The Hobbit manufactured crises adds unionist death threats to corporate welfare and rammed through employment law 'wins'
Death threats fly over Hobbit
Actresses and unionists have received threats, including some against their lives, during the heated row over The Hobbit movie.
Police have been called and private security arranged for some of those targeted.
The worst threats appear to have been aimed at Australian union boss Simon Whipp and Actors' Equity organiser Frances Walsh, although actresses Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Robyn Malcolm have also been abused.
The threats have become so bad the union has hired a guard for its Auckland office.
John Drinnan is doing some good reporting on this Hobbit farce, but the mainstream media's unquestioning regurgitation of hysterical union bashing as a manufactured crises negotiating tactic by Warners to extract more corporate welfare from our Merchant Banking Optimist Prime has now led to death threats against Unionist's, Robyn Malcolm and Helen Kelly who have done nothing more than courageously stand up for the basic human right of collective bargaining. Watching the way they have been denigrated and proclaimed as 'damaged goods' is right out of a Paul Henry supporters character assassination wet dream.
You would need to go back to the 1950's waterfront strike to see an equivalent level of union hysteria in the mainstream media.
What a shameful little additional moment of spite these threats are on the day National rammed employment law through under a misuse of urgency at the bidding of a foreign corporation all because we were so easily manipulated into divide and rule corporate tactics.
The real outcry should be that John Key has handed out more corporate welfare while slashing domestic welfare. The NZ mainstream TV news spent more time on the death of a psychic octopus than any real critical analysis of this manufactured crises negotiating tactic.