Posts by Tom Semmens

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…,

    Ah, the power of propaganda spread via a complicit media addicted to certain news sources.

    Peter Fowler is to polite to say it, but you’ve all been played by Slater/Farrar/Hooton/Williams – BlogWatch: Anatomy of misinformation.

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…,

    This one is a picture of a politician masquerading as an All Black, wearing their uniform, and flanked by real All Blacks.

    And Key reckoned he got a text message from McCaw that he read out at the National party campaign launch. Tthe rugby union needs to yank McCaws chain and tell him the STFU. As it is, rugby is increasingly a game where rich white folks watch brown people entertain them. Aligning the captain of the All Blacks with John Key is a dumb idea. I really, really hope Ritchie McCaw doesn’t force me and others to pelt him with good, red socialist tomatoes next Super XV game he is in at Eden park.

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…, in reply to Pharmachick,

    That’s quite funny. To many Toms.

    But I guess I am a bit mixed on this. Unlike a lot of people I think this is just all the noise of democracy. I don’t like a conversation of elites. On the other hand, if you’ve got dirty politics and libels proliferating like diddymo then you run the risk that you’ll choke off the oxygen of legitimacy necessary to the survival of democracy.

    On the balance, a bunch of dis-empowered hip-hoppers singing a fantasy song about knocking off the PM is pretty small beer to a well-connected at the highest level right wing online Brownshirt like Cameron Slater, with his refusal to accept the legitimacy of the law and belief he can behave in a totally lawless and thuggish way with the approval of the minister of justice and the Prime Minister. I know which one I think constitutes the real threat to democracy.

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…, in reply to Pharmachick,

    When people are voiceless, they will have temper tantrums like a little child who has not been paid attention to.

    -- Martin Luther King, Jr. July, 1967

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming,

    Wow, just wow.

    David Fisher recounts his journey into and out of addiction. The level of influence Cameron Slater has clearly come to have on a huge section of our MSM is scandal in itself, regardless of the Hager emails.

    For the last six years, Slater managed to turn himself into a dealer for willing newsroom junkies. Fisher confesses, but how many other journalists are unwilling to give up the comfy embrace of Slater's particular heroin?

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming,

    Hosking’s interview with Laila Harre is amazing.

    Hosking makes my skin crawl, I can't bring myself to listen to him.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    I might have to reinstate my subscription just to have the satisfaction of cancelling it again.

    The Listener used to be part of whatever it was that made up the fragile pickings of intellectual life in NZ, but no one even bothers discussing it anymore. It is just another "lifestyle" magazine printed on worse paper than North and South. I guess the people who wrecked it will claim they did it to save the magazine, but destroying the village to save it was, is and never will be good policy.

    Quite sad, really.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    Just off topic for a moment - can anyone guess what the number two sport for rich people is?

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    Tucker joins in with backing the Emperor with his plausible deniability

    As Mandy Rice-Davies said "Well he would say that, wouldn't he?"

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    Goff sounded like a wronged man dining out on cold, sweet revenge.

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