MEDIAWATCH: Seven Sharp vs The Project


Alarmingly the Fed said on Friday morning that they had acted too late to avoid a hard landing and that 75 points was back on the agenda just as Orr is about to make his decision impacting the 60% of Kiwis resetting their mortgages this year while inflation explodes, the Stock market collapses, Putin’s war increasingly is pointing to a tactical nuke on the battlefield while Ukrainian wheat prices are set to cause mass starvation as conflicts erupt around a planet that is rapidly burning and at risk of collapse.

So I decided to tune into the bastions of 7pm current affairs in NZ, Seven Sharp and The Project, to see how the great and good of 7pm current affairs were navigating the swarms of circling Black Swans.

Now, I have to hand on heart tell you all that I never watch Seven Sharp or The Project because I have a basic reading age, don’t consider ZM or The Edge entertainment and I have an internet connection, but large swathes of our population tune in at 7pm to worship at the altars of lite infotainment and I thought I’d choose the Friday episodes to review so I can see what the masses are thinking about.

I’m left wondering what the fuck the masses are thinking about.

Seven Sharp is up. We all love Hills’ and Jeremy. He’s forever pulling private school funny faces and she’s forever handing out sick burns on Twitter, so I’m looking forward to their insights on Ukrainian wheat prices and the existential malaise of late stage capitalism.

I was to be disappointed.

The first story was about how cold Winter is feeling this year.

I’m not kidding.

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There is one question about the future without talking about the future.

The Climate crisis and its catastrophic impacts are not mentioned. Fingers are apparently crossed for a good ski season.

Then there is a story about punctuation.

I’m not kidding.

A full stop is now considered a passive aggressive micro aggression against easily triggered millennials.

Fucking shoot me in the mouth now.

There is then a discussion on the most used emojis.

I’m not kidding.

War, Famine, Plague and Death, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse stalk the geopolitical horizon and Seven Sharp are talking about how to use emojis without coming across as passive aggressive.

I’ve never prayed for a napalm strike the way I did watching this.

Hills’ is embarrassed she is using uncool emojis.

Women’s Rugby is the next story and we all have to love Womens Rugby even if we don’t give a fuck about mens rugby.

The poor children of Stewart Island were all asked if they knew the name of the Women’s Rugby Team and none of them did which helped you as the viewer to appreciate the sound of all that taxpayer money to send a TVNZ crew and entire Women’s Rugby PR Team to a school-on-the-furthest-away-Island-that-didn’t-know-who-they-were going down the gurgler as you gasp at the unbelievable price of a third placed Seven Sharp story.

How is the budget gold plated for this insipid watery mediocrity?

Next story is about a life saving club that needs the salt of the earth local community to roll up its sleeves and help rebuild it blah blah blah. No mention of the fact that it’s climate change that is destroying the coastline and this surf club, oh no, just salt of the earth local community to roll up its sleeves and help rebuild it blah blah blah.

Then there’s a cat competition.

Again, I wish to Christ I was joking, but no, there’s a cat competition.

I am of the belief that there should be a special place in hell reserved for producers who put cat competitions on current affairs shows. It’s pornographic crack cocaine to every lonely person in the country sold by News pimps hustling for an emotional manipulation for ratings.

In this hell they are forced to watch Fox News while hooked up to car batteries.

So, winter is cold while ignoring the climate crisis, full stops trigger millennials, no one at Stewart Island knew the name of the Womens rugby team who had flown in to visit them, surf club needs rebuilding despite the climate crisis eroding the coast and a cat competition, that’s the broad horizon of the intellectually uncurious as championed by the State broadcaster?


Ok, The Project now.

How is it more ghastly than Seven Sharp?

I recognise the 37th funniest Auckland comedian Jeremy Corbett, the poor mans Wallace Chapman, Jesse Mulligan and, I have no idea who the other two are.

How many hosts does this show have?

The main story is a shut in who has bright lights from the school shining into his shack.

How is there a live audience for this?

Who the Christ gets up and says, “You know what, I’d like to sit in on the most dull and pedestrian current affairs show in the country thanks”.

There’s a Dancing with the Stars advertorial and an interview with some pop stars.

