchalant. this was stark and showed far less compassion to us all injured by the results of the Election.

    So there is the problem, one Blog site (TDB) bears their soul and the other (TS) is mostly an unknown quantity with less soul have yet to see.

    Both we agree with you Molly whom we mostly like to offer our blogs to.

    But now with the responses I received from The Standard post election was a very rude and finally abrupt chose banning me from The Standard with no real warning or feedback.

    It was horrible and hurtful.

    I wrote to the admin days before the election and never got a reply at all, or an acknowledgement, In comparison Martyn truly showed his soul following the election.

    We know Martyn is sincere but still unsure without seeing TS soul if they really are sincere yet.

    A very wise person once said;

    “it’s just as easy to be nice as it is to be nasty”.

    I prefer to bear my soul and remain human, and hope I am respected for this wherever I go.

    • Sorry Martyn, & Molly,

      I did not include the extra bits so here goes,

      Molly said TDB & TS can do better than this, (Snipping)

      The problem is I know who Martyn Bradbury is and feel his pain.

      Martyn reminds me of Walter Cronkite who was the epitome of journalistic integrity, I was daily exposed to as a young kiwi in Canada in 1968, so I include the history of him below for the record and reference..

      But I don’t know who runs The Standard or feel his/her pain. particularly post election.

      Martyn graphically showed who he was and must be respected for it, as Walter Cronkite always was, when he showed human compassion.

      Martyn was so passionately remorseful, while The Standard was blandly nonchalant. this was stark and showed far less compassion to us all injured by the results of the Election.

      So there is the problem, one Blog site (TDB) bears their soul and the other (TS) is mostly an unknown quantity with less soul have yet to see. Both we agree with you Molly whom we mostly like to offer our blogs to. But now with the responses I received from The Standard post election was a very rude and finally abrupt chose banning me from The Standard with no real warning or feedback. It was horrible and hurtful. I wrote to the admin days before the election and never got a reply at all, or an acknowledgement, In comparison Martyn truly showed his soul following the election. We know Martyn is sincere but still unsure without seeing TS soul if they really are sincere yet.

      A very wise person once said;

      “it’s just as easy to be nice as it is to be nasty”.

      I prefer to bear my soul and remain human, and hope I am respected for this wherever I go.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Cronkite

      Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as “the most trusted man in America” after being so named in an opinion poll.[1][2][3] He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam War;[4] Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon

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