Petra Bagust  and Brian Tamaki want to 'save' the New Zealand mainstream media!

There are of course, many tormented souls in the media and nobody is helping them!  Never fear - it's the National Media Prayer Day  to the rescue!

Yes, this Sunday (August 5) various churches will be praying for the souls of tormented journalists, broadcasters, editors  bloggers, etc  throughout the country.  Over 1000  churches are apparently  participating in this exercise - the purpose of which is 'to spread the Gospel throughout New Zealand's mass media.'

The impetus has come  from the conservative  Christian Broadcasting Association  (the organisation that runs Shine Television) )  which originally  held  a day of prayer for the work of the CBA . Shine TV is, of course, the channel that regularly  broadcasts anti-abortion, anti-gay and anti-left programmes - many of them  imported from right wing evangelical organisations in the United States and which have close links to the Republican Party.

Shine is  also not that keen about evolution  and also broadcasts shows that denounce such 'nonsense'.  For sheer stupidity, these shows have to be seen to be believed.

Shine  has  been running commercials for the Media Prayer Day.

Among the supporters of the Media Prayer Day  are the Christian Brethren, high profile supporters  of the National Party and furtive  distributors of  anti-Green Party leaflets.  Another high profile supporter   is the not-very-liberal  'Bishop' Brian  Tamaki of the Destiny Church.

Also lending their support to the prayer day are broadcasters Simon Barnett and Petra Bagust. Both feature in the television commercial.

Barnett is a breakfast DJ at More FM in Christchurch and the host of such top notch  television  shows as Stars in Their Eyes and Face The MusicI 'd probably be praying  for salvation if I'd  been  forced to watch these shows. 

Barnett was an active and strident opponent of Sue Bradford's 'anti-smacking' bill.

Petra Bagust is presently co-hosting the  floundering Breakfast show on TVNZ. and pulling in a salary of reportedly over $400,000.

There is a whole lot wrong with the mainstream media in New Zealand. That includes the absence of a non-commercial public broadcaster. It also  includes the  continued 'tabloidisation' of the commercial media  and its increasingly reactionary views.  It also includes the failure of both National and Labour Government's to address the question of the media being owned by a handful of foreign multinationals.

But the National Day of Prayer isn't about  any of these things. Its a condescending and asinine campaign that wants people in the media to support fundamentally conservative  religious beliefs that not only fail to address the unjust media  power structures in New Zealand  but actually defend them.


  1. what about religious beliefs that are not fundamentally conservative. Is this covered by National Prayer Day? BTW Shine TV is not run by the Christian Broadcasting Assn, its is run by the Rhema Broadcasting Group. #justsayin'


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