Posts by Myles Thomas

  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should…,

    Roll on public service broadcasting.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy,

    Suzanne's right. Channels take a surprising amount of notice of the telephone logs.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy, in reply to The Ruminator,

    "We all just think the media is anti-whicheverside-we’re-on"

    You're probably right. I certainly do think Gower and many others are right leaning and then am blown away when I read on Kiwiblog claims that the Herald is left wing.

    So how would you measure a reporter's and newspaper's left or right wing balance? Obviously the subject, who is interviewed and how shallow they treat it. But getting down to party level bias is harder to gauge. No?

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Spring Timing, in reply to andin,

    Please refer to the research by Jack Vowles mentioned earlier about voters not bothering if they think the election is a foregone conclusion. And keep your pessimism to yourselves.

    Last time EVERYONE said National would romp home, there was a massively low voter turnout and lo behold, National squeaked in. Don't trust the polls, they are proven to over estimate Nat numbers.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Telecom and TV,

    "The great irony of the current broadcast TV environment is that the government has contrived a state where there’s not enough broadcast spectrum to allow it to meet its own policy commitments. Community television either can’t afford a full presence – which means paying Kordia for both terrestrial and satellite service – or literally cannot obtain spectrum on which to broadcast, as was the case for Triangle/Stratos in Auckland last year. The promise of plenty after digital switchover never came true..."

    Apparently Cabinet are very soon to consider what to do with the masses of spare spectrum not used by Sky. Likely option is to sell it off to telcos meaning none for non commercial or new ventures.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Mayor's marginal enemies, in reply to Penny Bright,

    Penny, you may not be right wing but you are playing into the hands of the right wing. And if you did help the 2nd most popular mayoral candidate into office, you would find him far less interested in your causes than the current Mayor.

    Your idealism is admirable but hopelessly impossible and your delivery is so unreasonable and dogmatic that no one listens. Hence your otherwise worthwhile cause actually suffers.

    Please consider the effect on Auckland's future public transport system, an utterly critical policy of Browns, if he were to lose the next election because your protests have given his right wing enemies the fuel to keep attacking him.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Mayor's marginal enemies, in reply to Steve Curtis,

    Damn straight.

    Going by above comments, NZ's two biggest newspapers are fairly strongly right-leaning. So how does that square with the received wisdom that most journalists are lefties?

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: How Media Made me a Bad Person.,

    Have you just taken a job at TV3?

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All John's Friends, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    That's a good point about keeping Winston closer. But I wonder if Labour should declare they will NOT form a coalition with NZFirst. It would certainly destroy NZFirst as any kind of soft vote for change and compel voters to vote Labour/green or national. It'd make Cunliffe look staunch and tough too.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cranks, self-seekers and the mayor,

    Tea party antics go down a treat on the front page of 'New Zealand's newspaper'. Granny's getting as bad as she was in the late eighties.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

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