Brian Rudman

New Zealand Media accused of anti-Israel bias

Despite some people claiming that our coverage of UN Resolution 2334 was a beltway issue of little importance to New Zealand the New Zealand mainstream media eventually decided to cover it. Over the past three weeks, the New Zealand Herald published in total?46 articles, letters and opinion pieces on UN Resolution 2334. It was good that they covered it so well but was their coverage balanced? According to an article on, it wasn’t. Twenty-three items were for the resolution, fourteen were against and nine were neutral.

Mainstream New Zealand media published some opinion pieces which drew attention to?the imbalance and faults of UNSC Resolution 2334 and gave some?historical context for the Arab Palestinian/Israel conflict. The unusual alliance with the undemocratic nations of Malaysia, Senegal, and Venezuela to sponsor Resolution 2334 led to serious questions within New Zealand and abroad.

A diplomatic crisis with Israel ensued…

…Some commentators have crossed the line from legitimate criticism of Israel into anti-Semitism or straight-out lies. Below are a selection of the worst offenders, in chronological order. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the ignorant and hateful writing we have seen.

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Oh lordy me, I agree with Brian Rudman

I feel faint, I just read a column from Brian Rudman I agree with.

Stranded in the wastelands of weekend morning TV, I suspect current affairs showThe Nation‘s attempts to topple Governor George Grey and Colonel Marmaduke Nixon from their respective pedestals in Albert Park and downtown Otahuhu will die a rapid death.

It must have been a very slow news day that persuaded editors to take the recent student “Rhodes Must Fall” campaigns against statues of the 19th century imperialist Cecil Rhodes at Cape Town and Oxford universities, and scratch around in Auckland for possible targets for similar expunging. The programme even sniffed around at the base of the huge obelisk erected in 1948 at the top of One Tree Hill by the John Logan Campbell Trust, in salute to the Maori people, hinting that Sir John’s motives in bequeathing the monument, seen through 21st century eyes, were suspect.

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Oh my, I feel faint, I agree with Brian Rudman

It isn’t often that I agree with Brian Rudman, perhaps once a year.

Today is one such?day, I’m feeling a little queasy. He has a crack at Muslim apologist Dame Susan Devoy.

It would be great to see Human Rights Commissioner Susan Devoy take on a real problem, instead of wasting time on hoary old sillinesses like dropping the word Christmas from our summer vocabulary.

Dame Susan wants to save me, and the majority of New Zealanders who are not Christian, from feeling excluded at this time of year. Let me assure her that as long as the sun shines, the wine flows and there’s plenty of pork crackling, I don’t care what the season is called. As for what the Christians get up to inside their churches, that’s their business. I don’t feel left out in any way.

As patron of the Auckland Regional Migrants Services (Arms) Dame Susan says she agrees with the agency’s policy of avoiding the word Christmas, by referring to “happy holidays” and “season’s greetings” and other euphemisms instead. Arms is planning a “festive lunch” instead of a Christmas lunch, so non-Christians won’t feel excluded.

As one of the 41.9 per cent of New Zealanders who ticked the “no religion” box in the 2013 census, I’ve never felt excluded or ostracised by the use of Christian-based words like Christmas or Easter. Our Northern Hemisphere ancestors were holding festivals to mark the beginning of spring and winter long before this Johnny-come-lately religion appeared on the scene and hijacked the dates. In recent years, the rest of us have been steadily claiming the holidays back.

Nor do I feel isolated by the emergence, in recent times in Auckland, of public celebrations for non-Christian events like Diwali, Matariki and Halloween.

Arms and Dame Susan are well-intentioned, but surely new migrants don’t need protecting from the cultural idiosyncrasies of their new land. Most of them, I suspect, come from countries with a smorgasbord of festivals that leaves our handful looking very miserly.

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Well bugger me, I agree with Brian Rudman

Brian Rudman is almost never right, and he still doesn’t have his council/state-subsidised theatre.

But occasionally, about once a year, he does get something right.

It bemuses me the way the major political parties go to so much trouble to disguise their interest in running Auckland Council. Why wouldn’t they want to control the powerhouse city of the New Zealand economy, home to a third of the population?

This week we learn a triumvirate of National Party presidents – past and present – have joined forces with two Auckland-based junior Cabinet ministers, Nikki Kaye and Paul Goldsmith, to mastermind a new front group, Auckland Future, set up to contest next year’s local elections.

The presidents include sitting party boss Peter Goodfellow, long-time party Svengali Michelle Boag, and Sue Wood, who headed the party during Sir Robert Muldoon’s tumultuous prime ministership.

Last month they hosted Prime Minister John Key at a fundraising event for the new ticket.

But when fronted by my colleague Bernard Orsman, they ducked for cover. It is as though they’re ashamed of Brand National. Scared it will turn voters off.

