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I wouldn’t normally pay these types of social media smears any attention at all, but defaming me and attacking this blog’s ability to continue is something I will fight tooth and nail against.

This has just been brought to my attention…

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…with all whispering campaigns, I think you need to confront such allegations head on.

Firstly, I have no idea who Olive Day or Sina Brown-Davis are, but attempting to hurt The Daily Blog’s ability to keep going by attacking our advertisers/sponsors is pretty serious and attempting to paint me out to be a hater of women is detestable and defamatory.

The only women I block on social media tend to be ones who are abusive. I have a pretty zero tolerance for that, and rather than partake in petty social media squabbles, I just block.

I hardly think that makes me a misogynist.

In terms of The Daily Blog – out of nearly 100 guest and permenant  bloggers we’ve had on the site over the last 3 years – 5 female bloggers have left in dispute.

The first left because I wouldn’t allow her to attack a fellow blogger on the site.

The second left in solidarity with the first.

The third left because she didn’t like my connection to Kim Dotcom.

The fourth one left because she felt my not booking her fast enough to appear on Waatea 5th Estate was disrespectful to her.

And the fifth one left in solidarity with the fourth one and also because she felt I didn’t post her blogs up fast enough and because I asked her to re-submit a blog that had crossed the line into defamation.

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I wouldn’t normally pay these types of social media smears any attention at all, but defaming me and attacking this blog’s ability to continue is something I will fight tooth and nail against.

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26 Comments

  1. elle says:

    I dont know what these people are on about ,seems a bit mean to me .i often dont agree with Martyn but i’ve always found him fair,he prints apposing comments as well agreeing comments.
    Why do some people make trouble for others because of personal greivances,if complainants dont like the TDB then go elsewhere with your
    petty nonsense.Keep up the good work Martyn.

  2. Siobhan says:

    Good Grief….Well, I certainly can’t help them on that one, but if they have any interest in the heavy handed abuse that flies around from Lynn at The Standard then they should feel free to contact me. Being an apparent ‘effing moron’ I have quite regularly fallen foul of his magical algorithms.

    You seem to me to be running a very readable Blog.
    And more importantly…a SANE, socially able Blog.

    Probably for the best if you DO NOT print this reply. Not that I mind at all. But you know…best not to wave your hands in the air when there are zombies about.

  3. Words says:

    I am absolutely speechless, this is a load of bull and is pathetic. How old are these people? I stand with you Martyn Bradbury.

  4. John Drinnan says:

    A bit rich Martyn. You accused me of being a “rape enabler” when I said John Tamihere should not be sacked by RadioLive because a bunch of activists did not like his Roastbusters interview. This campaign against you sounds dodgy. But as you reap, so you sow.

    • Mike the Lefty says:

      So how does that make Martyn someone who abuses women?

    • Words says:

      Your admission that even you think this is dodgy kind of sucks the air out of the rest of your comment.

    • PB says:

      Do you not understand his point, calling you a rape enabler – ie, a support of rape culture that is embedded in our society?
      Or are you just denying you were supporting it, or denying there is a rape culture?

  5. Mike the Lefty says:

    The next round of dirty politics has apparently now begun.

    • Words says:

      The next election, and the lead up to it, is probably going to be the most dirtiest one that a most desperate John key is going to pull. Buckle up tight everyone, it’s going to more than just a bumpy ride!!

  6. Mike in Auckland says:

    A blog run by a “colourful” character, ok, but while at times being a bit blunt and hard hitting, which some will consider insensitive, I suppose, I feel this criticism and attack is by some who may have an agenda to simply stop dissenting voices in the blog-sphere.

    Dirty politics at new levels, perhaps?

    Nobody is perfect, and I may disagree with some posts here, overall I see no reason to go as far and making such allegations and trying to shut down a blog.

    I hope that this will not be given much oxygen.

  7. Afewknowthetruth says:

    NZ society has never been more corrupt, more fascistic, more dishonest, more unhealthy or more unsustainable than now. And there are plenty of selfish exploiters who do not want the realities of NZ society to be highlighted or discussed.

  8. JRobin says:

    Just as likely to be narcissists as dirty politics. disagree with a narcissist and the rage that follows is quite scary. Pity our current parenting and culture is proliferating this sort of unreasoned witch hunting. Just ignore them now that you have wisely outed them.

    • darth smith says:

      nation party has effectively took control of the msm know there going after the alternative median. NZ is in the grip of a dictatorship anyone who tells the truth or highlights important issues these veil swine try to destroy or the bigger picture is that the new Zealand’s with its massive debt problem is on the brink of social and economic collapse.governments around the world are becoming more totalitarian
      in a desperate attempt to stave off the day of reckoning theres a reason the 1 percent are buying up the gold.

