Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming,

    Hosking’s interview with Laila Harre is amazing. He declares that Dotcom “admitted yesterday to criminal activity”, construes the speech as a “threat” to John Key, completely fails to read a later Dotcom text (Pam was “screaming at her ex”) as a joke, etc.

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Danyl Mclauchlan,

    If Corkery did do that on purpose to get the lead spot on the news then she's an idiot.

    She didn't.

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Damian Christie,

    Do you think it’s unreasonable for someone to assume that maybe KDC enjoys making ambiguous statements – effectively “I hacked the German Chancellor because I didn’t like him… I don’t like John Key either”.

    I guess so, but it wasn’t really how it came across in the hall. Maybe I missed something. But the idea that he admitted to past hacking escapades, which was what the reports said, is demonstrably absurd. It’s just not news.

    Dotcom’s been part of the roadshow, and it’s not hard to see why. He speaks well, he’s famous and people like him. I do think he could have left out John Key altogether.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to David Hood,

    my sense is that there may have several people independently* exploring the ruins of Slater’s server as it fell over. But that is just speculation.

    *independent in the sense of a bunch of unrelated people going “get him” at the same time

    Fisher's source does seem to have different material. Plus it's possible either may have shared with someone other than Hager. Right when this started, one person tweeted me alluding to having "the whole site".

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Pete George,

    Good grief. I'm not sure whether you're being disingenuous or just tone-deaf, but I can't be bothered with it any more. Goodbye.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Guys (and it’s mostly us chaps) please think twice how you’re talking about that e-mail exchange, which could most genrously be described as casually & grotesquely misogynistic, and why. A lot of the commentary around this, and PAS is far from the worse, sure hits my ear as being less about sympathy or concerns for the safety of women in the Young Nats (or anywhere else) than scoring political points. This isn’t just about Cameron Slater and Simon Lusk, or David Farrar and Nicky Hagar. There are human beings here who deserve better.

    Agreed. PG has introduced the topic into two separate threads now, to no useful end.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Pete George,

    I’ve addressed that particular issue extensively over time Russell, often being attacked for it. In fact I was banned from Whale Oil for going and confronting their attitude to rape and Tania Billingsley. This is what I posted there:

    So, no, you have at no point addressed the substance of that passage in the book – that these creeps were essentially plotting the rape of young women who were members of the National Party – but you’ve gone on and on and on about the peripheral issue of who organised the party they were going to. I think we’re done.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Pete George,

    That shows that they discussed doing it, nothing more. Hide has said it didn’t happen and there are no facts to indicate that it did actually happen is there?

    Well, there's the very thinly-veiled threat about Hide's personal life, posted on Whaleoil exactly as promised in the hacked messages.

    But you do realise, Pete, that conspiracy to commit blackmail is quite a serious criminal offence? Surely you realise that.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    This might actually be this week's weirdest media thing.

    Sean Plunket's bizarre cold-call to Patrick Gower implying that Gower was privy to the hacking on the basis of what a handful of listeners thought they recalled hearing him say.

    It's staggeringly unprofessional of Plunket to not even try to find the original audio before calling a journalists working for the same company live on air and taunting him. WTF?

    This copy of the audio was retrieved by one of my Twitter followers because it's been deleted by Radio Live. No wonder.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to CJM,

    Jordan Williams was on last week on the afternoon of the Hager launch. Be very interesting to see if/when he next appears.

    His boss, Stephen Franks, was hilarious today. He kept saying that he'd been away skiing and missed it all, so he might as well just pass on the whole thing.

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