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Media Awareness

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 8:35 am Fri 23rd March 2018

The media face within the country is undergoing some significant changes.

This is a subject I’ve posted on before and it has upset some of our previous regular commenters, mainly because this has conflicted with the way they approach their use of the internet. Habits can die hard but we live in a dynamic fast paced environment and we need to keep pace with these changes.

There are two that need particular mention at this time;

ThIs Article posted during the week, from is a good illustration of what we might expect from a website that is one of the rising Feminist media outlets.

I’m waiting to see if this turns into a stoush between lawyers and the media, but expect this site to develop into a trial by media organization.

The second and more concerning issue is the content sharing arrangement between Radio NZ and the blog The Spinoff.

This has to be a major conflict for New Zealand journalism, media independence, and their own duty of self analysis. It will be interesting to watch their opinions evolve on this, but it has to be said that we can now no longer rely on the public broadcaster as an independent voice, when they have tied themselves to what is considered the ideological left’s goto place, for utopian thought, and news for the informed radical hipster.

Once again I’m highlighting the growing need for men, and apparently old white men who appear to be the villains this week, to be aware of the increasing need to be our own media.

The history of this site, that has all too often seen men, unwilling or in fear of sharing their personal experience because of the social clouds of Feminist discontent, should be a constant reminder of why.


  1. So true, in the first instance stop buying the herald, dont subscribe to stuff; Many think its just feminist crap

    Comment by Brad — Tue 27th March 2018 @ 12:14 am

  2. Correct me if you think overwise but has anyone seen a single incident make as much progress in our attempt to shift media mediocrity as Clare Curren’s Ministerial corruption.

    For once the acid has fallen on their (individual participants) wellbeing and media have drawn a battleline with Government over this incident.

    As human beings they have been forced to recognise their vulnerability without their professional alliances.

    Collectively it’s blown a shakey primeminister apart trying to uphold the feminist ideal that women should stick together, as well as pull the rug from under Genter’s Gender Campaign to sideline old white men. Which is just as well as the wider implications of that discrimination, we would rather not think about, but we’ll be waiting a long time for the apology.

    The Easter of 2018 has been a strange resurrection of a degree of professional analysis that we haven’t seen for a long time.

    Could be an interesting week ahead.

    Comment by Downunder — Mon 2nd April 2018 @ 3:34 pm

  3. One of the issues that concerns me at this time is the swill of new young journalists being pumped out of techs at this time.

    It you look at a child entering school in 1999 being a journalist in 2019 they have known nothing other than a fast paced technology environment and the rapid introduction of digital media and social media.

    They’re intelligent young workers, and you would expect them to be very capable of doing their job, within the context of how they’ve been taught to fit into the digital age and digital media.

    What I expect is that these modern apprentices will live in an isolated world of snapshot reporting around their main diet which is politicaly spoon fed.

    Once again this points to the need to be our own media.

    Men are not the pulse of the nation in terms of what is financially profitable for the media. Largely the nation is oblivious to causes and trends that need to be addressed.

    This goes hand in hand with the isolated inclinations of men’s organizations to operate in a social silo.

    Comment by Downunder — Fri 15th June 2018 @ 5:07 pm

  4. … expect this site to develop into a trial by media organisation.

    Here’s the follow up

    Note: That in their article links to the Newsroom Blog.

    Comment by Downunder — Tue 26th June 2018 @ 9:58 am

  5. NBR considers a bid for STUFF News.

    That could be a game changer.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Fri 27th July 2018 @ 5:09 pm

  6. RNZ gets a well overdue blast for manufacturing the news.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Thu 16th August 2018 @ 10:06 am

  7. Thanks for that one Evan Myers @6. It really is worrying that a state-funded radio service allows itself to be so ideologically biased as to invent and distort facts.

    Radio NZ has long been a mouthpiece for several politically fashionable ideologies, mainly feminism but also Maori favouritism. The number of times Radio NZ has ever bothered to interview men’s movement representatives can probably be counted on one hand concerning its frequent publicity given to allegations from male-disparaging groups and individuals and coverage of general issues of huge significance to men.

    Comment by Ministry of Men's Affairs — Thu 16th August 2018 @ 11:07 am

  8. FYI, our letter to Radio NZ regarding its Media Watch show broadcast 12/08/18:

    Dear Media Watch

    Your article on free speech did make some effort to air comments from both sides of the debate and that was commendable, but overall it highlighted your bias towards modern fashions currently laying claim to ‘social justice’.

