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Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Meant to write about this last week. How is it that the Sunday Star-Times can believe that a rehashed UK book on criminal justice (Badlands, NZ: A land fit for criminals) is important enough to be front-page news, but that the claims it makes are not important enough to seek out some New Zealand experts […]

Bouquet to SST

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Adam Dudding of the SST has written a terrific profile on Paul Henry, deftly revealing him as an egotistical blowhard, but somehow likeable. I am fascinated by Henry’s (no doubt accurate) vision of himself as an opinion merchant. The pride Henry takes in the quality of his opinions is related to their ability to provoke reactions, not any […]

Marshalling the facts?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

You may recall that I blogged about a student who accused journalist Jonathan Marshall of trying to persuade him to lie to university staff to extract information from them. The Sunday Star-Times’ editor called it “complete fantasy”. I’ve just had another long conversation with the student concerned. His memory of Jonathan’s approach is detailed. He says it happened after a tutorial […]

Jonathan Marshall’s methods

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I have been contacted by a student at Victoria University who said he was approached by the Sunday Star-Times’ Jonathan Marshall at university last week, on the hunt for information about the 18-year-old at the centre of the Darren Hughes incident. He said Marshall asked him to go to a university office and pretend to […]

Laws unto himself

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Michael Laws comes up with a brilliant, savage parody of what a deranged right-winger might think about the case of Arie Smith. Genius.

The Wikileaks Papers

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Who said this, and when? It’s time to quit making national heroes of those who steal public secrets and publish them in the newspaper? When whole filing cabinets can be stolen there can’t be orderly government any more. He’s offering aid and comfort to the enemy, putting himself above the President, Congress and the whole […]

Churnalism exposed

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Take a look at this fascinating website that calculates and graphically displays the amount of UK journalism taken directly from press releases. Hat-tip: Inforrm.


Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Yes, it’s helpful to the country to understand the gravity of the disaster in Christchurch. Yes, we should cut news crews some slack when they’ve got to edit on the hoof. Yes, most of the coverage I’ve seen on TVNZ and TV3 has been responsible. But I think the highlights packages of bleeding-head woman, bandage […]

Cancerous Daily Mail

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Listening to Morning Report’s story this morning about a Daily Mail story on cancer, I was reminded of this astonishing catalogue of things that the Daily Mail has reported on as causes and cures of cancer. And of this lovely piss-take on the Daily Mail by Dan and Dan.

SST sends blogger a defamation nastrygram

Friday, February 11th, 2011

The Sunday Star-Times has sent a legal letter warning Brian Edwards about his post about its reporting on Amanda Hotchin. The SST quoted her saying: We don’t have to justify where we get our money from or what it is spent on to anyone. I don’t care what anyone says. Brian Edwards weighed in with a blog criticising Hotchin. But […]

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