The blue ribbon media dog and pony show
It wasn’t long ago, only a week ago, that Brad from the flat was pumping fear into the hearts of listeners that the RBNZ would raise the OCR by 50 basis points and Brad wailed some Banks were saying that’s not the end of it neither. It could sky rocket even higher gasped Brad at the blonde AM host who told him he is always right.
But as we all know now – Brad was WRONG again.
Brad seems more of a misleading economist than a leading one and every week it’s “Doom and Gloom” from Brad about the economy no matter how well we are doing.
Nobody in our media ever says – hey Brad you got that wrong again – which is too many times – isn’t it time we gave you a pink slip or at least a slap across your fat head?
The fact this has not happened suggests there’s probably very good reason to keep Brad on – like a useful idiot – especially if there was some sort of political bias in the newsroom and Brad was saying what a Nat aligned audience wanted to hear.
Brad frequently appears to be saying whatever suits Christopher Luxon in an election year and here at G News we look forward to Brad’s National Party aligned messaging every Monday morning cos it’s always delivered with much pseudo authority and jargon.
As if Brad actually knows something.
Don’t question his authority.
This morning Brad said eligibility for Super should go up to 67 as long as we “support” those who find it too hard.
Yes it was easy for a young kid in a shoddy suit spouting Nat messaging to say – long before the arthritis and worn out limbs and joints kicked in.
Brad clearly had no idea what it is like to grow old…and so this was all arbitrary figures on a spreadsheet to him, but to thousands of New Zealanders this stuff mattered.
Brad and National were suggesting a huge amount of suffering and a wealth transfer from the working classes again, putting large weights on people’s backs and cracking the whip.
Leading the pack with Brad was that former tobacco salesman and perceived snap chat creep – bleating about “the right thing to do”.
Here was National wanting to steal $98,000 from the retirements of all voters under the age of 44 – because “it’s the right thing to do” and “It’s the moral thing to do” according to Chris Bishop but National could not show us the money to support the need for this anyway, not if we keep paying into the Super fund.
Carmel was correct that the commitment to keep the eligibility for Super at 65 was a line drawn in the sand – and it did force this new conversation on media who were expecting something new.
“What is this? Is it new? Well throw it away then if it’s not new, it must be new or it’s nothing”, was the media hot take attitude and this served as a way to play down this big election issue and keep it out of the mind of voters as much as possible.
We saw that same kind of cold water treatment from both NewsHub and TVNZ 1 News newsrooms and later on Claire Trevett at the NZ Herald joined the choir and sang loudly that there “was nothing new to see here”, whether it was about the age of entitlement to Super or the Apprentice Boost being made permanent.
Meanwhile none of them said National’s flip flop on housing was not new and some even suggested it was all about change – concluding that Labour equals nothing new and National equals change.
The back bending to suck up to the Nat’s knows no real bounds amongst our TV broadcasters really and haven’t we all been impressed with Jessica’s poll – that she implies all sorts of spurious conclusions from like a person that never did STATs 101?
Swallowing misleading narratives in the MSM is okay – but it’s not okay when social media does it – according to MSM who then shower themselves with awards for investigating that sort of thing on social media – sponsored by Voyager.
This morning we watched chumpy BeenADick hee hawing with Anna over “nothing new” and whether it was really worth it going to a Labour Congress and good old BeenA Dick decided yeah it was kind of okay to stick to the basics for Labour.
Stepping back from all of this – it’s plain to see a clown show in our media who are fighting the Government tooth and claw with fear, uncertainty, doubts and trivial shallow analysis which is frequently so far off target it’s like watching those dirty dishes stack up – while Brad stands before the fridge and says whatever National says.
Media are so focused on attacking Labour they don’t know how to adjust to an election year…and it shows in the rubbish they project onto New Zealand audiences.
Kay from Advertising says there is no media bias and because Cameron Slater is biased and G News is biased the truth is always in the middle and media are perfect, wronged by lop sided criticism.
Media do need to accept some criticism and here at G News we think ( Me and the late Mr Louis ) that the answers are in the details, which we focus in upon as often as possible.
Like what the RBNZ actually said in it’s latest MPS, what the actual affordability of Super at 65 really is over the next decades if we keep contributing to the Super fund, like why making Apprentice Boost permanent is very valuable for New Zealand and why media mocking that – is counterproductive.
Its probable Kay from Advertising thinks Cameron Slater is right on the money in some regards – and her truth is not the same as the objective truth backed up by facts that stand alone.
You know how cognitive bias only applies to others Kay.
Anyway I’m interested in your thoughts about the dog and pony show we have all seen over the past seven days and especially Brad, Jenna, Jessica and BeenADick.
The blue ribbon media dog and pony show