The NZ Herald Troll Farm and their predictions of doom for the Left

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This isn’t a media holding power to account, this is competitive malice. 

So far the Troll Farm at the NZ Herald comprising of Hosking, du Plesses-Allan, Hawkesby & Soper have all breathlessly foretold the end of this Government, the death of the Green Party & demise of NZ First – all in just 6 months!

Not even the Book of Revelations is this apocalyptic.

Include Hooton, an editor who wrote Key’s biography and Deborah Hill Con with an e, and the NZ Herald is looking less like a newspaper and reading more like a Fox News script.

The sheer animosity, misrepresentation and down right falsification of the Government’s agenda, values and vision aren’t the righteous critique of a fourth estate doing their job, they are the spiteful opinions of right wing pundits amplified because of the dominant market dynamics at play between ZB and the Herald.

This isn’t a media holding power to account, this is competitive malice.

 

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23 Comments

  1. Christine says:

    Forced into reading the eHeralde and agree. Some of it eg Du P-A is plain puerile pathetic – a NWS checkout operator complained to me about her last week when discussing Hill-Con-with-an-e, so people may be fairly switched on about what’s going on – these eHeralde guys could end up stacking shelves if they don’t jiggle to management’s dirty ditties.

    The interesting – and predictable – thing about this trio is their callousness towards people outside of their own little milieu; their complete lack of vision – that is in the Nat genome; and the fact that not one of them has the ability to function at the level of those they criticise. Nowhere near.

    Why they all sound like some provincial 1950’s group of patch-workers is a mystery, but at least those patch-workers mastered their craft, and mastered it well.

    Maybe the Israel Folau plague is spreading, but that is not good enough either.

    • bert says:

      There are media(reporters, researchers) and then there are opinionists and with opinions, we all have them. Hosking, Richardson, Garner, Soper Hill Cone, HDPA, Hawkesby fall into that category and attempt to sensationalise with their opinions. this is best summed up perfectly by Hosking’s “I have not crashed, will not crash” opinion. As Homer Simpson once said “DOH”

  2. Lucy says:

    Agree totally

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      “This isn’t a media holding power to account, this is competitive malice.”

      Well said Martyn,

      And we do need to put the spotlight on ‘where is the Minister of Broadcasting’?

      She (Clare Curran) was promising us a commercial free ‘investigative Journalism’ type channel seven called RNZ-plus) to be in service by now!!!!! but still as of now we have nothing yet to “add some balance the right wing troll media” and worse we have seen or heard nothing from this Minister who appears to be just a total wasted space and an embarrassment to us all and the Labour lead Government.

      if I was Jacinda I would replace her now and find a real active strong Minister who will give us a voice that we need so desperately now since the rest of the media is trying to destroy the government.

  3. Margaret says:

    well I just stop reading the herald as I am not interested in the words of spiteful people upset their chosen political party is not in power. I guess they lost the perks of being aligned with the Nasty Nats and don’t like it.

    they are irrelevant in the history making years of NZ the way we want it.

    • Christine says:

      Yes Margaret- but I’m looking at it a bit differently now.

      For so long we’ve rued the inability of many MSM to report facts or to make reasoned comment.

      What they do and have been doing- stretching out facts, and manipulating people’s emotions- is in fact their mandate now; I don’t know if it’s jealousy, or part of some agenda, but it worked in wrongly convincing dimwits that the previous govt was competent.

  4. Red Buzzard says:

    they are just worried that Seymour ACT is dancing with the stars and doesn’t want to dance with dead horse National any more

    ….the dead horse is beginning to stink

    ….they are really desperately worried about the end of no partners National

  5. im right says:

    Ahhh once again, the far left Marxists calling for restrictions on all media that don’t praise a left government with every word or utterance. Look back at your history guys and tell me of a country that embraced Marxism that also had a free press/MSM…you are all just repeating history, or shall I say a tiny fringe of far left politics that wish they had more influence.

    • bert says:

      I don’t believe you understand “fair and balanced”, far right wing trickle down effect, neoliberalists don’t do “fair and balanced”, they only do money and corruption. Once again we hear right wing rhetoric that cannot see the wood for the trees.

    • Quicksilver says:

      Asking for balance and objectivity in our reporting isn’t some “Marxist plot”.

      In fact, just some actual reporting of facts rather than endless opinion pieces from agenda driven talent-vacuums would be a start.

    • Wensleydale says:

      No one is calling for restrictions. No one wants to bundle Hosking into a burlap sack with a cinder block and toss him off a pier. What people want is journalism that isn’t so full of partisan spite and vindictive point scoring. And if certain columnists are routinely churning out screeds of barely coherent drivel (Hill-Cone’s irrational Gayford nonsense and Hawkesby’s bizarre ‘mean girls’ hit piece on Meghan Markle), then they can rightly expect to be pilloried for it. I mean, if you’re going to bag someone in a national newspaper, at least attempt to make some sort of cogent argument, rather than just rambling like a hallucinating alcoholic with a grudge.

    • Mike the Lefty says:

      Well well!
      Talk about trolls and who should appear?

