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Hard News: The Press, Privacy and The Paps

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  • Russell Brown,

    Just letting y'all know ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Media panty-sniffers constantly run the line that privacy is trumped by this nebulous smoke monster called "public interest". Could anyone tell me what legitimate public interest is served by sniggering speculation about who Alison Mau might be fucking nowadays?

    Let's just assume, for the sake of argument, that Mau is bisexual.

    Is she hypocritically making homophobic statements or promoting laws to strip same-sex parents of their civil rights?

    Does her private life have any meaningful impact on her ability to her job as an autocue reader at a state-owned broadcaster?

    What?

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

  • giovanni tiso,

    I trust Russell won't introduce her as "state-owned broadcaster autocue-reader Alison Mau", but otherwise, yes, the ever-increasing prurient bullshit has to stop.

    Also: here's hoping I'll finally get to see Media 7. The channel is a recent addition to the basic Telstra cable package in Wellers but for the last two wednesdays I've been otherwise detained and in progressively catastrophic fashion. All going well, I have popcorn at the ready.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    A British journalism professor does his nana about the way most news media have buried the Westminster select committee report on the News of the World's reprehensible campaign of hacking the communications of hundreds of people.

    He's right, from what I can see. The free press are not always your friends, folks.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Pete Sime,

    From the BSA document:

    It is inconsistent with an individual’s privacy to allow the public disclosure of material obtained by intentionally interfering, in the nature of prying, with that individual’s interest in solitude or seclusion. The intrusion must be highly offensive to an objective reasonable person

    Hopefully this will prevent the unseemly practice of trying to solicit comment when a person is clearly in shock or is suffering from grief. Or showing a door-knocking when the interviewee doesn't want to talk. But I doubt it.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I trust Russell won't introduce her as "state-owned broadcaster autocue-reader Alison Mau"

    I think Russell could testify that autocue reading is much harder than it looks, and in my book anyone who can resist the urge to pull Paul Henry's spine out his arse and throttle him with it is more than halfway to sainthood.

    He's right, from what I can see. The free press are not always your friends, folks.

    OK, I can't disagree with Professor Cathcart but, just to play devil's advocate, I did have to have a little chuckle at this:

    Talk about denial. Can the boys at the Sun not smell the foul odour from the office next door? Are they not curious about what is causing it?

    Oh, they don't have to be curious -- they know. Perhaps I'm being a little too cynical here, but you think any tabloid (or broadsheet) was ever going to go down the road of mutually assured destruction by daring their own competitors to start digging into their own foetid closets?

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

  • Russell Brown,

    I trust Russell won't introduce her as "state-owned broadcaster autocue-reader Alison Mau", but otherwise, yes, the ever-increasing prurient bullshit has to stop.

    The debate there, of course is around to what extent people give up their privacy when they make their Faustian pacts with the "women's" mags.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    The debate there, of course is around to what extent people give up their privacy when they make their Faustian pacts with the "women's" mags.

    Slap me down if I've crossed a line, but do you and Fiona feel you've made a "Faustian pact" with anyone by being so very candid about your experience as the parents of autistic sons? Have you now suspended any expectation of privacy if, heavens forbid, a high profile media couple like you separated?

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

  • giovanni tiso,

    The debate there, of course is around to what extent people give up their privacy when they make their Faustian pacts with the "women's" mags.

    See, I just don't understand that. Is it a Faustian pact, or is it in fact a requirement of the job as an anchorperson? Is it even possible not to make a pact with the mags if you're Alison Mau? Withdraw your image? And then what would happen, seeing as it's unlikely that a sector of the public would cease to take a prurient interest in your life? I suspect Kurariki never made a pact with anybody, Faustian or otherwise, but that hardly protected him from the HoS.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Slap me down if I've crossed a line, but do you and Fiona feel you've made a "Faustian pact" with anyone by being so very candid about your experience as the parents of autistic sons?

    Oh, I think about this a lot, and I don't buy into the axoim.

