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The news according to Mike Hosking

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

I was watching Seven Sharp on Tuesday, and caught Mike Hosking’s closing monologue: Bad news. I’m afraid the IPCC – the International Panel on Climate Change – has issued its latest report. It’s 2,600 pages long and spans 32 volumes. But I can sum it up for you. Ah, we’re stuffed. The seas are rising, […]

Is Whale Oil a journalist?

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

More specifically, is Cameron Slater entitled to the same privilege to protect sources that other journalists have? As the NZ Herald reports, the owner/operator/author of NZ’s most widely read blog is being sued for defamation. The plaintiff has formally asked him whether he knows the name of his source. (You might have thought that the […]

No one-stop media regulator

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The good news, for the Law Commission: the government thinks the Commission’s report on media regulation –  recommending the establishment of a one-stop media complaints body serving print, broadcast and online platforms – is “excellent”. The bad news: the government has rejected that recommendation. I summarised the Commission’s proposal in an earlier post. In short, […]


Sunday, April 7th, 2013

I confess I’m entirely befuddled by the Dominion Post’s front-page lead on Saturday, “Prosecution for breaching paedophile’s rights”. Can someone help me out here? Isn’t the story conflating the Commission with the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, an independent office within the HRC? But why is the Office of Human Rights Proceedings bringing a “prosecution”? […]

One-stop-shop for media complaints – Law Commission

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The NZ Law Commission has recommended that we scrap the Press Council, Broadcasting Standards Authority and nascent Online Media Standards Authority, and replace them with one body setting and policing news standards across the board. The Commission suggests we call it the “News Media Standards Authority” (NMSA). It would look more like the current Press […]

Heal thyself

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Responding to his MP Richard Prosser’s Investigate column about banning all Muslims from airplanes, did Winston Peters really say this? I’ve told him he cannot have a view that doesn’t have the balance in the other side of the argument. Where on earth does that come from? This was an opinion column. By a politician. Neither […]


Monday, October 29th, 2012

Media Watch’s Colin Peacock did a particularly excellent job this week in holding the media’s feet to the fire about its reporting on the firestorm about bail laws.

Uninsightful journalism

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Maybe I’m being overly nitpicky in objecting to this headline in a story on Harawira’s asset sale comments ‘insightful’ – BSA The Broadcasting Standards Authority was rejecting a complaint from Family First over a 3 News story that mentioned John Key’s assurance that asset sale share prices would be “affordable for a lot of […]

Scott Guy Verdict: Survey reveals journalists don’t have a clue

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

According to a recent poll, 48% of us think it’s likely that Ewen Macdonald killed Scott Guy. Only 20% of us think it’s likely that he was not guilty. Apparently, the Dominion Post believes that this means that: …just 20 per cent of people surveyed agreed with Ewen Macdonald being acquitted of slaying Mr Guy […]

Doesn’t sound like a fair go to me

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

So the head of TVOne and Two, Jeff Latch, asks for a powwow with Fair Go staff. Labour broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran asks whether, at that meeting, he asked them to go easy on TVNZ’s advertisers. Here’s his response: “The key points I made at that meeting was that the heart of Fair Go for the past 20 odd years […]

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