300 protesters made TV lead item

April 28th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

300 people marched in Auckland against . A miniscule number – 0.02% of the population of Auckland or 2 in 10,000.

Despite that, it was the lead item on TV news.

Slow news day?

Manufacturing news?

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24 Responses to “300 protesters made TV lead item”

  1. Right of way is Way of Right (1,122 comments) says:

    Yes, once again, as per my little rant yesterday, the media spin doctors climb on to a bandwagon with three wheels missing!

    So, lets go viral, hit facebook, spread the word, and let’s battle the bullshit!

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  2. Redbaiter (9,490 comments) says:

    Not in the least surprising.

    NZ television’s newsrooms have always been the province of the left.

    And they have always had special sympathy for the watermelons.

    It is a disgrace really, but gape jawed NZers keep watching what is so often left wing propaganda in the belief they are seeing news.

    Sad really, and extremely damaging to the country and democracy.

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  3. duggledog (1,576 comments) says:

    It was the lead item on TV One, TV3 buried it.

    Nice pictures, just down the road from TV One HQ, easy peasy. It’s still to all intents and purposes a government department you know!

    I would say they have no idea what middle NZ is or thinks about. For example, hold up their choice of hosts for Seven Sharp – all jolly well and good but those three are about as far away from ordinary NZers as you could get.

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  4. emmess (1,432 comments) says:

    I would have to say the pictures from the protest probably damaged their cause though.

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  5. RF (1,442 comments) says:

    Go for it Patriots spread the truth. The left spreads and feeds on bull shit.

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  6. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    I think most people have accepted there is no point in protesting about anything – the government and all political parties couldn’t give a flying F what the ordinary person wants. That has been demonstrated quite well by all of them, and not just National. Our politicians are so far out of touch with the average person – they may as well be on another planet.

    Why bother getting cold, when you can stay home nice and warm and achieve the same result.

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  7. Keeping Stock (10,404 comments) says:

    Feel free to lampoon the Hamilton protest here:

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz/2013/04/asset-sales-caption-contest.html

    Less than a double-figure turnout in a city of over 100,000 (including the country’s most left-leaning university) suggests that the partial asset sales debate is well and truly over, and that John Key and National have won.

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  8. Pete George (23,677 comments) says:

    Go for it Patriots spread the truth.

    That sounds too much like the US religious right. This is New Zealand.

    Labour haven’t worked out that a campaign of fortnightly protests won’t work, especially when they are just trying to reheat leftovers pass their used-by date.

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  9. flipper (4,194 comments) says:

    But can else be expected when idiot socialists like Watkin et al inhabit the newsroom as producers?

    The BSA is a crock of shit. And there is no opportunity for a “letter to the editor.”

    Just crapheads as Robert David Muldoon once described the TV studio inhabitants of his day.

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  10. RF (1,442 comments) says:

    Peter George. 1.43pm. Patriot – A person who loves, supports and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.

    Do you have a problem with the US religious right as I would not have linked them to what I was meaning.

    then again why should we stand up for what is best for our country as we have no pride. Hell we dont even like our flag. Love them or hate them we could learn a few things from Aussie & America about pride.

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  11. coge (190 comments) says:

    Labor continues to peddle the politics of last century.

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  12. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    @coge,

    The Greens haven’t even made it that far yet – they’re still hanging with Karl Marx

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  13. John Boscawen (146 comments) says:

    I agree its a problem David, but coverage is possibly more balanced than you think.

    In January 2008, after the Electoral Finance Act had been passed I turned up at the Greens’ State of the Planet Speech on Waiheke to protest. There was only me and 2 others, and a single placard. Yet we got about 7 or 8 seconds on the TV3 news that night. Not bad for 3 people, albeit we weren’t the lead story.

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  14. duggledog (1,576 comments) says:

    Keeping Stock thanks for the link. That is f***ing hilarious, made my day

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  15. Deane Jessep (74 comments) says:

    I watched the protest walk past whilst standing in a shop on Queen st.

    Bad drum and bass and reggae thumping out of the lead van drowned out the protesters and the few signs I saw were so badly written and contradictory that by the time I had figured out what the fuss was about the protest was gone leaving a bunch of bemused shoppers who shrugged and continued going about their business.

