NZ Herald

When it isn’t the Herald making stuff up it is Fairfax

Two weeks ago the Press Council busted the NZ Herald and David ‘Tainted’ Fisher for making stuff up. The Herald and Brian Gaynor also had to apologise to Mark Hotchin for defamatory comments made in their articles about him,

This morning on there is a grovelly apology from Fairfax over a story they have made up about Stephen Jennings.

Last week, published an article regarding New Zealand businessman Stephen Jennings, and his business activities in Kenya and Russia.

The article may have been interpreted as implying that Mr Jennings’ business activities in those countries were unethical and open to criticism. It also implied that Mr Jennings was a business rival to Bill Browder, a well known American businessman, and wanted to destroy him. accepts that none of these statements or implications have any factual basis or legitimacy. No attempt was made to contact Mr Jennings prior to publication, and we accept that had we done so, the article would not have contained those statements or implications.   Read more »

Crim hugging bastards

You can always see how the media want to spin a story when the offenders are aged in their late teens.  If they want to spin it againt, these are young men.  If they want to cuddle them, they are teen boys.

A teenager accused of murder and on the run after disconnecting his electronic monitoring anklet was terrified he would be returned to prison, a family friend has revealed.

Beauen Wallace-Loretz, 17, was on electronic bail awaiting trial after the death of 54-year-old Ihaia Gillman-Harrison on December 27 last year at Auckland’s Ascot Epsom Motel.

By last night police had visited at least 10 properties in the hunt for Wallace-Loretz, who has been on the run for three days since he fled the Avondale address he was bailed to.

Detective Andrew Fabish said police had calls from all over the North Island but no solid leads in the search.

“We have spoken to all his associates and friends and we are doing what we can but we need more information,” Fabish said.

Poor little teenager.   Read more »

Let’s cut short this pathetic media circus


Dear New Zealanders

New Zealand belongs to a group of countries that includes Canada, the UK, the USA and Australia, more recently referred to as “the club”.  They operate communications surveillance bases.

In the course of their work, they have the potential to monitor all communications (more or less), and pick and choose what may be of interest depending on a set of criteria that are by and large the same but may change over time depending on emerging threats to national security. Read more »

Comments of the Day

Today Nicky Hager, a man who writes and sells books based on the stolen data of private NZ citizens is all upset that allegedly the NZ Government spies on its neighbours.

Our commenters are agog at the attitude of the NZ Herald and other so-called journalists.

Salacious Crumb says:

Dear Shayne Currie,

This ANZAC day, please refrain from any reference to our fallen, their sacrifice or those who continue to serve.

Your newspaper at every turn has sought to undermine everything they have fought for; our nations peace, sovereignty and security.

By supporting subversives, criminals and by bowing to the threat of terrorists, you have proved yourselves unworthy as trusted presenters of news and fact in this country.

If the hour comes when we must all make a stand, I would not want the likes of you at my side for I know you could not be counted upon as you have once again shown that the interests of New Zealand are distant to any priorities you might possess.

I would present a white feather, but that would be a rise in my estimation of you and your news outlet.

We can’t really expect much form the likes of David ‘Tainted’ Fisher, a man the Press Council found made up a story.   Read more »

Guest Post: Bryce Edwards has an agenda


via ODT


I’m not usually one to call out political commentators, but the disingenuous line run over the weekend by Otago University Political Professor Bryce Edwards regarding electoral finance is disgraceful and should be corrected.

On the front page of Saturday’s Weekend Herald, under a story headlined “Loophole: Nat Donors Stay Secret” Mr Edwards uses the term “laundering” to describe the process of the National Party giving large donations from the central party coffers to particular candidates just before the election.   Read more »

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 »

Toby Manhire wants us to follow in Denmark and Sweden’s footsteps.

Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Toby Manhire is such a person. Rather than do what Churchill did when he joined England in the fight against Nazism he thinks that a more gutsy decision would be to increase our immigration, thereby bringing into our democratic country the very ideology that John Key wants us to oppose.

