I can see why the police discouraged me from laying a complaint.
Oh Heather, that made me cry even more.
It’s interesting that that this post is getting plenty of views (and 50-plus retweets on Twitter) but only a few comments.
What can we say except we are sorry the system has failed so badly?
Our sympathy and tears are real.
But what changes?
Journalists have to hold their audience. That audience is at least twice as much in favour of National as Labour, probably more.
There is a huge smell of circular logic there.
And again - half of those who voted favoured National - that is not half of TVNZ audience note is it half of the population, it is not even half of those eligible to vote.
Success can be measured in different ways
Yup. But if that is your measure then you are an entertainer and not a journalist. It seems to me that some people want the prestige of one and the rewards of the other.
some people hereabouts would only be happy if Paddy Gower was chasing Judith Collins around Parliament with a burning pitchfork.
Not I. I'd rather our reporters stopped chasing people around trying to badger them into saying the perfect soundbite.
It seems to me, he says naively, that sometimes just the simple refusal to answer is enough - especially if the reporter and editor is able to highlight the fact that the person failing to answer has been evasive.
Sorry about that.
No worries. While at the moment I'm conscious that I'm stressed and quite grumpy I hope I don't cross that line. But if I do please call me on it.
One thought that occurs throughout all this is, there is a dogma in journalistic circles (or at least appears to be) that in order to be able to do good journalism in politics the journalist must be part of the in crowd. They must be close to the politicians and part of some kind of inner circle that gets the news first.
Yet instead what seems to occur is that by being closer they are more easily manipulated into (unconsciously) spinning a line. Gower's "tricky" gaff being a perfect example.
It should be noted that perhaps the biggest journalistic success in that last few years has come from a journalist outside the favoured clique.
Patrick has developed a manner that is snide and unpleasant
I find Patrick Gower quite endearing, sometimes (not so much recently), but he always looks to me like his face belongs in the pages of Viz magazine.
I did not say that. Not sure who you meant to quote but it wasn't me.
“All out war” is probably going a bit far, though.
The way some media were reporting it, I was expecting to see blood seeping under the door and MPs carried away in body bags.