    For example, Mr Peacock stated regarding Lauren Southern:

    “In 2013 she traveled to another country, Italy, and deliberately interfered with the efforts to rescue refugees and would-be migrants at sea…”

    This was one example showing that Mr Peacock, or those writing his presentation, had not researched the matter or given fair hearing to the people commented on. Mr Peacock’s statement parroted fake news that manipulatively implied Ms Southern was actually preventing a rescue of drowning boat people. What Ms Southern actually did was simply, peacefully protest on board a boat against a German ship that was leaving an Italian port to find boat loads of people with the intention of bringing them to shore in Europe. She and the Génération Identitaire group made it clear that if they were out at sea they would rescue anyone needing rescue, but would take them back to the shores of the country whence they departed. The other ship was funded (with paid crew) by an NGO that was financially supported by large business interests wanting to expand a cheap labour market in Europe and to that end were prepared to exploit ‘refugee’ loopholes in EU law to circumvent proper immigration processes. Surely Mediawatch’s article could and should have provided some balanced perspective on this?

    Mr Peacock also stated:

    “…and at times the hyperbole and absurdity of their views spoke for themselves on the ‘Sunday’ show.”

    This statement was followed by an excerpt from ‘Sunday’ meant to demonstrate such hyperbole and absurdity. This was about social integration by immigrants from different cultural and religious backgrounds. Ms Southern’s claim that such groups didn’t integrate but formed their own enclaves within their host country may have overgeneralized but clearly had some accuracy in many of the countries she had visited, and was certainly not ‘absurd’. Your show lacked objectivity in uttering its own hyperbolic and absurd judgement in line with your preferred politics.

    Some years ago I wrote to your show asking you to do an article scrutinizing the feminist, anti-male bias routinely practised by NZ mainstream media, and I provided clear examples of this. I received no reply whatsoever thanks very much. Subsequent articles on Mediawatch have extended feminist bias rather than scrutinize it. Since then, the feminist and socialist Spinoff empire has risen to become almost mainstream with the help of a lot of uncritical attention by existing media despite Spinoff’s frequently unethical journalism. It was referred to uncritically in your ‘free speech’ article today even though the lazy view from its representative, that media should have starved Molyneaux and Southern of all attention, deserved challenge and, frankly, some ridicule of the stoned-sounding voice.

    Mediawatch is a really good idea, professionally presented and provides some valuable examination of NZ media matters and practices. However, your political bias seriously impedes this function in some cases as with today’s free speech item. That’s both a shame and a travesty for a state-funded radio channel. Please improve your objectivity, and please provide some much-needed critical scrutiny of media regarding your own sacred-cow fashionable causes, behaviour and propaganda mistakenly seen as promoting social justice.

    Kind regards…

    Comment by Ministry of Men's Affairs — Thu 16th August 2018 @ 11:13 am

  9. Do you get the impression that The Telegraph
    got a little pissed off with the propaganda coming from the New Zealand government and printed their view of the story.

    A small disintegration of the Feminist brand but interesting response from the British media.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Sat 8th September 2018 @ 12:57 pm

  10. WOMEN,

    Helen Clark

    Forward by Jacinda Adern,Prime Minister
    Introduction by Professor Jennifer Curtin,University of Auckland

    “If more issues of importance to women are to rise to the top of political, legislative and Budget priorities, more women must sit at the top tables…Women must be drivers of
    development-not just passive beneficiaries of plans designed by others” – Helen Clark ONZ

    Comment by mama — Sat 8th September 2018 @ 1:36 pm

  11. #10

    Your bed time reading?

    Can we expect a book review shortly?

    Comment by Downunder — Sun 9th September 2018 @ 10:53 am

  12. HA,,, I would not be able to sleep after that,,, and if I did maybe nightmares!

    No I just saw the full page advertisement and enjoyed drawing moustache and beard on it.

    Comment by mama — Mon 10th September 2018 @ 10:02 am

  13. I’ve heard art is very therapeutic and we do hope the initial shock has passed.

    And we do need translators – you know for us emotionally illerate blokes that wouldn’t be able to catch her true meaning.

    Comment by Downunder — Mon 10th September 2018 @ 10:56 am

  14. This statement should ring alarm bells for us.

    [Sinead] Boucher said Stuff’s strategy included leveraging its “scale and trust to not only provide a platform for advertisers but to launch and scale our own new businesses … to fund journalism into the future”.

    Read into this … Government funding in exchange for their commercial expertise in the training of the next generation of media students.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 4th October 2018 @ 1:37 pm

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