Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Moving right along?

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  • Sacha, in reply to Lilith __,

    bloody illiterate journos/producers

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19661 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to The Ruminator,

    when Paul Henry made fun of Sheila Dikshit's name

    he did a darn sight more than that.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19661 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    He wouldn’t be the first “filmmaker” in this town to offer someone “a share of the profits” on a film that will never make its production costs back.

    I'd say the mere asking of the question was the point of the question - if she didn't just walk away the moment he suggested that, then that looks bad for her - at least that's how he'd be playing it. It makes it look like she's considering it seriously, or at the very least, not offended by the suggestion, which is pretty much that she's a dirty ho getting sold to the highest bidder. If it went down the way he said at all, which is hardly something we can be sure about.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10629 posts Report Reply

  • SteveH, in reply to martinb,

    All these potentials for unethical behaviour in my opinion fall well short of the the threshold for resignation from a position. This would be an over reaction.

    Absolutely agree.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to BenWilson,

    I guess we have another potential answer to the matter of Cook's interest in this story - promoting his new venture to the credulous.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19661 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Lilith __,

    Pored! It’s “pore over” not “pour over”. Pet peeve.

    Thank you Lilith!
    While poor/pour/paw & pore are pronounced roughly the same, they DONT mean the same…it’s why English has this vicious spelling system- to distinguish meaning-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to martinb,

    It’s ok to snigger at a name privately-

    With all due respect, Martin, it isn't. I can understand my weird "foreign" surname doesn't exactly trip off every tongue, but I do appreciate it when people at least make a good faith effort to pronounce it correctly and avoid turning my name into an occasion for a smutty little sneer.

    Ooh, Slater’s put up a comment already saying Harman’s got it completely wrong. Now who would I believe?…

    Neither of them. I wouldn't trust Slater if he told me fire was hot and water was wet, but I'm not sure Harman isn't being a wee bit over credulous.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    what humour is acceptable?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19661 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Far out, they’re coming thick and fast now.

    Whaleoil quotes Emma Hart approvingly and at length and is very sad that I wrote a “hit-piece” on him.

    And also:

    Brown claimed his decision to act as a referee for Chuang when she applied for a job at the city art gallery did not constitute an abuse of power.

    He said he only provided her with a written reference – something he had done for a number of people

    But Chuang claims that after being shortlisted for the position, the art gallery manager rang Brown to ask whether she was a suitable candidate for the job.

    Brown said she was, and off the back of that endorsement she was given the job.

    This is sorta problematic for Brown if true, because he has spoken only of a written response.

    Otoh, if they genuinely just wanted to confirm she was “suitable” before offering her the job – well, yeah, she totally was. Here’s her CV.

    She was well qualified to be sponsorship manager and is known as an ace networker. If only it weren’t for that little criminal business with the Museum …

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22724 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Uhh.. He likes Emma's Missing Stair posts? Who wants to break it to him?

    Morningside • Since Nov 2006 • 532 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    Uhh.. He likes Emma’s Missing Stair posts? Who wants to break it to him?

    The comments are fantastic!

    More evidence is needed to eradicate this Missing Stair. Lay it on him Whale!

    And:

    Bloody well said Cameron and Emma Hart.

    Best Whaleoil thread EVER! ;-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22724 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But Chuang claims that after being shortlisted for the position, the art gallery manager rang Brown to ask whether she was a suitable candidate for the job.

    Brown said she was, and off the back of that endorsement she was given the job.

    First, I’d treat any assertion Slater makes about what Chuang has said with extreme scepticism. (Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me the other several hundred times? Shame on me, with knobs on.)

    Second, I don’t know what planet Cameron lives on but I’ve applied for jobs in the public sector where every referee and former employer cited in my CV were contacted. I would not be surprised if this was the case here, as the public sector has (quite properly) become more cautious after a string of cases of staff exposed as having engaged in serious *cough* resume inflation.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Pete, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    The cognitive dissonance. It is strong with this one.

    Since Apr 2008 • 106 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    The cognitive dissonance. It is strong with this one.

    There's cognitive dissonance, and there's something that bears a disturbing resemblance to a permanent psychotic break.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    Who wants to break it to him?

    sshhhhh

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19661 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    resume inflation

    in marketing roles, harder to spot
    #biggerstrongerfaster

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19661 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    Uhh.. He likes Emma’s Missing Stair posts? Who wants to break it to him?

    The irony, it burns!

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Best Whaleoil thread EVER! ;-)

    I am delighted that he's chosen to embrace feminism, and that he and his commentariat will be actively policing men pushing women into doing things they don't want to do from now on.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • kiwicmc,

    One thing you can say about the Aussies, they may be crap at rugby but, by god, they know how to do political corruption. I'll see your puny employment reference (verbal or written) and raise you a 100 million dollar coal mine, long term leases on waterfront land and a prostitute called Tiffany. Hell, even Banksy didn't spend Kim DotCom's $50K on hookers and blow.

    Auckland, New Zealand • Since May 2008 • 88 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac, in reply to Sacha,

    what humour is acceptable?

    If you can't think of ways to satirise or point out someone's stupidities other than making fun of their name or how they look, perhaps you need to think about exactly what it is you're trying to mock.

    Because "you look funny and you smell" kind of lost any pretensions of being incisive humour when I was about nine.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Attachment

    Waiting.. waiting...

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I am delighted that he’s chosen to embrace feminism,

    For some reason I’m reminded of an elusive quote that might have once been applied to Aldous Huxley - “His embrace was like having a slug crawl over one.”

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4590 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to TracyMac,

    Waiting.. waiting…

    Great GIF! Stealing.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to TracyMac,

    If you can’t think of ways to satirise or point out someone’s stupidities other than making fun of their name or how they look, perhaps you need to think about exactly what it is you’re trying to mock.

    Thanks, TracyMac - couldn't have put it better myself. It's also a useful exercise in imaginative multiculturalism to remind yourself of all the places in this big old world where you're the weirdo. If you wouldn't like people sniggering about your name to your face in Mumbai, Bejing or Pretoria, probably shouldn't be doing it to anyone else.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to TracyMac,

    you look funny and you smell

    that's about the level, true

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19661 posts Report Reply

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