    I waver a bit about people who have deliberately used the chequebook system for profile and profit, and then don't want to be in the magazines.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Is it even possible not to make a pact with the mags if you're Alison Mau? Withdraw your image?

    John Campbell has made a pretty good job of that. But, as above, I'm not a believer in the idea that people lose all right to privacy if they've done a celeb story.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    And over the ditch it will be interesting to see how Lara Bingle goes.

    Clearly, here's someone who has seriously courted the media for years.

    But this Fevola guy has found a whole new shed of barrels and scraped them all.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    John Campbell has made a pretty good job of that.

    I applaud him, although there's always one person whose image consists in not having much of an image. Also, describe to me what would happen if he were seen at a restaurant dating a bloke.

    (If he is openly gay and it hasn't reached my admittedly insulated ears I would say well done to the man for keeping his affairs private.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    trumped by this nebulous smoke monster called "public interest"

    At last, someone sheds light on what Lost is about :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19697 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover,

    At last, someone sheds light on what Lost is about

    OMFG you're so right!

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • deborah coddington,

    Sorry I couldn't help with the programme Russell but I have other commitments down this way.The "pact", as some of you refer to it, and as I see it, is that when certain people, especially those who work in the media and know how the media operates, sell their own personal life stories to other media outlets - the happy wedding, the first babies, the painful separation but we're coping - they forfeit the right to complain when negative stories appear about them in the media. It's like Princess Diana - she played the press to her advantage then sulked prettily when they didn't dance to her tune. She made the stupid decision to leave the Ritz, when she saw all the paps waiting, and go to the apartment, when she new, for God's sake, that they'd chase her. If she'd stayed there and gone to bed she'd never have crashed. It was the most ditzy scatty thing to do. She should have just walked out the front door, posed for photos, talked to the snappers, then walked inside and had a nice night. Instead she had to be a drama queen. Alison Mau's drama on Breakfast Telly was auto-cued, for heaven's sake, it was done with the blessings of her employers. It's all a big media game and why not, if it boosts ratings/sales. No one is in this to lose money, lose jobs, or are they?

    new zealand • Since May 2009 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    does using princess diana as example equate to something along the lines of godwins law?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    I don't know, but there must be something seriously wrong when I find myself agreeing with Deborah Coddington.

    (Was that the actual Ms C, or is it like the person who posts on here as Michael Savage?)

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    I believe it's the actual Ms C. And all her posts on here (yes, all six of them) have painted her in a far more flattering light than anything of hers I've read in the papers.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    (Was that the actual Ms C, or is it like the person who posts on here as Michael Savage?)

    That would be Michael Savidge. Real name.

    And yes, that's Deborah. Extend the courtesy you would towards any other PAS poster who doesn't behave like David Garrett. But you knew that ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Zippy Gonzales,

    The best precedent for dealing with over-intrusive journalists was caught on camera but is sadly not on YouTube. Before Epic Beard Man, there was... Bob Jones.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 186 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Ok Deborah.

    You're wrong. But I'm sure you're a lovely person.

    Oh wait. On the subject of "princess" Diana, you aren't wrong. She was a publicity-mad lunatic, and if one goes hooning through narrow tunnels at 160kph with a driver who's off his face on booze 'n' drugs, one has to expect it to end in tears. Really.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    the person who posts on here as Michael Savage

    there's a mickysavage at te standard

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19697 posts Report Reply

  • johnno,

    In Mau's comments on Breakfast, my recollection is that her greatest concern was that she was being stalked by a pap photographer for more than a month, often at times when her children were with her. I have a lot of sympathy for that. I can't think of any other type of NZ media organisation that would commission such an extended covert surveillance. As far as I'm aware, TVNZ's celebrity news readers are shopped out by the company's PR hacks, and don't have a lot of control over their interaction, nor do they receive any money themselves.

    On a related note, I had to laugh when the magazine's publisher started harping on about accuracy! Just how may times have Brad and Angelina split up now?

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 111 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    there's a mickysavage at te standard

    That may be who I thought of. Or possibly that's also our Michael Savidge. Or it's homage.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

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