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Ali Jones rips right wing blogger a “new one” on Radio NZ’s “The Panel”

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

Unexpected fireworks erupted on Jim Mora’s ‘The Panel’ on Radio NZ yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 15 May) when PR consultant and  former Christchurch City Councillor, Ali Jones, took on National Party apparatchik, pollster, wannabe Bond-villain, and right-wing blogger, David Farrar.

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Media bullsh*t vs the Bovine variety

By   /  May 11, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

A case in point where the media can misrepresent what an elected representative  has stated occurred immediately after Corin Dann interviewed Environment Minister, David Parker, on 6 May, on TVNZ’s Q+A;

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Tracy Watkins – Getting it half right on the “Decade of Deficits”

By   /  May 10, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

Writing in the new, tabloid compact-sized Dominon Post on 2 May, political columnist Tracy Watkins mentioned the oft-parroted cliche from the Right, the so-called “decade of deficits”;

“Labour spent years in the wilderness after the global financial crisis gave it a “decade of deficits” as its legacy.”

Watkins left out a crucial factor in National’s ongoing deficits – a fact to be pointed out;

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National’s new-found concern for the poor

By   /  May 3, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

There are times when National’s opposition to the Coalition government’s new policies leaves one shaking their head in utter dismay.  Jami-Lee Ross – a notorious union-basher and unrepentant enemy of workers – shedding crocodile tears for the poor of this country, is not a pretty sight…

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National spins new “fake news” narrative: there is no health crisis

By   /  May 1, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

National is under attack. It’s reputation as a “prudent fiscal manager” is threatened by a growing realisation that it has achieved government surpluses at the expense of under-funded DHBs, decaying infrastructure, poorly resourced mental healthcare, budget cuts to DoC, frozen funding for Radio New Zealand, cuts to early childhood education and schools, etc.

After nine years of frozen budgets (a cut, once inflation, population growth, and other pressures are factored in), New Zealanders have been made to understand the painful realities of austerity-National-style;

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Syria: the mendacities of the mainstream media (part rua)

By   /  April 29, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

“Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.” – Eric Hoffer, 1902 – 1983

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Syria: the mendacities of the mainstream media (part tahi)

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

“The first casualty when war comes is truth…”

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Is this the Political Cartoon of the Year?!

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Can this political cartoon from a Fairfax community newspaper  be the most insightful and damaging to National, ever penned?

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It is ten seconds to midnight

By   /  April 14, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  71 Comments

As predicted by many, Trump has not waited for an investigative team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to carry out it’s work. This despite an OPCW team having already landed in Damascus to conduct it’s investigation.

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One minute to midnight?

By   /  April 13, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  74 Comments

At the time of this blogpost being written, the US has not initiated a military response in Syria. As at midnight of 12 April, a little blue marble called Planet Earth is still in one piece…

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Newsflash: apparently our public hospital system is in crisis?!

By   /  April 8, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

Regardless of headlines, the content confirmed years of media reports and countless blogposts  on The Daily Blog, The Standard, and elsewhere, that New Zealand’s public healthcare system was critically under-funded; over-stretched; and staff were burning out from over-work. The story confirmed nine years of National’s gross under-funding and mis-management of the health system as successive ministers demanded that DHB managers and health-workers “do more with less”;

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What’s up with Richard Griffin and National’s Melissa Lee?

By   /  March 31, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

The recent furore over the so-called “secret” meeting between broacasting minister Clare Curran and RNZ’s Carol Hirschfeld revealed that Board chair and former National government advisor, Richard Griffin, phoned National MP, Melissa Lee to inform her that Ms Hirscheld had tendered her resignation. This barely reported event raises several questiins that have yet to be fully answered;

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National pissed off: Labour is nicking John Key’s dodginess!

By   /  March 28, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

When it comes to dodgy deals done behind closed doors – or at “informal” events – nobody does it better that National.

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Worse than “fake news” – sloppy news!

By   /  March 26, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Sloppy as in: where a supposedly reputable mainstream media outlet presents a news story, but with a glaring error.  Case in point, TVNZ’s story on 25 March, reporting that “$1.7 million of taxpater’s money had been spent last year on airfares and escorts to deport overstayers – more than in any of the last five years”;

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Mark Mitchell – Flights of fancy?!

By   /  March 18, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Former Defence Minister; failed National Party leader aspirant;  one-time mercenary-for-hire, and current (for the moment) National defence spokesman, Mark Mitchell, may have opened a 44-gallon drum-of-worms with his assertion that Coalition Defence Minister, Ron Mark, has been “using the Air Force as a personal taxi service”.

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Labour and NZ First sign up to TPPA – “is this capitalism with a human face”?

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

New Zealanders have just cause to doubt whether their own government would have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to a multi-national with deep corporate pockets to launch a lawsuit against us.

We caved in the face of French demands to release two agents convicted of sabotage and murder.

We caved to (apparent) threats from Warner Bros to  move production of The Hobbit to another country. (The threat turned out to be baseless – but it nevertheless succeeded in ‘spooking’ the public.)

We (apparently) caved to demands from a lone Saudi businessman.

And then there was this curious event in June 2013, when the Chinese government may have exerted heavy pressure on the National government over a proposed fta with Taiwan – an island-state it considers a “renegade province”;

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