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Monday, October 31, 2005

Unmitigated Garbage

Plamegate scandal could put Watergate in the shade

So said the headline for the left leaning Independent's wishful thinking opinion piece. Only trouble is, the silly O'Herald ran it as news.

No wonder the Herald is cost cutting. If they took the trouble to improve editorial quality they might actually increase circulation. A look through the once reputable, proud and responsible daily paper has been turned into the morning emptying of the foetid left wing chamber pot of Europe.

The Herald has contracted the awful desease Median Flu. TVNZ was the first victim of the new pandemic. The Herald displays strong symptoms, the first of which was Manukia. The second is the many examples such as this arrant nonsense given the respectabilty of column space.
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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 10/31/2005 07:17:00 AM

19 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

Scooter could face up to 30 years in prison and a one million dollar fine in conviction. It is pretty serious.

10/31/2005 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Wishful thinking on the part of the writer.

The extraordinary thing about this WMD thing is that the WMD stories first started to gain traction in 1998 when Clinton, assailed by his own problems with honesty, fired cruise missiles into Iraq.

Iraqs WMDs became a front page staple in newspapers all over the world (not the least the NYT) at a time when George W was still Governor of Texas and they helped Bill Clinton politically. Polititions such as John Kerry were only too happy to go on the record with hyperbole about the threat Saddams WMD posed.

The NYT broke many WMD stories at this time and you'ld never guess who the reporter was who wrote many of these stories, Judith Miller, who became the NYTs WMD guru!

Of course when George W Bush actually did something about Iraq the voices of the left, so vocal about the threat a few years previously became hostile and the 'Bush lied, Children died' meme was born. The NYT 'apologized' for its WMD reporting and Judith Miller is now accused of being too close to the Bush administration.

History has been totally rewritten here, it is amazing to watch.

10/31/2005 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger Whaleoil said...

Scooter Libby has essentially been indicted for lying about a crime that doesn't exist!!!

10/31/2005 09:18:00 AM  
Blogger JamesP said...

Pretty serious for Libby *if* he gets convicted but anyone who thinks this will bring down the Whitehouse is kidding themselves. Normally I wouldn't try to minimise what looks to be a pretty serious crime but given that a lot of people are engaged in doing the exact opposite...

10/31/2005 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Well I don't think anyone looks to The Independent for acredible prediction on the outcome of this whole episode. But the Herald must be either directed to republish Independent garbage - or get a really good deal.

10/31/2005 09:35:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Roger, don't you read what Peter Metcalfe says to Ackers1?

10/31/2005 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger darren said...

Dear old Granny is owned by the Irish baked beans tycoon and former rugger player Tony O'Reilly.
O'Reilly also, I believe, owns the Independent.
Thus, Granny gets Indy copy for free.

As for other overseas 'wire' copy, that should be covered by monthly fees to various organisations like Reuters.
White it means a marginal cost of zero, effectively free, there is obviously some preference for your own in-house content.

Wire copy can be expensive, even for small dailies. When editing the now deceased Northland Times in Dargaville in 1999, agency copy used to cost several thousand dollars a month.

10/31/2005 09:53:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

If the Herald can't afford to get decent opinion pieces from a non-O'Reilly paper then it may as well give up now. In several years time it will be regarded as badly as the SMH. I realise this has been going on for years, but before there wasn't anyway people could openly criticise it.

10/31/2005 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger JamesP said...

Heh. Check out today's Cox and Forkum
http://www.coxandforkum.com/

10/31/2005 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

Since when was the SMH regarded badly AL? Aren't you confusing it with the Australian or the Daily Telegraph?

10/31/2005 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger darren said...

For once, I might agree with Ackers.
I am not saying the SMH is perfect but I'd kill for a job on it.

10/31/2005 01:19:00 PM  
Blogger fm said...

I find the SMH to be a little schizophrenic. They do run the odd rightwing columnist (Miranda, Henderson and others) and officially at the last election they endorsed neither party (normally unheard of for newspaper editorials). Still, you get the feeling they do so through gritted teeth when it's plain to see the spin they take through things like the headlines and the choice of stories which appear on their web page. Their management has taken a lurch to the right lately and cross media ownership laws in Australia are up for review. So it will be interesting to see what happens with the SMH and Fairfax, particularly if someone like Kerry Packer ends up getting his hands on it.

10/31/2005 01:35:00 PM  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

There might be a job there for you Darren. Rumour is they are going to head further to the right.
http://www.crikey.com.au/articles/2005/10/28-1532-8378.html

One can only hope they find some quality right wing columnists rather than the likes of Miranda Devine or Gerard Henderson who are an embarrassment.

10/31/2005 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger darren said...

Cheers Ackers1

I wonder what Fairfax might do here, even though we have been promised no job cuts.
To prosper best, a newspaper has to be in tune with its readers.
However, if we look at the Fairfax Sundays, for example, both backed Labour at the last election.
Now, I'm told the tabloid Sunday News is strong in South Auckland, so a Labour stance can be justified there.
But what about the dear-old Sunday Star-Times? A supposedly more middle-class broadsheet quality read.
The SST is avowedly Labour, chardonnay socialist Grey Lynn latte left.
But surely its readership is more provincial and conservative. Wouldn't a right of centre SST be better for its business.
Some months back, I tried explaining this view with one of the local Fairfax bosses, he did not seem convinced.
But Fairfax has considered taking the SST upmarket and more serious with less trivia.
I wonder what David Kirk and the Australians think?
Should Cate Brett et al be polishing their CVs.
I did offer my services to the local bossman, saying I would have a clear out with some of the columnists.
He did agree that future talent here could be found in the blogs.

10/31/2005 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger RightWingDeathBeast said...

Wasn't Margo Kingston under the SMH stable until just recently? 'Nuff said.

10/31/2005 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger darren said...

So everybody, as well as the editor, who would we like to see dumped from the Sunday Star-Times?
I'm in favour of a bit of a clear out.
Smug lefty Finlay Mcdonald would go.
Frank Haden would go as well- the right can do better.
Michael Laws has he moments but can we do better?
Haven't seen the point in Wayne whats-his-name.
Rosemary Mcleod's good value and Steve Braunias can be funny.
Raybon Kan is tedious and should go.
And of course, Rod Oram would be booted out of the business section.
Who could we put in the SST?
I bet Cathy Odgers would make a good read, far better than Emily Perkins!

Any more suggestions, anyone?

10/31/2005 05:31:00 PM  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

I think last Sunday's column by Finlay MacDonald was the first one that didn't make me feel like throttling him. Would still send him west though. I like Laws' stuff personally, I would keep him on for value's sake. Otherwise I agree with you Darren - though we need to find another comedian to replace Raybon Kan - not Mike King (as funny as he is, I don't think he's quite right for that sort of role).

10/31/2005 08:23:00 PM  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

Isn't it s bit sad when Michael Laws is considered to have any credibilty at all or have I (a) been away from NZ too long and missed something or (b) been talking to the wrong people?

10/31/2005 08:48:00 PM  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

I was too young to remember Laws in parliament, which is (so I understand) where a great deal of enmity towards him was generated. Since I really only know him as the talkback host and mayor of Wangavegas, I probably perceive his writings differently to you.

10/31/2005 09:17:00 PM  

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