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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to CJM,

    And remember Slaters ‘Canon’ award was given by the Heralds own Deborah Hill-Cone…

    Who in turn was appointed by the CEO of the Newspaper Publishers Association, Rick Neville.

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  • Legal Beagle: Election 2014: the no…, in reply to Stephen R,

    “the Conservatives insatiable desire to lock poor and brown people in prisons”

    If there's a racial motive to do so, then the CCCP are pretty good at concealing it. If they didn't, they'd probably be a lot more like the European ultra-populist movements like the Front National, UKIP or Partij voor de Vrijheid.

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  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout,

    I'm of the view that compulsory voting is a blunt instrument, but I still think it's better and easier than a few other options, such as lecturing or scaring people into voting. In the long term, strengthening civic engagement is the solution, no matter how long and hard the road is.

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Richard Wain,

    Um, not so much. Journos tend to be badly paid actually. Horrible hours usually too. Would you do 50-60 hour weeks for $50-60K, in Auckland? Less if you’re a junior… $70-80K is pretty much top dollar nowadays, unless you’re Mike Hosking et al.

    You know when desktop PC technicians have slumped in relevance in today’s society, when they’re only worth minimum wage these days. It's the whole reason why I'm looking for work a new industry. Any ideas or openings?

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Indeed, the media failed – or succeeded – in propaganda winning on the day.

    And the other big winners of the day were apathy, cynicism and disillusionment.

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    For a start, I wouldn’t believe anything Cameron Slater says without independent corroboration from multiple sources.

    One of the better things from his newly-approved journo status is that he'll have to declare his sources by name, not 'a party insider' or a 'reliable informant'.

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Lynn Williams,

    The political arena over the past 30 years has been dragged so far back to the right that the centre has been redefined and even moderate left policies and priorities are labelled as extremist.

    The media has played a key role in that – pun intended.

    To what extent does the media influence politics, as opposed to merely reporting it? The answer may have to wait for a Royal Commission. In fact, someone's already calling for one to be held.

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The one that did creep me out was the bookending of traffic reports on Radio Live and ZB with “party vote National” ads. This was in the middle of the news, with the electoral ad spoken by the same announcer who gave the traffic information, almost in the same breath. That really crossed a line for me, but I suppose I’m not a commercial radio listener.

    Has anyone made a BSA complaint yet?

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  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Key might have got re-elected to run into the perfect storm. Of course, he may have realised that and be planning to head off to Hawaii before his term is up.

    And what if Jesse Colombo is proven right and the housing bubble pops? Cunliffe would have dodged a poisoned chalice in that case. I forgot who, but a notable Washington pundit was on record saying that whichever party is in the White House in 2016 could be in the political wilderness for a generation.

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