A journalist? Albeit irresponsible, but a journalist nonetheless

Winston Peters reckons I am a journalist, an irresponsible journalist but one nonetheless.

“New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said Mr Brown’s future “was for the people of Auckland to decide”.

Mr Peters asked why the information was not made public before Mr Brown was elected, and said Aucklanders were entitled to have the information before they decided who their mayor should be.

He said that if Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater was being “a responsible journalist”, he should have published the information before the mayoral election. 

“The so-called informant, or the whistle-blower, if he thinks that he’s got integrity on this issue, then he has to answer: Why didn’t he let the information go when the people would have had that information before they made their electoral judgement?”

Mr Peters did not accept Mr Slater’s explanation that the blogger had been waiting for an affidavit to be signed before the details of the affair were published.”

Far be it from me to question the law and I defer to Mr Peters (as someone with a wealth of experience in the murky laws of defamation) but I have to ask him whether he thinks I could have safely relied on the defence of honest opinion without the affidavit.

Of course Winston Peters is an expert in rushing off to the media half baked with zero facts and then blustering his way through his mistruths with more mistruths.

I’m wondering though is if there is a scale for journalists….irresponsible journalists who get promoted to journalist who get promoted to responsible journalist, the on to decent journalist followed by the pinnacle of journalistic qualifications…a decent journalist, trained and skilled.

 


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  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    “I’m wondering though is if there is a scale for journalists….irresponsible journalists who get promoted to journalist who get promoted to responsible journalist, the on to decent journalist followed by the pinnacle of journalistic qualifications…a decent journalist, trained and skilled.”
    and then followed by pond scum.

    • sheppy

      Is that the scale if how left wing they’ve become?

    • Patrick

      and then followed by pond scum

      Confirmed shortly afterwards when the HR department of the inglorious NZ Herald call with a job offer.

  • StacyMcNaught

    And people say that there are no jobs…you have just clearly outlined one career path right there, step by step even.

    EDIT: Spelling…only running on 1 coffee so far today, my bad

    • OhopeBeachBugger

      Crank up the dosage :-).

  • blokeintakapuna

    Winnie also forgets Whale doesn’t have Parliamentary Privilege either…

    • Never in the dark…..

      Exactly what I thought when I heard him spouting yesterday.

      Cam’s already had some run ins with the courts for opening his mouth……even when he had the story right.

    • Hawkesbayallday

      Id have Winnie over Cunliffe or Key….

      • blokeintakapuna

        Most of NZ wants Winnie over Culiffe – we just don’t want the mental picture that leaves behind. Especially after 50 shades of Brown…

  • GregM

    Winston Peters needs to fuck off. Drunken irrelevant old fool.

    • richard.b

      What are you trying to say, don’t beat around the bush, just come out with it!

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    And if Winnie Peters was a responsible MP then he would have paid back the $158K that he still owes to Parliamentary Services, so get off your high horse Winston.

    • disqus_Aa7kWsb7Fp

      Hey. No fair. His dementia cut in and he forgot all about it.
      Riiiiight

  • JeffDaRef

    Last paragraph is gold WO – sarcasm may be the lowest form of wit, but it works for me!!

  • Planesailor

    Brendan Whoran anyone…

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