Glad to see Fairfax know what day it is

Today, March 10, 2017.

Someone hit the Publish button instead of the schedule button.

Tom Pritchard better still be alive on Friday.


Bob Jones on useless pimping media

Bob Jones is still a national treasure. In his column at NBR he hooks into Fairfax and the NZ Herald:

I once wrote an article speculating about what would happen if there was no news and reached the conclusion that on well-established form, reporters would simply invent it.

Bob, mate, they already?do and have done for decades.

Believe it or not, that actually arose in early January.? For three days, nothing significant happened; no murders no interesting courtroom dramas, the politicians were on holiday, no mad murdering Muslim episodes, just nothing. Sure we had an amazing last day at the Basin against Bangladesh but that was sports page territory and you can?t fill the paper with it.? So some journos set to and made up the news. ?? Read more »


Is clickbait merchant Fairfax rooted?

Is clickbait?merchant Fairfax rooted?

Credit Suisse seems to think so:

A Credit Suisse analyst has forecast Australian publisher Fairfax Media will?exit New Zealand if it fails to get approval to merge?its?New Zealand business with rival publishing firm?NZME.

Fraser McLeish said in a research note that he expected Fairfax to leave New Zealand “one way or another”.

The Commerce Commission is expected to decide by March 15 whether it will let Fairfax NZ and NZME join forces in a deal that would see Fairfax Media end up with about a 41 per cent stake in the combined NZX-listed company.

McLeish said despite a draft decision from the competition watchdog which suggested the merger would be blocked, there was a still a chance it would?be allowed.

But if?the deal was blocked, Credit Suisse expected Fairfax would look at other options. ? Read more »


Fairfax Fake news story attracts vicious anti-Semitism

While I may not like criticism when it is based on propaganda and is historically or otherwise inaccurate I nevertheless would not describe it as hate speech. Criticism of actions and policies and ideology is not hate speech and in a free society, criticism is to be encouraged as is an open debate about issues.

Fairfax journalist Pattrick Smellie wrote an opinion piece that can only be described as fake news which attracted not just criticism of Israel but actual vicious anti-Semitism.

Social media, for all its benefits, has allowed all kinds of lies and conspiracy theories to be circulated unchecked. It is therefore not surprising that anti-Semitism, which attracts lies and conspiracy theories like moths to a flame, has flourished in this forum. A false news story published in New Zealand last week has brought some classic anti-Semitism (and new anti-Semitism) to the fore on Facebook.

Fairfax journalist, Pattrick Smellie, claimed that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had declared war on NZ in a piece entitled ?How Israel could wage ?war? on New Zealand?. Smellie?s false claim had previously been debunked by Fran O?Sullivan in the NZ Herald. Smellie?s article has since been partially edited in line with the facts. Evidently, an unnamed diplomat reportedly told Israeli media that Netanyahu had told New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, that

“If you continue to promote this resolution from our point of view it will be a declaration of war. It will rupture the relations and there will be consequences. We?ll recall our ambassador to Jerusalem.?

Benjamin Netanyahu

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A dodgy liquidator discusses StuffMe merger

Damien Grant discusses the proposed StuffMe merger:

It is deeply satisfying to see the heads of Fairfax and NZME grovel before the inquisitors of the Commerce Commission in a forlorn attempt to stave off the day they will need to all get real jobs. For the past two decades we have had to watch as journalism has been debased from an ancient and noble craft to a festering swamp of leftists who confuse advocacy with reporting.

On the mezzanine floor of the insolvency firm where I work sits a century?s worth of the Truth, once a proud and respected newspaper, which chased the modern equivalent of clickbait by dropping real reporting for page three girls and pandering to whims of the sex industry.

Its liquidation is a harbinger of the demise of the newspaper as we know it and in an attempt to stave off their own oblivion and searching for a business model that can sustain some semblance of news Fairfax and NZME want to do a deal.

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Talk about stupid from Fairfax

Fairfax really are seeking relevance with retarded stories like the one about what happens to John Key’s security detail when he resigns.

For the past eight years John?Key has been flanked by a team of Diplomatic Protection Service agents who have kept him safe. But?come Monday, he may be fending for himself.

Police, along with Key’s office, declined to comment on Tuesday?whether or not he would retain any of his security detail once he steps down next week. ?? Read more »


Idiot journalist doesn’t know election laws

..or how to count.

In the article about Labour taking a dive to help the Greens in Nelson, Tim O?Connell makes the following statement:

The Green Party was?bequeathed $250,000 by an anonymous donor, with the condition it was used in the Nelson and West Coast-Tasman electorates.

Maybe Tim O?Connell doesn’t know the election laws.

Maybe he does not know how to use Google to find the laws or the donation register. ? Read more »

A reader writes to Fairfax

A reader copied me on this email to Fairfax:

Good Evening Mr Crewdson

Please note?

The majority of the public are getting extremely annoyed with your website www.stuff.co.nz for the fact it is left-wing, biased, and preaches hate against right-wing, normal views.

One example is that it has never contained any positive articles about Donald Trump, who got in as President-elect with a large majority while your website and hundreds of other left wing MSM attempted and failed in manipulating the public about the election. I am not necessarily a supporter of Donald Trump, and consider myself with central political views, but I am genuinely appalled at the low quality and bias of your website. ? Read more »


ComCom favours rejecting Fairfax/NZME merger #StuffMe


The ComCom has issued a draft determination rejecting the bid by Fairfax and NZME for a merger of the two companies.

NBR reports:

The Commerce Commission says a proposed merger of New Zealand?s two biggest media companies will substantially lessen competition and lead to reduced editorial quality.

In? draft decision published this morning, the regulator said its preliminary view was to decline to authorise the merger.

The two companies had sought clearance or authorisation to combine their businesses in New Zealand, which include the two biggest news websites stuff.co.nz and nzherald.co.nz.

NZME owns eight daily and two weekly newspapers, 24 community publications, six magazine titles, ten radio stations and 38 websites.

Fairfax operates the largest print media network in New Zealand, featuring nine daily and three weekly newspapers, 61 community publications, ten magazine titles and six websites.? Read more »


Guest Post – Paying for Service

On Tuesday you had an indignant article about not paying musicians who might be asked to play for events ? in this case, Fairfax.

This is a very common experience for those of us who speak at events, whether as keynote speakers, workshop facilitators, or topic experts.? We usually get a call from a conference organising company asking if we would like to speak at xxxxx.? I enthusiastically say I would be delighted to do that, what, when and how much?

The response on the other end of the line is usually as follows:

?Our guest speakers usually are happy to do it for free, for experience?.

That is downright insulting.? I speak for a living?and have done so for many decades.? Furthermore, I tailor my presentation to fit the organisation and that takes time and energy and a high level of expertise.? Then I have to travel to the venue and travel to and from may take up to two days there and back.

They might pay for the travel costs, but not of course for the travel time.? Or the accommodation. ?? Read more »