Posts by giovanni tiso

  • 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?

    The book makes pretty careful claims based on the documents it has. Hide would have pretty strong motivations to deny something that it actually happened - but it doesn't matter, insofar as Hager's claims (Lusk and Slater discussed blackmailing Hide, Lusk said he was going to do it, Lusk reported back he had done it, Hide resigned) are all things that actually happened.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7348 posts Report Reply

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

    'emphatically disputed' doesn't amount to disproved. Why are you so keen to defend these guys anyway?

    Plus, you know, we actually have the messages exchanged between Lusk and Slater about the Hide blackmail, and no-one is disputing their veracity. So either they were lying to each other, or...

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7348 posts Report Reply

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

    Sorry if I've missed it Pete, but have you at any point devoted any of your unending outrage towards the actual hideous content of that rape conversation? Or expressed sympathy for the young women being targeted by these creeps?

    You will recall Peter is the guy who compared asking sponsors to give money to Rape Prevention Education to date rape.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7348 posts Report Reply

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

    I just bought the damned book, because I passed a rare thing after my lunchtime coffee today - an actual real honest-to-goodness suburban bookshop and I love to keep great stuff like that alive. So I will digest. And ponder.

    So, you called Hager a grassy knoll conspiracist without having read the book? That makes you the quintessential Panel guest.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7348 posts Report Reply

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

    I've always thought of Phil Goff as a basically decent guy.

    Okay, let's not say things we can never take back now.

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

    That editorial is a trainwreck.

    If that editorial is a train wreck, then Jane Clifton's piece in the same issue is a plane crashing into an erupting volcano.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7348 posts Report Reply

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

    The entirely predictable Listener editorial: "Hager, of course, is no less guilty than Slater of trying to exert influence on the political process."

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

    Hard for the reader to asses the credibility of the claim without knowing who that source is, or what evidence they have, but two sources is a pretty common policy.

    A source who prefixes their story with "apparently" is not a source.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7348 posts Report Reply

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

    Oh yeah, it's super lazy from the media to run a story on Curwen's say-so alone - I'm quite surprised it made it that far.

    He himself said "So, apparently..."! To treat him like a primary source is simply insane.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7348 posts Report Reply

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

    So we're back to to the scenario of a Prime Minister who is innocent of any and all doings in his own office, even where they involve the Security Intelligence Service, an extremely sensitive agency for which he is directly responsible.

    In light of the fact that Key had been busy calling at the time Goff on this very thing, Brent Edwards - using one of the most wonderful euphemisms in the history of public radio - just called this revelation "surprising".

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7348 posts Report Reply

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