ed: the interview of the spin-merchant from pharmac by lisa owen should go into the journalism-school canon..as an example of what not to let happen.
owen somewhat inexplicably let this spinner contend for 80% of the interview that the drug under question isn’t proven to really be any good..(ouestion 1 owen didn’t ask:..if it is no good..why have all these other countries approved it..?..are they finding it doesn’t work.?..)
..and this not-working was repeatedly cited as the reason pharmac would not fund it..and i do mean ‘repeatedly’..
..then..in the last quarter of the interview..the pharmac-spinner said if the drug was cheaper..pharmac would fund it..(!)
..w.t.f..!..what happened to all those ‘it doesn’t work!’-arguments..?..do they no longer apply..?
..and you know what..?..owen let him get away with that..
..as i said..it was a ‘shocker’..the pharmac-spinner played her like a stringed-instrument..
..some other key-questions owen might have asked:
‘why is it that as the country with the highest rates of melanoma we have no treatments to offer suffers except the proven not to work and to really mess over/up the patient chemo-therapy..?’
‘..why have we had no new drugs for melanoma sufferers for 20 years..?’
‘do you think the fact that cancer-sufferers have far less chance of surviving here than in similar countries..has anything to do with the policies/practises of pharmac?’
‘why are we funding chemo-therapy..?..a treatment that everyone but the patient knows is both cruel and unnecessary…as it does not work..?’
‘how much do we spend each year on chemo-therapy treatments that don’t work..?’
which brings us to johansen – one of the resident ‘pundits’ who we are expected to nod along to..
..up until today i have been agnostic on johansen..now i think he is a fucken fully-formed/ill-informed idiot..(and all his own work..)
..he started his segment praising the guy from pharmac for explaining it all so well to us ignorant peasants..(and what a good job he had done of it..)
(ed:..i mean..did we watch the same fucken interview.?..or was johansen just expressing his admiration at the quality of his spinning..?..as an intellectual-exercise/whimsy..)
..johansens’ pimping for pharmac was eagerly agreed with by another resident ‘pundit’/seeming-pharmac-shill jane clifton..
it was left to the former editor of the herald to inject some commonsense/brainpower to the issue..and in doing so sharply defining how both johansen and clifton were gum-flapping useless..
..but then we came to johansens’ finest-moment..his ‘punditry’ on the american election..
..and he repeats the current pundit-bullshit/mind-think – that has been disproven by polling..(don’t these fucken ‘pundits’ even try to keep up..?)
..for trump..johansen said latinos would never vote for trump..(disproved by exit-polling..)
..and that african-americans would all be for clinton..(disproved by polling – the age-split also happened there..old black americans for clinton..young black americans for bernie..)
..and johansen finished off this sorry exercise in ‘punditry’ by urging uterus-voting in the american election..
..that voters should vote for clinton..because she is a woman..(!)
(..it’s of no no mind she is a totally corrupt/ed politician..currently facing federal indictments on a variety of issues…and that clinton is bought and owned by the bastards currently looting america..eh mr johamsen..?)
..that she doesn’t have a penis is enough for mr johansen..
(ed:..and how is that for a reverse-sexism howler..?..)
..all in all..the program is as i said..a shocker’..
(and i didn’t even get to the tpp-pimping from todd mcclay..and how owen again had an epic-fail in any way holding him to account/rigorous-questioning..)
..as i said..one for the journalism-school canon..
(and as an aside..when sanders is moving into in the white house..and about to unleash an fdr-like new new deal..
..will these ‘pundits’ be quietly asked to just piss-off off the stage..?
..as they clearly know s.f.a..are incapable of an original thought between them..
..and just slavishly follow/parrot the ‘punditry’ of other idiots who don’t know what the fuck they are talking about..and many of whom are actually employed/paid by the clinton-machine..
..a fact they leave out of their proffered ‘wisdoms’/bagging of bernie..
..(did you know that mr johansen..?..maybe you should go to al jazeera..and ‘catch-up’..eh..?
..just key in ‘discredited-pundits’..mr johansen..
..and you should feel right at home..eh..?..)
(update:..bernie won two states..which no doubt would have shocked some local pundits..and/but especially the american expert/pundit the paul henry show uses..
..she set a new benchmark in something with her voicing of the/her certainty that clinton would have ‘a clean sweep’.
..bernie has won six states since that exercise in brain-fart/orifice-plucking ‘punditry’..
..how will everyone keep a straight face when she next appears..to pundit all over us..?
..and of course..were you one that relies on the sorry/biased coverage of international affairs on ‘news-hub’..(i call it news-schlub..) as presented on henrys’ show..you’d be going ‘bernie who?’..eh..?..)