Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine

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  • simon g,

    They duly gave us the One Minute goss floss at 5.59 on TV3. It was all international celebs, as seen on a thousand other websites. If you really want to know what Taylor Swift is doing, try the internet.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1278 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    What Glucina will do day-to-day

    Her nails?
    sharpening, shaping, curving oh luverly!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1748 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19573 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Story just did a puff piece promoting National Party spin doctor Bill Ralston as a candidate for the Auckland City Council next year. Had a whole lot of stupid clichés about council spending across NZ worthy of the ACT party (but only in towns where the mayor is mildly left wing). Political agenda definitely showing.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3178 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Dave Dobbyn,

    They should rename the show 'Snout'

    Absolutely! I shall refer to it as such. To be honest though ,I can't think of anything more vile than having any of my attention wasted on such a sick concept as this is. I mean, how low is TV3 prepared to go? This country seems more surreal by the day.
    The herald is heading that way too. If one doesn't want celebrity news on their site and you click news , it's sport. WTF?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Story just did a puff piece promoting National Party spin doctor Bill Ralston as a candidate for the Auckland City Council next year. Had a whole lot of stupid clichés about council spending across NZ worthy of the ACT party (but only in towns where the mayor is mildly left wing). Political agenda definitely showing.

    Cameron Brewer has been pushing the same line #usualsuspects

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2912 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    It appears TV3 is suffering from Glucina...
    Sorry, glaucoma.
    /coat...

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    It appears TV3 is suffering from Glucina...
    Sorry, glaucoma.

    Could this be the word you're looking for?

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4590 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Bill Ralston as a candidate for the Auckland City Council next year

    He has pretty much confirmed that himself on Twitter. Much smarter grasp of transport policy (>50% of spend) than similarly rightish folk like Cameroon Brewer.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19573 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    cupcakes for africa

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19573 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Could this be the word you're looking for?

    Nah...
    This one...

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    but only in towns where the mayor is mildly left wing

    Auckland… Christchurch… Dunedin… Invercargill.

    I’m surprised they didn’t bring in Wellington. It seems to be a favourite for left wing council bashers of late, or maybe it’s just what I see from living here. What’s a current example of a right wing council? Or do all councils supposedly spend everyone else’s money 'irresponsibly'?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    And the whole narrative of the Nats is about “hard working keewees pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps”, so it’s useful to point out that it’s really all about having the good sense to be born to rich parents

    Too fucking true. I know all about ‘survivorship bias’ first-hand, and it’s something I feel so strongly about that profanities can’t describe it. How we’re all beaten over the head with the notion that ‘the only disability is a bad attitude’ (which was originally said by an American athlete who happens to be a fundy creationist).

    It’s charitable to call it a fucking lie at best, and it’s used by hypocritical cunts as an excuse to slam the door behind them. The late comedienne/disability activist Stella Young neatly deconstructed it:
    "That quote, ‘the only disability in life is a bad attitude’, the reason that’s bullshit is … No amount of smiling at a flight of stairs has ever made it turn into a ramp. No amount of standing in the middle of a bookshelf and radiating a positive attitude is going to turn all those books into braille." When anyone tells me to ‘just believe in yourself’, I have to resist the temptation to say, “I don't want your smiles, I want a ladder you motherfucking cunts!”

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5405 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to izogi,

    Auckland… Christchurch… Dunedin… Invercargill.

    As far as I can tell, the big urban centres are mostly dominated by red-green-leaning mayors.

    Make of Tim Shadbolt what you will. He’s probably having a bet each way.

    Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt: I’m a Union Jack man

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5405 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I’ve even heard horror stories about management from inside the marquee event productions. Weldon and Christie are burning the place down in pursuit of their bonuses.

    Could those still standing sabotage it somehow? Like say, feeding hoaxes or libel bait to Scout?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5405 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    And goodbye Tony Abbot. Ozzie comics may rue the day. We're unlikely to ever see your budgie-smuggling sentence strangling eye-rolling like again ...

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2087 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sacha,

    cupcakes for africa

    Get a bunch of 6-year-olds to do the song for free.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4590 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    And goodbye Tony Abbot. Ozzie comics may rue the day. We're unlikely to ever see your budgie-smuggling sentence strangling eye-rolling like again ...

    The conventional wisdom about Turnbull used to be that, despite his naked ambition, he'd never be PM because he was "too shiny". There was a nice cartoon in the now-defunct Bulletin showing Peter Costello, John Howard's then deputy and presumed heir apparent, standing drink in hand at a social gathering. From out of frame a voice can be heard saying "They say I'll be Prime Minister when I grow up", prompting an angry Costello to ask "Who invited Malcolm Turnbull?"

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4590 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Story just did a puff piece promoting National Party spin doctor Bill Ralston as a candidate for the Auckland City Council next year.

    This morning's lead is a puff piece on Judith Collins.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22584 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It's clear there's not going to be much pretence here. It's nakedly National. Unashamedly gutter. Happily shallow. Whalefluff?

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2087 posts Report Reply

  • Felix Marwick, in reply to tony j ricketts,

    I think you’ll find it’s Frances Cook, who was female last time I talked with her.

    Tony, I can tell you Frances Cook, who is my colleague, is most definitely NOT working for Scout. I'll happily issue defamation proceedings on her behalf against anyone who says otherwise

    This is the Francis Cook that you are looking for: http://info.scoop.co.nz/Francis_Cook

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 200 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    It's clear there's not going to be much pretence here. It's nakedly National. Unashamedly gutter. Happily shallow. Whalefluff?

    I think it also shows how limited Glucina's reach is.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22584 posts Report Reply

  • llew40, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I personally agree with virtually everything you have said here Russell, yet ..... what does it say about us if Scout is a success?

    I've long felt that, politically at least, large numbers of New Zealanders find it too difficult to believe that other large numbers of New Zealanders can hold a very different view to them. Be it on the merits of John Key and National. Be it on the preferred tactics of Labout as an opposition party. Be it on bellweather issues such as Auckland housing or refugee intakes. Be it on the merits of Campbell Live as a bastion of media independence. Social media doesnt help that level of self-reinforcement. At times (e.g. the last election) it becomes an almost wilful act of refusing to acknowledge the beliefs of others (or the lack of interest of others).

    So .... what does it say if shallow recycled entertainment news is popular in NZ?

    Since Nov 2012 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I think it also shows how limited Glucina’s reach is.

    Spanning almost the entirety of Auckland's National Party elite :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2087 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to llew40,

    Girl guyed by Scout?

    ...the preferred tactics of Labout

    Surely there is a 'ya' missing from that new political party's name?
    A party that will serve the Scout fans well
    - the Layabout Party
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7787 posts Report Reply

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