Poor Anna. Hero yesterday, villain today

via inlandpolitics.com

via inlandpolitics.com

Further to my posts from yesterday, here, and here, and today’s here, where I take an article of Anna Turner at The Press and show her not to Pimp the Poor by slanting government inaction where there isn’t any, it turns out The Press has had an editorial change of heart on the issue.

Anna Turner may no longer be as motivated to Pimp the Poor, as her own paper has thrown her under the bus in an editorial today:

Getting a clear and accurate picture of the housing market in Christchurch since the earthquakes is not easy.

Anecdotal accounts of a shortage of houses available to rent or buy and of rocketing prices abound, but there have been few hard figures about the wider reality.

The suggestion by some that a few desperate cases of hardship represented a wider crisis was not accurate.



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  • Saccharomyces

    Hahahahah, bzzzzzzz, is that the sound of desperate back-pedalling I hear!

  • JeffDaRef

    Didnt she herself write that line at the start of the week?
    It sounded promising, but then she went and undid it all by her Simon Collins tribute piece…

  • Agent BallSack

    I bet Cam’s name is being mentioned in a few press CEO’s offices currently…”If we had just ONE reporter of his capability! Fuck these Journalists, Trained & Skilled.”

  • Mr_Blobby

    Yes, very good but will she be looking for a new line of employment tomorrow. No you say, why am I not surprised.

    • Cadwallader

      She is fit to go on the dole and then claim poverty.

  • NZ Groover

    A hard lesson learned by young Anna. Hopefully she’ll learn from this and it’ll make her a more balanced journalist. Ahhhhhhhh to be young and rash again.

  • Macca

    This type of reporting typifies the left in every sense! The only thing they are capable of is trying to spread fear (generally untrue), and constant blaming of anyone but their own performance from days gone by.

    Of course, trying to get some sort of problem solving out of them is a completely different issue – there never are any!

    • Cadwallader

      I think it was George Childers who described Anna’s ilk as “the lip-glossed bimbos from the leafy suburbs” who drop down to what they imagine to be a tough life then rant about it.

  • williamabong

    Don’t be to hard on them, he probably needs to rip into all that booze, it would be the only way you would give something that Fugly a ride on the mutton gun.

    • Lion_ess

      Umm, did you have a look at him? Two bush-pigs, well matched – someone please sterilize them.

      • Cadwallader

        I agree. I wonder if they do it in front of the kids in their one-roomed sleep out? The noise and the stench would be beyond Hollywood’s imagination. She’d have to be on top, otherwise he’d spill his woody!

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Cam – Why don’t you twist Naked Emperor’s hand, become a list MP and then a Minister? At least we will have one minister with brain…….

    • Agent BallSack

      While it would be good to see Cam vs Winnie, Fenton and it would probably cause Mallard apoplexy, we would lose the pilot whale….not a good thought. Cam would want to do a good job so I would think that it’s more likely to happen once his family is grown….if it does ;)

  • Goldie

    Anna Turner was writing about a couple with seven children who were apparently facing hardship. Assuming that both parents are working at a minimum wage of $15 an hour, then they would be receiving $488 a week from the government for Working for Families, or a total family income of $87,000 a year. Finding out this took me a couple of minutes on the IRD website. Anna Turner is no doubt another one these “decent, trained and skilled” journalists.

    • Gazzaw

      Goldie, I would really question your assumption that either of them are working but regardless they are living high on the hog on the taxpayers’ tit. With all of those daughters they won’t ever have to worry again either – talk about selective breeding. This brood stands to cost the taxpayer millions over the course of their lives.

  • JemT

    This post and many of the comments below have completely missed the point. Read the whole series of articles carefully (all of which I believe were written by Ms Turner). Her primary point is EXACTLY the same as that featured in the editorial – that the suggestion of a housing critis has been overblown, despite anecdotal evidence of hardship. Rather than “throwing her under the bus”, the Press editorial repeats and affirms her general findings. I think many of you need to ask yourselves what motivates you to make gratuitously nasty and personal comments about a young female reporter who’s done nothing but write a series of articles that you misread. It doesn’t reflect well on you.

  • ConwayCaptain

    I trust that these deadbeats will be fornt page in next weeks TRUTH