Karl du Fresne wins quotes of the week

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Karl du Fresne on Stuff wins hands down quote(s) of the week with these pearlers.

“There is a school of thought, encouraged in many Left-leaning journalism schools (if that’s not a tautology), that “objectivity” in journalism is unattainable, a myth, and therefore not to be bothered with. I believe this is a self-serving rationalisation that gives politically partisan reporters licence to spin the news whichever way suits them.”

“As for Zaoui, we shouldn’t forget that he makes great couscous. He must be all right then.”

“There is something very Third World and presidential about Helen Clark’s famous Canterbury motorcade.

Last year I spent some time in Tonga. On a quiet Sunday afternoon I was being driven along the waterfront of Nuku’alofa when my hostess suddenly pulled to the side of the road and stopped. Approaching us was a big, black limousine with police 4WD vehicles travelling fore and aft, lights flashing. As they passed I saw, alone in the rear of the limo, the aloof, impassive face of King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV.

Tongan law requires other traffic to pull over and stop respectfully as the big fella passes. It seems to me there are obvious parallels here with Miss Clark’s high-speed passage over the Canterbury Plains.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.