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BREAKING – Green Party Calls Press Conference For 11am.

Gods, would be amazing if Marama got into Parliament, She is gold.

The Green Party has called a short-notice press conference for 11am.

Green MPs are “in a cone of silence on pain of death”, by one account, on the topic of the mystery presser.

If a member of caucus is resigning, Marama Davidson is next on the Greens’ list.

NBR Politics Editor Rob Hosking will cover events as they unfold.


Should NZ Media Outlets Cover Hateful Outbursts From ‘Shock Jocks’ Desperate For Ratings?

Four years ago I stopped covering the outbursts of American shock hosts who were endlessly attacking gay people with lies and endless bullshit. For one there were way too many to keep up with. But mostly I just thought it feed their desire for coverage and attention, like untoilet trained infants. So quite awhile ago I also took the same view of NZ’s new breed of radio hosts talking any kind of bollocks that seemingly is driven in an attempt for ratings and attention. Mike Hoskings and Willie Jackson turned this drivel into an art. jackson has gone, Hoskings is still lauded by the Radio Network as he still delivers ratings from sucking up to the right wing. Now Sean Plunket has entered their realm with more of the same trash talk.
But if this type of idiocy is ignored they will not get more listeners who want their distorted views of the world expressed, nor will they get the attention they so obviously crave and need. Take away the oxygen and the fire dies. I love social media spreading the shit the say and it being discussed there. But for supposed MSM to cover it, sigh, makes them look sad and desperate for ‘scandal’ and column inches, or the interwebs version of column inches. Cover real shit MSM. That would rock.

Radio host Sean Plunket has described author Eleanor Catton as an “ungrateful hua” over comments she made about the New Zealand government and tall poppy syndrome.

Catton said she was uncomfortable being seen as an ambassador for New Zealand which she said was dominated by neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, shallow and money hungry politicians who do not care about culture.

Plunket this morning criticised Catton for “bagging” New Zealand when she had a taxpayer-funded job at a university.

“I don’t see you as an ambassador for our country, I see you as a traitor,” Plunket said.

“I’m only having a crack at you now because you’re being such an ungrateful hua, Eleanor Catton.”

However, several listeners questioned whether Plunket in fact called her a “whore”


‘Whale Oil’ Employee Busted For P.

Thought he was anti-drugs?

The journalist who broke the story of the Len Brown and Bevan Chuang sex scandal has appeared in court on methamphetamine charges.

Stephen John Cook, 46, came before Manukau District Court this morning on charges of possessing the class A drug and a glass pipe used to smoke it.

Cook gained publicity last year when he teamed up with WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater to publish details of the mayor’s high-profile affair.

The alleged offending which brought him before the court today stemmed from an incident in Auckland on Saturday.

Court documents list Cook’s address in the North Waikato town of Te Kauwhata.

Cook also made headlines in 2008 when he was sacked by the Herald on Sunday while assistant editor at the paper.

Cook took his case to the Employment Relations Authority in a bid to get his job back but bosses said they had lost confidence and trust in him.


NIGHTLINE AXED – TV3 To Run Paul Henry 5 Days A Week At 10.30.


Well, I shall not be watching. Sad end for ‘Nightline’. I have been a fan since ‘The Original’ days. Belinda and Joanna made great classic TV, with the aid of great producer Dave Slade. To lose the show to that foul little creep, who once sat on air saying ‘gay people are unnatural’… Makes me feel very badly positioned against TV3. The man is dumb pond scum, a bad journalist and a sloppy media man. A sad day for news, TV3, and the viewing public.

TV3 has confirmed its late-night news bulletin will “take a break” at the end of this year.

It follows mounting speculation that Nightline would be axed and replaced with a show fronted by Paul Henry.

Today the channel revealed it will bring in a new late-night news-oriented programme in the same 10.30pm slot with Mr Henry at the helm.

The Paul Henry Show will be a wrap of the day’s events, TV3 said.

It is understood the new programme, which will take to the air in 2014, will aim to be an entertainment news show with a satirical bent in the vein of popular US programme, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

However, TV3 insisted it was not getting rid of Nightline, which has been on the air for 23 years, saying it “remains a valued part” of 3 News and “will sit in reserve for future years”.


WATCH – ‘Wentworth’ Starts Tonight On TV2 At 9.30.

Loving it. If you watched the original…..

…..the tributes and characters touched on in ‘Wentworth’ add a real fun element. If you have not seen the original it does not matter. The show is freaking fantastic. Makes me mindful of ‘Oz’ and ‘Bad Girls’, especially the use of flashbacks to show the women ended up inside, but is telling these stories in a mostly new way. Best line so far? from episode 6 spoken by Erica to her husband….”Pull my hair, I’m tired of fucking like a married couple”. Heaven. And Doreen is an idiot.

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