The alarming lead headline and story in todayâs SST is nothing but a media beat-up. And who has started this beat-up and âfrothâ… one Lucy Craymer and Charles Anderson.
Letâs take a real look at the issue.
Thanks toÂ Lucy Craymerâs scaremongering of the worst kind, she has placed New Zealandâs global reputation at risk. Lucy is the stringer for the Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal in Wellington.
Hereâs 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 Zealandâs agriculture sector.
Her use of the word âtoxicâ for labelling fertilisers containing DCD in her story to the WSJ suddenly has the world up in arms about New Zealandâs leading exports. Itâs 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 Zealandâs international reputation. These two are great patriots and clearly donât 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. Youâd have to knock back 130 litres of milk or chuck back 60kg of milk powder to even reach the acceptable daily intake. Youâd drown first, but Lucy Craymer doesnât seem to fussed by this. By Lucy Craymerâs standards other toxic substances would be black pepper, water, tea, coffee, lollipops and chocolate with extreme doses â may be sheâs gunning for these as well.
New Zealand doesnât need two young churnalists frothing up a story that attacks this countryâs global reputation.