Archive for the ‘Media issues’ Category

Apparently this choir boy and his glove puppet are being sued for defamation

It’s hard to believe, I know, that such an innocent looking guy (above) could possibly be involved in a protracted, commercially motivated series of smear campaigns, taking advantage of a half-wit and his website to personally and repeatedly demean and attack public health advocates. But look: And here it is in the news, citing Carrick […]

Why are whistleblowers being prosecuted as spies?

Whistleblowers are a ‘check’ on government, corporate or organisational secrecy and malfeasance. I recently read Tim Shipman’s preview of the Chilcot report into the origins of the Tony Blair-led UK engagement in the US’s invasion of Iraq, which looked at the ‘sexed-up dossier’ and manipulation of dodgy so-called intelligence about Sadam Hussein’s alleged Weapons of […]

A message to Cameron Slater’s enablers – please think again

Those who are encouraging and enabling the National Party’s disgraced, now largely abandoned liar and propagandist Cameron Slater in his latest demented hate campaign need to look into the future and see where the road they’re on is leading. It’s not new for me to say Cameron Slater’s worldview is marked by hot resentment, bitterness, dark […]

A worthwhile primer on why & how government moves to undermine/ban encryption are so dangerous

Access Now’s Amie Stepanovich just delivered this useful overview of the important issues around the latest moves in The Crypto Wars. And this article, by Mark Wilson at betanews.com re President Obama effectively backing backdoors, is instructive (if a disappointment). Privacy and security killer: Obama supports backdoors to bypass encryption “If technologically it is possible […]

Strange fixations. What Judith Collins told the Chisholm Inquiry – Part 2

To recap: We’re working our way through a tranche of witness transcripts and other evidence which was part of the proceedings of the Chisholm inquiry. Previous posts on this topic have been: The Judith Collins Chisholm inquiry: Who was actually on trial?   What the Chisholm inquiry revealed about managing the media narrative   ‘Taking […]

What Judith Collins told the Chisholm inquiry – part 1

Let’s be perfectly clear about it – Judith Collins was fighting for her political life at the Chisholm inquiry into  ‘Allegations regarding the Honourble Judith Collins and a former Director of the Serious Fraud Office’. That a serving Justice minister should be forced to resign (she says she offered, but let’s face it, that’s what John Key telephoned her […]

The scariest sentence in the English language (and ‘stolen data’)

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Yeah, that’s an oldie but a goodie. Let me use that as an introduction (well, I just did, thanks) to news revealed by the New Zealand Government. It’s in a very nicely laid out booklet called ‘National Plan to Address Cybercrime’ (right); with a tagline: ‘Improving […]

Hager search warrant deemed “fundamentally unlawful”. What a relief!

It appears Judge Clifford was not amused nor mollified by the weasel words of the police and their post-facto legal enablers trying to portray their 10-hour full-spectrum fishing expedition at investigative journalist Nicky Hager’s house as somehow ‘OK’. You can read Clifford’s High Court judgement in full (as I did last night) here: Hager v […]

‘Taking one for the team’ (The tl;dr version of Slater Jnr at the Chisholm inquiry)

This is a photo (right) of Cameron Slater arriving at the Wellington venue for one of the inquiries into his involvement in a conspiracy sparked by the revelations of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. Over several hours on 24 October 2014, Chisholm inquiry records show, Slater Jnr comprehensively walked back from claims and assertions he […]

[Source documents] Judith Collins Lester Chisholm Inquiry evidence

As mentioned in The Judith Collins Chisholm inquiry: Who was actually on trial?, the following documents (except ‘Lester Chisholm Inquiry Report’) were released under an Official Information Act request. They are the redacted witness transcripts and evidence presented to the inquiry, as well as Lester Chisholm’s final report. Note: There is a total of 60 […]

What the Chisholm inquiry revealed about managing the media narrative

Photographer Chris Gorman caught this image (above) of two of the Dirty PR conspirators putting on a brave face after the Chisholm inquiry report was published. NZ Herald journalist David Fisher referred to the report’s finding of an “extreme campaign against the former SFO boss Adam Feeley carried out by Slater and Odgers” in “a […]

Slater Jnr – If bullshit were music, he’d have a brass band

Earlier some genius said this: What it’s useful to know about Cameron Slater is that he’s not an original thinker, or a leader, or ‘creative’ in anything but in an aping, derivative way. …History, and his own testimony, shows us that Slater Jnr is a shallow puppet, a ball-boy, a caddie, someone who does other […]

The Judith Collins Chisholm inquiry: Who was actually on trial?

Reinstating Judith Collins to his cabinet this week, NZ Prime Minister John Key deployed a dogs-balls-obvious talking point that the Papakura MP had been “completely cleared” … “through an independent inquiry”. Here’s a clip: Spot the talking point: “completely”. MP3 file Watch a video of him saying it when he announced his cabinet reshuffle in […]

Something to remember when you next see some finely “balanced” political reporting

Nice seeing behind the veil for a moment, isn’t? I can tell you from my time covering politics, sometimes it’s like that y’all. — Like others I watched the near total buy-in, adoption and regurgitation of NZDF talking points about the NZ Prime Minister’s recent “top secret mission” (um, trip) to “keep his promise” to […]

BSA finds Hosking, Seven Sharp “unfair”, but accuracy standard does not apply and anyway, within audience expectations

Following up on my earlier posts: The road to Mike Hosking, vilifier of young women and Hey RaboDirect, if Mike Hosking’s selling you, I’m not buying, the Broadcasting Standards Authority has today released its decision on several formal complaints about Mike Hosking’s awful, slanted, nasty attack on a young woman who complained about Prime Minister […]