Today FM- they hate you, so why listen?
If there’s one thing New Zealand does not need right now, its one more “progressive” radio station.
It’s a stark pointer to the utter ideological corruption of our media sector that when the country is desperately in need of relief from the torrent of govt subsidised “progressive” propaganda, a new media venture just cannot bring itself to deliver what is needed.
The slogan of Mediawork’s new station, Today FM, is “a more balanced mike”. Someone there obviously thought this weak pun on NewstalksZB’s Mike Hosking was a brilliant encapsulation of where the station sits on the political spectrum.
Leaving aside the political ignorance this silly catchphrase truly reveals, (neither Mike Hosking or NewstalkZB overall could be considered right wing) it’s amazing that management thinks this mantra of “balance” can be met by employing Tova O’Brien, whose well known political bias to the left must at least equal the perceived “right” bias of Hosking.
Surely the NZ market does not need another bunch of informationally challenged left wing propagandists pretending to be “balanced”. Mediaworks apparently thinks they do, for CEO Cam Wallace hired left media swamp creature Dallas Gurney to set the station up.
The above video is Tova O’Brien’s hand waving finger pointing lecture this morning wherein she virtually calls anyone who doesn’t agree with the concept of Maori co-governance a “racist”. The issue is not racism Ms O’Brien, its left media shutting down ideas that challenge progressive orthodoxy by means of smears and name calling rather than entering into constructive debate.
Just to show how balanced the station was going to be, Mr Gurney proudly announced that one of his first hires was Carol Hirschfeld. A coup he called it.
Ms Hirschfeld, formerly Māori TV general manager, is an extreme left media creature of the worst kind. She often worked with John Campbell in the past, another far left activist who has put years of work into destroying the credibility of TV One and other mainstream outlets.
Carol is notorious for her clandestine meetings with Labour’s Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran in 2018 that eventually forced Ms Hirschfeld’s resignation from Radio NZ.
It is significant the Curran was known for her understanding of the use of propaganda, a skill she displayed in a paper she wrote for a Labour conference in 2006 entitled “Language Matters: Setting agendas – taking charge of the debate”. (download a PDF copy of this informative paper at the link below)
Curran was eventually forced to resign as Minister for continually lying on this and related matters, and soon after thankfully left parliament for ever. Hirschfeld was unemployed for a while but was eventually hired by Stuff in 2018, and then moved from there to Today FM to produce Tova O’Brien’s morning show.
Hirschfeld, of German ancestry, likes to push Maori sovereignty arguments whenever she can. Which is probably part of the reason for Tova’s failed attempt to discredit David Seymour this morning on the issue of Maori “co-governance”. Tova virtually called Mr Seymour a racist.
This means that by association every other NZer that believes there is no partnership agreed to in the Treaty of Waitangi is also, in Tova’s view, a racist. Why the hell then would you listen to anyone who wants to so arrogantly insult you in this manner?
Dallas Gurney has designed Today FM to target 40- to 54-year-olds, an audience he thinks is under-served by talk radio. He says he wants to “get away away from the traditional older audience, which is going to die, literally”.
Its a mark of NZ media’s willingness to put ideology before profit that Today FM wants to alienate everyone who doesn’t agree with their views by calling them “racists”, and also chooses to ignore a major talkback market in NZers who are over the age of 54 and generally less “progressive”.
The logical conclusion from this is that if you’re a typical conservative whose natural stance is to avoid progressive ideology and/ or you’re over 54, you’re not welcome at Today FM.
So give them what they want and don’t listen.
Why provide a stream of income for a collection of drooling left wing goons pretending to be moderates and who reveal by the very words they broadcast over the air that they hate you?