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      IM RIGHT -Tell me about a country that has a purely “independent” media free of business and corporate control then eh?

      We used to have purely independent local papers in the 1950’s and a nation wide non commercial radio network as I worked for one and they would practice an balanced un-biased media but since the corporate’s took over all our media.

      Now we have gone ‘hard right wing’ and you would love that of course.

      We await the Labour Party promised new commercial free TV network that will finally bring balance back to our media, and that will piss you off wont it eh?

  6. bert says:

    I don’t believe you understand “fair and balanced”, far right wing trickle down effect, neoliberalists don’t do “fair and balanced”, they only do money and corruption. Once again we hear right wing rhetoric that cannot see the wood for the trees.

  7. Nic 181 says:

    NZ Herald and other NZMe news media outlets are owned by Australian business interests. Business is in the business of promoting business. By definition they absolutely hate any government not interested pandering to their personal interests, or funding their operations. You cannot look the the Herald for unbiased political reporting, their bias is obvious.

  8. Aaron says:

    I suspect the right wing of the media is actually upset because they can’t control the media narrative because so many people are getting their news from social media. Being the type of people they are they’ve upped the ante in terms of their own distortion.

    I hope they keep going in this direction because eventually the majority of the country will stop believing them.

  9. Nic 181 says:

    NZ Herald and other NZMe news media outlets are owned by Australian business interests. Business is in the business of promoting business. By definition they absolutely hate any government not interested pandering to their personal interests, or funding their operations. You cannot look the the Herald for unbiased political reporting, their bias is obvious.

  10. Christine says:

    Perhaps IM RIGHT could favour confused persons like me, with definitions of the terms, “Marxist”, and “far left Marxist.”

    What is she talking about ?

    Can she give even one example of who has been calling for restrictions on all media that don’t praise a left govt ?

    Is her last sentence intended to confuse or to elucidate ? To bedazzle ? To cause Auckland’s acid reflux – nausea- or insights into a brain no insight has ever been before ?

  11. Johnnybg says:

    I’m not right or left; as I said in an election speech some years ago ‘I’m extreme left – right – centre’. In today’s post truth world that has even left post-modernism in its wake, terms such as LEFT & RIGHT really do not not matter any more. This is what I was trying to get across. In fact I’m so so far beyond the fringe it’s not funny. This is a lonely place to be, especially in today’s increasingly dangerous, globalised world. If the truth be known, being an unashamed radical, I firmly believe in addressing the root causes what ails us & our society, not short term, band aid tinkering. I do not need the armour of a fixed left or right point of view to maintain my equilibrium, I have nothing to loose so considering many points of view & thinking out side the box is a breeze. This is why on this blog site (which is far from Marxist) I’m probably considered by many to be a troll, especially when I say things like; regardless of who’s in power, liberal social democrats (old terminology; slightly left of centre) or neo-liberal conservatives (old terminology; slightly right of centre) the world is firmly in the hands of a trans-nationalist, liberal/neo-liberal establishment. The real enemy today is this new world order establishment & those individuals & all political parties that perpetuate it; my hope is that one day radicals from both the left or right (using the past its use date terminology here) will see the light & find a way to work together to overthrow the current socio-economic & political establishment.

  12. mosa says:

    Just more of the same shit from the deplorable sick right wing.

    How much longer do we continue to tolerate it ?

    Can or will the government act in the interests of a fair and unbiased fourth estate ?

  13. Zack Brando says:

    I use to, online, read the property and business sections of The Heard, but I don’t even bother with that anymore. Their property section is mostly propaganda encouraging housing speculation and their business section is lightweight, almost to the point of negligence.

    Some of the better journalists in NZ should band together and form their own co-operative, online news service. Such an offering would surely garner a huge readership and therefore advertising revenues to feed the aforementioned journalists.

    • Observer Tokoroa says:

      Is The Herald worth it ?

      Really, it is just a list of daily Auckland Crime, Crashes and Crap.
      Garnished with overweight women and lots of cars stuck in road blocks.

      The Herald had a wonderful time for nine years while Key wizzed around playing with little girls pigtails.and using dragnets to capture wealthy immigrants in staggering numbers. for National coffers (on the hush hush) and Barfoot and Thompson dream homes.

      But Key and his Caucus did nothing other than that. Just the pigtails. And some trails – which were mostly already partly there. They also floated Paula Bennett.

      OH – I nearly forgot. Key gave heaps of Pokies to the Casino. So even if you had to step over the homeless to get into the gambling den called Sky – you could still make a fool of yourself.

      Nine years of nothing. Just a wealthy caucus of do nothing layabouts.

      Stuffing up Education; Health, Housing, Rentals; and packaging it in degradation Crime, Crashes and Crap.

      Key himself gave himself the right to total surveillance of Kiwis. Like any other Trump or Putin or Kik Kak Konkin.

      But The Herald didn’t bother about that. No way. The herald is Crap.

  14. Z says:

    And you graciously missed out the (I assume as I didn’t bother reading) alarmist GET READY FOR $3 PETROL Herald headline scream today.