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WAATEA NEWS COLUMN: Māori Politics 2017 – wins and losses

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

2017 was an explosive year for Māori politics and the election reshaped the political landscape in a dramatic fashion wiping out Māori Party and MANA Party aspirations while leaving the Labour Party with an enormous obligation to Māori voters.

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New Zealand media ownership: History and obfuscation

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

This year’s New Zealand Media Ownership report written by Merja Myllylahti and published by the Journalism, Media and Democracy research centre (JMAD) recounts how two attempted mergers failed. The Sky TV–Vodafone and NZME–Fairfax mergers were prevented by the Commerce Commission (in the latter case an appeal is before the High Court). These events are of […]

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RIP Patrick Gower Political Editor 2012-2017

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

…Patrick Gower isn’t so much a journalist as he is a barking dog that chases every stationary car he can see. I enjoy watching his work for the pure bloodsport element, when his eyes roll into the back of his head as he starts his death spin on whatever unfortunate soul has been stupid enough to be interviewed by him,  you watch with all the excitement of a really gruesome snuff movie.

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What does the final Q+A Poll mean and why it should freak out Labour

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  57 Comments

So no bounce for the new Government and that is pretty grim, why is it so grim? This new Poll was taken using 50-50 cellphone and landline methodology . This is the best ever polling landscape for the Left yet all they’ve done is stay static in the final MMP numbers.

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Only four years too late – TVNZ-Colmar Brunton catch up with The Daily Blog

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Four years ago, this blogger pointed out that then-existing polling methodologies – relying solely on landline respondents – was flawed. The 2013 Census had revealed a significant ‘chunk’ of the population had surrendered access to landlines, in favour of cellphone/smartphone usage.

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What the 2017 Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) report means for NZs media landscape

By   /  December 6, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

It paints a bleak picture of the current NZ media landscape and highlights the real threat that the majority of news media is now in private hands meaning we are ripe for political manipulation and exploitation by those commercial interests that own those media.

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BREAKING: The Daily Blog to livestream TPPA meeting 6pm tonight

By   /  December 5, 2017  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

It is almost incomprehensible that a meeting about the TPPA is being held in a tiny room like Europe House at AUT. 

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WAATEA NEWS: How should we respond to Don Brash’s criticism of Te Reo on Radio NZ?

By   /  December 5, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

What’s up with all these angry old white rich men suddenly denouncing Maoridom and how best should people who believe in progressive change and true Treaty partnership best respond to such naked ignorance?

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New Zealand Media Ownership : why it matters

By   /  December 4, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

The general results have been  catastrophic for those committed to public sphere principles. Newsrooms contracted, news content thinned out, and current affairs journalism disappeared from prime time television. We have here an over bearing convergence of finance, political and media culture which obscures the issues of media ownership.

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PMC photojournalism book offers ‘window’ into Pacific culture, issues

By   /  December 3, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on PMC photojournalism book offers ‘window’ into Pacific culture, issues

The new book, Conflict, Custom & Conscience: Photojournalism and the Pacific Media Centre 2007-2017, has been launched to mark the 10th anniversary of AUT’s centre. It is divided into four themes – culture, environment, women, and politics, protest and conflict – through which the richness of the region comes through.

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MEDIAWATCH: If you feel alienated by hearing Māori, then perhaps you need to reflect upon that

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

It seems deeply sad and ugly that a gift like Te Reo can be attacked in this manner, we are beyond this and all I hear in Brash and Edwards are the roar of tired dinosaurs who don’t appreciate they are extinct already.

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Now we know Key lied about mass surveillance – let’s remind everyone what our msm said at the time

By   /  December 1, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

Now we know Key lied about mass surveillance, let’s remind ourselves what the great luminaries of our mainstream media had to say about the Moment of Truth…

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This picture shows why we can’t have democracy in New Zealand

By   /  November 30, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

You would think that an article as enormous as that would not only lead every news outlet, it would remain the top story.

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Waatea News: Can the activist left work constructively with new Government?

By   /  November 29, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

It’s not only the new Labour led Government who are finding the transition from opposition into power a difficult one to traverse, many activist groups seem to be struggling with how to engage constructively beyond mere opposition.

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I loath to agree with David Farrar, but he’s right about Golriz Ghahraman

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  43 Comments

This could have been dealt with right at the beginning, the fact the Greens once again have been tripped up by their own incompetence is soul destroying. 

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Yardley & Hosking: The 2 mikes on poor people & wealth creation

By   /  November 26, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

We have one Mike who wants to keep propping up failed economic models and another Mike who wants to keep propping up failed welfare policy.

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