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Here's a few of the more interesting tweets in opposition to Labour's Twyford-led housing campaign involving the classification of Chinese-sounding names of property buyers. The most recent tweets are first. Sanjay Patel ‏@spat106 Twyford's proposed policy: Ban people from buying property if their surname is one that's never before appeared in an All Blacks team list. Lew ‏@LewSOS Picture, if you will, a campaign repurposing Rob Salmond's method to demonstrate that people with Maori names commit more crime. Sanjay Patel ‏@spat106 Phil Twyford rips his face off to reveal it's in fact Winston Peters. Keith Ng ‏@keith_ng Chinese NZers: @nzlabour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at liberation
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The Labour Party has reached a new low with its recent playing of the race and anti-foreigner card in regards to the housing crisis in New Zealand. Rather than formulate a comprehensive policy that could start to address the problem of a widespread lack of affordable housing, the Labour leadership has instead gone for the 'blame the foreigners' and 'blame the greedy Asians' narrative. In this guest blog John Moore explains how Labour's descent into xenophobic and racist politics comes from the party being completely devoid of big ideas that can tackle serious problems such as those concerned with housing. Labour's leadership no longer has a core set of beliefs, and its recent dog whistle politics shows that the party is desperate to gain support through any means. And the lack of big ideas coming from Labour's leadership also points to a deeper crisis of modern social democracy, and of mainstream left politics in general. That is, modern leftwing parties no longer offer any programme of bold ideas and radical reforms. Instead contemporary social democratic parties such Labour operate in barely indistinguishable ways from their right-of-centre political counterparts, and are equally enmeshed in cynical and dirty politics. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at liberation
Last year Geoffrey Miller (@GeoffMillerNZ) and I put together a list of the Top 100 tweeters to follow this election. Such a subjective list is always controversial and imperfect. In updating the list, we’re keen to get some ideas of who is worth following in 2015. Obviously many from the 2014 list will drop off, for various reasons. So who should they be replaced with? Below are some of the candidates so far. Please leave comments of any others worth considering. Helen Kelly @helenkellyCTU Wira Gardiner @GardinerWira Sam Neill @TwoPaddocks Lizzie Marvelly @LizzieMarvelly Sanjay Patel @spat106 Sharon Murdoch @domesticanimal Perfect... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at liberation
James Cardno ‏@jamescardno Pretty much everyone on Twitter seems to agree on the Harmful Digital Communications Bill being problematic. This *really* says something. Phil Tate ‏@ptatenz Sad irony that in week Harmful Digital Communications Bill likely passes, attack on @EleanorCatton dismissed. Worse than MP's tweets. #nzpol Dovil ‏@Dovil Does the cyber-bullying law mean you have to favourite all my tweets otherwise you go to jail? I am in favour of this law. Dale ‏@DaleSmithNZ I'm in full support of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill, and those who think politicians will abuse it should trust our judges more. Idiot/Savant‏@norightturnnz @patrickgowernz Did... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at liberation
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Chicane - 25 June 2015 Moreu - Fairfax 26 June 2015 Scott - Dominion Post 25 June 2015 Moreu - Fairfax 24 June 2015 Body - NZ Herald 22 June 2015 Hubbard - 24 June 2015 Murdoch - The Press 24 June 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 24 June 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 23 June 2015 Chicane - 23 June 2015 Morris - Radio NZ 23 June 2015 Nisbet - The Press 23 June 2015 Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets about the Colin Craig press conference today. The most recent tweets are first. David Farrier ‏@davidfarrier i found that press conference pretty yucky all those questions i felt a bit ill > Steve Braunias ‏@SteveBraunias @davidfarrier plus he whipped yo ass in the sauna endurance test Dad Vader ‏@radioovermoscow I see 'Colin' is trending. Not 'Colin Craig', just 'Colin'. Not sure I'm ready to be first-name-only with Mr Craig just yet Jake Quinn ‏@JakeQuinn Good to see Colin Craig finally sweating. Steve Braunias ‏@SteveBraunias So - what, she behaved inappropriately, welched on a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets about the resignation of Colin Craig from the Conservative Party leadership. The most recent tweets are first. To be updated... Katie Bradford ‏@katieabradford That goes down as one of the weirdest press conferences I've been to. Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc Recent developments in the Conservative Party come as a great shock to me, because I'd forgotten about the Conservative Party Marcus Write ‏@centrewrite A lot of disappointed media types present in Takapuna. 'But we wanted blood!' Patrick Leyland ‏@PatrickLeyland Why on earth didn’t the Conservatives just put out a media release? They’re so weird!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at liberation
In the lead up to World Refugee Day on Saturday, TV One’s Seven Sharp broadcast an excellent five-minute item by Gill Higgins on the story of an Afghanistan refugee who made it to Australia on a small boat via people smugglers – see: “We’re whistling and waving lifejackets to get attention but nothing helped”. Co-host Pippa Wetzell then gave her own strong one-minute advocacy for New Zealand taking more refugees – see: We need to up our refugee quota. On the Seven Sharp Facebook page viewers were asked: “Do you agree with Pippa?”. Of course, some people say “never read... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at liberation
