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Huh?

By Steven | November 20, 2011

Michael Laws, SST column today:

And it counterpoints what all Kiwis know: that there exists a uniform inability within the Fourth Estate to understand proportion and excess.

Michael Laws, on Talkback earlier this week:

If I had a gun, I’d shoot them [teagate journalists] – because they have gone rabid and they may infect others… Have you noticed… the Herald on Sunday, for example, which is rabid all the time… no idea why somebody hasn’t taken the shotgun there and just cleaned out the entire newsroom.

Topics: Media ethics | 19 Comments »

19 Responses to “Huh?”

  1. Sutton Hoo Says:
    November 20th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Definition of TONGUE-IN-CHEEK

    characterized by insincerity, irony, or WHIMSICAL EXAGGERATION

  2. Steven Says:
    November 20th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    You think so? The tone of the column doesn’t strike me as ironic, and Laws doesn’t strike me as very self-aware.

  3. Anthony Trenwith Says:
    November 20th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I wonder if the police will also be asked to investigate Laws?

    Threatening to kill or do grievous bodily harm
    (1) Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years who—
    (a) threatens to kill or do grievous bodily harm to any person; or
    (b) sends or causes to be received, knowing the contents thereof, any letter or writing containing any threat to kill or do grievous bodily harm to any person.

  4. Steven Says:
    November 20th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Anthony has made me see what Sutton Hoo was probably getting at.

    No, of course his gun comments aren’t meant to be taken seriously. But I think his “proportion” ones were. And his silly exaggeration for effect on RadioLive was every bit as disproporionate a response as anything anyone’s written about teapotgate.

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