John Armstrong is channelling his inner Fran today and whipped out a massive whinge-fest.
Armstrong’s opinion piece gives us a clear picture of how out of touch the press gallery is and also how poorly managed they are, tweet driven group think at it’s worse.
Armstrong is still confused that very few people care about Nicky Hager and there seems to be no discomfort that the emails were stolen but thinks that an email with no connection to a National staffer will damage National, sometime, somewhere with someone in the future at a time undefined…seriously they publish this rubbish. Voters seem more annoyed at journalists than politicians at hijacking our democracy for a German driven vendetta, using stolen goods.
Worse still is not one single journalist has even researched the term “chop, chop”, a term my parents used a lot when I was growing up as have many Kiwi parents. Anyone who has worked in Hong Kong or British territories around the world knows about “chop, chop”…except journalists. Anyone who has been in the armed forces knows what “chop chop” means. Once again the journalists have taken the lazy way out and repeated what Nicky Hager described.
In fact “chop chop” simply means hurry up…in other words Nicky Hager would get the hurry up.
“Chop chop” is a phrase rooted in Cantonese. It spread through Chinese workers at sea.Â It was adopted by English seamen.Â “Chop chop” refers to “hurry, hurry” and means something should be done now, advance and without any delay. The word “chopsticks” likely originates from this root.Â Â Â