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Racism and Sexism and the Media's Culture of Lies
Don't Support stuff.co.nz's Racism
and Sexism and the Media's Culture of Lies
Peter Zohrab 2020
I understand the reason for it, but I am nevertheless
outraged that men's taxes are being used to subsidise the media, who spend
a lot of their time and power creating anti-male myths and making anti-male
assumptions, in order to dress those assumptions up, subsequently, as factual
For example, stuff.co.nz have produced what they call a "Homicide
Report". First off, I would like to discuss the insane sexism and
racism of the Homicide Report's article called "For
some women, there is only a thin line of defence against violent death."
This article by Stuff journalist, Michelle Duff, simply presupposes that all
perpetrators of Domestic Violence are men and all victims of it are women.
She only interviewed a woman whose research presupposed that. She ignored
all the scientific research (see Professor Fiebert's annotated bibliography
of Domestic Violence research at https://web.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm).
Referring to the murder of Arishma Chand, Stuff journalist, Michelle Duff
writes as follows:
"The Chands do not know what they could have done to protect
their daughter. They say they didn't know the full extent of Arishma's relationship
with Singh – everything they have heard has been Singh's
version, told in court, or from the police.
The one person who could tell them the truth
is no longer here to speak it."
This Michelle Duff person obviously thinks that she
knows that whatever Arishma Chand would have said would have been "the
truth" -- whereas what her husband and the police stated constituted
lies. The reason she thinks she knows this is that she always takes the side
of women against men -- and stuff.co.nz calls this process "journalism".
Bear this in mind when you read the following sentence, written by Michelle
"Stuff approached both the Wellington Indian Association and
Auckland Indian Association for this article, but did not receive a response."
By writing this, Michelle Duff creates the impression that the Wellington
Indian Association and the Auckland Indian Association were at fault for not
responding to her approach and that they would probably have had nothing of
a morally defensible nature to say. However, we have seen that Michelle Duff
THINKS THAT SHE KNOWS IN ADVANCE that South Asian
women always tell the truth and that South Asian men always tell lies. Therefore,
given this grotesque and totally predictable sexist bias on her part, it would
have served absolutely no purpose for these associations to have spoken with
Michelle Duff also writes:
"In almost all (Asian, African and Middle Eastern) communities,
leaving a marriage is considered shameful and treacherous and something
that should not be encouraged. Such beliefs result in extremely brutal deaths.
In such cases, it could often be believed that not only the husband has
been shamed but entire families and entire communities."'
That is a very racist statement. How many Asian, African and Middle Eastern
communities are there in New Zealand and how does Michelle Duff know that
"almost all" of them have the above attitudes? Even assuming that
what she says above is true of at least some communities, it is a lie to say,
"Such beliefs result in extremely brutal deaths." What might result
in some deaths is those beliefs, coupled with the fact
that the wife had decided to shame her husband and possibly the entire family
and community and also in the probably rare circumstance
that someone might feel that murder is the appropriate remedy to apply to
Either New Zealand is a multicultural country or it is not. The attitude
that "leaving a marriage is considered shameful and treacherous and something
that should not be encouraged" is a perfectly valid attitude. The mainstream
New Zealand family is a basket-case, with huge problems involving family breakdowns,
fatherless children, suicide, family violence and so on -- brought about by
Feminist divorce and separation laws aimed at destroying the family. If New
Zealand is a multicultural country, then the efforts of some communities to
resist this social tsunami are perfectly valid -- indeed heroic!
More Media Sexism
At one level, the Homicide Report is a database. There is nothing wrong
with that. But then the journalists set themselves up as analysts of this
data for our benefit. Given the grotesque man-hatred (misandry) of the media,
that is very problematic.
The Homicide Report starts by mentioning the fact that their database
includes, as victims of homicide, 627 men, 301 women and 197 young people.
You will notice that there are more than twice as
many male victims as female victims. However, their so-called "analysis"
does not even mention that!
Not only does the "analysis" not mention that there are more
than twice as many male victims as female victims, but the report does not
even start by mentioning men. It starts by focussing on women!
The Media View Themselves as a Political Power-Base
I'm sure you have heard of the song which starts, "They can't get me
-- I'm part of the Union." Well, the media probably sing a modified version,
which goes, "They can't get me -- I'm part of the Media." You know
"Democracy presupposes a free media sector which can hold politicians
(especially the Government) to account."
This gives media personnel an almost free hand to censor views they dislike
and to disseminate propaganda which they do like. The Press Council and Broadcasting
Standards Authority are weak and compliant servants of the values which the
media wish to promulgate.
13 March 2022