Monthly Archives: May, 2015

White Man Behind A Desk: Money and the Media @manwithdesk

Some good stuff in here, well worth sharing. 

There just isn’t enough money to make mainstream journalism good… But who needs good when you’ve got Hey Martha!

 White Man Behind A Desk: Money and the Media @manwithdesk FB/WhiteManBehindADesk

“This week, with Campbell Live cancelled, we figure out what happened to journalism. ” 

“The Emperor’s New Clothes”

Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Bloody marvelous

For years now the comment sections of our nation’s online newspapers, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds have been packed with commentators declaring the ‘Campbell Live’ show and it’s watchers were ‘everything that was wrong with the country’ – somewhat ironically these same authors would then declare it was the show that needed to ‘lighten up’.

I was pondering this disconnect today when reading the Taranaki Daily News’ comments section, specifically the one attached to Rachel Stewart’s brilliant piece ‘Why you should care about John Campbell’s demise’. In it she champions the need for journalists with empathy, who can insert themselves ‘into the fight’ as John Campbell often would. In recent years not only were the CL team in the fight, they’d built themselves a boxing ring, and when the strong and powerful refused to step in, they’d take the fight on the road – literally – broadcasting viewer stories from their now infamous CL ‘caravan of complaint’.

As a viewer you’d feel every punch as these often brutal stories unfolded, yet you couldn’t help but feel you were part of something good, something bigger than yourself, and for not much in return but a few minutes of your day. People were telling their stories, having their bad experiences validated, their complex situations analysed and understood, and best of all there was often remedy and lives improved.

Tell me again why this is so wrong for our country?

Quote from a letter from TV3 news reader John Campbell to a 14 year old Dan Lake (Dan News)

Bloody marvelous.

Congratulations #CanonMediaAwards 2015 winners…

Congratulations #CanonMediaAwards 2015 winners. For those who want to be a winner next year - ask me about John Key lying to the SFO in 91.

John Key:Portrait of a Prime Minister, John Roughan, 2014, pg 71

The Money Bazaar: inside the trillion-dollar world of currency trading, Andrew Krieger w/ Edward Calfin, 1992, pg 6

The Money Bazaar: inside the trillion-dollar world of currency trading, Andrew Krieger w/ Edward Calfin, 1992, pg 6


Can we all agree this 2015 UK doggies for democracy hashtag ‘Dogsatpollingstations‘ is a thing, should always be a thing and will never stop being a thing? 

See more pics at #Dogsatpollingstations

UK Election May 2015


voting kittens



UK Election May 2015

The original doggie for demorcacy

Going to the dogs

The original doggie for democracy, Hamilton, New Zealand,

General Election, Saturday September 20 2014

* no dogs were harmed in the making of this post