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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Internet secret squirrel reporting for duty

I finally got a copy of Investigate this afternoon. My initial attempt failed as it was sold out - "It's been very popular" the bookstore owner told me. Fortunately a friend found a copy in a less frequented shop away from central Auckland.

I'm a little bemused "The Lemur" has appeared in print. There are several paragraphs dedicated to my (non)identity and my opinions as to why the Herald and other media contacted by our readers showed little interest in the Doonegate docs.

The section explaining the reason for my pseudonym didn't come off quite right - it reads like I'm a researcher for the Green Party or some other leftwing-associated organisation scared of being persecuted! That is definitely not the case :-)

I'll post more about it later.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/18/2005 04:47:00 PM


Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Aaaah, the price of infamy.

10/18/2005 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

The legend grows.

10/18/2005 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger darren said...

And now the old Carry On catchphrase
"Infamy, infamy, they've got it in for me!!"

I got my copy at lunchtime and what a splendid effort by Investigate- though of course the hard yards were done by AL in digging up the stuff.
I only just quickly read over the Doonegate bits but it seemed a comprehensive and concise account of what went on.
Certainly the responses from the media seemed curious. Jennings of TV3 especially concerning anonymous tip-offs.
Of course there is an angle to a story concerning who was the source of a juicy scandal, as Doonegate is, but the important thing is the scandal that has been overlooked, which is a scandal in itself.
If you expose 'deep throat' then you will never discover any secrets.
I detect a bit of namby pamby excuse making here, along with the others. And if I was the head of any news department I would certainly be asking questions of my reporting staff.
Either news bosses like Jennings or the Herald's Tim Murphy were lying, or their own staff were indulging in some amazing cover ups of their own.
Either they were being lazy, or incompetent or, rather sinisterly, covering up a damaging story for their own political ends.
The Press gallery certainly failed New Zealand along with the other journos and editors contacted.
Now, we have a mess of a government that already seems an international joke, undermining the positive reputation Clark has overseas.
Perhaps the lefty journos failure to do their jobs will backfire from the likely failures of the new government. Let's hope so.
In the meantime, all we can do is see what we can do to give the Doonegate story a wider audience.
Granny Herald followed up on an Investigate story today about aborted fetuses being used for tests.
Obviously Investigate has credibility, something lefties were disputing yesterday.
Sir Humphreys needs to build up its own credibility and profile and it is breaking stories like Doonegate that will do it.
David Farrar has broken a few tales in his time as well. Today Kiwiblog reported somebody leaving Christian Heritage over emails he had obtained from the discredited organisation.
A week or so ago, AL's fisking of BBC propoganda did wonders for SH's overseas ratings.
Sir Humphreys has done a fine job in its few short months. With further efforts by all concerned SH will become as well known and as credible as some overseas blogs.
Then, with a wide readership, the MSM will just have to sit up and take notice.
Well, here's to next time and lets hope Sir Humphreys finally succeeds in slaying the dragon.

10/18/2005 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger Murray said...

I KNEW you were a Green mole!!

Your membership of the VRWC is under review.

10/18/2005 07:44:00 PM  

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