Q+A and The Nation review
Colin James on the Dotcom ruling. He points out that the police and the Judge who granted the warrant should all be embarrassed. The manner in which our weak Police rushed off to do the bidding of the Americans' is gutless, they should be ashamed of their actions. Rachel interestingly points out that the Free Trade Deal with it's ability to allow corporations to get away with these types of legal actions is more of an issue now after this ruling.
Brian Gaynor and squinty eyed Tim Bennett from the NZX are on discussing the asset share sales. They hardly sound resounding in their endorsement. Brian notes that the past privatization has been appalling and has led a bad taste in most investors minds and they have been weary of the share market.
One would have expected that the discussion would revolve around the injustice of only the richest NZers who have been handed nearly $3billion in borrowed tax cuts being able to afford these shares, but this is The Nation, and while it's good public broadcasting, it's still public broadcasting for the ruling classes.
Fascinating story on nano tech, The Nation do pre-produced news story's better than anyone else in the game, and this was another example.
Why Dotcom is popular seems a bit of a waste, it seems obvious as to why he has gained popularity. The manner in which he has been treated by our Government is appalling. Vaughan Davis is correct, we owe Dotcom an apology.
Brian Edwards and Bill Ralston on wit the media panel looking at the GC. The Executive Producer of this crap is on defending this abomination. I have no problem with TV3 doing this show, but how dare they spend $420 000 of NZ on Air taxpayer funding on this shite? This is a joke discussion because TV3 will not criticize a show they are airing in prime time. The GC was given funding as a documentary to explore the Tikanga of Maori culture, this was just Bread and Boobs pretending to be an examination of Maori culture. All the GC proved was that young Maori could be just as vacuous and self involved as young pakeha, well done NZ, equality achieved!
When a producer is relying on Fran O'Sullivan to defend his show, that is telling in itself. Again, TV3 can produce any show they like, but how dare $420 000 of taxpayer money gets spent on this crap? The GC is the best recruitment tool for Australia ever devised.
I've boycotted this show for the last couple of weeks leading up to their killing off of TVNZ7 and it must have gotten under someones thin skin because their producer, Tim Watkin, the Mighty Kite at Q+A emailed me last week bitching that I wasn't fair in my non-review of Q+A. Seeing as his channel just killed off the only public broadcasting they do, his complaints carried all the relevance of Israeli's living in occupied land being grumpy about rocket fire.
Having to watch Q+A again after TVNZ have killed off 7 is a lose, lose.
So what do we have that passes as public broadcasting today on a network that relishes destroying public broadcasting? I suppose now the racist Paul Holmes is no longer fronting it, Q+A has become a public broadcaster by default?
Bill English is on, he'll get the passionate embrace that passes for interviews on Q+A, a discussion about euthanasia (it's a topic terrifying guilty baby boomers who have treated their own parents cheaply as their Gen X kids eye up ways to bump them off before they blow the inheritance) and a bunch of investment whizz kids who will proclaim that it's never been a better time to buy shares the way real estate agents proclaim that it's never been a better time to property speculate.
While I'm poking sharp sticks into baby boomers, did anyone else notice that Thomas, Armstrong & Roughan, 3 NZ Herald boomer columnists yesterday all agreed how wonderful National are? Is Steven Joyce the editor?
The panel this week is Dr Raymond Miller and Massey University Vice-Chancellor and former Labour cabinet minister Steve Maharey and Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett.
It's Corin Dann's first time on Q&A, he was the best bit about Breakfast, so I hope he can make this show suck less. I love how Greg Boyd has to explain that because TVNZ7 is dead they don't do a news bulletin any longer. The snide attacks on TVNZ7 in the opening monologue sums up the contempt TVNZ always had towards public broadcasting. Q+As triumphalism over killing TVNZ7 off is pretty sickening.
We covered the public service targets the Government have set on Citizen A last week with Dr Wayne Hope and Matthew Hooton, check out for yourselves if we did a far better job on a fraction of the cost to the taxpayer than Q&A managed to achieve on nearly $1million. I'll also cover it again on Mondays The Union Report with guests from First Union and the NZNO.
Corin challenges the free market dogma, but doesn't put the question in those terms, it would be good to see Bill have to answer it on those grounds. English could be on a hiding to nothing if he was challenged on this. Amputating the States ability to raise revenue so that justifies cut backs in the State is not a solution.
The jaw dropping moments are Bill's desire to drug test beneficiaries and wanting to force them to move to Christchurch.
It's good to see the contempt people texting in feel about the topics being discussed.
No focus whatsoever on how National will gain these targets. I'm waning on this weeks Q+A, so I'm off to Family Guy re-runs on Comedy Central.
They should rename the show 'pulling its punches'.