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Roy Morgan poll confirms blogger’s prediction – National is in freefall

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

It’s taken faster than I thought possible, but the first post-election poll – from Roy Morgan – has the Labour-led coalition rising  whilst National’s support is falling;

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From TV’s “The Nation” – Patrick Gower and James Shaw have a heart-to-heart

By   /  August 13, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  34 Comments

Then, at 6:10 into the interview, there was this jaw-dropping exchange between Gower and Shaw;

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TV Review: The Nation

By   /  July 7, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

TV3’s The Nation on 2 July was probably the most incisive investigative journalism this blogger has seen for a long time. The only “fault” is that The Nation is ‘buried’ at the ghetto time-slot of early Saturday (and repeated early Sunday morning). Mediaworks is wasting a tremendous opportunity to use their current affairs journalistic team as a critical lynch-pin of their broadcasting line-up.

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Budget 2016: Did Bill English try to pull a swiftie on ‘The Nation’?

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

On TV3’s “The Nation”, Lisa Owen asked Finance Minister Bill English if funding for health and education had been cut on a per-capita basis. The response from English was jaw-dropping;

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Media stories of the Week: US Ambassador dismissive of our laws

By   /  November 29, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

This is a shocking admission that the United States is prepared to ignore our laws, and that our esteemed dear Leader is prepared to turn a blind eye.

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EXCLUSIVE: The truth about GCSB spin

By   /  October 4, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

In effect, the GCSB’s “new role” has moved from intelligence gathering (ie, finding out who is supposedly – and I use that word deliberately – launching “cyber attacks” against us) – to one of being a State-funded-and-operated, quasi-Norton Anti-Virus agency?
Is this credible?

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Polls and pundits – A facepalm moment

By   /  September 20, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

This morning’s episode of The Nation on TV3 featured leaders from Labour, Greens, NZ First, ACT, and Steven Joyce spinning for National. The episode was an appraisal of National’s performance since last year’s election.

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The Curious Case of Cameron Slater, the Hacker, and the unforgivable crime of stupidity

By   /  June 7, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

A recent exposé by TV3’s ‘The Nation’ revealed that Cameron Slater has allegedly been conspiring with IT consultant, Ben Rachinger, to hack left-wing blogsite, ‘The Standard’ to steal personal information.

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The Curious World of the Main Stream Media

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Considering that ‘Campbell Live’ is one of the last serious current affairs programme remaining on free-to-air television, one would have thought that this was worthy of scrutiny by either ‘Q+A’ or ‘The Nation’.

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How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

Quite simply, any reasonable individual would have arrived at the conclusion that Gower should have disqualified himself and the role given, instead, to the highly talented Lisa Owen.

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Teflon Man No More

By   /  September 13, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Since Nicky Hager’s revelations and the sacking of Judith Collins, Key’s preternatural teflon-shield has been stripped away. He is now just another politician, and if by some miracle he successfully leads the next government post 20 September, he will find his interactions with journalists becoming harder and harder.

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Another media gaffe – this time it’s TV3’s Brook Sabin

By   /  July 20, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  28 Comments

Every so often (quite regularly, in fact), a media personality will say something outrageously offensive, or just plain gormless, that results in an uncontrollable *facepalm* reaction. On 19 July, on TV3’s “The Nation”, it was Brook Sabin’s turn.

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Review: TV3′s The Nation – When current affairs gets it right

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

After my uncompromising critique of an episode of TV’s The Nation, broadcast on 24 May, I was gratified and relieved that the producers and hosts of the programme had returned to a degree of journalistic/media professionalism that we should expect as the norm for current affairs in this country (and which is too often lacking).

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ACT Party candidate David Seymour – revealed

By   /  June 8, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

On TV3’s ‘The Nation’, host Lisa Owen set about discussing the Epsom-ACT-John Banks issue with Green candidate, Julie-Anne Genter; Labour candidate Michael Wood; ACT’s David Seymour, and a bag of flour standing in for National’s, Paul Goldsmith (the actual difference between the bag of flour and Goldsmith is still a matter for debate).

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Review: TV3’s The Nation – “Let them eat ice cream!”

By   /  May 25, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  26 Comments

The one word that came to mind as I watched the episode was: revulsion. Not revulsion at the fact that our once proud egalitarian nation is now one of the most unequal on the face of this planet – but revulsion at the injection of humour in interviews; panel discussion, and levity between the hosts, Lisa Owen and Patrick Gower.

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ACT leader, Jamie Whyte, refutes cliched stereotype of solo-mothers?

By   /  May 12, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

One of the most enduring, irrational, and hateful myths constantly spat our by various right-wingers is that solo-mothers (but never solo-dads) are “breeding for business”. It is a cliche that rolls of the tongue easily; requires no evidence; and ignores simple realities of life such as women who escape violent relationships or are deserted by their partners for the blonde office-colleague.

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