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Hobbiter dicta

By Steven | October 29, 2010

It’s now clear that the government intends to change the law relating to employment contracts for the film industry. So why are some in the media still calling this a “clarification”? Does it have anything to do with journalists’ warm regard for the elasticity of the appellation “clarification” as illustrated by their frequent use of it to describe what are really corrections?

And why are they still parroting the government’s line that this was necessary to restore stability? Andrew Geddis is as mystified about this as I am. It’s like reporting that Graham Henry said it was necessary to pick a new goal-kicker to solve our line-out problems. Hard to imagine anyone would report that sort of gibberish straight.

[Update: this terrific article by the NZ Herald’s Derek Cheng goes some way to doing what the government has not: explaining how the employment law change plays into Warners’ instability concerns.]

Topics: Media ethics | 33 Comments »

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  1. Justin Says:
    October 29th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Steven, cite the definitions from the “Dictionary of Government PR officials”

    Clarification: making it “clear” that you disagree with someone elses opinion by changing the law so that you are “clearly” right. You may also claim the courts forced you into this situation by misinterpreting your “clear” previous intentions and they failed in their duty by not accurately predicting the future or reading your mind.

    Necessary to restore stability: Term should be freely used when wishing hapless media or public to keep blaming someone else for any actions that you may or may not decide to undertake of your own accord.

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