Posts by Rob Stowell

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    I'd like to make a press council complaint about Glucina's alleged deceit. Anyone know if someone else is doing this already?
    I keep going through Curry, Glucina and Tim Murphy's tweets, quotes and 'statements'. They started the day saying Bailey's claims (about Glucina) were totally untrue. Yet the final Herald statement seems completely - in a very weaselly way - compatible with Bailey's account. In some details it supports, in others confirms it.
    There's an attempt to muddy the waters with talk of 'a pool story'.
    Is this a real thing (apart from in extreme circumstances)? Is it common at the Herald that they'd share their copy? Has Glucina ever written a 'pool story' before?

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1653 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This Anzac Day, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    But my father served in the Dutch army during WWII and I know almost nothing about his experiences. Except the very gaps tell a story, not a fun exciting boys own story.

    A good mate started giving me (via facebook messages) stories of his family's lives during wartime in Holland. Absolutely remarkable - horrific in so many ways. I hadn't realised how many people starved in WW2 (more than died in combat).
    The last 6 months - when the outcome was not in doubt - in Holland were the most terrible. His dad didn't talk about it, but one of his uncles did.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1653 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This Anzac Day,

    there were also iwi, disposessed of their land, their populations already ravaged, who wanted no part of the Empire’s war, and Maori who absconded from conscription for the same reason.

    Rua Kenana - 1916 was notable for the armed invasion of the Urewara :(

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  • Hard News: This Anzac Day,

    I felt an unexpected surge of pride in celebrating ANZAC day (I'd just pinned on a poppy) when Checkpoint announced the 'Anzac of the year' was Louise Nicholas. Came out of left field, but if that's what the RSA et al really want to celebrate this year, I'm pretty bloody pleased.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    How have the Herald managed to make themselves look worse than the PM on #tailgate? Quite an achievement, for a company awash in PR specialists.
    I reckon Currie needs to apologise and withdraw some of his statements, fast. Out on a limb; still sawing.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to nzlemming,

    “When I spoke to the owners, they told me they had initially thought Rachel was working on a statement to go to all media, along with the photograph,” he says.

    “Given the situation, I wanted to ensure they were satisfied with the quotes they had given Rachel and took the rare step of agreeing she should run the quotes past the parties before publication. No objections were raised.”

    So it WAS a deception – or at the very kindest reading, a mis-understanding. PR ‘goes out to all media’ – a journalist’s copy most certainly doesn’t.
    And Mr Curry fails to mention that objections WERE raised, by the most important of the ‘parties’. "I wanted to ensure they were satisfied" indicates to me Curry was only considering the owners ('they' in the previous par), and probably only consulted them.
    Looks like weasel-words; smells like weasel-piss :(

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    The Herald, through Glucina and Currie have decided to give up any pretense of having moral standards.

    Glucina should lose her job. It's squalid and morally bankrupt. I can accept sometimes deception by journalists is necessary and legitimate when the aim is to hold the powerful to account.
    When the aim is to crush the powerless and protect the powerful, it's contemptible.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    Mockery is one of the harder things for a politician to counter. It'll be interesting to see how such a successful political team respond.

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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Please remember hunter gatherers died young.
    Any estimates of their work ethic are wild guesses at best.
    And evolutionary arguments to justify behaviour are usually utter bollocks.

    Sure, let's not romanticise prehistory - or use evolution to justify behaviour. But just as silly to ignore it in when trying to understand who and what we are. Recorded human history is so short.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1653 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Christchurch: how did it come…,

    Good news on the stadium. Everything about the grand new proposal was wrong. So with a little wriggliness we can slip out of it, and govt can save face by 'blaming' the insurers.
    Looks like there's little or no chance of changing the secretive gamble (and in my opinion, the more egregious deal) CCDU have taken with Chch's future in the Convention Centre. Contracts signed, etc. But I think it's important we protest it as strongly as possible.

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