Posts by cindy baxter

  • 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 • 91 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 • 91 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 • 91 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 • 91 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 • 91 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 • 91 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 • 91 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Here's Farrar out in defence of Finny, 2010, after he was named in Wikileaks as being a "top contact" for the US.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2010/12/finny_not_a_spy.html

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 91 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Morning Report interesting. Nothing to see here, move right along. Govts have to feed journalists and bloggers/it's their job. Bloggers get stories from Govt/it's their job. Farrar and Joyce worked on their lines together? Hager's drilling of Farrar was excoriating, I thought, and Susie left him to do it.

    "Breathless" seems to be the chosen description of Hager today.

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 91 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    @Dylan

    Yup, Paul Henry's "speedreader" was recently appointed by Steven Joyce to chair the Board of Education, and he's a Director of NZTE.

    That Paul Henry utterly failed to mention anything other than Charles Finny's speed reading qualifications, when Finny went on to say that the book would "not change one vote" was quite something.

    here's finny's profile on LinkedIn
    http://nz.linkedin.com/pub/charles-finny/31/a58/7b1

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 91 posts Report Reply

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