RNZ Review – RNZ solid state

The precise moment the penny dropped that Radio New Zealand is first and foremost a government department and not a legitimate news service – not journalism and not independent – came at a point in my trial for sedition (oh yes, we all lol now) where I’m in the lawyer’s office looking through the discovery.
Ham-fisted press release distribution being my forte the decolonisation efforts of the Grey Lynn Martyr’s Brigade came adrift following the axion and long story short – Bubba reckons these are his shoes now.
But whatever.
So I’m carefully examining the timeline and statements the NZ Police have assembled to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a) I don’t like the government, and b) I had telephoned news media on where to find a press release about not liking the government. The statements from those media contacted all said the same thing: this guy called, we went straight down there and picked up the press release and then reported on the scene and the press release. NZ Herald, ZB, TVNZ, Scoop, Stuff (or whatever it was in 2004) etc. Everyone… everyone except RNZ. The news media took the tip off and just did their job, went down there and got the news out. What did RNZ do?
The very first thing RNZ did was call the NZ Police. Before they did anything else, before they dispatched a reporter. Of couse. Of course. Of course they did. It’s so obvious now that that is what would happen.
The real news media did news whilst RNZ did nark, they did Big Brother, did Govt, did the Man. RNZ reported it to the cops before it reported it to the public. The instinct, the natural reflex of RNZ is to be the State, because it is the State – first, last and always. No other media did this, thought to do this, or would ever do this. RNZ failed the real life independence test and of course they would.
There is no tension, no competition: RNZ does not balance between delivering a government information service and independent journalism – the government line is an automatic, self-evident fact, that vetoes all considerations (including the actual facts). The government funds it, as it has done for 98 years, and it squats there across from the Beehive. That is reality. Populated by conceited, conformist, mediocre, lazy, bourgeois, white Wellingtonians – that too is reality. Temples and rituals and fat, haughty priests that’s what capitols do and that’s all the colonial institutions in Wellington are essentially.
So when the furor over the pro-Russian edits to RNZ’s online world news section broke out last week I had a sense of underwhelming perplexion. A handful of edits – most of them to correct an apalling bias RNZ shows in regurgitating unthinking pro-Western pieces as it does – and the precious dears at RNZ are off interviewing themselves huffing and puffing about journalistic integrity and neutral reporting.
RNZ’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief Paul Thompson gave the game away by saying it was pro-Kremlin garbage. Really? The usual pro-Kiev garbage was changed to make it neutral and that’s pro-Kremlin garbage now is it? Lisa Owen’s gleeful pissing upon Thompson and the on-air introspection is performative, ritualised. The purpose?
The hyperventalation of relevance fuelled by other media. But no substance. Never any substance. No real questions. Inquiries and reports designed to go in circles, the entropic death spiral of Hellington. Blame underfunding, underresoucing, outsourcing, communications, professional development, processes, blame everything but anyone. No one is to blame. No accountability. None of those overpaid, underworked cretins at RNZ could be wrong. Even the least deserving is deserving of protection from reality. The government and therefore RNZ by necessary extension cannot be wrong by definition. They are embarrassed, but not contrite, and certainly not aware. So woke and yet so comatose.
If the question is neutrality, let’s answer it.
They aren’t fucking neutral.
That’s the answer. They follow strictly the government line, closely followed by the prevailing liberal dogma. The evidence is all around. They attack and pull back according to political and social orthodoxy and expediency which is removed from journalistic values resulting in biased coverage. So generally if the NZ Police say it – that’s a fact in RNZ reporting not just a claim like with non-government agencies. The trust of government is automatic no matter how illegitimately based and misconceived it is.
Here’s a few fun examples to illustrate.
RNZs coverage of Stuff documentary Fire and Fury. The bias is so overt when they keep listing all the police stats and not the protester stats, the sanitising of the police brutality. The worst was they had a victim of a rubber bullet live on air at the time and for quite some time (it was incredible when I heard it) but that never made it into the doco and for that alone I must conclude those involved in that joke of a documentary are disgraceful, pathetic shitheels. They aren’t talking truth to power they are power talking lies.
Kathryn Ryan once interviewed a guy who fought with the Free Syrian Army. He was from Israel. Was in the IDF. And he’s running around the Arab Republic of Syria with this militia and the white helmets etc. And the obvious questions arise as to their status and what he was reporting back to the Mossad. But no questions about any of that. He got to spout on without being checked, the illusion of neutrality undinted. What a pathetic joke and there are so many more.
A favourite awkward moment was Kim Hill on her Saturday morning show talking to an old lesbian about her lesbian book and they got onto how she got into lesbianism and she said her teacher was a lesbian. And then she said (I’m paraphrasing) yeah, come to think of it quite a few of my lesbian friends and lesbians I know had their first lesbian experience with their teachers. And she says this and the hand grenade is on the table. We wait for the great Kim Hill to pull the pin out and blow this unholy predatory covern of groomers and abusers to smithereens. We wait. Seething, searing silence. She just said the female teachers are predating on schoolgirls, that is the pattern of offending. We await the Hill smash. And there’s the awkward void where we listen to Hill’s brain wrestle with going there when it conflicts with the homosexual overide protocol. The same type of protected group concept that allowed Polansky to get awards. And after letting it hang there Hill just moved onto her favourite fucking ice cream flavour or whatever. Some groups get a free pass for sure – a total abdication. What a risible flake out.
How different is that from the BBC cutting out prerecorded comments that referred to Jimmy Saville’s offending? It’s the same illness. Protect the powerful. Play happy families, or else. Spare us from any real moments on radio. Keep it a sanitised projection. Middle class sanctimony.
More recently, maybe last year – and to my experience of the loving arms of government and how they treat sources – RNZ had an interview with a vigilante who had defaced anti-vaxx signs across Northland. She was given anonimity, protected as a source, given air time to boast about all the signs she had damaged and how she got away with it. And seemingly getting away with it with RNZ’s help. So, it’s OK to aid in the propaganda of people wrecking signs about vaccination, cause, like, you know, the Toby thingo cartoons from the Ministry of Truth have the pitiful eyes so we should all line up to be pin cushions and anyone who questions that is Hitler? Do we think an anti-vaxx vandal would receive this same protected treatment – ha! Neutrality schmutality. They would be narked out faster than you can say podium of truth. Yes, RNZ takes sides – the government side every time.
Neither management or staff of RNZ have cause for confidence in the other – they both have no credibility.
Tim Selwyn was one of the last people in NZ to be charged with sedition. He now blogs for TDB.


