Last week Herald on Sunday editor Bryce Johns engaged with me in a snippy and testy email exchange…where he tried to suggest I wasn’tÂ “a decent journalist, trained and skilledâ€ť. Of course I have never claimed any such thing…but clearly he is upset and has set about proving just howÂ decent their journalists, trained and skilledÂ are. At least I know the difference between inimical and inimitable, even if I’m not a decent journalist, trained and skilled.
The argument was over the name of Antonie Dixon, and flourished as his “proof” a freshly minted birth certificate, obtained 3 days after their story ran.
Last night the NZ Herald ran a story about Barry Hart failing in his appeal for being struck off.
And look what should crop up in Edward Gay’s article:
Anyone would think editors would have their stories were correct and written by Â “a decent journalist, trained and skilled”.
Which brings me to another matter…of all the pictures of Barry Hart they no doubt have in their archives why did they pick one of Paul Holmes to throw up on their home page for the Barry Hart story. Are they making some point about the dodgy criminal defense lawyer or Holmes with that picture?