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Rating Reality Television

By   /  November 15, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

HAVE YOU EVER wondered what the enormous popularity of reality television reveals about contemporary New Zealand culture? Understandably, the nation’s cultural elites do not consider this to be an important question. What the lower orders choose to pollute their minds with is hardly worthy of serious consideration. The only social significance attachable to reality television is the extent to which it uses up space and resources that could, much more profitably, be devoted to genuine cultural production.

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Stuff threatened to gut journalism if they didn’t get their monopoly – will this spook Government Broadcasting Policy?

By   /  November 11, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

It’s like Stuff keep threatening to gut journalism while yelling ‘what a shame that will be for democracy’ and democracy is too  busy sharing a white supremacist explanation for why 9/11 was an inside job that includes aliens and fluoridation in water on Facebook and just mumbles over its shoulder,  ‘well off you go then’. 

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Marama’s train wreck AM Show interview

By   /  October 1, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

After shaking my head at the total lack of a media plan to boost the invisibility of the Green Party Welfare reforms, Marama has appeared on the AM Show and given a trainwreck of an interview.

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Meka coverage vs Key coverage at NZ Herald

By   /  September 30, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

What a joyful journalistic juxtaposition. 

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UPDATE: What do Women want? Apparently not this youtube clip on Stuff

By   /  September 30, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Honestly, this is seconds away from becoming a Taxpayer Union press release.

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Dear Duncan Garner – let’s be clear, you can stick Donald Trump’s war on drugs up your arse

By   /  September 25, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

Duncan Garner was on the failing  AM Show ranting like  lunatic about Jacinda Ardern turning down Donald Trump’s invitation to join his new phase of the War on Drugs.

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TWITTER WATCH BURN OF 2018: Judith Collins blows get tough on crime dog whistle and it explodes gloriously in her face

By   /  September 24, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

You would think after retweeting fake news that France was legalising underage sex that Judith Collins would work hard to be less of a malicious pus pit of scumbaggery on Twitter.

You would be wrong.

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TWITTER WATCH: Best burn of the day

By   /  August 30, 2018  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

He’s a National Party MP, she’s a journalist, and he has no clue the question he asked has already been answered many times.

Burn.

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MEDIA WATCH: Hosking’s anti-free speech attack as hypocritical as Green Party sudden free speech support

By   /  August 29, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

The hypocrisy of the Woke Left is as disgusting as the Feral Right.

“It’s only free speech when we agree with what you are saying”, isn’t of any value to anyone.

A plague on both their fucking houses!

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#FakeNews: Trump & Corporate Media are both Enemies of the People

By   /  August 17, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

It’s almost as if Noam Chomsky never existed.

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TWITTER WATCH: Best burn of a Stuff Journalist in NZ

By   /  August 17, 2018  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on TWITTER WATCH: Best burn of a Stuff Journalist in NZ

When a kid from a mainstream media NZ news site goes fishing for free content on social media and gets a BURN in response…

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New Drink Driving advert the perfect cultural child of 9 years under National

By   /  August 3, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

I’m not sure public safety adverts should center on personal advantage as a moral compass, but‬ I suppose after a decade of  National, self interest is the only thing young men understand.

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The IDFs weird little anti-gay slur against Mike Treen

By   /  August 3, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

Just when you didn’t think you could detest the IDF anymore than you currently do.

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Mungo no understand – Winston was PM and Western Civilisation didn’t end?

By   /  July 31, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Winston was a great Acting Prime Minister, there was nothing to ever worry about and watching those same right wing pundits trying to back peddle from their previous criticisms, even though they were made only 6 weeks ago, is a reminder of the echo chamber of the elite media pundits and just how limited the actual range of opinions the mainstream media provide.  

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Q+A Review: 9.30pm Prime Time Politics

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

It is so important that Q+A is now on at prime time.

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Spinoff TV ratings meltdown – is it now the new Red Peak of Twitter?

By   /  July 25, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

As someone who has produced independent TV in this country, I look at the $700 000 that was pissed against the wall here and shake my head in disgust. I consider how we at Waatea Māori Radio managed to make a 5 night a week, 7pm Current Affairs show that led the agenda for 7 months for a mere $20k per month and then stare at this SpinOff TV abortion in horror. 

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