Pimping the Poor again

David Farrar takes apart the “decent journalists, trained and skilled” at the Herald on Sunday for their rehashing of a Jacinda Ardern snow job.

But also, once again we have media pimping the poor to prove their story.

Steph Gray firmly believes there is no job to fit her circumstances.

The Wainuiomata mum of one has applied for 20 jobs in the past two months and has had no luck. She’s registered with Winz but no opportunities have come from there either.

Gray has been solo with her son Malachi since her marriage collapsed three years ago.

“My son was 5 at the time and the marriage broke up just as my son started school.”

Malachi was diagnosed with epilepsy two years ago.

“I get $530 a week and that covers rent, power, phone, food, doctors, insurance, school fees – and petrol. When you have a child with epilepsy, a car is not a luxury, it is a necessity.” 

It costs $36 every time her boy goes to the doctor and medication costs about $6 a day.

Gray gets her benefit each week and has weekly costs of $440. She budgets for $90 to cover food and petrol.

“There have been weeks I haven’t been able to eat. I go without and my son eats.”

She said she would prefer work hours around school times.

“John Key says there are jobs out there but I want to know where they are.”

She doesn’t look like she has dodged very many meals…in the words of Scribe…not many, if any. Why does the media insist on publishing photos of fatties who claim they are starving on the benefit.?


But her attitude to work is astonishing…she doesn’t want any job, just ones that suit her circumstances and she appears to not want to compromise…it is her way or the highway…and her way is the bludgers way.

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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.