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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Radio Labour

0500 Radio Left Wing News this morning carried not a word about this mornings SST opinion poll which puts National back firmly in front of Labour. Only two days a go its lead strory concerned two polls which put Labour in the lead. Neither does the online Herald on Sunday mention the poll. At least they have an excuse. It is an opposition paper's poll and the Herald people are probably asleep at 0400 on a Sunday.

There can be no more blatant example of deliberate and entrenched bias in the news room of the state funded broadcaster. I invite RNZ management to provide an explanation for their behaviour by way of comments on this site.

It will be interesting to see what the 'neutral' stooge Johansson has to say. Even more interesting to hear Jordan tell us how this is good news for Labour. There might also be some red faces over at NZPundi where two days ago National was written off and buried..

National 43% (35)
Labour 37% (42)

Preferred PM

Clark 43% (49)
Brash 37% (29)

Update 0730: Brief mention giving National 41%, not 43% at 0600. No mention at 0700.
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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 8/28/2005 05:15:00 AM

34 Comments:

Blogger Keith said...

"Jonathan Milne: National leader makes futile attempt to turn the tide"
Online Herald.

Is a snide article indeed, deriding Brash.It seems that the closer to polling day we get, the more brazen the bias.

8/28/2005 05:47:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Funny that. Milne has been pretty good up to now. Maybe,like NZPundit, he believed all the propoganda.

8/28/2005 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you don't think the sst is a rogue poll adolf..?

to have gone from the digi-poll of 24hrs previously showing a nine-point lead to labour to this sst poll would have to be one of the big swings of all time..reason enough to raise eyebrows..?

and of course, even if accurate..this polling was done before brash alienated many/most women in the country..and the logging cock-up...

he (brash) has a certain pollyanesque air to him..eh..?..he just seems more and more like a man from another time..another place..

phil(whoar.co.nz)

8/28/2005 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw adolf...did you see the article in the sst giving the blow by blow of act taking over your party..?
and how they continue to control it..?..and by doing so they have eaten themselves..?..cor..!

but that's ok..they'll be toast after the election debacle...(did you see the piece by rightwinger roughan..?..it was in the herald and was a reasoned deconstruction of the faults/shortcomings of the brash..?)

phil(whoar.co.nz)

8/28/2005 08:05:00 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

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8/28/2005 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keith ..to read your little puddle..and then see you invoke good manners in your last line does add a certain piquancy to your words..

phil(whoar.co.nz)

8/28/2005 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

I'll repost it, since it somehow got mangled in posting.
"he just seems more and more like a man from another time..another place.."

He sure does--a time before the feminization of the Kiwi male, before pc bullshit replaced honest debate, a time when a man could be polite to a woman without being denigrated for it or the desexed harridan flinging it back in his face.
And a time before people admired lying married-for-convenience dykes who've never met a totatilatarian thug they couldn't cosy up to.
It's not clever or trendy to admire a graceless cow and to denigrate good manners--merely adolescent.

8/28/2005 08:12:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

phil, I had a side bet going on who would be the first idiot to scram 'rogue poll.'
You are scraping the bottom of the barrel when all polls taken since the tax cuts announcement have shown the same trend. Better start looking for a real job.

8/28/2005 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

phil, forgot to mention old chap, the polls also are telling you Dr Brash alienated a few rabid feminists but struck a chord with mainstream women who are sick of the bullying bossy bitch style of Labour.

8/28/2005 08:19:00 AM  
Blogger Murray said...

Phil, a few tips, just one post at time or we'll start you think you have OCD like some of the more emotionally disturbed trolls and we wont read after the first one. Remeber this is the soundbite generation. Small busrts of info or we tune out.

It weakens your attack and makes it look like you haven't thought out your response and are not actually reading replies before you come up with another ideolgy driven auto-response.

If you keep those auto-response till someone provides the fuel for it then it makes it look like you're actually engaging in disscussion and gives you more credibility.

Pace yourself.

Actually these tips came from my brother who used to be a screaming leftie and had the communist handbook on "open" dabate. One day back in 2001 he woke up, there must be hope for everyone.

8/28/2005 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

adolf..brashs' 'gentleman schtick' may have gone down well in gore..or masterton..
but to the rest of us..it was just another example of brash as his usual 'fuddy-duddy' self..
and without debating the given merits of 'good manners'..that brash trotted this out as an excuse for a pitiful showing against clark..cor..!..

do you reckon the punters bought it..?..i don't think so..mis-directed spin would be the most charitable interpretation..

but as far as the monstering clark gave brash..we both know this was just an echo of every questiontime..eh..?

phil(whoar.co.nz)

8/28/2005 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gee murray..read your post again...you managed to say absolutely nothing...

and as you have confessed to such a shortened attention span..can i suggest you go back to reading comics..and leave the talk to the big people..

phil(whoar.co.nz)

8/28/2005 08:37:00 AM  
Blogger Murray said...

Good work Phil, you managed to make yourself look even more like an offensive houmorless little cock than anything anyone else says about you.

You're a good leftie.

