The alarming lead headline and story in todayâ€™s SST is nothing but a media beat-up. And who has started this beat-up and â€śfrothâ€ť… one Lucy Craymer and Charles Anderson.
Letâ€™s take a real look at the issue.
Thanks toÂ Lucy Craymerâ€™s scaremongering of the worst kind, she has placed New Zealandâ€™s global reputation at risk. Lucy is the stringer for the Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal in Wellington.
Hereâ€™s a picture of her for the thousands of farmers who now have their livelihoods at risk and for the hundreds of thousands of Kiwis that have employment thanks to New Zealandâ€™s agriculture sector.
Her use of the word â€śtoxicâ€ť for labelling fertilisers containing DCD in her story to the WSJ suddenly has the world up in arms about New Zealandâ€™s leading exports. Itâ€™s a classic case of creating a panic with an overseas media outlet, then getting her mate Charles Anderson to run it in NZ saying the world is now concerned.
If there was ever a case of media OTT this is it. Lucy Craymer creates a story, and then passes it her young mate Charles Anderson who has only been with Fairfax for a year. You may recall the sensationalist article by Charles Anderson that appeared (no doubt thanks to Lucy Craymer) inÂ The New York Times slagging off New Zealandâ€™s international reputation. These two are great patriots and clearly donâ€™t like New Zealand.
Lucy Craymer seems to forget that it is physically impossible to drink enough milk to get anywhere near the chance of being affected by DCD. Youâ€™d have to knock back 130 litres of milk or chuck back 60kg of milk powder to even reach the acceptable daily intake. Youâ€™d drown first, but Lucy Craymer doesnâ€™t seem to fussed by this. By Lucy Craymerâ€™s standards other toxic substances would be black pepper, water, tea, coffee, lollipops and chocolate with extreme doses â€“ may be sheâ€™s gunning for these as well.
New Zealand doesnâ€™t need two young churnalists frothing up a story that attacks this countryâ€™s global reputation.