    Actually, I thought it was a pretty good metaphor for the whole debate.

    @bhudson the way the protest smelled I am not suprised to learn that they had Karl Marx with them.

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  16. stigie (1,308 comments) says:

    I think this is quite funny, the SST says there was 1500 protesters marching down Queen St.
    As DPF says, 300 is about right !

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  17. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    “A miniscule number – 0.02% of the population of Auckland or 2 in 10,000.”

    True, but do you want media coverage to be based on numbers turning up at a protest? I think if you apply this rule more generally you’ll find there is a whole heap of media coverage of the opinions of people who haven’t ever managed to get even 300 people to march down the street.

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  18. Deane Jessep (74 comments) says:

    @stigie maybe it was 300 protesters and 1100 members of the New Zealand media?

    I suppose it is also possible that they may have counted all of the members of the public running from the cacophony of sights sounds and smells… I was certainly protesting.

    On a serious note, I actually saw the event with my own eyes, and with the strongest sense of fairness to the people who turned out, I would have thought that even 300 was an exaggeration.

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  19. Nostradamus (3,433 comments) says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing Penny Bright explain what this clear lack of public interest in the asset sale issue means.

    And meanwhile:

    Protesters at the National Party’s Mainland Region conference say their mock toll booth was so well-received it may be used again. Keep Our Assets Christchurch members put up a toll booth on the Wairau River bridge, on the road to Hanmer Springs where the conference was being held, saying the bridge had been “privatised”.

    The move aimed to highlight opposition to the government’s privatisation of state assets such as Mighty River Power. About 20 members also protested outside the conference venue in Hanmer Springs.

    Member Steve Howard said the toll booth was well received, with some motorists even offering to pay a toll. “Of course we weren’t in a position to receive money off people, that’s not what we’re about, so we said ‘no thank you’,” he said. “Most people thought it was very funny. Nine out of ten people smiled and waved and thought it was an amusing way to present the argument.”

    Mr Howard said the protest followed a march in Christchurch yesterday.

    The toll booth was dismantled about 12.30pm today, but may be used again elsewhere.

    “We got such a good positive reaction from the public we will consider what other uses we can put it to.”

    What an idiot.

    On the concept of toll roading, a toll road can sit perfectly alongside a public road. If you don’t want to pay, you drive on the public road, and take any traffic congestion as you find it. If you do want to pay, you drive on the toll road and get to your destination earlier – and that’s one less car contributing to congestion on the public road. I’ve driven on toll roads, and for each toll road I’ve driven on, there was a public road alternative.

    On the concept of “highlight[ing] opposition to the government’s privatisation of state assets such as Mighty River Power”, based on yesterday’s “protest” turnout, well good luck with that!

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  20. Manolo (14,024 comments) says:

    And yet no government has ever got the balls to sell the left-wing dens TVNZ and RNZ are.
    I can understand it from socialist Labour, but what about the National Party?

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  21. kowtow (8,721 comments) says:

    Re protest.

    Hensley and the Lange Book.

    Clark was said to have said “Push the button” or some such.

    Get the protests ,letters ,etc going.

    You know what ?It’s never stopped. And like Redbaiter says ,the news rooms are full of it.

    Same thing with global warming ,the environment,mining,homo rights,refugees…….

    Radicals driving the agenda,mobilising the street and the rest of the useful idiots.

    Referenda would solve this far left anti democratic bollocks.

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  22. edd (157 comments) says:

    I want to live in a world where no one pays any tax and it’s a crime to be poor punishable by death. Weeee My Names John Key…

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  23. Kea (13,295 comments) says:

    My thinking is the media are going to go after Key big time in the near future. The media will tell the people what to think and the people will oblige. It worked for Obama and it will work here too.

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  24. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (894 comments) says:

    Kea (3,780) Says:
    April 28th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    My thinking is the media are going to go after Key big time in the near future. The media will tell the people what to think and the people will oblige. It worked for Obama and it will work here too.

    I agree. This happened in 1999 when TV1 was so blatantly working against National.

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