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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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The many mendacities of Mr Bridges – a few volts short of an EV

By   /  February 28, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Is it any surprise the Greens wanted nothing to do with National during coalition talks last year?

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The “free” market can’t even build a bloody hotel?!

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

Our crisis in construction reaches tipping point! According to recent reports in the media, New Zealand is no longer able to build and complete major projects…

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National’s housing spokesperson Michael Woodhouse – delusional or outright fibber?

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The recent Housing Report reveals National’s ineptitude when it came to homelessness and housing unaffordability. Even retiring baby-boomers do not escape National’s incompetence when it came to unrestrained migration; insufficient housing stock; spiralling speculation; and poorly-planned infrastructure to cope with a rising population;

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The Mendacities of Mr English – No, I wasn’t told – Yes, I was told

By   /  February 4, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

On 2 November last year – and still smarting from a colossal rebuff from NZ First – Bill English was unabashedly vindictive at losing out on coalition talks to form a fourth National-led administration;

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Handouts to the Racing Industry? So no more homeless then?!

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

Deputy PM, Racing Minister, and de facto godfather, Winston Peters  announced on Sunday (28 January) that the New Zealand racing industry was due for tax-cuts for horse breeders and a taxpayer-funded all-weather horse racing track;

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