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Friday, September 09, 2005

Greens Lie About Plunket Suspension

The Greens issue a press release saying the party did not complain to RNZ about it's leader getting a shellacking on Morning Report for telling her own little porkies about Dr Brash and failing to produce any evidence for her accusations..

A Greens apparatchik phones the station and bleats to the producer.

The producer bollicks Sean Plunkett and inflames him to the degree that he loses his temper.

The producer suspends Sean Plunkett.

Radio NZ issues a verbal denial that the dismissal has anything to do with the interview. Talks about an 'incident' after the interview. Uses the 'staff policy' excuse for not issuing a statement. Says the Herald have misreported the event.

The Herald keeps on digging and BINGO. He was suspended because of the interview and after the Greens had complained. (Did the Herald pick up the verbal accusation of misreporting from Sir Hump's?)

Seems Genetix gets her minions to pop up to the cockpit. She has more brains than Clark

And they desperately try to paint Dr Brash as a liar? All I can say is the Gnats had better make profitable of this and Doonegate over the next five days or so.

Are you there phil???????? corrrrr????????????????
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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 9/09/2005 09:33:00 am

7 Comments:

Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Just called with their communications officer, and he reiterated again the interview did not have anything to do with his suspension. Read the NZ Herald carefully he se.

I said: is that article factually correct, can I trust the Herald. He snickered when asked about the reliability of newspapers (how insightful).

I read the article again. But it seems clear: this interview was the cause for a reprimand by his boss. Sean took issue. Became perhaps too excited. Maybe that was the reason for a suspension, but you cannot just leave out the causal chain that let to this suspension.

9/09/2005 10:11:00 am  
Anonymous Ryan said...

As I said, the incident was probably an off-air incident. But the issue would have arisen becuase of the on-air interview I think.

No wonder Frog has been on every blog to refute any association with the suspension of Plunket with the Fitsimmons interview.

9/09/2005 10:25:00 am  
Blogger Craig Ranapia said...

Berend:

Again, someone should give RNZ's communications officer a long fuckupachino and/or a muzzle. If this is an "employment matter" (which I read as management-speak for "everyone has lawyers"), it strikes me as rather unwise to discuss the matter full stop.

I know the media is a small and gossipy industry, but I have to wonder who's been feeding this story? I guess it will all come out, under oath, in the Employment Court.

And, once more, I'm going to ask this question: What was especially "rude and abraisive" about this interview, more than any other, that head of news Don Rood ended up having what sounds like a screaming match with Plunket? (And I've heard goss that it was far from one-sided.) Is this a regular occurrence in RNZ House? Just another symptom of the pretty toxic staff/management relations in RNZ's news division? What?

Normally, I wouldn't care about the collision of media egoes. But ultimately the taxpayer gets stuck paying the tab for another Lynne Snowden-style debacle.

9/09/2005 02:00:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig this pisses me off to When I have to pay up for the incompetence and out of control egos of these brain dead arseholes TVNZ have one coming up because of that idiot Ralston and now this one Bastards should have to pay themselves if they cant keep under control and inside the law
gd

9/09/2005 03:31:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

adolf..plunket spat the dummy and threw an eraser or something...at some rnz somebody...

how on earth is that fitzsimons fault..?

and adolf..doongate and clarks hissy-fit in the plane pale before brethrengate..eh..?

brash just ain't going to cut it..eh..?

btw..have you placed that covering bet on clark yet..?..you'd better get a rattle on..eh..?

phil(whoar.co.nz)

9/09/2005 04:59:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

He threw an eraser? You can confirm that?

9/09/2005 05:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey phule, the Plunkett kerfuffle was directly related to his treatment of the greens uterine leader. Do you think he would have recieved the talking to if it was an ACT MP involved?

The Doone story is about the Prime Minister using the media to sabotage the career of an official she didnt like. She knew full well that what she was telling (or confirming, like it actually matters) the reporters was incorrect.

The pilot-suspension story is not that important but accurately paints the picture of a Prime Minister who will not tolerate any dissent. Quite frankly, all the pilot suspension story (and the BS claims of heckles during the debates) does is portray the PM as a thin-skinned, manipulative bitch.

Brethren is about a group of religious nutjobs (like the greens but not as powerful) creating and distributing a pamphlet which contains fewer out right lies than most of the crap labour has been stuffing in peoples letterboxes. Senior Labour and Greens members declared (or slimely insinuated) that National was behind it all. When it turned out they werent the story changed from "National is the source of the pamphlets" to "National knew the pamphlets were going to be released".

Brethren is the non-story.

9/09/2005 05:14:00 pm  

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