[Removed because on a second look Ian's read of the story is spot on. Mine not so much.]
My favourite was when it was ok to be gay as long as you never did anything, hate the sin love the sinner sort of rubbish
What I find particularly adorable is the whole "equality of civil marriage, which we don't doctrinally recognize anyway, is a vicious attack on religious freedom" foofy-tosh. It's not only circle jerk non-reasoning, but it's an argument I doubt these folks would reciprocate if I decided to go full metal Wicker Man in the backyard and burn someone to death to appease the spirits and help the roses along...
A cruel idea framed as a kind one.
It's also a horribly confused one, but I've kind of given up splattering my brains up against that particular brick wall.
I’d consider making a line of T-shirts bearing ‘the NZ Herald is a bucket of piss’ or similar.
I'd buy one of those, except urine never did anything to deserve such a horrible diss. :)
The editorial team need to be embarrassed into upping their game.
That would be nice, Sam. But remember when the British press were piously intoning they were going to clean up their act after Diana died? I sincerely take no pleasure in saying this, but I think the only things that will prompt The Herald to tune up is someone with very deep pockets and ironcast will taking them to the cleaners in a defamation suit with a substantial order for costs attached.
in far too short a supply inside their newsrooms nowadays, perhaps.
No, the problem is the Herald does far too much "moralising" without drawing that tiresome distinction between editorial opinion and hard news.
And from her former colleague, Tony Wall, also to me:
“oh for god’s sake enough of the moralising – it was just a good old fashioned yarn !”
This really is some bullshit.
Eleanor Catton told a good old fashioned yarn. Victoria University Press marketed it as fiction. Spot the difference, boys and girls.
There’s a scandal there alright, and it’s not about what type of door but about people who rarely seem to come through them to get the work done.
I look forward to Jordan Williams' furious press release demanding an amendment to the Local Government Act mandating the removal of work-shy Councillors... But no breath will be held.
I’ve come to the conclusion the only solution is cloning Todd Niall.
After binge watching both seasons of Orphan Black, I endorse this proposal. But only if one of Niall’s clones does something hideously unpleasant to Shayne Currie with a glue gun, a pencil, the power of science and a really thick accent…
Recap: Bullshit news story draws bullshit press release from bullshit “union” linked to the bullshit, which becomes a follow-up bullshit news story.
A modest revenue-gathering suggestion for NZME: Set up a widget to direct all Cameron Brewer and Jordan Williams' press releases straight to the Herald's advertising department, and charge for their publication at full commercial rates. Stenography disguised as news isn't only bad journalism, it's doing nothing for your bottom line.