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  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to Grant Taylor,

    Multi-polar conflicts can be a tough call.

    Some analysts have gone as far as saying the West should do an Enemy Mine and ally with Assad against ISIS.

    NYT: The U.S. Should Help Assad to Fight ISIS, the Greater Evil
    USA Today: To fight ISIS, make peace with Syria's Assad: Column

    Others aren't so sure it's a good idea.

    NYT: Assad Has Never Fought ISIS Before
    DW: ISIS gains don't make Assad a Western ally

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to st ephen,

    Worth noting that the only person to suffer any fallout from the revelations in Dirty Politics so far is Judith Collins, and the police adore her.

    Maybe Ross Meurant had a point about the force he used to serve in.

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  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative,

    David Fisher:

    I don’t think that the state likes journalism very much. I think that journalism’s very awkward for the state, because it asks questions about what they’re doing … we have a great responsiblity to ask these important questions about what the state’s doing. Sometimes we don’t ask those as clearly as we should. Maybe they’ve forgotten what we’re there for in the first place – and that’s why they’re happy to go after us.

    So it prefers lapdog churnalists instead.

    Regarding ISIS, I have the sinking feeling it's going to be a long game of whack-a-mole. What happened in Oz with the suspected ISIS sympathiser has 'we will always be at war with Eastasia' written all over it.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to DexterX,

    The application and the enforcement of law in NZ is a variable commodity when dealing with issues that lean heavily on the political sphere. John Key’s and National’s “perceived” interest seem to me to be one of the dominating variables – people may differ – but this is what I see.

    In Britain, the bobbies have been compromised due to their role in Hackgate, which extended to some pretty senior levels of the London Met.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to izogi,

    I’m as concerned about whether those making the decisions in the Police are competent as I am about whether they’re independent.

    It doesn’t necessarily take a secret meeting and a direct request from the PM or another Minister for police to make a dumb and/or badly biased decision about which avenues are most important to investigate.

    And I also wonder if police speed cameras are less to do with actual road safety, and more to do with gathering revenue to make up for budget cuts. The editor of the Dog & Lemon Guide certainly thinks so.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    Updated 8/10/2014 12:35pm: The MSM score so far (not including those directly responsible for Dirty Politics):

    For Hager:
    * Matt Nippert (FF/NZH)
    * David Fisher (NZH)
    * Dita De Boni (NZH)

    Against Hager:
    * Susan Wood (ZB)
    * Bill Ralston
    * Colin Espiner (ex-FF, now SkyCity)

    Neutral:
    * Marcus Lush
    * Claire Trevett (NZH)
    * Katie Bradford (TV1)
    * Michael Parkin (TV1 deputy pol editor)

    No comment so far:
    * Corin Dann (TV1 pol editor)
    * Guyon Espiner (RNZ)
    * Susie Ferguson (RNZ)
    * Patrick Gower (TV3 pol editor)
    * Duncan Garner (RL)
    * Brook Sabin (TV3)
    * Jared Savage (NZH)
    * Andrea Vance (FF)
    * Tracy Watkins (FF)

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to mark taslov,

    The market place of ideas is no place for prohibition.

    Neither should it be a place for commercial monopolies.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Hager's not a materialistic guy, so I assume he's got an average-size house. Let's assume two bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, bathroom and his office. So six rooms, for argument's sake.

    He's a trained builder, so he would have saved big.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    As I've commented before this is a pretty good litmus test for those 4th estate entities that see themselves as genuine news organisations or are happy to be in the pay of the National Party/WO smear machine.

    The MSM score so far (not including those directly responsible for Dirty Politics):

    For Hager:
    * Matt Nippert (FF/NZH)
    * David Fisher (NZH)

    Against Hager:
    * Susan Wood (ZB)
    * Bill Ralston

    Neutral:
    * Marcus Lush
    * Claire Trevett (NZH)
    * Katie Bradford (TV1)
    * Michael Parkin (TV1 deputy pol editor)

    No comment so far:
    * Corin Dann (TV1 pol editor)
    * Patrick Gower (TV3 pol editor)
    * Duncan Garner (RL)
    * Brook Sabin (TV3)
    * Jared Savage (NZH)
    * Andrea Vance (FF)
    * Tracy Watkins (FF)

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    In any case, there are times when the law has to be bent for the greater good. Especially when those entrusted to maintain the law think it's not illegal when the President's doing it.

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