  9. Olive McRae says:

    I seriously doubt that you don’t know who posted this, given you stalk my page and use others to do so as well, but in case there is any doubt I have posted this in my mother’s name to be clear.
    You can continue to pretend you don’t know me, or paint me to be another irrational angry women and start your public attack.
    You’re attacks on women on the left have been ongoing and repetitive for sometime now. Many are too afraid to speak publicly because they are worried you will launch a public attack on them, but enough are willing to speak up against you’re behaviour.
    When a women or group of women say they have been abused by you, it’s a good idea to confront rhe issues rather than try and publicly attack or discredit them, or go on about how un sexism you are.
    But this is what you do to anyone who disagrees with what you are doing, I’m guessing it’s to intimidat others from coming forward. (It’s worked in the past for you to some degree).
    To then list your reasons why some women have left your blog is laughable, if it wasn’t so serious and gross.
    Any women that raises an issue with what you say or do is instantly blocked and not responded to, or publically attacked.
    There is nothing secret going on, just a group of women who have decided enough with being treated like this by you & letting you away with it.
    Nothing will be done secretly and you can try to publicly discredit me as much as you wish. It simply strengthens my point of why many women don’t want to confront you or the funders of your blog, because you will no doubt make their lives difficult.
    But I have been standing against people like you for a long time, and you don’t intimidate me.
    If I’m willing to fight abuse and sexism on the right then I must also be willing to stand against it on my own side.

    • The Daily Blog Martyn says:

      I seriously doubt that you don’t know who posted this, given you stalk my page and use others to do so as well, but in case there is any doubt I have posted this in my mother’s name to be clear.

      Ohhhh, ‘Olive Mcrae’ Yes, you are absolutely right Olive, I do know who you are, my mistake, I had no idea you were ‘Olive Day’ on Facebook.

      I think I blocked you on Facebook in 2014 was it? I think it was 2014. I blocked you because you were being personally abusive to me, and I just didn’t have much time for that.

      The only other time after I blocked you that you came to my attention was when I was re-posting an image of my daughter, you had left a comment on my photo of my daughter and I remember thinking ‘I’m sure I blocked that woman’ and unfortunately my fat fingers accidentally pressed ‘like’ on your comment of MY photo of MY daughter. You responded to me accidentally liking your comment on MY photo of MY daughter by hysterically claiming I was stalking you. I think that happened earlier this year Olive? My response to that was ‘wow, did I dodge a bullet by blocking her’. I can screen shot your comments on MY photo of MY daughter if you need reminding Olive.

      You can continue to pretend you don’t know me, or paint me to be another irrational angry women and start your public attack.

      No. no. that’s ok Olive, I know who you are now.

      You’re attacks on women on the left have been ongoing and repetitive for sometime now. Many are too afraid to speak publicly because they are worried you will launch a public attack on them, but enough are willing to speak up against you’re behaviour.

      Not really Olive, I criticise people who deserve criticism, I don’t have a gender bias when doing that Olive.

      When a women or group of women say they have been abused by you, it’s a good idea to confront rhe issues rather than try and publicly attack or discredit them, or go on about how un sexism you are.

      So you are saying I should unblock you and your friends and allow you to abuse me? That’s what you want is it Olive?

      But this is what you do to anyone who disagrees with what you are doing, I’m guessing it’s to intimidate others from coming forward. (It’s worked in the past for you to some degree).

      I’m not sure how blocking a person on Facebook or twitter who abuses you is intimidating people? How is that intimidating people?

      To then list your reasons why some women have left your blog is laughable, if it wasn’t so serious and gross.

      Your claim is that I abuse women, I acknowledged that there have been some examples of female bloggers leaving TDB and I also point out the actual reasons those women left. Readers can decide if I was sexist in doing so.

      Any women that raises an issue with what you say or do is instantly blocked and not responded to, or publically attacked.

      Again, all I’m hearing here is that you want to force me to unblock you and your friends on Facebook so you can continue to hurl abuse that I am forced to read??? How I use my Facebook is surely up to me isn’t it Olive? I don’t like you abusing me, so I blocked you. You are demanding I unblock you? Are you serious?

      There is nothing secret going on, just a group of women who have decided enough with being treated like this by you & letting you away with it.

      So you are running around to funders of this blog demanding I unblock you are your friends on my personal Facebook page so that I’m forced to listen to your criticism? How’s that working out?

      Nothing will be done secretly and you can try to publicly discredit me as much as you wish. It simply strengthens my point of why many women don’t want to confront you or the funders of your blog, because you will no doubt make their lives difficult.

