Posts by Rob Stowell

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to giovanni tiso,

    The entirely predictable Listener editorial: “Hager, of course, is no less guilty than Slater of trying to exert influence on the political process.”

    $^%&*^&*%#*^&*)(()_)&(*^&^%^^^%""**!!!!!!!
    I can't even.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Keir Leslie,

    Definitely the Waikato Times shouldn’t have run that story.

    It’s hardly a front-pager, because an unnamed source and a facebook page aren’t much to go on, unless the unnamed source happens to be highly credible. Someone is lying.

    His claims have been backed by a Waikato University student who saw the books in Letcher’s possession.

    The source understood that Letcher had been given money from someone within the National Party to buy the books.

    Letcher said: “I have one copy of the book and I haven’t finished it yet. I’m not involved in this."

    (my italics)
    More than likely the paper got played. Hopefully they’ll look into it thoroughly. But if it turns out to be true, it’s not such a stupid story.
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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to giovanni tiso,

    Oh yeah, it’s super lazy from the media to run a story on Curwen’s say-so alone – I’m quite surprised it made it that far.

    He himself said “So, apparently…”! To treat him like a primary source is simply insane.

    To be fair on the paper, they also quote another UoW source, albeit unnamed. Hard for the reader to asses the credibility of the claim without knowing who that source is, or what evidence they have, but two sources is a pretty common policy.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Mikaere Curtis,

    Tucker’s recollection back at the time was dodgy and his recollection now, three years later, is to be taken as the final word ?

    Bravo Felix. It’s unravelling rather fast, as lies upon lies can do …
    ETA - I'm way too slow, already linked :)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Grey Fucking Area,

    ^ looks terrific!
    In case it hasn’t been mentioned- Stuart Page’s ‘How Bizarre: the story of an Otara Millionaire’ is screening 9:30 Monday 25th on Mäori TV. Should be good.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Politics’ is governance not culture…
    …so why has

    Napier’s MTG has been forced to delay the launch of an exhibition of the late MP Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan’s clothing after the Electoral Commission raised concerns the display could influence voters on election day.

    It now opens a week later on the 27th!
    Looks like a great show – great graphics, great vision…

    At the time I felt blase about the changes to the Electoral Act. With this ruling (and the Key parody song) as examples (and no, not just because they are coming from the side of the fence I'm on) it's apparent I was wrong.
    It's dodgy. It does appear to infringe basic freedom of speech and expression in ways that go well beyond what I thought was the intention.
    Too late now, but it definitely needs to be changed.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Alec Morgan,

    Though it is mildly amusing that Cactus withdraws while “Whaledump” stays for now at the SunHerald.

    Having both at the same time would be clickbait, for sure, but perhaps a little too unpredictable for Te Herod. Odgers has written (writes?) a fair bit for Whaleoil; they seem closely connected. So any quantity of unpalatable Odger’s bile might arrive in the next dump.
    Because writing for Whaleoil in itself clearly wasn’t enough to put The Herald off choosing her.

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  • Hard News: We can do better than this,

    Waiting for someone in the media scrum to challenge Key on his ‘left-wing smear campaign to avoid talking about policy’ line.
    A smear is when you spread stories and rumours that you can’t back up. Allegations backed up by evidence are not smears.
    A campaign is orchestrated; the ‘left-wing’ is primarily Labour and the Greens; and they are the ones who might otherwise be debating policy, so there’s an implication they are involved. If Key has evidence of this, he should be asked to provide it.
    Because on all the evidence we’ve seen Labour and the Greens are keen to talk policy, and have nothing to do with Hager’s book or ‘whaledump.’
    Which makes Key’s assertion a smear.
    Accusing your opponent of doing what you are doing yourself is a classic Rovian tactic. But in this case not hard to challenge. Yet Key gets reported, and so far as I’ve heard, no one has even asked Cunliffe for a response.
    We can do better :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can do better than this, in reply to Russell Brown,

    the Gallery in particular tends not to move unless it smells blood.

    This. It's been evident in much of the reporting on Labour under Goff, then Shearer, and now Cunliffe. Bully-boy stuff, the flip-side of sycophancy.
    It's not everyone, and hard to pick any single individual or instance. But any pleasure in seeing it now directed at Key has to be tempered. It's kind've ugly.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can do better than this, in reply to Euan Mason,

    while sacking Collins would get the Nats back on track prior to the election, it would help destabilise his within-party support.

    It would also put Slater's nose out. And it's possible 'pissing off the whale' is something those close to him are reluctant to do.

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