Another example of Herald hypocrisy


After a week of being called out for their hypocrisy, even by Graeme Edgeler, another example has come to light.

A reader emails:

No doubt you folk have already thought of this but here is a link to a NZ Herald article from 2011 where they are showing a Hell Pizza ad deliberately designed to offend and bait Christians:

The Anglican Church was very clearly offended here (and somehow managed to refrain from murdering anyone), yet the Herald saw fit to publish an image of the offending billboard, thus giving the billboard a much wider audience.

This is game, set and match as far as exposing the Herald’s double standards.

The NZ Herald seems afraid to upset Muslims, has declared they have a long-standing policy (which isn’t it is just 8 years old and brought in after the Danish cartoons incident) and we have shown numerous examples of them breaking their own stated policy, but only when it comes to Buddhists or Christians.

The NZ Herald has handed over their editorial policy to terrorists.

If they want to come across all sanctimonious and high handed in their editorials then best they get cleansing of the truth.

Either that or do one of two things…start upholding their own standards across the board…if offence is taken then things shouldn’t be shown…or ditch the stupid policy.

If they decide to go with option one then who is the arbiter of what is offensive? See where that ends up…a neutered news organisation and their balls were cut off by their own hand.

Suits me though. I don;t care what they do, they are as relevant to me as the Qur’an.


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  • Tom

    Their subscriptions must be dropping like stones. Stupidity and electronic must be knocking them stupid. Still non biased and neutral forums are getting on top of them already and will prevail.

    • Mick Ie

      For months now, I have thought of WO as a ‘News Source’ rather than a ‘Blog’. Every time the Herald makes a poor editorial decision, they are practically gifting another reader to their opposition.

  • Christians and Buddhists don’t react with violence. Islamists do.
    So it’s not editorial policy to refrain from possibly giving offence. It ‘s editorial cowardice.
    And when you can justify it as Currie has attempted., it is cowardice taken to an art form.

  • Ginny

    It has just occurred to me that there maybe muslims in the NZ Herald upper echelons. Could help explain a lot of this carry on.

    • spanishbride

      Next thing they will copy Whaleoil’s psalm of the day except it will be a passage from the political Manifesto the Qu’ran each day.

      • ex-JAFA

        Would that supplant the passages from the Greens manifesto they currently run?

  • RightofSingapore

    It is intellectual and moral cowardice by small time newspaper The Herald. They and all the other Leftie apologists need to make up their minds:either its ok to mock all religions or its not ok to mock any religion-all of its ok or none of it is.

  • spanishbride

    It has nothing whatsoever to do with offending anyone. Their previous articles that offend Christians and Buddhists prove that.
    This is about FEAR plain and simple. Islamic terrorists kill when they feel offended and
    ‘ moderate ‘ Muslims can become violent and/or march in the street carrying signs saying things like behead those who mock Muhammad.

    • Salacious Crumb

      I really don’t think it is about ‘fear’ as such SB. The Herald has shown itself on multiple occasions to be mouthpiece of neo-liberal ideology that the political Left and sections of the right support here. The same ideology that has embraced the unfettered multicultural and immigration policies that have seen Europe where it is now. The same political leanings that turn a blind eye to anti-Semitism and promote the vilification of Christianity in particular. The phrase “useful idiots” springs to mind. Couple that with the complete dumming down of the traditional newsroom and you have a recipe for misinformation and propaganda; regardless of any intent. Market forces will deal to them in good time but the damage done in a societal sense will take some time to overcome.

    • Garbageman

      never likely to happen in good ol sleepy NZ though eh

      • Pharmachick

        That’s disgraceful.

        All those in attendance should be ashamed (and on NZ Security Service watch lists – much good that will do tho).

      • OneTrack

        No, of course not.

        Our lefties just stage protests against 20-year old female tennis players. Because they were an “unapproved” race.

        • Pharmachick

          The day that happened, when Minto et al behaved like something that rhymes with “anchors”, I was ashamed to be a Kiwi. Shahar Peer had the good grace and dignity to keep playing and to not comment. After suitable time for their protest (I feel like an hour or two is reasonable for anyone to protest and get their point across for anything they feel strongly about) those idiots should have been arrested for “disturbing the peace”. They were at it for hours and hours with megaphones etc and were harassing tennis attendees.

    • OneTrack

      They are progressives and they are most scared of someone calling them “raysists”. Christians are basically white and generally older. Hence, they are fair game for ridicule in the Heralds eyes. It’s ok – when the left does it.

    • dgrogan

      And Muslim clerics in NZ proclaim the best way for the Un-believer to avoid trouble, is not to draw Muhammad.

  • Grumpy of Onehunga

    I increasingly find that most articles in the Herald offend me…..

  • CheesyEarWax

    Went to the Mad Butcher this morning. Pork, beef (awesome rump @12.99/kg) galore, and none Halal either. They are clearly offending a lot of people.

  • RockinBob625

    The above article is the annual list of baby names that are rejected by Birth Death & Marriages for inappropriateness. In the article there is an explanation of what would get banned.

    “….or those of a religious nature such as Christ, would be blocked.”

    So, nobody named Mohammed last year?

    • Aucky

      Mohammed was the number one name in 2014 in the UK for newborn boys.
      Sophia for girls.,,,,,,,,,now that speaks volumes.

    • dgrogan

      Grounds for challenging our own PC-enshrined legislation interpretation right there.
      I could call my son, Mohammed – but not Christ. Jesus would be OK of course.
      What could possibly be Internal Affair’s, BD&M defence in this example? More weasel-words like those from the Herald perhaps?

  • Watcher

    Simply another example of weasel words from the herald.
    Par for the course.
    4 days herald free now.
    SWMBO still insists we subscribe to the Sunday herald….I refuse to read it.
    I will win her over ;-)

    • dgrogan

      Spoken like a true reformist. I’m proud of you, W.

  • WeaselKiss

    The actual symbol itself is very provocative.
    The Goat of Mendes.
    Very common symbol on masonic regalia and such.

  • LesleyNZ

    Well there we go. With their “long-standing policy” revealed, from now on I expect the NZ Herald to treat all religions exactly the same and with respect – including Jesus and Christianity. Imagine what would happen if Hell Pizza did a mocking billboard about Allah, Mohammed and Hell.