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  • Hard News: A voice of reason and authority,

    Quite. Truth is still a defence for defamation, right? And someone has to actually have a reputation to damage?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17749 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Where your money goes,

    Not an expert, sorry. I think it came up here a while back, so a search might be fruitful.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17749 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Where your money goes,

    The most immediate payoff would come from unravelling the relationships between gaming machine trusts and the horse-racing "industry". No surprise who was their Minister for the last few years..

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  • Hard News: A Real Alternative,

    But if she's going to be bashed for relying on a published account of the number of children Matheson had, it seems a bit unfair for Coney, Bunkle and Cartwright's howler over the "two groups" -- and even given James' useful commentary, it still seems to me a truly terrible mistake -- to be deemed irrelevant.

    None of it is irrelevant to the larger discourse.

    However I believe that Bryder's motivation for referring to the number of children is of most interest. Having said that, the matter seems far from a significant reason why Matheson and others feel insulted.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17749 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A Real Alternative,

    I should add that there is nothing inherently left or right about that - the dance of politics continues no matter who takes the floor or chooses the music.

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  • Hard News: A Real Alternative,

    Just in case. Discourse. A process of conversations, themes and actions, rather than disconnected utterances in a vacuum.

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  • Hard News: A Real Alternative,

    Craig, "demean" is not a synonym for "lie". And discourse is far more sophisticated than individuals acting with transparent intent.

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  • Hard News: A Real Alternative,

    what the hell does all this have to do with the substance (or otherwise) of Bryder's argument, as opposed to dog-whistling that Bryder's a misogynistic skank beating up on an old, sick (but still feisty) lady?

    Barton is a feature writer and therefore used to painting word-pictures of interviewees. This story is a feature in the Saturday edition where that personal description is quite standard.

    Seems only fair to humanise one of the other major participants if he is also portraying "a compelling story of a doctor who was all too human", to quote Audent who Russell linked to. It's also a way of showing that time has passed.

    Audent also offers:

    ‘Why’ goes to motive. ‘Why’ is the question nobody wants answered; everything else is biography.

    As Danielle notes, the motivation and the current political context seem relevant, even if only to explain the rabid one-sidedness of the Listener. Matheson, Cartwright, Coney and others have been quite deliberately demeaned, and it's part of a larger backlash discourse that is happening largely un-named.

    Maybe that's why it seems like a dogwhistle, Craig. But it's not from the mouth you think it is.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17749 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A Real Alternative,

    And not because they would have "happened anyway" - that's surely Bryder's most insulting claim.

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  • Hard News: Where your money goes,

    There are plenty of other monetary avenues business can follow without slotting themselves into the finance stream of reputable charities.

    I take your point about ethics being central - and fortunately most who deal with charities do behave, well, charitably.

    However, some businesses specialise in areas more likely to be relevant to charities - like fundraising or TXT gateway services. Should they all have to be charitable too? A for-profit business may be better placed to support specialisation, innovation and similar risky behaviours that might not sit comfortably with a charitable ethos.

    I'm a big fan of organisations working together from their strengths, and collaborating accordingly rather than just adopting traditional purchaser-supplier or donator-receiver relationships. Sponsorship is only one form, and philanthropic funders are moving towards smarter and more engaged models too.

    Negotiating partnerships does take effort. I asked Rick earlier whether that might be one reason for KidsCan's overhead proportions being high so far. Maybe it's the way they have chosen to tackle things, or how fast they have tried to grow? May not be the best use of money, despite intentions.

    I don't know enough to answer that for myself - which is the bigger point about disclosure and reporting that has been raised. Doesn't make some of the particular aspects we know already look less dubious though, particularly the related party transactions. Sunlight will help. I look forward to reading more when Rick comes back to us.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17749 posts Report Reply

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