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Events had proved the Commerce Commission to have been correct in blocking the merger in New Zealand of the Fairfax and NZME newspaper chains in order to preserve an editorial independence.

Otherwise claimed National Press Club president Peter Isaac to a Rotary gathering there would now be a near-total black-out over any news or view that did not chime with the doctrine of man-made climate change

The long-drawn out merger saga had been turned down on the grounds that it would lead to a situation such as the one in China where the one-party press had become the only source of truth.

The determination of Fairfax to ban any information or views that ran counter to the accepted man made climate change doctrine was confirmation of the fears of the Commerce Commission on the merger scheme.

Speaking to South Wairarapa Rotary Isaac (pictured) admitted that he had criticised the Commerce Commission veto, especially on the grounds that there could never be in New Zealand any kind of censorship approximating to that imposed by Beijing.

He had been wrong, he confessed to the rotary group that included many farmers and Isaac noted that the The Dominion had been launched in 1907 by Wairarapa farmers to promote agrarian interests.

In the event he observed The DominionPost had become the keystone in the Fairfax chain’s “catechism” of climate related dogmas of which farmers such as the ones in his audience had found themselves the designated arch villains.

Isaac said that total and unquestioned acceptance of climate related dogmas coalesced with a media morality scare that refused to accept science unless it confirmed with what he described as ardently-held millennial alarms.

Cynically, confessed Isaac, he had first believed that the embargo choking off any contrary news or opinion of climatism and its related beliefs was designed to capture a young and idealistic readership at a time when it was a rarity to see anyone “under 60” buying or reading a newsprint version of a daily newspaper.

In the event he had come to view man-made climatism and its associated beliefs and the utter refusal to countenance any dissenting information as a spiritual movement filling the vacuum left by conventional religious practitioners.

The depth of the movement and the ferocity of its adherents in dealing with dissenters was further proof he said of the wisdom of the Commerce Commission in correctly divining the danger of a self-selected narrow focus advocacy demographic taking exclusive charge of information on a topic such as that of the basis of the nation’s economy, farming.

Isaac’s talk was billed as being on the topic of “Newspapers Today.”

Both chains he observed exhibited a fervour in being seen to be harmonising with the government’s slate of moral advocacy.

But the Fairfax chain’s declared refusal to cover any dissent on man-made climate and its causes and effects was in defiance of the newspaper industry’s priority duty to inform.

The Commerce Commission had had the prescience to detect a trend that only in subsequent months had become visible in the form of Fairfax’s stated policy of ignoring any contrary views and from whatever source on climate change.

Commerce Commission Correctly Vetoed Newspaper Chain Merger Admits President

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Monday, 08 July 2019 10:25

Mick Bienowski: Out of Siberia

Mick Bienowski: Out of Siberia

Mick Bienowski’s trademark convivial magnanimity of spirit belied the horrific nature of his arrival in New Zealand which was via a labour camp in Siberia which is where he found himself in the aftermath of the Russo-German invasion of Poland at the outbreak of World War 2.

He had the incredible good fortune, as he saw it, to be among the now-famous contingent of Polish children who eventually found refuge in Pahiatua, New Zealand.

Mick Bienowski (pictured at a National Press Club event in 2014) who has died at the age of 87 after a long illness was a long-standing member under the newsmaker category which in his case was due to his work as staging constructor at Wellington’s John Street show buildings which with its cavernous interior was the main large capacity venue of its era.

Mick had earlier discovered the show buildings and their value when he used them to display his quick-build homes, a now much publicised genre of which he remains an unacknowledged pioneer.

Here, at the show buildings, he was responsible for configuring touring pop shows as well as sporting events, notably WWF fixtures which as a wrestling enthusiast himself were a particular interest.

Mick Bienowski as soon as he could in New Zealand took up a building apprenticeship, became a master builder, and in Wellington established MB Construction after his own initials which in turn corresponded by chance with the branding of the Master Builders industry group, as he would gleefully point out.

A keen outdoorsman, he revelled in the New Zealand ethic, yet he was always conscious that his manual dexterity had allowed him to survive the war, and he was keen to take his ability out into the community and did so by instructing Maori groups in woodworking, and also in the practical side of prisoner rehabilitation through employment in the construction sector.

He is survived by his son and daughter.

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