This is some of the interesting tweets made about the shift of gossip columnist Rachel Glucina from the NZ Herald to Mediaworks (owners of TV3). Most tweets relate to predicting what TV3 show Glucina could end involved with (using the hashtag #GlucinaShows). As usual, the most recent tweets are first. Judith Collins ‏@JudithCollinsMP @RachelGlucinaNZ Congratulations Rachel! Simon Vita ‏@SJVita Dancing with the truth #GlucinaShows Julie Moffett ‏@JulieMoffett Is Rachael Glucina too serious a journalist for the Herald these days? #iwasheadhunted David Williams ‏@davidandalbert Glucina has played a belter, really. How many of you are talking about Labour's paper release? Dominic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at liberation
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This is a sample of recent cartoons and other images published about the Labour Party. Hodgson - Dominion Post 28 March 2015 Ekers - 3 February 2015 Hodgson - The Press 9 December 2014 Scott - Dominion Post 14 May 2015 Hodgson - Dominion Post 25 May 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 23 May 2015 Scott - Dominion Post 4 June 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 10 March 2015 Scott - Dominion Post 19 May 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 3 February 2015 Scott - Dominion Post 20 February 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 10 March 2015 And some cartoons... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at liberation
Some of the responses on Twitter to the election of James Shaw as the new co-leader. The most recent tweets are first. CarolynS ‏@Carolyn_nth @danylmc connecting with public via media was reason Blair won Labour leadership. Good 4 short term electoral wins, bad 4 left in long term Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit Does it also help that he's ridiculously good looking? @danylmc on why James Shaw won: https://dimpost.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/first-thoughts-on-the-green-co-leadership-race/ … > George Darroch ‏@mrdarroch 15m15 minutes ago @secondzeit @danylmc Voters are superficial. It helps, and it also helps that he doesn't have an Australian accent (just a hint of British). Emboy ‏@Em_boy28... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting and insightful tweets about the Saudi sheep scandal. The most recent tweets are first. Heather dPA ‏@HDPA Murray McCully's admitted the Saudi farmer's threat of legal action was withdrawn BEFORE he asked Cabinet to pay the $12.5 mil. Alex Coleman ‏@ShakingStick And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag You'll come a Waltzing McCully with me. #nzqt Giovanni Tiso @gtiso · That 1970s old spoof ad by McPhail and Gadsby with the sheep who says "Murray, you baaaastard": it has suddenly become topical and funny. McCluskey @prinnbanktce If Hooton's allegations... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at liberation
Here's a selection of some of the more interesting and meaningful responses on Twitter to news that John Campbell is leaving Campbell Live. The most recent tweets are first. To be updated... Polonga Pedro ‏@PolongaPedro Who will be the voice of nz now @JohnJCampbell won't be on @CampbellLiveNZ. Sanjay Patel ‏@spat106 Leaving Mediaworks also means that @JohnJCampbell avoids the obligation to appear on Dancing With The Stars. Brett Roberts ‏@brettroberts If there were more people like @Hilary_Barry and @JohnJCampbell on TV I would watch more TV but there aren't so I don't Koshgate Atlantis ‏@radioovermoscow Got in the car in... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at liberation
Here's a selection of some of the more interesting and meaningful responses on Twitter to news that John Campbell is leaving Campbell Live. The most recent tweets are first. To be updated... Duncan Garner ‏@Garner_Live Going to miss @JohnJCampbell a giant in the game. The truest of all pros. x Sacha McNeil ‏@SachaMcNeil The old adage rings true - to comfort the afflicted & afflict the comfortable. Love you Mr @JohnJCampbell & your ace @CampbellLiveNZ team. Patrick Gower @patrickgowernz · John Campbell came to my journo class in 1999 and said "journalists are heros". @JohnJCampbell hero to me then, since,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at liberation
This is some of the most interesting and insightful tweets about the 2015 New Zealand Budget. The most recent tweets are first. (Sorry I might have missed lots of good ones - too many to read!) Mark Hubbard ‏@MarkHubbard33 When @NZNationalParty delivers a state dependency budget, & Grant Robertson & Ardern tweet pro small business, the sky has fallen in. Duncan Garner ‏@Garner_Live Can someone tell the protestors against the Budget that benefits will rise for the first time in 43 years - outside of inflation. Thanks. StoogetalkZB ‏@mattedwords Let's just call #budget2015 what it really is- the KiwiShaver budget.... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at liberation
This is a collection of some of the more interesting and insightful tweets in reaction to the National Government's announcement of a significant tightening of the rules around the taxation of house sales. The most recent tweets are first. [Read more below] Brook Sabin ‏@BrookSabin Govt will consult on whether you can claim tax back if you post a loss under the new "bright line" test. Tax lawyer's heaven. Alex Coleman ‏@ShakingStick How about, at least until we hear back from the philosphers, we just agree to call it the 'John Key Tax'? Rosamalia Gray ‏@hollyford_rosa Property speculators joking on... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at liberation