This is The Edge with pictures if it was set in Australia, not Melbourne Australia, more Tasmania Australia.

It’s like on The Project, the planet isn’t burning, there’s no suffering and being wilfully ignorant is a pleasant numbness.

Watching The Project is like being asphyxiated, a creeping blankness that you give into.

It’s like both shows are current affairs for coma patients, the elderly, Christian families and those suffering from Fetal alcohol syndrome.

I had no idea it was honestly this dumb.

I think I understand why the debate is so infantile in this country.

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  1. Muddle new zeelinders are thick as fuck.
    This is why their brains consist of mush and boring small talk conversations.
    Mention anything outside of those parameters and you get the dumb look looking back at you.
    Who’s the crazy looking back at you?

    Oh! You’re a nazi anti-Russian loving Isis sexist terrorist that they told me about in their last show!

    And that’s what happens when you let your government-run social engineering programmes for the rest of the world to study the effects.

    Time for LINO to leave the stage.

  2. Completely agree.
    Both shows which I watched some time ago were an embarrassment and certainly haven’t watched again.
    It’s a TV version of those idiotic morning radio programmes.
    Of most concern is that people actually watch this pathetic nonsense.

  3. Decades ago, politicians were grilled for 30-40 minutes with no ad breaks by the likes of Lindsay Perigo and Brian Edwards. The modern fluff TV is no accident.

  4. Thanks MB. Haven’t watched anything in this time slot since John Campbell was sacked. You have let me know I haven’t missed a thing.

  5. full stop. full stop. full stop. period. full stop. full stop. FULL STOP.

    that should cause a few middleclass conniption fits

  6. It’s global format ratings driven advertorial TV.
    Like cooking, DIY, chat or any of the other banal trash that is served up as loss leading entertainment.
    There is no opportunity for robust, probing inquisitorial expose journalism here.

  7. I’ts global format corporate ratings driven infotainment.
    There will never be robust, probing, inquisitorial expose journalism here.
    All is well, nothing to see here. Consume be silent die.

    • how much does 4 guests and table cost? it’s the banal selection of ‘the panel’ style no marks that makes it irrelevant, which is the whole intention, they can stand back and say well we tried but no one watched

  8. Sadly, almost everything that’s locally produced is an embarrassment. Poor production values, banal scripts, amateur execution, forced humour (Corbett and Henwood). 7 Days, 7 Sharp, The Project, Have you been paying attention, DWTS and even NZ Masterchef…cheap cringe. However there is one excellent gem: Country Calendar!!!!

  9. When I used to watch one news, adds would pop up for 7 Sharpe and it looked excruciatingly bad. Dumbest, most trivial crap that could possibly be imagined. I get really pissed off about how much these people are paid c/p to nurses slaving away in the health system and it’s just too obscene for words….

    Btw Ilove the working group!

  10. The sad thing is their is great stories across New Zealand, with lots of interesting people…but, those stories/people will very rarely get covered by either the Project, or Seven Sharp…its’ a real shame

    • indeed Charles Upham VC and bar, or Sir Keith Park..both rattling good stories but no, why? we only celebrate ‘sacrifice’ not valour…cos that’s a white male thing…but here’s the rub, if we want to make shitty little programmes no one wants to buy(not sure if kiwis actually watch ’em either) that’s fine if your into naval gazing…but if you want the world to watch ’em….

  11. Infotainment rubbish, on a par with the Womens Wankly or No Idea.
    We are very poorly served in this country, there is no current affairs at all on T V in prime time in N Z.
    Lindsey Perigo was dead right when he called “Brain Dead Television”.

  12. First time watching news in NZ in 98 and there was a segment about a singing farmer in southland. I guess its the news. It has not changed, and both Hillary and that Jeremy dude need to retire and replaced with someone not as washed out and used up as these two.

  13. Last time I saw Hilary Barry on TV she was raving on about how “rising house prices are good for everyone”.

    She seems to be revered as some kind of sacred cow. I suspect this reverence is largely all-hat-and-no-cattle.. a collective “oh yup” from most Kiwis and a “who’s that” from others.

    I accept Hilary Barry, like many of the 7pm-gig-workers; has been at it for years, worked hard in broadcasting and ‘earned-her-strips’..

