Posts by cindy baxter

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

    Comments on Fran's article appear to be ravingly in support.
    I wonder how many they rejected.

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance,

    re: OIA:
    I heard talk last year that the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment was getting help from some sections of the media in writing OIA's - because the Ministry for the Environment was refusing to give her office information requested. By law, they are required to give it to her, but she has had to resort to OIA's. Not sure how well that's going either.

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance,

    I was taken by a piece in the Herald by Rhonwyn Newson who picked up on Simon Lusk's quote in Nicky Hager's book: that a negative campaign nearly always favours the right. Then there's the issue of studies on cognitive dissonance (where "facts" often don't convince people to change their minds). Both are salient points worth taking into account when looking at the impact (or lack thereof) of the details of Dirty Politics on the elections.

    And when Key kept going on about the "international influence" on New Zealand elections, where was the media asking him about his reliance on an international firm, Crosby Textor, on his own campaign?

    I'm happy to hear that Fisher and Nippert are both continuing on the case - now that the elections are over, it's time to get back to the real detail of dirty politics.

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Undercover cop Rob Gilchrist on how Hager discovered him and how Hager always gets it right:

    "You see, Mr Hager is very good at what he does. He is not just a journalist who working to a deadline just makes stuff up to add to the word count. He researches the hell out of the subjects in his articles and books. He talks to the right people, asks the right questions and goes over every little detail he has available to him with a nit comb."

    http://thestandard.org.nz/rob-gilchrist-on-nicky-hager/

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Discovery.

    Now there's a word.

    but nothing like that would happen until after September 20; the public deserves to know the truth before then.

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to DeepRed,

    If I'm not much mistaken, it was collected right before Dirty Politics came out. All the same, is Dirty Politics truly a game breaker, or just preaching to the choir? Even if it's the latter, it might just motivate undecided Left voters into becoming not so undecided Left voters.

    Yup, before the book. However, I fear there is some truth in this quote by Simon Lusk (in the book, and repeated by Gordon Campbell):

    “There are a few basic propositions with negative campaigning that are worth knowing about. It lowers turnout, favours right more than left as the right continues to turn out, and drives away the independents.’ In short, many people stop participating in politics. If politicians cannot be trusted, if politics looks like a petty or ugly game, and if no one seems to be talking about the things that matter, then what’s the point of bothering to participate? Just leave them to it.

    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2014/08/14/gordon-campbell-on-nicky-hagers-new-book/#more-3459

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    No mention of the prisoner transfer stuff on Stuff or the NZ Herald, do we think Collins has had the lawyers out already?

    Morning Report talked about it and said they've sent an OIA to Corrections, who will respond within 20 working days, (unless Slater gets it first).

    Mr Ede left Mr Key’s office this year and is now working at National Party headquarters on its re-election campaign.

    Yep, but this is normal in election campaigns where staff go over to work for the Party rather than being paid by Min. Services. Leave of absence, etc. Given his black ops rep, it's only natural that Ede would make that move this year.

    Key's getting himself into a bit of a pickle over those comments, which may well come back to haunt him.

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Oh and this:

    NZ's apparent top blogger on Facebook.

    547 likes.

    Nuff said.

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to "chris",

    February 2014: Key interviewed in a standup about GCSB, SIS, etc. Starts off talking about how he was called by a "member of the public" who turns out to be Slater.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9723130/Looks-like-Slater-is-Keys-Peters-source

    Later in the interview (click top left), Key admitted to calling Slater. During the interview it becomes clear they talk often.

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to DeepRed,

    "Slater deniers claims"

    gosh, really? Utterly surprising. On Radio Live, Collins accuses Hager of "using stolen emails for financial gain." More shrugging off. Admits very good friends with Slater.

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 94 posts Report Reply

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