I figured out what’s wrong with the NZ Herald

They are morons.

No, hear me out.  I have a case to make.

The NZ Herald is a news organisation.  With me so far?   Right.

What should they be doing, when at work?  Reporting on news?  Right.

What is news?

No, bare with me.  What is news?  


Here comes the important part.

Lance Armstrong (who is only a cyclist, by the way), was announced to be going on Oprah to admit to drug taking days before he met her for the taping of the show.

Lance Armstrong (who isn’t a world leader, or opinion maker), was announced to have gone on Oprah and admitted drug taking days before the broadcast of the show.

I’m sorry to insult your intelligence, but hang in there a little longer, OK?

Is the broadcast of the Oprah/Armstrong interview news?  (Please refer to the definition – “Newly received”, and “important events”).

It may be noteworthy.  It may still be entertaining.  It may even appeal to some who are avid Oprah fans or Armstrong haters.

But what would you expect to happen in the NZ Herald Newsroom, during working hours, when the Oprah taped interview was being played?

Remember:  We all knew what was going to be said up to a week in advance.

Care of David Fisher (@Fish_NZ, @FishNZH, @FisherJourno, @DFisherJourno – who can keep track?), we have this photograph of paid, professional journalists spending the company’s money “gathering news”.


This isn’t the Melbourne Cup office sweepstakes.  It isn’t Team New Zealand taking the cup off that evil Conner.

Why the hell are these people not working?

Note to APN News & Media Limited:  Plenty of fat in that newsroom yet.  Trimming time.

Morons.  QED.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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