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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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Once Upon a Time in Mainstream Media Fairytale Land…

By   /  October 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

You can feel mainstream media’s frustration with the news-vacuum created by the two week period necessary to count the approximately 384,072 (15% of total votes) Special Votes that were cast this election.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign… (Iwa)

By   /  September 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

. . Red-Green, Blue-Green? There is mischief-making afoot. Suggestions for a National-Green coalition are being floated by various right-wing commentators, National Party figures, and some media pundits. Despite Green Party Leader, James Shaw, repeatedly ruling out any such possibility – the suggestion continues to circulate. On  election night, as TOP leader Gareth Morgan realised his […]

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Polls, propaganda, and Tracy Watkins

By   /  September 7, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  31 Comments

According to the Dominion Post, the election is done and dusted and the Nats are “in command”. So don’t bother voting. It’s all over.

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