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A critique of New Zealand’s “communications industrial complex”

A critique of New Zealand’s “communications industrial complex”

This opinion piece, coming from the editor of Wellington’s Dominion Post is like a breath of fresh air in the New Zealand context and highlights what I have been observing for years. When did our public service get so arrogant?  Anna Fifield Stuff.co,nz, 5 February, 2022 Anna Fifield is editor of Stuff’s Wellington newsroom and the Dominion Post. OPINION: I have to confess I laughed when a press release arrived in my inbox last week: “Chief Ombudsman applauds No 1 global ranking in…

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The state of the media

The state of the media

The Mainstream Media Is Losing The Fight Of Its Life…All Thanks To Joe Rogan Via QTR’s Fringe Finance Substack I’m expecting one of the largest mainstream media pivots in history in 2022, catalyzed by capitalism and common sense… A couple of things all happened together over the last 48 hours. First, I came up with the idea of writing 100 predictions for the year 2022 for my blog, Fringe Finance – a blog post that I might still wind up finishing at some…

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The corruption of the Fourth Estate in New Zealand

The corruption of the Fourth Estate in New Zealand

The Latest Payout to the Propaganda Press 110 Journalist Roles Funded to Provide ‘Public Interest’ Propaganda the BFD, 15 November, 2021   Public Interest Journalism Propaganda has received an $18m boost with the announcement of funding for an additional 110 journalists across New Zealand with “a specific mandate to produce stories that keep New Zealanders informed and engaged, and support a healthy democracy”. Don’t you just love the Newspeak? War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength and Government funding of Journalism supports…

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The bribing of the New Zealand media?

The bribing of the New Zealand media?

the Spectator.au, 2 September, 2021 Amy Brooke “Trustworthy, insightful, important” — one thing we can say for our mainstream media is that they must think we are a pretty thick lot. The New Zealand Herald’s generous assessment of its own performance is paralleled by Stuff’s brag of “truthful, independent and trusted journalism”, and incredibly enough, also asking us to support “Independent NZ-owned journalism”.  Did they mean to say “Government-owned Journalism’?  Both our main print media have bagged the trust claim….

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Germany’s Largest Newspaper BILD Apologises for Harming Society Over its Coverage of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Germany’s Largest Newspaper BILD Apologises for Harming Society Over its Coverage of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Germany’s largest newspaper BILD has apologised for their coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic and criticised the government’s strict policies. the Great Expose, 3 August, 2021   Back in April 2020, Germany’s largest newspaper BILD condemned China for endangering the world and for being the world’s “greatest export of coronavirus.” However, the newspaper, which currently has a circulation of about 1.24 million copies daily, has issued an apology for its coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic over the last 18 months. With the government’s poor…

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UK: Journalists could face up to 14 years in prison for embarrassing the Government

UK: Journalists could face up to 14 years in prison for embarrassing the Government

Journalists could face up to 14 years in prison for stories embarrassing the Government under proposed changes to the Official Secrets Act that would treat them like foreign SPIES Change to law would remove defence for reporters handed leaked documents  Home Office says it would ‘undermine efforts to prevent damaging disclosures’ Maximum jail term for journalists could go from two to 14 years under proposal Daily Mail, 20 July, 2021   Journalists could face prison sentences of up to 14 years…

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The doctors trying to hijack New Zealand’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout

The doctors trying to hijack New Zealand’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout

Well, what can I say apart from this is the most egregious propaganda and inversion of the truth? Stuff, 17 July, 2021 A group of dissident doctors have joined the ranks of those seeking to undermine confidence in New Zealand’s vaccine campaign by spreading misinformation. What are they saying and do they pose a real threat to our Covid-19 response? CATE BROUGHTON reports. On June 14, talkback radio host Peter Williams welcomed Wellington GP Matt Shelton onto his show to…

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Social media misinformation ‘killing people,’ Biden says, as White House doubles down on private censorship

Social media misinformation ‘killing people,’ Biden says, as White House doubles down on private censorship

Biden – “The Only Pandemic We Have Is With The Unvaccinated..They’re Killing People!!” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, July 16, 2021. ©  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst RT, 16 July, 2021 US President Joe Biden claimed social media platforms are “killing people” with misinformation about Covid-19, as his press secretary Jen Psaki made a case for deplatforming ‘offenders’ across the ostensibly private networks. “They’re killing people,” Biden told reporters who asked him to send a message to platforms like Facebook. “The only pandemic we have…

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Corporate Media’s Double Standard: They Attack Whomever They Want, But You Cannot Criticize Them

Corporate Media’s Double Standard: They Attack Whomever They Want, But You Cannot Criticize Them

My responses to The Washington Post’s article and Daily Beast’s questions about accusations from The Intercept that I have “endangered” their writers. Glenn Greenwald On Monday, The Washington Post’s media reporter Paul Farhi contacted me to say that he had spoken with numerous editors and journalists at The Intercept, who voiced to him a wide range of personal and professional accusations about me. This was all in response to criticisms I had expressed about two recent Intercept stories. On Friday morning, The Post published Farhi’s article about their…

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Harking back a year

Harking back a year

Telegraph journalist says coronavirus ‘cull’ of elderly could benefit economy Metre, 11 March, 2020   A Telegraph journalist has suggested coronavirus could ‘prove mildly beneficial’ to the UK economy by killing off elderly Britons. In his column last week, Jeremy Warner analyses the US making an emergency interest rate cut to protect the economy against coronavirus. It went largely unnoticed when the Telegraph – whose average reader age is 61 – published it on March 3, but one of the assistant…

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