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Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit

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  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Julie Fairey,

    There’s a scandal there alright, and it’s not about what type of door but about people who rarely seem to come through them to get the work done.

    I look forward to Jordan Williams' furious press release demanding an amendment to the Local Government Act mandating the removal of work-shy Councillors... But no breath will be held.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12363 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to simon g,

    May not mean anything, but somebody on Twitter has noted that the reporter’s by-line (Cherie somebody) has been removed from the online story.

    It's still there.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2813 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald,

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1285 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Amongst these photos

    Those fly ones are just wrong, yo.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2813 posts Report Reply

  • Brian Murphy,

    Fine infomercial here for a product that could help monitoring the Mayor, and any guests.

    The TU should stump up the funds.

    Smartpipe!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 48 posts Report Reply

  • martinb,

    Wait- on the front page of the Herald there are calls for recall elections. On the basis of 'secret rooms'.

    The Herald. Gutter journalism since I don't know about a year ago. Before Granny was a Tory from on high, now she's down and dirty.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • martinb,

    Sorry, I told a lie. There is not one BS Len Brown story on the front of the Herald web page. There are two.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Gareth Swain,

    Why do people support (by buying) the Herald when that is its standard of journalism? Is it because there's no better alternative?

    It's had a monopoly on the AKL market since the Auckland Star folded in 1991. The ComCom needs to sharpen its claws. Yesterday.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5328 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Swain, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    It's had a monopoly on the AKL market since the Auckland Star folded in 1991.

    Hmmm, so people really do just sit back and accept shoddy journalism because there's nothing else? Why, though? Even if there is no easily accessible mainstream source of unbiased, rigorously researched, properly edited news, wouldn't it still be better to stop buying the Herald?

    (Sorry for harping on this... I'm strangely intrigued by it. Once again, I hasten to add that I'm not fishing for an argument; I really am ignorant about this, being so far and so long away.)

    Japan • Since Apr 2013 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Gareth Swain,

    Hmmm, so people really do just sit back and accept shoddy journalism because there’s nothing else?

    Because a lot of good, important journalism comes with it. Fisher, Nippert and others. Excellent magazine writing by the likes of Alan Perrott, etc. As vexing as it might be, the Herald is probably the best paper we have.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Bevan Chuang has posted her exchange with the author of this unfortunate story, seeking comment.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • Gary Young, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    And I'm in a bar in Queenstown where the door to the bathrooms and the adjacent wall are covered in wallpaper depicting shelves full of books. Apparently this is not an uncommon theme in NZ interior design.

    Glenfield • Since Jun 2013 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    There are two secret hidden sex doors in the Oval Office

    I was fairly sure there were three. Also, John Key has had a secret tunnel built from Premier House to the nearby US embassy. They did this at the same time as painting the gates grey.

    Based the work I’ve had done, I’m pretty sure that $10k is a very reasonable deal to convert a room that isn’t a bathroom into one that is, in a high-rise block and to code.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5539 posts Report Reply

  • Gary Young, in reply to Jim Cathcart,

    "Why would the Herald publish a beat up"

    Because, I suspect, there are those in the journalist pool who would really like to create New Zealand's version of the Fox News Network.

    Glenfield • Since Jun 2013 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Wow. And wow again.

    The editor – not a newbie intern, but the fricking editor – says, of Auckland councillors on Twitter:

    “Maybe they’d all attend more if they had their own hidden rooms to muck about in.”

    So, just to clarify this extraordinary mindset, when asked about councillors’ attendance she acts as their defence spokeswoman. Because they are not Len Brown, she is entirely uninterested in holding elected representatives to account. And – incredibly – is happy to admit it.

    Ladies and gentlemen, our city, our newspaper.

    ETA: Twitter source, editor's account.

    https://twitter.com/miriyananz/with_replies

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1213 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Swain, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Now that makes sense. Ta!

    Japan • Since Apr 2013 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Because a lot of good, important journalism comes with it. Fisher, Nippert and others. Excellent magazine writing by the likes of Alan Perrott, etc. As vexing as it might be, the Herald is probably the best paper we have.

    And also, boycotts are much more effective against radio and TV slots because of their 24/7 nature - as Willie & JT found out the hard way with the Roastbusters controversy.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5328 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to simon g,

    New motto: “The Herald: justifying Jafa stereotypes since… what was the question?” >:)

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 982 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to simon g,

    The editor – not a newbie intern, but the fricking editor – says, of Auckland councillors on Twitter:

    “Maybe they’d all attend more if they had their own hidden rooms to muck about in.”

    And from her former colleague, Tony Wall, also to me:

    "oh for god's sake enough of the moralising - it was just a good old fashioned yarn !"

    This really is some bullshit.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4525 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    moralising

    in far too short a supply inside their newsrooms nowadays, perhaps.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Mike Moore would disappear down here for weeks – they had to send the army down with dogs and climbing gear to find him.

    nah, dangle a lambburger and he'd scamper right back.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Gary Young,

    inside the lie bury...

    door to the bathroom ... shelves full of books. Apparently this is not an uncommon theme in NZ interior design.

    Hmmm,
    ergo
    it's novels,
    but it's not
    novel!
    very Zen...

    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    the Governor speaks...

    the Herald is probably the best paper we have.

    in Auckland isn't it the only paper you have?

    Hobson's Choice is a very Kiwi tradition...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And from her former colleague, Tony Wall, also to me:

    “oh for god’s sake enough of the moralising – it was just a good old fashioned yarn !”

    This really is some bullshit.

    Eleanor Catton told a good old fashioned yarn. Victoria University Press marketed it as fiction. Spot the difference, boys and girls.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12363 posts Report Reply

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