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Dirty Media – Herald Admits Making S##t Up

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Which part of “we made it all up” haven’t the Herald said here?

Embellishing… not something decent, trained and skilled journos do, surely?

Regan at Throng had a blinder about Sky TV yesterday.  Today he climbs into the NZ Herald.

herald-x-factor-bsMost days I find something in the NZ Herald that really makes me angry. The number of times I have read things that are simply not true or have had massive embellishment is astounding. Take this utter nonsense that the NZ Herald leads with this morning.

According to the once proud bastion of the fourth estate,

Television mogul Simon Cowell – whose company Syco Entertainment created The X Factor reality format – had no knowledge MediaWorks had used convicted killer Shae Brider on The X Factor NZ and is taking the matter “very seriously.”

That sounds very ominous indeed, except that Simon Cowell said none of that at all. Read more »

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Alastair Thompson

Alastair Thompson

To be fair, Alastair Thompson has many reasons for his intense dislike of Cameron Slater as he has been exposed a number of times on Whaleoil for his dodgy dealings.

However he has now resorted to making things up in order to try to get his revenge. Actually that is too polite. He is defaming Cameron with statements that he knows very well are lies.

It is one thing to hit your opponents by exposing facts, it is quite another to deliberately defame them.

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Truth, Spin and Outright Lies

Credit: Getty-Images via Newstalk ZB

Credit: Getty-Images via Newstalk ZB

A guest post:

For much of my life I have been following politics, sometimes more actively than others. At the moment I am on the sidelines, belonging to no party at all. This gives me freedom to comment.

We have had a few truthful politicians on all sides over the decades. They stand out in my memory and are people who have a belief and conviction. And when they are required to obfuscate, fib, or lie they are remarkably uncomfortable. In fact those few really truthful people can be quite uncomfortable to be around as they can appear judgemental and uncompromising. While they can be a pain, they are also a treasure worth celebrating as they are rare and special beasts. I can never quite decide whether they are naive, or don’t actually realise the havoc they can cause. Read more »


Two truths and a lie

2 Truths & 1 Lie from James Coulson on Vimeo.

(Hint:  they are all true, just not necessarily spoken by the person the truth belongs to)

Remember this?

David Cunliffe reckons he cannot tell a lie.

And yet the evidence in that video says otherwise…and recent weeks have shown us more evidence that he can actually tell lies…lots of them.

Real estate deals for donors, misleads journalists when asked.

His secret trust administered by a blogger by the name of Greg Presland, set up to launder donations and hide donors.

Claims Taranaki is in the doldrums when it is in fact the fastest growing area of NZ.  Read more »

Is there much point in asking questions when you don’t get the truth?

Ernst & Young are up against it with their review of the Mayor of Auckland and his alleged problems.  Especially when staff have been told not to speak out, and LGOIMA requests are fabricated as well.


I wish my colleagues at other media outlets the best of luck getting anywhere with “spokespeople for the Mayor”.  At this stage any straight answer is going to conflict with those already out there, so watch them tie themselves in knots as they try to find a way to make it all better.  Somehow.


Herald defends Brown over sex scandal but attacks mayor over $142 satchel

That bought and paid for embedded NZ Herald spin weasel  Bernard Orsman feebly attempts to show he is capable of balanced reporting by getting his teeth into the $142-per-satchel council scandal.

Auckland councillors and local board members have been given leather satchels to carry their council documents, at a [total] cost of $23,304.

The 164 fancy bags – emblazoned with the council’s pohutukawa logo – come as Mayor Len Brown promises a crackdown on rising debt and salaries for executives.

Councillor Linda Cooper returned her $142 briefcase after holding it up during her maiden speech on Wednesday, a move labelled a stunt by councillor Cathy Casey.

Boo!  Bad Len!  Out of control spending!

Let’s see how Orsman turns the screws on his former friend Len Brown.   Read more »

Holiday weather forecasts are lies

As Stuff highlights, the weather forecast for Christmas is good, but it turns out the actual result frequently doesn’t match the forecast.

The weather forecasting professionals have a bit of an open dirty secret:  around the major holidays, they lie.

In the past, accurate forecasts that predict less than ideal weather has seriously affected the tourism business.   Guest nights are down and tourist attractions will have a lot less visitors as people discount going outside due to the predicted bad weather.

So these days, you will find that the long and medium range forecasts that precede the holiday breaks are always a ‘best case scenario’.  It’s only really the day before that Metservice et all stop putting lipstick on the pig and tell you what’s really coming your way.