Herald on Sunday manufactures outrage again

tgwtY0CThe Herald on Sunday is continuing the crusade against the government and alleged spying by manipulating an old story to claim some sort of outrage.

They have dredged up the tea tapes saga and re-written it to suit their narrative of spying. They lie to readers in doing so. But then this is what “decent journalists, trained and skilled” do these days. They lie, they cheat and they manipulate public opinion to suit their own political agendas.

No wonder people distrust media.

The article starts like this:

Lawyers are demanding a review of how police intercept private communications after a photo-journalist’s cellphone logs and messages, including exchanges with a lawyer, were obtained in and inquiry instigated by the PM.

That is a lie right there in the preamble. The communications were not “intercepted”. The txts were obtained after a legal warrant was obtained, some months after the event took place. There was no interception.

This is a classic case of how the media manipulates people to fear things, in this case the government and John Key. 

Police seized the text messages of a photo-journalist involved in the “teapot tape” saga, including exchanges with his family, his lawyer and Herald on Sunday journalists.

Auckland University associate law professor Bill Hodge describes the police actions as “mind-boggling”.

The Herald on Sunday has obtained the dossier of about 323 text messages sent and received by cameraman Bradley Ambrose, in the days before and after the notorious cup of tea between Prime Minister John Key and Act candidate John Banks during the 2011 election campaign.

Mid-boggling? an outraged law professor thinks that the Police obtaining legal warrants is “mind-boggling”. What is mind boggling is that this story has been regurgitated to suit a political agenda.

Note the use of the words “seized”, and “intercept”. This is designed to place the ideas of coercion and force into peoples minds. They were obtained in the rather tame manner of obtaining a warrant that was served on Vodafone. No interception, no seizing…just deception by The Herald on Sunday.

This weekend, the new case of police secretly reading a journalist’s communications has heightened concern about authorities cracking down on media that publish information embarrassing to the Government.

What new case of police ceretly reading a journalists communications…it was no secret, they obtained a warrant, investigating a complaint laid with police. Is the Herald on Sunday and Bill Hodge suggesting that Police can no longer obtain warrants to investigate crimes?

This article is an outrage. It isn’t until well down the article we get to the bottom of things, long after they have emotively suggest the Police are snooping on journalists, “seizing” things and “intercepting communications”.

The logs of Ambrose’s text messages and phone calls were disclosed by Vodafone NZ after police served a search warrant on the company on January 24 last year, two and a half months after the incident.

Oh, a legally obtained warrant. But still they persist with the outrage.

But Auckland University associate professor Bill Hodge said it was “mind-boggling” police would intercept text messaging over such a minor charge, especially when the Evidence Act 2006 provided clear protections for journalists to guarantee the freedom of the media. “Why in hell would they have those, for what investigatory purpose?” he asked.

Is Bill Hodge thick or was he mis-led by Bevan Hurley. The txts were not EVER intercepted.

No wonder no one trusts the media. In this case they are lying little bitches.


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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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