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Thursday, October 27, 2005

How Your Charter Dollars Are Spent

[Note: Reposted from yesterday - will stay at top until midnight]

During recent days we have commented on the fuss made by one Chris Harrington, TVNZ's possibly struggling Chief of Investigative Unit, during an interview kindly laid on for him by his friends at Radio New Zealand.. Harrington had fulsome and glowing praise for his friend Russell Brown's blog and some uncomplimentary things to say about other blogs generally and specifically about Jason Watson's Keablog. Harrington, in true smarm style, didn't actually mention Watson or Keablog, just made great play of Keablog's highly original and light hearted slogan "Cogito ergo blog" thereby identifying his victim. Watson has brought a a formal complaint against Harrington and Radio NZ via tha Broadcasting Standards Authority and there the matter might have rested for a week or two. However, today the story takes a new and unpleasant turn.

Watson today recalled a particularly nasty e-mail message received on August 29th, 2005 at 2.03 pm from IP: under the name of Chris Harrington. He immediately deleted the message - it was distressing and abusive. All he can recollect is that among other things, he was called 'a wanker.'

[Update 27th Oct: The e-mail in fact was a blog comment (Haloscan) which Watson remembers as saying "... Do you always steal your work you wanker.. [something] wannabe..." It is being referred directly to the CEO of TVNZ with a request that such harassment should cease.]

Here, I need to inform readers Watson is an exceedingly gentle person who suffers from a rare and debilitating medical affliction which renders him unable to walk steadily and unable to speak without slurring his words. He is not your typical rough aggressive right wing 'kick'em in the arse until their noses bleed' blogger.

I'm not savvy enough to be able to trace an IP address but I would be surprised if there were two Chris Harringtons simultaneously aiming their venom and vitriol at Jason Watson.

I have some questions for the CEO of TVNZ, Mr Ian Fraser.

Will he ask his empoyee Chris Harrington if he is the person who sent this e-mail to Mr Jason Watson?

Will he ask Mr Harrington for an explanation as to the circumstances which saw him being interviewed by the state owned radio broadcaster? That is to say, did Harrington approach RNZ and ask for the opportunity to put the boot into Watson?

Is the vendetta which appears to have been mounted against a blogger and author by Harrington an activity which meets with the approval of TVNZ?

Does Mr Fraser consider that the events described thus far on this weblog concerning Harrington's alleged activities come close to or in fact actually constitute acts of defamation?

Will Mr Fraser issue a formal apology to Mr Watson?

Update - 6.15 p.m.: The IP number resolves to zeus.tvnz.co.nz.

Update2 by AL - 6:24 p.m.: The relevant lookup:
Lookup has started ...

Server: xxx
Address: xxx

Non-authoritative answer: name = zeus.tvnz.co.nz.

Authoritative answers can be found from:
33.36.202.in-addr.arpa nameserver = ns2.tvnz.co.nz.
33.36.202.in-addr.arpa nameserver = ns3.tvnz.co.nz.
33.36.202.in-addr.arpa nameserver = ns1.tvnz.co.nz.
ns1.tvnz.co.nz internet address =
ns2.tvnz.co.nz internet address =
ns3.tvnz.co.nz internet address =

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 10/27/2005 11:59:00 PM


Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

A shame he deleted the comment - he could have not only got the loser fired from his job with that information, but possibly got him in trouble with the cops. If he still has the email in his deleted items folder, he should restore it and make sure it arrives in the hands of the appropriate authorities...and TV3.

10/26/2005 06:21:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I think this guy is in a bit of trouble.

10/26/2005 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger darren said...

Just because the email has been deleted , it does not necessarily mean it has gone for good.
The offensive message might be stored on some back server, or maybe computer forensic people can still retrieve it.
AL and Bernard may be able to know how Jason can find the email, or at least know people who can.

10/26/2005 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

But was it an email, or was it simply a comment automatically forwarded via email to Jason? The preservation of the timestamp would suggest it was a comment, which Jason may have manually erased back in September. If so there will not be a copy residing in TVNZ's archives somewhere.

Does Jason use an IMAP email service? POP? We need to know technical details. Does he have a network account, a local account? Does he back his computer up using some archiving software?

He should really redirect all of his comments to a separate account such as keablog@gmail.com so that he has a permanent record of such things.

10/26/2005 07:03:00 PM  
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10/26/2005 08:07:00 PM  
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10/26/2005 08:23:00 PM  
Blogger Spirit Of 76 said...

When you make people that angry, to the point where the can't engage in rational debate and just resort to abuse, deep down they know they're wrong. Forgive the amateur psychology but I reckon its true.


10/26/2005 08:53:00 PM  

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