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Archive for July, 2010

Improving accuracy

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

A funny thing happened on the way to loosening the Accuracy standard in the Broadcasting Codes of Practice. It got tightened up instead. Let me explain. The old Radio code said broadcasters have to be truthful and accurate on points of fact. The TV code was the same. Broadcasters hated it. It meant that they […]

My star turn

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The new TVNZ 7 show “The Court Report”, filmed at VUW law school, debuted yesterday. Criminal barrister Greg King hosts; I’m the roving reporter. Check it out here.

Illegal shepherding

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Dear Sea Shepherd anti-whalers: I see that you were happy to lie to the public about banning Peter Bethune from future voyages – as part of your litigation strategy. I’m afraid I now assume that you’d be equally prepared to lie to the public as part of your PR strategy.

The case against Michael Reed

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Michael Reed QC, Morning Report on Wednesday: The jury were completely convinced that David hadn’t done it. This betrays either a gob-smacking ignorance of fundamental principles of criminal law, or an intention to mislead the public about the significance of a not-guilty verdict. Fortunately, one of the Bain jurors seems to understand the law better […]

The case against the case against Robin Bain

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

So, now that TVNZ has broadcast its special edition of Bryan Bruce’s The Investigator: The case against Robin Bain, compellingly arguing that Robin Bain couldn’t have committed the Bain family murders, can David Bain and his team do anything about it? They argue that it’s “unadulterated rubbish”, contains “mischievous misrepresentations of facts”, “perpetuates a fraud”, […]