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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Minor Error

Thanks to Whale Oil for this one.

I look forward to an announcement from Canwest that the employee who created this junk and the employee who caused it to be screened have been fired.

Of course, this is a minor matter because it doesn't involve dealing firmly with members of the Left.

Full fifteen minutes of fame to Tom Hunter who posted the link on DPF's site much earlier this morning.
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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 9/08/2005 10:04:00 am


Blogger Murray said...

So thats minor and Fitzslander being confronted with having made false acusations (smeering) will get you suspended?

I'm just asking what the benchmark is.

9/08/2005 11:21:00 am  
Blogger darren said...

Whale Oil has a tongue in cheek comment about Labour links to another religious sect well worth the read.

9/08/2005 11:37:00 am  
Blogger Paul said...

"What I can assure you is that it was a completely unintentional mistake."

An unintentional mistake? What? That it was typed, or that it made it to air.

Nonetheless, a useful insight into the leanings of TV3 staffers.

9/08/2005 01:28:00 pm  
Blogger Murray said...

If an infinate number of monkeys given and infinate amount of time can knock up a script for Hamlet I'm sure a couple of the semi-evolved simians at TV3 can "accidently" mash that into the computer with their hairy knuckles in their 2 hour tea break.

9/08/2005 01:47:00 pm  
Blogger softwarefarmer said...


Well since I was the one who grabbed this link this morning I guess I'll repeat the fisking I gave it two years ago in response to my Pilger-quoting mates in Aus who, when I sent it to them, responded with a brief email that they would "... love to hear the details of the "absolutely genuine mistake".

This was my response - which I guess counts as a fisking:

"That would require investigative reporting, as opposed to looking for facts to support a story already written, which is how 99% of modern reporting works. It would also require an ability to investigate ones own motivations, objectives, and methods - and what is the point of that when one is surrounded by powerful idealogues similarly unexamined.

I think we should take the same approach to this question that John Pilger took in his now infamous interview with Kim Hill a couple of months ago: we will have to deconstruct the statement. Here's my take on TV3's mea culpa:

We absolutely could have fucked up more than we did by placing it on the screen where 300,000 people could see it and begin questioning how we go about putting together our stories and images. We could have fed into John or Carol's autocue or we could have held it on-screen for the whole of a reporting piece, or it could have been picked up by Al Jazeera and broadcast as an example of the fraternal brotherhood that exists between Kiwis and Arabs in the struggle against Zionist imperialism.

We're genuine in believing President Bush is a facist, genuine in believing that is because he represents a facist nation, and genuine in our belief that all right-thinking people agree with us. Which is why our copywriters, editors, journalists, anchors, and tech staff all genuinely ache to preach this message to the masses, if only we were not held back by this archaic nonsense of maintaining a façade of fairness for the sake of our image as balanced news reporters.

It was a mistake to doodle around typing out the message on the effects computer. It was a mistake to leave it there. It was certainly a mistake to not know how it would be picked up in the continuation credits.
Whether it is a mistake to employ proto-polemicists and entrust them with putting together a 'balanced' story of reporting, commentary, questions and images is debatable. The recipient can view the polemicists on all sides (excepting that there is no equivalent opposing opinion in NZ) and make up their own mind - thus achieving balance.

Which is exactly what I've been increasingly doing. Unfortunately that means watching ONE News, TV3 News, Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, CNN or the BBC World Service now takes up a vanishingly small percentage of my time - except when there are things happening live, which function is best served by cameras and not commentary anyway."

Two years later in the midst of Campbell Live and Nine to Noon I see no reason to change this response.

9/08/2005 02:29:00 pm  

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