A participant on ‘The Panel’ during Afternoons with Jim Mora made comments about men wolf whistling at women, such as ‘bring back the wolf whistle’, ‘a whistle is not harassment’, ‘a lot of women are the ones that haven’t been whistled at, that have got a problem with it’ and ‘we are the peacocks, you guys are the ones that look at us’. The Authority did not uphold a complaint that the broadcast condoned and encouraged sexual harassment of women, as the panellist’s comments were clearly her own opinion and did not reach the level of offensiveness required to find a breach of the relevant standards.
Not Upheld: Discrimination and Denigration, Good Taste and Decency, Law and Order
A panel discussion on Afternoons with Jim Mora suggested that fraud in the ‘Māori sector’ is often treated differently to other fraud. The Authority declined to determine the complaint that the programme breached standards because the panellists should have made reference to the ‘2004 Feltex IPO fraud’ as an example of ‘non-Māori fraud’. The complainant’s concerns were matters of personal preference and editorial discretion, and the Authority’s decisions on previous complaints should have put him notice of the likely outcome of this complaint.
Declined to Determine: Accuracy
During Afternoons with Jim Mora on Radio New Zealand National, the host and panellists discussed a coroner’s recommendation, with one panellist criticising the recommendation and stating, “for god’s sake, somebody drown that coroner”. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that this breached standards relating to good taste and decency, law and order, accuracy, fairness, and discrimination and denigration: the panellist’s comment was flippant and not intended to be taken literally or as a serious encouragement to commit unlawful acts; and it was aimed at the coroner in his professional capacity, rather than being personally abusive.
Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Law and Order, Accuracy, Fairness, Discrimination and Denigration
During Afternoons with Jim Mora, broadcast on Radio New Zealand National about 4.30pm, the host and panellists discussed the recent release of a controversial collectors’ edition Barbie doll. A panellist suggested there was a market in the Muslim world for “terrorist Barbie”, and in response the host suggested “suicide bomber Barbie”. The Authority declined to uphold the complaint that the broadcast breached standards relating to good taste and decency, accuracy, discrimination and denigration, and responsible programming. The comments were intended to be satirical, they were clearly commentary and opinion rather than statements of fact, the panellists were making the point that the marketers were smart to release controversial Barbie dolls, and the programme was not one likely to appeal to child listeners.
Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Accuracy, Discrimination and Denigration, Responsible Programming
Afternoons with Jim Mora, broadcast on Radio New Zealand National, included a panel discussion about the National Party’s welfare reform policy. The Authority declined to uphold the complaint that the broadcast breached the controversial issues and accuracy standards. The New Zealand welfare system, including welfare reform, amounted to a controversial issue of public importance, the broadcaster had made reasonable efforts to present significant viewpoints, and as the issue was ongoing listeners could reasonably be expected to be aware of alternative viewpoints. The panellist’s statements were his personal comment and opinion and therefore exempt from standards of accuracy under guideline 5a.
Not Upheld: Controversial Issues, Accuracy
Afternoons with Jim Mora, broadcast on National Radio, included a panel discussion about New Zealand First’s decision to drop one of its candidates for drinking his own urine. A panellist commented that Don Brash and John Banks “drink each other’s urine”. The Authority declined to uphold the complaint that this breached standards relating to good taste and decency and fairness. The comment was not so offensive as to breach the good taste and decency standard and would not have offended or distressed most listeners, and it did not carry any invective.
Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency, Fairness
Afternoons with Jim Mora. Panel guest made references to Prime Minister John Key giving Warner Bros. 100 million dollars to secure filming of The Hobbit. Not upheld (accuracy).
Afternoons with Jim Mora. Discussion about Russia’s proposal to use a controlled nuclear explosion to contain an oil leak. Not upheld (good taste and decency, discrimination and denigration).
Afternoons with Jim Mora. Use of the word bejesus. Good taste and decency. Not upheld.