8/28/2005 08:42:00 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

"and leave the talk to the big people.."

Is phil trying to tell us he's a fat lefty?

8/28/2005 08:52:00 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

Michael Moore, call your agent--there's a rip-off clone on the loose...

8/28/2005 08:53:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

All's Quiet on the Leftern Front this moening. I wonder why?

8/28/2005 09:12:00 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

too early, adolf. They're still digging up the stash and fiddling with the bong.

8/28/2005 09:15:00 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

And...your clever Remarque will be lost on 'em anyway.

8/28/2005 09:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no..it's ok keith..done and dusted...

phil(whoar.co.nz)

8/28/2005 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the details of the polls split over the tax cut announcement. Tied beforehand - but that Nationals up to 6 points ahead afterwards.

Again, after the annoucement, Brash is now closer to Helen Clark than Helen was to Shipley. Preferred prime minister means nothing.


The momentum is all with National; and already they have a pretty good lead.

8/28/2005 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

anon, how come preferred PM means nothing? I thought that was an important indicator. You mean people will vote on policy before personalities?
Cheering thought, if it's true.

8/28/2005 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Adolf - the RNZ media blanket over the SST polls is only the continuation of a theme. I noted last week when National released its tax policy, the only time I heard RNZ talk about it was when they had a soundbite from Cullen (and that did not qualify for fair and balanced).

On the 7pm news they didn't even mention it. Gee, it was daily news on RNZ how bad it was National delayed the tax policy release, and then they can't be bothered reporting it.

8/28/2005 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reality check zen..8.oo am bulletin had full coverage ..with commentary by katherine ryan..but i see the humph updates stopped at 7.00 am...

but don't let the facts get in the way of a good story/spin..eh..?

phil(whoar.co.nz)

8/28/2005 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Hey Phil, I was reporting on my experience last week 5pm, 6pm 7pm news. Didn't think it necessary to listen all night to prove a reality check. What I reported was the way I heard it.

I don't get up Sunday mornings, at 7 or 8am. I am pleased to hear however, that RNZ now read Sir Humphrey's for the latest critique and were able to leap into action before the damage proved too much.

8/28/2005 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and zen..i was commenting on the propensities of people from around these parts to come up with ripper conspiracy theories on remarkably short notice...and then to blindly cast around for some flimsy thread of circumstancial, (at best), evidence to support this latest flight of fancy...

just thought i'd hose you down before you got overexcited..and came out with a whole thesis built around that particular flimsy thread...:)

phil(whoar.co.nz)

8/28/2005 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

In Australia the former Min. of Communications responsible for the ABC, Sen. Richard Alston (now High Commissioner to London) was continually railing against what he thought was institutional bias. The ABC had a formal internal and I believe external complaints procedure. Does RNZ have a similar mechanism?

On a related note, perhaps we should compile our own registry of bias, like The Reader has done for Australia, with its bias-o-meter (see page 20).

8/28/2005 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Phil, I try to avoid a thesis. I can't afford the student loan.

I'll just stick with sniping from the side lines.

If you want ripper conspiracy theories at short notice, complete with graphs and charts, go read Jordan Carter at Just Left.

He produced at least two huge posts on what he thought the National Tax Rates were going to be, and how much damage that would do (both predictions wrong naturally, but doesn't stop a good scare story)

Then he runs with the huge deficit projections by some lefty commentator, complete with children starving by lunchtime and even more tables of figures. Only to have to later say "oops, figures were wrong", but you got to admire the effort.

Nup, don't hold a candle to conspiracy theories from the left wing zealots.

8/28/2005 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

This from "stuff" news this morning is just blatant electioneering:

'Very sexy' PM casts spell on Holmes

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3392105a1860,00.html

Never mind the *shudder* mental picture it induces...

8/28/2005 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

I noticed that article too. The Charm Offensive continues. After Helen dropped in the polls for being overly rude in the debate, it became vital to start showing her feminine side.

Don't people find that just a bit sexist?

8/28/2005 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

It's only sexist when it comes from the Right, otherwise it's Sensitive And Caring.
What an interview...the unbearable in support of the unspeakable.

8/28/2005 12:47:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

I read the SST article too and was startled to see them combine two polls to give an average result that "sort off" suited the lefties. Correct me if I am wrong, but that has never happened before. Why stop at that stunt, why not combine 1999 poll results and present that as "news".

8/28/2005 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Oh yeah, Holmes getting all jiggy over Mrs and by extension Mr Peter Davis, errr, well it made me queezy. I wish he would keep what makes him fizz to himself.

I must stop myself. Small children should not view the images I have running through my mind, they make the Teletubbies look sane.

8/28/2005 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger Jordan said...

Well to be honest I thought we'd be 3-5 points behind. So for the poll to show a centre-right gain of two points and a centre-left loss of one point, with Lab/Grn at 50% and Nat/NZF at 45, was a huge bloody relief.

I'll post properly on it tomorrow.

8/28/2005 11:40:00 PM  
Blogger Murray said...

Why change this late in the game?

8/29/2005 12:38:00 AM  

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