Laila Harre reckons unions are the key to solving the problem we have with our media in New Zealand.
Labour’s tame lap-bloggers at The Standard explain.
Laila Harre focused strongly on industrial relations: many of the problems we have now with the media and journalism are due to the demise of collective bargaining. Â With collective bargaining a collective sense of professionalism develops. This produces a team environment, with senior journalists supporting and mentoring junior journalists. Â This helps to develop and protect professional standards.
So what she is proposing is people like David Fisher and his dishonest, hagiographic, activist “journalism” be used to train new journalists.
Or Adam Bennett also from the Herald perhaps who this week called some one and lied about what a politician had said in oder to get his mark to commit to something based on that lie. The mark was smart enough to check, and to know what was being attempted. Â Â Read more »
Nicky Hager’s story about the book keeps on changing.
When he launched the book he denied knowing the hacker, then he said he handed back the data to the hacker he denied knowing.
And now he says they are good friends…and he knows him well.
But it was Hagerâ€™s discussion of his new book which captivated the audience.
He described tracking down the hacker who attacked Slaterâ€™s IT system and spending weeks convincing him to share his information.
Hager promised he would ensure the information release was â€˜â€˜something more lasting and of bigger valueâ€™â€™ than the hackerâ€™s planned Twitter dump.
He said knowing the source of information and their motives for releasing it was essential.
â€˜â€˜I know him [the hacker] well now, and I trust him,â€™â€™ he said. â€˜â€˜His motivation was that Cameron Slater was a bastard and weâ€™ll do him over.â€™â€™
â€˜â€˜The reason he attacked him was he thought he was a p****.â€™â€™
David Farrar points out the utter hypocrisy of the media:
This is the e-mail released by the PMâ€™s Office. Obviously it has impacted Judith Collins, but if you read the whole thing youâ€™ll see it backs something I have said consistently.
Cameron deals with a huge range of people, including Labour MPs, Green MPs, and almost every media organisation in NZ. The book only showed you his interactions with people associated with National, but this e-mail includesÂ media contact with no less than four different journalists. One specific quote:
I am maintaining daily communications with Jared Savage at the Herald and he is passing information directly to me that the Herald canâ€™t run and so are feeding me to run on the blog.
Now let me say again that what Cam says in an e-mail is his interpretation of events. I regard Jared Savage as an excellent investigative reporter. But the e-mail does lead to questions being asked. How is media giving Cam stories, different to a press secretary doing so?
Now again what Cam has written is hisÂ interpretation. It may not be the literal truth of what Jared was doing. But hereâ€™s the thing â€“ you need to be consistent. If you accept everything in the e-mails written by Cam as the literal truth, then the NZ Herald was feeding stories to Whale Oil, which they could not run in their newspaper. If you do not accept those e-mails as the literal truth, then why would you accept the ones about interactions with people in National as the literal truth?
Is the Herald going to say thatÂ everything Cameron wrote about his dealings with us is incorrect, yet everything else is correct?
Will other mediaÂ subject Herald reporters and editors to the same level of inquiry that they have subjected others named in the hacked e-mails to?
“Mr” Hager, using my stolen emails, drawing conclusions based on incomplete information, writing a narrative and not checking it with the people involved,Â any of the people involved for factual correctness before publishing, has been pushing the idea that I was involved in having a prisoner moved. Â He’s published a lie that Minister Judith Collins organised this.
David Fisher, in his partial and very sanitised “Mea Culpa – I used to be manipulated against my will by Cameron Slater” piece in the Herald the other day may also take note of the fact, instead of how he likes to present things.
Below, is an OIA reply from the Department of Corrections. Â All personal details have been redacted to respect the privacy of the person who requested the OIA. Â A non-redacted copy is in my possession.
Nicky Hager’s associates hacked my emails. He decided that it was his right to publish my emails.
He claims this is an honourable journalistic enterprise.
He is wrong.
He has written a book, he is making money from that book and has stated he wanted to attack me and the National party.
A book is not a journalistic enterprise, David Fisher has already paved the way in this respect with his High Court loss. Nicky Hager should have remembered that along with his lefty lawyer Steven Price. That case has not be appealed and stands as an important precedent.
Secondly in writing a book for money, and stating the reasons he wrote the book, he has established that there is malice involved. Any pretence of attempting to use journalists privileged has fallen by the wayside.
Worse still, since we are talking about journalists ethics, is that Nicky Hager failed to contact a single person he has written about in his book. Not one. He wrote the book and he published personal and private email conversations without so much as asking permission from other parties, or indeed the owner of the emails. Even I had the courtesy of speaking to Matthew Blomfield and offering him a right of reply, I even posted his right of reply unaltered, I recorded those conversations as well so they cannot be denied. I even rang Len Brown before we published.
Nicky Hager didn’t do any of those things.
Here is the thing though…he is threatening to dump more emails. You have to wonder why? Surely he put the best ones in the rather thin 140 page book?
Nicky Hager has brought News of the World style hacking to New Zealand, rather ironic don’t you think?
Hacking emails, breaching people’s privacy all for profit.
And he dares to claim it is the National party involved in dirty politics. Â Â Read more »
Further to the NZ Herald’s rather gigantic ballsup this morning, the Internet Party think’s it’s OK:
The Herald and David “tainted” Fisher continue to shill lines on behalf of Kim Dotcom.
They have run a story today about some supposed new “evidence”.
Government minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested in Kim Dotcom before his officials granted the tycoon residency – a revelation which has led to accusations he misled the public.
The accusation comes after Immigration NZ released a statement making it clear they told Dr Coleman about the FBI the day before the criticial residency decision was made.
Dr Coleman – now Defence Minister – is now facing calls to come clean on exactly what he was told the day before Dotcom was granted residency by Immigration NZ officials.
It emerged last week Dotcom was given residency in 2010 despite the SIS urging Immigration NZ to tell their minister the FBI was carrying out a criminal investigation into him and wanted the help of NZ Police.
Dr Coleman was briefed by Immigration NZ chief executive Nigel Bickle on October 28, the day before Dotcom was granted residency.
Dr Coleman distanced himself from the decision, saying it was made by officials. He said: “Ministers had absolutely no knowledge of any pending FBI-NZ Police investigation.” Â Read more »