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Be still, my beating heart

Scout has revealed that the axe is swinging at a newspaper.

A huge shake-up is under way at the New Zealand Herald with several high-profile names facing redundancy, SCOUT has learned.

On Wednesday, staff at NZME ? owners of the Herald – were invited to attend a company presentation announcing expansion plans to integrate its print, digital and radio news teams in a 24/7 operation. Lunch was served and staff were feeling positive. ?? Read more »

Comment of the Day

The other day Brian Rudman took a break from imploring ratepayers to pay for his hobbies to attack Super 8 and the charity boxing matches that go along with the sport.

John McRae had this to say on Super 8’s Facebook page.

Ryder vs Slater generated the most pr, tab bets and raised the most funds for the cause. Not the result Cameron wanted but he won some hearts and minds and dropped 17kg’s on the way. The professional athletes benefitted from the additional profile. Funnily enough it was a leading sports editor who said we should add in a celebrity fight to get into general news. I’m told by my lawyer Rudman’s comments against me are personally defamatory. His statement on Jessie’s “head injury” are incorrect and generally he’s kicking the sport we love because of his political bias. It’s sad that people in a privileged position such as him do not focus on the positive aspects of the sport. Bet he wasn’t calling for the banning of cricket when Philip Hughes tragically died. Slater has indicated his desire to enter the ring again – this time we will look to match him against someone within media or politics…. pity Rudman is a light weight.?

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Even Rudman understands why Labour shouldn’t run in Northland

It seems everyone except Andrew Little understands why Labour shouldn?t have run in Northland.

Brian Rudman lays off bludging for a new theatre to point this out.

On National Radio yesterday, Labour leader Andrew Little was talking up his candidate’s chances, and questioning Mr Peters’ electoral appeal. In his position, it was the only thing he could do. He said Ms Prime “has a profile and understanding you might not see sitting in Wellington or Auckland”.

Rather desperately he added that “Labour has always struggled to get good numbers there” but “circumstances may well have changed and [she] may well be in with a chance”.That seems highly unlikely. Since the seat was created in 1996 it has been solidly National. At last September’s general election, National’s Mike Sabin, whose sudden resignation for undisclosed personal reasons triggered the present contest, scored 18,269 votes to Ms Prime’s 8969. The party vote gap was even wider, National on 17,412, Labour, 5913. New Zealand First, with no candidate, was close to Labour on 4546.

Then there is the strategic implications of placating Winston and changing the dynamics of parliament.

He says Mr Peters endorsed Kelvin Davis, Labour’s winning candidate, in the Maori seat of Te Tai Tokerau last election and now Labour should return the favour. He reckons the New Zealand First leader, who has family connections in the North, is the only person who, “on a good day”, could win the safe seat off National and create all sorts of turmoil for the Government. ? Read more »

Face of the day

A muppet

A Muppet

Todays face of the day is a Muppet called Brian Rudman.

He thinks that the best way to deal with terrorism is to let other countries deal with it because it is not our problem it is their problem.

I am glad I didn’t go to school with Brian. I can just imagine it. I rush in to break up a fight between the school bullies and the little new kid. Pauline and Kevin join me and even though none of us are particularly big or strong we know that together we can stop the poor kid from getting his head kicked in. ‘

“Hey Brian,” we call out, we need your help, ” Martin is getting a pounding.”

Brian replies, ” You guys are stupid. It is not your problem. You will just give the bullies a reason to start attacking you. I’m off to hide in the girl’s toilets.”



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Dear NZ Herald Editorial writer, No we didn’t

The NZ Herald editorial writer today must have been Brian Rudman.


Because it bangs on about Len’s rail loop, and makes heroic assumptions, the worse one being:

Aucklanders, however, showed they shared the Mayor’s enthusiasm for the link when they re-elected him. There is nothing to suggest this sentiment has waned. Only that some councillors are getting cold feet over issues that can be tackled without the project having to be placed on hold. If anything, the link is becoming more important. The council should acknowledge as much and get on with it.

No we didn’t.

There was a 36% voter turn out in Auckland in 2013 for the local body elections. In 2010 it was 51%, a massive slump of confidence in the process as a result of Len Brown’s first term.

Given there was just a 36% turnout then Len Brown’s 164,338?votes of the 1,047,910?enrolled to vote was?just 15% of eligible voters. ? Read more »

Nice try Herald, but a woman still gently weeps on Rudman’s column

Yesterday I drew attention to two article about Syria and the Herald’s stupid captions.

Well, it is clear that someone at the NZ Herald is still tasked with monitoring WOBH.

AS soon as “Tainted” Fisher discovered the errors he rushed to have the captions changed.

The woman is now reacting:

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