Posts by simon g

  • Hard News: Our own fake news,

    That SpinOff link features Porky Pig, campaigning for the Taxpayers' Union.

    Does the Jordan Williams outfit have permission to use a character whose copyright is owned by Warner Bros?

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  • Hard News: Our own fake news,

    The fringes may be immune to reason, but there's a more serious problem when their rantings are given air time in mainstream media. For example, I'm one of those insomniacs awake at 5 a.m., and I'll flick on the radio. At that hour, the two commercial "news" outlets (ZB and Live) are happy - even desperate - to get feedback, and seem to have little interest in editing before broadcasting. So when Bruce from Browns Bay* sends in his Putin-loving fact-free text, it gets read out, with a frankly pathetic "thank you" from the host. Why? Because they can. Not because they care. And that is on them. If they don't know the difference between censorship and basic professional standards, they really are a big part of the problem.


    * may not actually be from Browns Bay, alliteration is fake news

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    The question I'd like to hear from Little (or Shaw, Turei, whoever):

    "Is Todd Barclay fit to be an MP or not?"

    Forget all the parentheses and mini-speeches, just ask directly. Carter will rule it out of order, so just get up and ask exactly the same question again. Worst case scenario: chucked out of house. Headline guaranteed, a bad one for National ("Speaker protects PM").

    I doubt this will happen, and the questions will be waffly and pre-scripted, but here's hoping.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    I watched Barclay's statement (not in fact a press conference, no questions taken) live on Checkpoint just now. The money shot was the reaction of the reporters (Soper, Audrey Young etc), roughly translated as "You gotta be kidding me!".

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    Todd Barclay about to make statement to media.

    Pawn lost, king protected?

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    Partly my own fault, of course, but when I heard the story today I thought: "Newsroom? What's that?".

    Much more importantly, I suspect National's inner circle think much the same. Yes, it's a relief to know there are still journalists out there who chase up these stories, but in a media environment of The Project and multiple Hosking shows, you can see why Bill, Todd et al might think "Relax, it's just one quick news cycle, the rugby and boats will save us by the weekend." I really hope that's not the case, but it feels like a very long time since Sean Plunkett grilled Benson-Pope into retirement. Obfuscating and hiding works well enough to cling on these days.

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!,

    Where is the factual error in that sentence? "Automatically" is correct.

    The other scenarios after a vote of no confidence (a new government being formed) may be politically difficult, even implausible, but they are there.

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!,

    For the UK to have an early election, 2/3 of Parliament has to vote for it. Last time both Labour and the Tories did so, because both believed it was in their interests. Obviously they couldn't both be right, and May wasn't. I thought Corbyn was wrong to vote for the election, but I was the wrong one.

    However, it is very hard to see why/how the Tories - whether under May or a successor - would vote for an early election again (Once bitten, etc). It is possible that they could lose a vote of confidence in Parliament, but even that won't automatically trigger an election. So I wouldn't expect one, any time soon.

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!,

    Why are we wasting time finding out how people voted? Mike Hosking knows.

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  • Hard News: Rugby Now, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Good rugby is so more satisfying in terms of the stories it constructs--the final moments of the Lions vs Blues last night, for example,

    Sorry, but that really is nonsense. Feel free to prefer one sport to another - none is "better" by any quantifiable standard, people might get their kicks from windsurfing or bowls. But to deny the "stories" of the world's most popular team sport is just a bit weird, as if the news of a century has somehow passed you by. And that theory isn't so much half-baked as not even a recipe. You might as well argue that "A bunch of bad things have happened in the world since the blues turned into the beat and then pop, ergo popular music is to blame." It's what millions of people do and like, and since people do a lot of stuff, that will include bad stuff.

    There's a wealth of quality writing on football easily available online or on the page, I'd suggest reading some of it.

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