Posts by Tinakori

  • OnPoint: Beyond 'a bad look', in reply to Russell Brown,

    Well, David Fisher and Patrick Gower might have different ways of going about things and different motivations for what they do but to this viewer/reader the end result is exactly the same - sensationmongering. On Mathew Hooton there are left wing journalists with agendas just like there are liberal pundit/ journalists like Matthew, witness Gordon Campbell's continual petitions for sainthood for Jim Anderton. I also think Matthew's main agenda is excitement and the adrenal rush from mischief making rather than client interests.

    There's another structural reason why political journalists have less impact than Keith thinks they should. One consequence of changes in journalism, particularly print journalism, has been the departure of all but a tiny handful of specialist journalists who could report with some authority and would not be simple suckers for the leaker de jour. Political reporters know politics and almost nothing about the key output of politics, public policy. They are entirely dependent on what politicians - government and opposition - tell them about public policy which, - surprise, surprise - is often wrong or artfully misleading. Specialist rounds people provided a filter for that sort of crap and politicians and their advisors were a little more hesitant or a bit more skilful about saying things that were wrong. It's not that the specialists were giants of the trade but the simple fact that more eyeballs on the task provided more scrutiny. Political reporters have no subject credibility beyond politics and when reporting on anything other than the sheer horse racing side of politics their impact is accordingly limited. Within that limited role they fulfil a useful function but to expect much more from them as Keith Ng does is like asking a fish why it can't knit. Across the Tasman, Australia has mostly very bad political journalists but it has superb investigative journalists across a range of subject areas who can go deep into stories and catch some serious whales, like Edde Obeid. That's mostly a function of their market size and resources but also that they have a lot more dirty dealing, especially on the state level, to investigate. We have moderately competent political journalists but very few credible investigative ones with any subject knowledge. That's down to resources and a much more open culture with less to hide in both business and politics.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 70 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Beyond 'a bad look',

    "Back in the day John Campbell and his team chased some of the Dirty Politics stuff really hard, yet nothing really seemed to change as a consequence, and eventually the story just died."

    The impact of shows like Campbell Live is blunted because what they do and say is so utterly predictable - White Hat, Black Hat - Boo, Hiss!. And when they are gracious and praise someone who is not of their ilk it is almost always for saying or doing something that conforms - finally - to their world view, which is just another form of self praise. This is true of both left and right wing journalists. Fran O'Sullivan and Gordon Campbell suffer alike because every one of their articles says the same thing. Sensationmongers like David Fisher and Patrick Gower eventually have the same problem. One reason Matthew Hooton does so well is because people read him to find out "what crazy fucking thing is Matthew going to say now." . In short, he isn't predictable and while he may have a party line it's a bit like those tyre marks at road accidents, all over the road. He doesn't have a left wing equivalent and that's the Left's loss. Danyl McLachlan at the Dim Post is probably the closest to an equivalent but without the gonzo damn the torpedo approach.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 70 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anzac Day II, in reply to Sacha,

    Jerry Mateparae and Peter Cosgrove, NZ and Australia respectively, both former Generals, and after the service they both went to Canberra for service over there.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 70 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anzac Day II, in reply to JacksonP,

    The Wellington dawn service was very big and the only two speakers aside from the padre running the show were the two Governors General. Aside from the size the service was exactly the same as all those I have attended with our two boys as they became old enough to be interested in attending. And the service was pretty much as I remember it from attending with my own father, very focused on those who served and not a lot said about wider issues. I think the dawn service was always traditionally for the servicemen and women and the rest of the population went to the later morning one.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 70 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to Sacha,

    Well the job losses in the private sector, especially in agriculture were driven by changing terms of trade which meant we got far less for what we exported. Governments tried to prop up agricultural producers and encourage other industries but that was never a long term solution. Freezing works closing down was a symptom of the long term lack of demand for what sheep and beef farmers produced and not a temporary blip in market conditions. When your largest export industry is on the ropes everyone suffers - farmers, processing workers, and all the service industries supporting agriculture. It also makes it much harder to sustain high taxation and highly inefficient government owned entities like the railways and the post office. It's no mystery why things changed and very little of it had to do with ideology.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 70 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Well as a young journalist on an evening paper working lots of hours outside of the standard working hours it took a very high proportion of all that extra money. The change in take-home income was very,very noticeable when the tax reforms of the mid 80s kicked in. In previous jobs like the freezing works the effect was just as noticeable. I suspect this was why the appeal of the Douglas tax changes reached deep down into the working population.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 70 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Well the definition of plenty was not exactly something Warren Buffet would recognise. Anyone working long hours at a pretty standard labouring or semiskilled job soon found themselves paying tax at the 60% rate. Then, as now, the only way a high tax economy will raise the required revenue, is for the high taxes to cut in at relatively low levels of income.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 70 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    A very good summation of the situation. Journalism is also a house with many rooms only one of which - and by no means the largest - is about holding power or governments to account. Sport, horse racing (decreasingly) farming (the Dom's Posts farming pages are almost the best thing in the paper), lifestyle, Hey Martha stories (hey Martha, wtf is this?), family tragedies, crime, lost/cute pets , the weather , book and movie reviews, the ads etc, etc all make up the daily diet of what interests consumers of journalism. If holding Government's to account was of overwhelming interest to the wider world there would be an awful lot more of it on all media outlets and it would make money, as old style magazine TV current affairs shows like the US 60 minutes did for CBS for many years. While I watch Campbell Live I can also see why I am among an increasingly small number of people who do so. It has pretty much one emotional tone and leaves you in no doubt of where it stands, which are also the main reasons why it appeals to a niche audience. That exclusionary and hectoring approach also renders the format wholly unsuitable for a public television channel. Fine for commercial TV not for publicly funded TV.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 70 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    The US fracking revolution is undermining the role of Saudi Arabia as an oil producer, that's the key reason the Saudis are pumping as much as they can - to depress the oil price and reduce future investment in fracked wells. There's a significant debate as to whether this is an effective strategy because some argue the cost of fracking is going down all the time and many wells are now much cheaper to move into production than in even the recent past.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 70 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war,

    Wasn't the decision to contribute troops in Afghanistan the reason Labour's coalition partner, the Alliance, blew up? Most of the members couldn't cope with being on the same side as the Great Satan, as the Ayatollah Khomeini called the US.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 70 posts Report Reply

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