Sweden and Denmark increased their immigration and look what happened.

Woe to anyone in Sweden who dissents from the orthodox view that welcoming large numbers of indigent peoples from such countries as Iraq, Syria, and Somalia is anything but a fine and noble idea. Even to argue that permitting about 1 percent of the existing population to emigrate annually from an alien civilization renders one politically, socially, and even legally beyond the pale. (I know a journalist threatened with arrest for mild dissent on this issue.) Stating that there exists a Swedish culture worth preserving meets with puzzlement. And yet, the realities of immigration are apparent for all to see: welfare dependency, violent bigotry against Christians and Jews, and a wide range of social pathologies from unemployment to politically motivated rape. Accordingly, ever-increasing numbers of Swedes find themselves — despite known hazards — opting out of the consensus and worrying about their country’s cultural suicide.

All this is part, say critics, of a decade-long transformation in Denmark’s approach to immigration and integration, under pressure from the populist Danish People’s party, the DPP… Denmark’s Muslim population are the party’s particular focus. There are many Muslims, it says, who are unwilling to integrate and hostile to “Danish values” such as free speech.

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Another Herald journo judged by his peers to have lied

On November 7 last year David Fisher ran a shabby hit piece against Customs and also Maurice Williamson about OIA processes inside the department.

Despite complaints to the NZ Herald they refused to withdraw the article even though factual errors had been pointed out to them. Shayne Currie the editor fought the complaints vociferously.

Customs persisted and complained to the Press Council.

The Press Council has found that David Fisher essentially made stuff up, in effect he lied in his article.

Wide concerns among the media and the public have led the Ombudsman to launch an investigation into Official Information Act practices in the public sector.
The Herald may have been entitled to form the view that departmental rules and guidelines, including requirements for consultation, do open the way to political influence and interference in information releases.
But the documents provided to the Herald, and referred to in the article, do not grant the minister the freedom to change whatever is released.
Therefore the part-sentence included in the article is factually incorrect and the Council upholds the complaint on that basis.

Press Council members considering the complaint were Sir John Hansen, Chris Darlow, Tim Beaglehole, Liz Brown, Jenny Farrell, Sandy Gill, Marie Shroff, Vernon Small, Mark Stevens and Stephen Stewart.
John Roughan took no part in the consideration of this complaint.

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Face of the day

 Andrew Little

Andrew Little

‘We should not send troops to Iraq’ – Andrew Little

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Mr Key said Mr Little knew the numbers of New Zealanders considered possible risks as extremists had increased from 30-40 last year to 60-70 now. There was also a greater risk to travelling New Zealanders.

“But he says he’d do nothing. I don’t believe him. If it’s really true then you’d have to question whether he’d make the right decisions for New Zealand.”

He believed Mr Little’s objections were simply politicking and if it was in Government, it would have deployed the troops as the former Labour Government had sent engineers to Iraq and the SAS in a combat role to Afghanistan.

-NZ Herald

Risk free investing by the NZ Super fund

$200m NZD given to Banco Espirito Santo, a Portuguese bank, to bail them out. The bank folds, and the underlying insurance is voided.

These guys make Terry Serepisos look like George Soros.

Almost $200 million in taxpayers’ money invested through the New Zealand Superannuation Fund has been lost after the collapse of a Portuguese bank where the money was invested – supposedly as a “risk-free” loan.

The fund, set up with public money to partly cover the retirement costs of Baby Boomers, revealed yesterday it had been caught up in the collapse of Banco Espirito Santo (BES), and a US$150 million investment made in July had been wiped out.

The investment was a contribution to a Goldman Sachs-organised loan to the bank, but only weeks after the money was injected it imploded. President and founder Ricardo Salgado was arrested as part of a criminal investigation into tax evasion.

After disclosing billions of euros in losses, and facing a run on funds by depositors, the bank collapsed in a heap and was broken up in August.

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