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This is a collection of various cartoons and images relating to the John Key #Ponytailgate saga, as well as the related #Glucinagate saga about the reportage of it. Emmerson - NZ Herald 24 April 2015 Scott - Dominion Post 24 April 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 23 April 2015 The Scotsman The Guardian Chicane - Southland Times 23 April 2015 neetflux.tumblr.com Nisbet - The Press 23 April 2015 Hubbard - 23 April 2015 The Independent UK Turkey's "Today's Zaman" Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at liberation
Keith Ng ‏@keith_ng We are not honouring the dead. We are celebrating and retelling the lies which killed them. #anzac Dan Knox ‏@knoxdani I am amazed at the extent to which almost everyone it this country has a mythologized view of the Gallipoli campaign #historianproblems Keith Ng ‏@keith_ng With the backdrop of ANZAC spirit being used to "inspire" another invasion, with all the actual lessons of ANZAC forgotten... Marianne Elliott ‏@zenpeacekeeper And I've never felt more conflicted about an ANZAC Day. James Cardno ‏@jamescardno This ANZAC fervour (and resultant anti-fervour) seems to have largely escaped Auckland so far. David Slack... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at liberation
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Moreu - Timaru Herald 25 March 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 18 April 2015 Murdoch - The Press 15 April 2015 Hubbard - Dominion Post 7 April 2015 Nisbet - The Press 16 April 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 2 April 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 27 February 2015 Slane - Listener 16 April 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 20 March 2015 Murdoch - Sunday Star Times 15 February 2015 Hubbard - 13 April 2015 Hubbard - 20 March 2015 Hubbard - Dominion Post 2 April 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 22 January 2015 Hubbard - 27 February 2015 Moreu... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at liberation
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Emmerson - NZ Herald 10 April 2015 Body - NZ Herald 13 April 2015 Bromhead - NZ Herald 12 April 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 11 April 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 11 April 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 11 April 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 13 April 2015 Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at liberation
This is some of the more interesting and insightful initial reaction on Twitter to the possibility that TV3 might axe Campbell Live. The most recent tweets are first. More to be added. Dovil @Dovil · Introducing John Campbell, Mayor of Auckland! Work with me here people. Amanda Millar ‏@MillarIAM Ambivalence & apathy won't protect us. We need CLIVE's advocacy & investigative skills. Game on JC & Linda Clark!#saveCampbelllive Donna Mojab ‏@UnPressed This is what happens when men whose sole skill is making money for the rich take over running the country &the media http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11430918 … Russell Brown ‏@publicaddress #CampbellLive was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at liberation
Recently Keith Ng challenged Matthew Hooton about his media commentary and analysis, suggesting that his “agenda” made his involvement problematic. The debate involved plenty of others, too. Here’s my attempt to record the lengthy Twitter conversation, in chronological order. [Read more below] Peter Aranyi ‏@onThePaepae Apr 7 Those gasping in outrage re Rolling Stone firing NO journos over campus rape debacle—consider inaction by NZ media re Dirty Politics cohort Peter Aranyi ‏@onThePaepae Apr 7 >> I know that's an unpleasant subject to raise (compromised journalists being exposed, sanctioned) but re-read this http://j.mp/1HJ0lvp John Drinnan ‏@Zagzigger Apr 7 @onThePaepae Isn't it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at liberation
I am currently writing a chapter for an academic (edited) textbook about Media and Politics in New Zealand. My chapter is on how politicians interact with the media, and the tools they use - in particular spin doctors. I'm keen for any ideas and feedback on what is important to discuss. My previous version of the chapter (from 2012) is reproduced below. All feedback is welcome. [Read more below] Introduction New Zealand political parties and politicians now carry out their election campaigns on a permanent basis, mostly via the media. To do this they use numerous strategies and devices. Central... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at liberation
Here's a selection of some of the more interesting and insightful tweets in reaction to the Northland by-election results. The most recent tweets are first. Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ debacle An event or enterprise that ends suddenly and disastrously, often with humiliating consequences. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/debacle #northvote Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ humiliation   The state of being humiliated, humbled or reduced to lowliness or submission. #northvote Belinda McCammon ‏@BelMcCammon An election loss for the Nats, does this raise the stakes on the outcome of the flag referendum (aka Key's legacy)? #northvote Andrew Chen ‏@andrewmeows The overall right->left swing in Northland is roughly 10,000 votes.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at liberation