      I think it’s you who will be making your life difficult Olive as you try and convince people that I should be forced to unblock you on my Facebook Page. How do you see that happening Olive? You’ll get Helen Kelly to march into my house and force me to unblock you?

      Are you even listening to what you are saying?

      But I have been standing against people like you for a long time, and you don’t intimidate me.

      Olive, I’m not trying to intimidate you, or stalk you or any of the other crazy shit you are claiming. I am having nothing to do with you and I’m not wanting to engage at all. I’m only bringing this up because whispering campaigns are disgraceful and damaging.

      If I’m willing to fight abuse and sexism on the right then I must also be willing to stand against it on my own side.

      And you are wanting to win that fight by demanding I unblock you and your friends so I can be bombarded by your abuse daily on my own Facebook page?

      I’m not going to engage in this tripe, readers can decide for themselves if this is really worthy or not and any advertiser or sponsor who wishes to bring any of these allegations to my face are more than welcome to contact me or the TDB editorial team at any time they like.

      I think it is crass and petty in the extreme to try and damage this blogs ability to continue because I blocked you on Facebook Olive.

      • elle says:

        Olive this childish nonsense has gone on long enough,lots of issues that i have with some staff, like the horrible photos of Trump that i find quite offensive.
        I dont like Frank Mcasey calling me wrong in a very condesending way and he encourages others to back him up. I have my opinions others have theirs i dont whine and get all precious. If i felt so strongly i would not comment on TDB. I enjoy the back and forth, and nowhere else can i say what i think in print.
        I dont take the remarks as a personal insult, neither should you.

      • pete says:

        Earth to ‘Bomber’: did you read Olive’s comment? What made you think this is about you blocking people on FB? Get a grip dude. You ve been pulled up for your mysogonist behaviour. Sort your shit out.

        • The Daily Blog Martyn says:

          Did you read it Pete? Olive is angry that I blocked her, look at the amount of times she mentions it. Apparently I am an abuser of women if I block them.

      • The Daily Blog Martyn says:

        BTW Olive, I certainly hope you are brave enough to bring your report to me so that in the interests of open justice I can have my say on your vicious little file of lies. Otherwise it’s just a whispering campaign isn’t it Olive?

        I’d also recommend you get a lawyer to look at it, just in case it’s libel.

        It’s been a month now Olive, TDB is still here.

    • mpledger says:

      Are you 100% sure that it is Bomber doing these things to you?

      There are a lot of nasty people about who use the internet as a tool to create trouble for others while keeping themselves anonymous. They’ll think nothing of riling someone and setting them up to blame the wrong person.

  10. Whispering Kate says:

    Keep up the good work Martyn, if we get the rough end of the stick at times from you – so be it we have deserved it. To these stupid women I say if you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen then get out of it.

    God save us from boring nice people – a bit of vitriol does us all good. Dirty Politics is another thing altogether – its nasty, insiduous and is here to stay. Democracy will die in this country if we don’t counteract it in any way we can.

  11. Mike in Auckland says:

    You will NEVER please all readers and commenters or even writers on a blog. If blocking persons or their comments, for reasons given, then that is a matter for the person running the blog and for any moderator, I think.

    Demanding that everything a person may want to comment and post should be allowed would create a rather toxic environment, that will lead to endless tit for tat battles, which I think will not assist anyone.

    So I will not comment on what has been alleged, I was no party to anything referred to, and if there is any element of truth to whatever claims, the decent thing would be to sort this out (if it can be) offline, not in front of the public.

    It was bad enough following the Colin Craig defamation trial that just closed, and hearing all that dirty laundry stuff being presented as “evidence”, and the MSM reporting on this.

    I would not want to read too much of any such detail on a rather politically focused blog.

    At times it is best to keep the voice down when overly angry, as over-boiling anger is a poor facilitator of good solutions.

    Many here have differing views, male and female, and while some stuff can perhaps be written or argued a bit better, we should focus on topics and issues of relevance. Destroying a whole blog out of vengeance, that is not going to advance the causes we here wish to fight for.

  12. CLEANGREEN says:

    Full support for you Martyn,

    TS is a rough rowdy social blog with some like to cut your comments to pieces and Iprent leaves them alone while you pull them up so you have a far more fairer site than TB has by far.

    Never deviate as the dirty politics has already begun, put up a site to discuss the crumbling National party support while you’re at it.

  13. Helena says:

    Comment blocked again. Bugger!!!

  14. Blake says:

    OK AGAIN WHERE DID MY COMMENT GO ? ? ? ? ??? ?? . . . . . . .