  1. “Unholy predatory coven of groomers and abusers”. What a disturbing anecdote. Somehow I doubt that interview is available on podcast.

  2. Yep, these lesbians who want to put the boot into the so-called ‘TQ’ people need to realize the groomer allegation won’t stop with them

  3. “Populated by conceited, conformist, mediocre, lazy, bourgeois, white Wellingtonians – that too is reality.”

    Nailed it!

    The US Congress is busy investigating both the ‘gain of function’ research done in China, paid for by the US government, and the millions of dollars given to the Biden family by China and Ukraine as well as a raft of other charges such as tax and wire fraud.

    Not a single mention in NZ news media. Not a fucking word.

  4. The fact is the top echelon at RNZ are torys and fifth columnists of various types, and notwithstanding that, the Natzos blatantly tried to starve RNZ for many years with a funding freeze.

    When John Campbell was briefly there, the video of Checkpoint looked like they were operating in a besieged bunker with fold out desks!

    RNZ has never been left wing apart from a handful of presenters who ask tough questions consistently like Kim Hill, and many of their presenters were closet Torys who became open rightists–Maggie Barry, Sean Plunket, Mike Hosking, Kathryn Ryan, Guyon Espiner.

    During COVID peaks the petit bourgeois got all the air time about cafes closed, stranded in New York etc. with little mention of how the working class were faring apart from blaming them as spreaders.

    Sub Editing has been farmed out or drastically diminished in media channels for years, underfunding means the Reuters type shit is usually just put in the spreader and turned on twin turbo boost. They should add al jazeera and some more fully paid investigative journalists. “The Detail” and local democracy initiative does turn up the odd good piece though.

  5. Clearly you’re unaware that Arabs , including Druze and Bedouin, serve in the IDF, and many still have ties to their ancestral homes, like Syria.

  6. RNZ is a pro neo-liberal/natzo propagandist rag owned and operated by the old and now extremely rich to help hide their past crimes, namely of ripping off agriculture for generations. Heard echoing around Ponsonby and Remuera’s leafy streets ” Oh no! Not them beastly famahs dahling! Not their filthy money in my Dior Clutch! You can’t seriously tell me I’ve had my little white feet in my Jimmy Choos while all the time they were paid for by stolen filthy famah money Eeeuuuuuugh!” ( Little bit of sick, right Aucklander’s? )
    RNZ is pointless, and desperately dull, but worse, in there, in rnz’s flat chested banalities there lurks a dangerous propaganda narrative that oozes more bullshit than a bloated bull in a cattle crush. It’s more a bruised Blue than *seymour’s knees after a rough and ready Lads night out.
    *You must watch this. Yes, you must. Netflix. Riders of Justice. Denmark. Brilliant. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11655202/
    I can clearly remember when our media became theirs just after roger fucked us without the kissing.
    The Listener was the first to go. It went all ‘Women’s Weekly’ without the punch and verve. Then, a few years later the ever fabulous Kim Hill was done in by roger kerr, business round table criminal currently having various fruits and vegetables inserted up him in Hell. After her interview with the kerr/snake/lizard combo Kim Hill was shuffled off to a herb-recipe, yawn fest on RNZ’s Saturday mornings.
    All that to hide old criminals with a history of stealing farmer money by getting their big, flat, inbred feet into the income-stream trough between our EU and UK trading partners and the farm gate, a scam now spanning close to one hundred years.

    • Bullshit Country Boy…..the Nash was officially handed over to women in the mid 1980’s to do what they please with…Sharon Crosbie took over and ran it as the official Woman’s Lib station…As the fashions of the day came on board , Gay rights , an explosive culture of Misandry , woman’s week , month, year , who can forget 1993 and the centenary of women’s suffrage, talk about suffer, it went on and on , day after day ,dancing with cats , witchcraft insights , you name it , they talked about it….Men were , and still are the enemy…Then…Oh golly gosh…Along came the new fashionable fixation of Maori women and how wonderful they are , there was moments of tranquility with Wayne Mowat on afternoons, but this was replaced with the latest fashion of soft cock giggling male chatter boxes…..thankfully the evenings were mostly untouched…some Blues music , the
      Goons , interesting ditty’s , short stories and Relda and Scotty amongst others through the night…very comforting….It wasn’t to last however as fashionable trends entered the picture….and now , full blow , total hero , cult following, Maori wonderfulness….oh….and a unhealthy obsession with men who dress up as ladies and how hard done by they are….I’m not even going to mention the Climate Change nonsense that comes on at 4am , under the banner of an official sounding BBC information label…propaganda would be better to describe that nonsense…..Perhaps it’s time to give the Nash back to the grown ups, there will be hurt feelings I’m sure, and Kim Hill can do an Arts only programme to keep the cat ladies happy…But it can’t go on like this….

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