When will it ever end? Herald ruins a nice story with a bombed image

The Herald Bombs just keep on coming. Take this story about a couple of brothers raising money to replace a pensioner’s stolen car. It’s a good story, some nice news for once, ruined by the sub-editing:

Two brothers from Porirua have stepped up after a 94-year-old man lost his most prized possession – a mint 1977 Mazda 323.

Joel Briggs, 29, from Elsdon, was watching an episode of Campbell Live, and heard of a Matamata local, Hugh Pickering, who had had his car stolen after someone broke into his garage.

Mr Pickering had bought the car, a Mazda 323, brand new in 1977.

Neither Joel nor his brother Joshua have met or spoken to Mr Pickering, but Joel says he was touched by his story.

“I thought it was pretty stink so I jumped on Facebook and started a page for him.”

The Facebook page, ‘Hugh pickering mazda 323’, now has over 1000 likes.

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How the Herald thinks a 1977 Mazda 323 looks

That is no 1977 Mazda 323. They could have got a picture of the car though off the Facebook page they quoted:

1977 Mazda 323

A 1977 Mazda 323 

Good on these guys for helping out, and shame on the Herald with their journalists, trained and skilled for stuffing up the story.


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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.

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