    However, that does NOT entitle her or any 7pm-gig-worker to prime time-slots OR even a show! Now, I haven’t heard them claim such entitlement and they are hopefully grateful for their gainful employment, yet.. why keep them on?

    Perhaps their ratings are good? Perhaps after a vexing day at work Kiwis want junk food for the mind? Perhaps hearing familiar faces broadcasting in the background of Kiwi’s lives brings a sense of community?..

    I think it’s just habit and desperation from the MSM. They’re hanging onto their gravy train via government advertising and funding, thus favoring uninsightful broadcasters whom are willing to support 9th Floor narratives and Overton windows.

    The media landscape has definitely changed, they (MSM) are old, expired wine poured into a poorly refurbished bottles. What even happened to the bottles!?.. there use to be actual current affairs shows on TV!

    Instead of feet-to-the-fire interviews and reporting important events where diversity shakes itself out naturally, current TV journalism actively seeks race based news items and narrow perspectives.

    The MSM are a joke anyway, but it’s annoying how braindead and ignorant it’s making a chunk of NZ at the taxpayer’s expense. ACT will hopefully slash the funding.

    Where can I find NZ TV Ratings?

  14. Wait til you watch NZ’s comedians on TV, absolutely cringe. Yes that’s a passive aggressive FULL STOP.

    Do they ever lampoon Jacinda? Or is she off limits…

    • we don’t have comedians in NZ step out of line and no more bookings and no more TV…..frankie boyle or ricky gervaise could not happen here they’d be stacking supermarket shelves…and that’s all you need know about NZ comedy…

      and no it’s not about jacinda it’s about all round general cowardice on ALL fronts….don’t offend ANYONE, well not really comedy then is it?

      dai henwood being a honourable exception cos he’s so fuckin sharp with the quips…the funnyist thing on NZ tv is when ‘chopper’ visits.

      • To be fair, Steve Braunias in his excellent secret diaries in the Saturday Herald has lampooned Jacinda quite brilliantly.
        It appears that some people can’t or don’t read.

      • Yes totally agree.
        I have a close relation that has been in standup comedy for 25 years but due the wokeness he’s given up.

        • the woke of the right are as stifling as the woke of the LINOs bob, it’s not a ‘team’ thing it’s a society thing.

  15. The problem isn’t with the programmes. The problem is about ‘entertainment’ and ‘infotainment’ and expectations. The state broadcaster can’t put on serious current affairs at 7.00. The vast vast majority aren’t interested and won’t watch and advertisers won’t advertise so it wouldn’t be commercially viable.

    I mean they can investigate housing people in motels in Rotorua and difficulties of those living in Kainga Ora houses, there are dozens of stories there. Good knows, everyone has opinions about those things and will get all emotional about the issues. But something intellectual, in-depth, confronting, productive, on tv? At 7pm? No way.

    In that sense the 7pm programmes perfectly represent the country and the populace.

  16. Aw, c’mon, it’s just the Bad Cop/ Good Cop format on TV.
    Bad news from 6-7; Good news from 7-30.
    So the Bad News outdoes the Good News 2:1. No surprises there!
    But we all need a cup of sweetened hot choccy before bedtime…even if it’s made with curdled milk; our taste buds are stuffed anyway.
    BTW, Tane etc., what’s LINO if its not what you walk on in the kitchen?
    Please enlighten an old codgette!

  17. Absolutely agree with Bomber and the following comments. But, as much as these “Caucasian fluff” TV shows can be described as “global format ratings driven advertorial TV,” New Zealand’s news reporting also conforms to an even more pernicious formula, which is designed, at all costs, to keep the masses distracted from anything other than “the truth according to Washington.” And it’s that which is the root cause of our general ignorance and which is looking likely to soon see us all in hell.

        • Lathering up the soap again Bob/John. Of course he’s most popular with the right, he’s the Tucker Carlson of NZ radio and not only that he has no competition, a monopoly if you like. By the way he’s the most unpopular by the left, you see Bob/John that’s how ratings work and why he was rated below Campbell when it came to the Leaders debates at the last election, hell even below Jack Tame, and that’s saying something!


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