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The irony of identity politics, David Cormack’s civility and the paradox of Karl Popper’s tolerance

By   /  July 17, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

Those who would weaponise difference and seed resentment require brutality, civility is a guard against that. I’m not saying turn the other cheek when a Nazi strikes you, confusing civility with refusing self-defence isn’t a solution, but by strangling off freedom of speech, we only add to their cause, we don’t counter it.

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Marae TV Review: Awanui Black

By   /  July 15, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

If people don’t believe in the justice system, they will turn to alternatives to find that justice, which in turn can easily become vigilantism. In an increasingly social media dominated environment, how can we differentiate between subjective belief and objective truth without due process?

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Nauru, Fiji and Pacific Facebook gags criticised in Asia-Pacific media freedom summit

By   /  July 14, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

When Reporters Without Borders chief Christophe Deloire introduced the Paris-based global media watchdog’s Asia-Pacific press freedom defenders – including from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea – to his overview last week, it was grim listening.

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Cough cough – umm Te Reo Putake about your attack on Chris Trotter

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

I appreciate this issue is vexatious, there are real concerns colliding with vital principles at stake, but this attack on Chris is beneath you.

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Huge loss for NZ Twitter

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

NZ Twitter will sadly miss Finlay’s wisdom.

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Radio NZ blacklist Chris Trotter so they can set up Don Brash – why no actual freedom of speech debate?

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

Are Radio NZ so frightened of an actual debate it has to be framed by Don Brash?

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Clare Curran & NZ on Air – feeding the echo chambers

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Clare Curran promised public broadcasting, all she’s done is fed the echo chambers and nothing resembling ‘independence’ will emerge.

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This hateful piece aimed at the homeless is from Stuffs ‘diversity editor’ – I kid you not

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

…it could have been written by Cameron Slater.

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This week in history – the Rainbow Warrior bombing as told to ABC’s Nightlife

By   /  July 10, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Pacific environmental and political journalist David Robie has recalled the bombing of the original Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior 33 years ago in an interview with host Sarah Macdonald on the ABC’s Nightlife “This Week in History” programme.

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What Farrar misses with his claim the NZ Herald is a socialist rag

By   /  July 8, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Farrar needs to claim the media are left wing all of a sudden to delegitimise wider debate and new voices joining that debate. 

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Q+A review: Ron Mark – A Hawk’s Hawk

By   /  July 8, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

FINALLY someone has pointed out that China is using soft power to extend its power into NZ.

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Questions the media need to ask the Police about the death of Alo Ngata in custody

By   /  July 5, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Let me be clear.

I am not criticising the Police response to the tasering of Alo Ngata in Beresford street.

There are enough independent witnesses from neighbours who all universally agree Police used the required force to stop him.

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Duncan Garner’s latest attack on Phil Twyford is actually crazy

By   /  July 5, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

I shake my head so many times these days over what passes as informed political debate. 

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With John Campbell leaving Radio NZ, can we now stop pretending RNZ are left wing?

By   /  July 4, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

With John gone, we can stop pretending RNZ are some sort of bastion of Left wing thought, they are an elite bubble that promotes the interests of the elites while claiming to be a public service – like so much that pretends to be a public service in this country. 

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Sweet Jesus! Parents hide your children – it’s that one time of the year Mike Hosking is kinda right

By   /  July 3, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

Labour have to find a solution here or their Deputy Police Commissioner will become a target around their necks.

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Midwinter TDB contribution drive

By   /  July 3, 2018  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

If you are in a position to contribute towards our attempt to pay for heating over winter – please do so here.

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