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.
It should not be my moral indignation that you should be concerned about; it should be the sensitivity of those who live in your fair city.
I’m more concerned about the only daily newspaper in Auckland’s insensitivity to basic journalistic norms that were dunned into my head at journalism school not that long ago. I get you’re determined to make Brown and Council staff responsible for not anticipating every potential Herald beat-up, but have you really not been paying attention? It’s not just its personal vendetta against Brown, but the paper’s coverage of the Unitary Plan was so often flat out wrong on fundamental matters of fact I don’t know if it was the work of the merely incompetent or (to coin a phrase) an orchestrated litany of lies. Neither option is acceptable to me.
I’ll just take the win if someone can convince The Herald (and columnists like Brian Rudman & Bernard Orsman) to stop acting as if budgets – and rates – are set by Mayoral fiat. Because anyone who is really that pig-ignorant shouldn’t be allowed in a newsroom without adult supervision, let alone writing about local body politics.
What an absurd waste of public money. Brown should be forced to go buy his own crap bucket at The Warehouse, like the ordinary hardworking battlers this sleazy pointy-headed elitist treats with such contempt. Or something.
If I were Len Brown or one of his spin team, I would have made it anticipated this and made it clear that the secret rooms were for Len and the future cleanliness of other mayors.
In which case, Jim, I would be genuinely outraged at such an egregious waste of public money. I don't know if you've been paying attention, but "anticipating" the pathological toy-throwing of various unelected and unaccountable Herald editors, columnists and useless public titty-suckers like Quax and Brewer would be a costly and futile exercise.
I'm sorry you don't like the outcome of a free, fair and legitimate election. The Herald has made it abundantly clear it doesn't. But it's not Brown or Auckland City's responsibility that the only daily newspaper in Auckland is exercising the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages. It would be really nice if your moral indignation was turned in that direction for a few moments.
Research and effort required: minimal. Is basic professionalism too much to ask?
Apparently so -- and not for the first time, Russell seems to have committed more journalism in ten half-awake Sunday morning minutes than The Horsepiss on Sunday managed all week.
“A secret dressing room, complete with a two seater couch, is a luxury lair, not value for money for ratepayers.”
Does this idiot have any idea what a proper bed of nails costs?