Amusing censorship

September 7th, 2008 at 10:00 pm by David Farrar

I blogged previously about an audio recording of NZ First MP Doug Woolerton slagging off foreign investment.

Well a wee while back Winston blogged on the same topic at the Winston Peters blog.

Now tried to comment on Winston’s blog, adding a link through to the interview with .

His comment was rejected! Why? He phoned up and was told they could not link to anything “with bad language in it”.

So they won’t link to an interview with one of their own MPs, because of the MP swearing during the interview!!

That is a new definition of having standards. We are fine to have our MPs swear, but not fine to allow people to link to audio recordings of them doing so!

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15 Responses to “Amusing censorship”

  1. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    do you control the (draconian) censoring on your nbr comments threads..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

    [DPF: Nope I have no idea who does that]

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  2. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    philu (2941) Vote:

    Do you have any prospects for getting a job? Do you have any life, and are you Greek?

    I am in Crete at the moment. Lovely and hot.

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  3. Whaleoil (766 comments) says:

    Except of course Winston doesn’t know how to use a keyboard and hasn’t written a blog post ever yet on the blog.

    More likely it was one of the few people who still believe Winston.

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  4. Michaels (1,317 comments) says:

    i have put many comments on his site, what a waste of time, they never get put up.
    Moderation maybe okay, but they just squash comments.
    who cares….. he’s going to the sing sing anyway.

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  5. reid (15,954 comments) says:

    Well Winston’s MPs are only there as lipstick on the pig and what do you expect from lipstick?

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  6. GPT1 (2,090 comments) says:

    Yes, anything that is not pro Winston doesn’t seem to make the site.

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  7. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Philu,

    Would you like me to look up the whanau?

    There are loads of jobs on Trademe.

    Where do you go on Holiday?

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  8. Nomestradamus (2,948 comments) says:

    Winston First and censorship aren’t exactly strange bed-fellows. See this blog post from the Milli Vanilli/Winston First blog (no one seriously believes it’s Winston First’s authorship, do they?):

    Watching journalists chase after every rumour spun by right-wing PR firms about NZ First is a bit like watching people try to catch a fly with a fishing net. It’s a waste of time! It also means that journalists aren’t focusing on the job they should be doing.

    We will be having a general election soon. Yet journalists are more concerned about who helped pay for NZ First’s campaign at the last election, or the one before, or the one before that, than they are about issues that affect the lives of people.

    [The rest of the blog post suffers from Key Derangement Syndrome]

    Translation: *Boo-yah hissy fit*

    Now there’s only one comment on that blog post from an Aaron Kirk (which, needless to say, has nothing to do with Winston First’s campaign finances). I find it hard to believe that no one has questioned Winston First about campaign finances, particularly on a blog post where the issue is actually mentioned.

    Yes, holding Winston First accountable is a waste of time, which explains why Winston First decided to defame the NZ Herald and Audrey Young – under parliamentary privilege.

    Glutaemus Maximus:

    Do you have any prospects for getting a job?
    There are loads of jobs on Trademe.

    Allow me, hopefully with DPF’s indulgence, to briefly take you back down memory lane. Just yesterday, I watched a re-run of an episode from Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – otherwise known as the Frank Spencer show (episode title: The Employment Exchange):

    Frank’s local labour exchange is under new management. The new manager, Mr Bradshaw, is told by his staff about the difficulty of finding Spencer a job that he can hold down. Bradshaw doesn’t believe anybody can be that bad but begins to change his mind when Frank comes in reporting that he has lost his job as a window cleaner – the first day’s work ending with Frank and his workmate hanging from a rope halfway down a tower block. Bradshaw is also told of another recent job that Frank had as a security guard where the factory was robbed whilst Frank was out looking for his guard dog which had run off. Bradshaw sends Frank out on a new job as a removal man. However, on the first morning, Frank backs the removal lorry over the furniture being unloaded and thus soon finds himself back at the labour exchange.

    Without any other options, Bradshaw employs Frank to help out at the labour exchange itself. Frank accidentally leaves the contents of a tea-urn running into the works of an expensive computer and blows it up. Once more Frank is fired and the manager of the labour exchange suggests Frank finds a job in Australia on a sheep farm.

    So, Glutaemus Maximus, still keen to find Philu a job? :)

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  9. Hagues (711 comments) says:

    “We will be having a general election soon. Yet journalists are more concerned about who helped pay for NZ First’s campaign at the last election, or the one before…than they are about issues that affect the lives of people”

    And yet until this scandal blew open all Winnie asked questions about in the house was National’s GST blunder. He didn’t seem so concerned about other people’s lives then.

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  10. kiwipolemicist (393 comments) says:

    If swearing in public is unacceptable in NZ First then the logical outcome of such an attitude is that Doug Woolerton should be fired immediately. There’s bound to be an example or 50 of Winston swearing in public as well.

    http://www.kiwipolemicist.wordpress.com

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  11. petal (704 comments) says:

    >>Once more [philu] is fired and the manager of the labour exchange suggests [philu] finds a job in Australia on a sheep farm.

    >So, Glutaemus Maximus, still keen to find Philu a job?

    I wouldn’t wish him on our Aussie cousins, but can I be just selfish for once? Yes please – I’ll pay $100 towards the one way ticket.

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  12. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..[DPF: Nope I have no idea who does that]..”

    any chance of ‘doing something about it’..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  13. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    heh heh..!..

    i get a minus 10 karma rating..for asking about the nbr column..

    ..brilliant..

    ..good to see you have (finally!) taken my suggestion at introduction..

    ..and showing pos and neg karma totals..

    ..phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  14. David Farrar (1,855 comments) says:

    The karma change was due to an upgrade in the plugin. Agree it is a useful new feature.

    At NBR I am just a lowly contributor and don’t get much say on how they run their site. It is news to me that they have even been moderating the comments considering they’ve let through comments calling me a fascist etc.

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  15. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Just that there are NO comments in that last column, when people like Frog (probably philu too) have been specifically trying to make points on the Kyoto thing there…

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