" I will actually remove you if you can't do this."
What a show-off bully-boy you are Russell.
Playing up to your converts and threatening censorship as your ultimate ploy.
I notice you didn't raise a murmur to the vile abuse I copped from I Dalziel.
That's cos he's a regular disciple on the site.
You used to be on the telly but I know for a fact that your lefty bias became tiresome to the deciders who got rid of you. No wonder you have it in for the Auckland media!
You don't welcome dissenting views......your site would flourish in Albania.
Surprising then Jeremy you have time to slag Auckland media and also compile a bevy of sweeping generalisations like ChCh propping up the NZ economy etc.
You have been busy.
How extraordinary to think that I originally sent in a reply refuting much of the claims in the original article.....only to unleash such a tidal wave of anger along the lines of "how dare you put up opposing viewpoints!"
Obvious that the Public Address site is only intended to preach to the converted and woe betide any dissenting opinions.
Feel better Joe? I bet your doctor is pleased with your progress.
Blatant hyperbole doesn't do your argument any favours Barnaby. To claim that the NZ economy is "currently being propped up by Christchurch is a total falsehood. It is a factor but no more so in recent times than the dairy industry and the thriving Auckland property market.
Do your credibility a favour and stop the silly sweeping generalisations.
I think as an overall comment, I reckon all you complainers should cease the blame game and put your energies solely into positively supporting the rebuild.
As Simon said in the first reply, constantly harping on about supposed Auckland-based insensitivities does become a self-fulfilling phenomenon.
That being the more moaning that emanates from Christchurch, the more it evokes apathy and ill-feeling from outsiders and enhances earthquake fatigue.
The Auckland media isn't the enemy. A lack of harmony in ChCh is more so. Progress will only come from within Christchurch and not by haranguing those who live elsewhere.
And whoever said size isn't important was lying !
Because most of the media headquarters are based here Bruce. Simply a reality.
As it is in the UK with London. The USA with New York. France with Paris. etc etc etc etc etc.
Surely Russell, with your insight into the workings of the media, you're aware that events that are now over two years old, however monumentally tragic they were, have now lost significant traction outside of Christchurch.
It's arguably not fair, but most of life isn't.
I visit Christchurch regularly Russell. I know the situation well. Very presumptuous of you to assume otherwise.
It may not suit your conspiracy theories Bruce but "the Auckland-based media" is not some one-off, perverse, antagonistic organ....hell-bent on victimising Christchurch.
Stories come and go.....whatever their magnitude.
Do you similarly blame the world press including our own for having lost interest in the whereabouts of the missing Boeing? I bet the families wish that wasn't the case.
Do you blame the world press including our own for not regularly detailing the awful plight of those poor folk in Gaza....now that the Israeli onslaught is over? I bet Gazans wish the publicity remained.
At the time of the quakes and for many weeks afterwards, the situation in Christchurch was extremely prevalent in all national media.
Now, undeniably, it's not as big a story. That's the way media works. It always been the case. C'est la vie.
Thanks for that considered reply Barnaby. Food for thought. I do suspect though that earthquake fatigue as with other disaster-related fatigue is a reality in Christchurch as much as anywhere else.
That can explain obvious apathy and inaction....all part of the human condition I suppose.