When it comes to smearing, there’s Whaleoil. And then there are the real professionals

Press Gallery journo Laura McQuillan doubles down on dirty:


Nice one.   Got to keep the “Key” smearing going somehow.    Guilt by association, twice removed.  That’s an expert smear right there.

You might think I’m being harsh, and that was just a small error of judgement.



So, here in New Zealand we’ve had a pretty well established rule about not involving non-political family members in political smears.   “Even” I adhere to that.

The accusations are that I am vile, despicable and the one that lowers the standards.

Not so.  Please note exhibits A and B above.

Of course, the people saying that I a vile, despicable and lower standards are the same people belonging to the profession so ably represented by the aforementioned Gallery journo.





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  • corporate refugee

    Journalism 101. Anything is OK when the left do it.

    • Positan

      Her demonstrated values tend to prove the quality of her “journalism.”

  • LesleyNZ

    Hands off the kids of politicians. Nasty stuff Laura McQuillan.

  • stanman

    Cheap shot from a wannabe

    haters be haters-lets dish up some dirt on Miss Laura huh

    • Dave

      No need, she is doing a fine job of showing her true colours all by herself.

  • Day Day

    Desparate third rate smear. How unprofessional.

  • Justsayn

    To retort in kind….

    Makes you wonder what sort of sites she surfs in order to be knowledgeable about the likelihood of whomever this is being photographed with naked women?

  • Captain Darling

    There’s at least one sensible twitter user. See reply to McQuillans tweet, though his spelling is a bit dodgy. Thinking “quire boy” should be choir boy.

    • Albert Root

      Something fascinating I’ve learned today, thanks to Wiki… : quire and choir are synonyms! My ignorance clearly nose know bounds

      EDIT: spelling

      • Captain Darling

        I’m with you on that Albert, I had no idea either. Ignorance is bliss.

      • ex-JAFA

        Synonyms AND homonyms! Hoodathunkit?

    • jsb1685

      Quire is in fact an old-fashioned spelling of Choir, but it’s rare to see it these days.

      • peterwn

        The Book of Common Prayer (1662 edition and still in print) – Evening Prayer contains the rubric:
        “In Quires and Places where they sing here
        followeth the Anthem.”

  • Lance Ralph

    What I cannot understand is why journalists use twitter at all. Why do they not aspire just to do their jobs in a professional way?
    Sure, I consider this sort of snide and irrelevant poison to be pitiful – from whatever political colour it arises – I suppose it rings this journalist’s bell, but why?

    • Justsayn

      Journalism is not longer about skilled and balanced presentation of the facts, it is a cult of personality in search of “fame”. Twits tweeting tend to try to tease the throng to think them tremendous.

      In NZ that seemed to start with Paul Holmes and has been downhill ever since.

    • dgrogan

      Her 32 seconds of fame, maybe? And I’m told it’s addictive.

    • TSD

      The problem is your use of the word journalists. This is not a profession that is taught in this country anymore. The particular trade of creative story writing that has replaced it has lecturers like Nicky Hagar so it’s easy to see the level of integrity that we should expect.

    • kaykaybee

      Journalists use Twitter because they can. This McQuillan exemplifies all that is wrong with the NZ MSM. She is mouthy, vapid and immature and twitter gives her a platform to bolster her ego and show off. Her employer needs to tell her to grow up as it’s clear she’s indiscreet and incapable of self censorship

      • Dave

        WO uses twitter as well, but 90% of the tweets these days are to advise of the latest post. Several Herald journalists including the famous Gurnard have had their twitter accounts handed to a junior, as they got to verbal and abusive.

  • johnnyB

    Cant remember Laura’s tweets about The leader of the Labour Party having dinner and accepting gifts from a high profile NZ sex offender in the middle of the election campaign but must have just forgotten. Far easier to condemn the teenage son of the Prime Minister – who may have not even know very much about this guy, its going to be a long 3 years for the Keys if Max’s social life is going to be tracked.

  • Eiselmann

    Sigh, by her logic I somehow endorse the murder of someone because two of my childhood friends went on to commit a murder…or is this endorsement by association reserved solely for the child of politicians named Key. Gee , even hardened criminals keep family out of the fallout.

    • I.M Bach

      Decades ago I worked with a guy who was later convicted of murder. Should I hand myself in do you think? The whole thing is ridiculous and demonstrates the level L. Mc is at.

  • Annoyed

    There’s also a photo of Max with Mona Dot Com so that means that John Key has a close and happy relationship with Kim as well?

    • Dave

      I will take a journalists view.

      Well, Kims wife and Max have been clubbing together
      Kim lives in John Keys electorate.
      They both have kids
      they are both wealthy.

      Now, apply media logic, yes they have a lot in common, they must be mates.

  • Dairy_Flat

    Just another myopic MSM regurgitator posting what she knows her fellow leftists will lap up while the rest of us will sigh, shake our heads and move on. All this does is show her up as yet another envious hater.

  • oldmanNZ

    So the guy i worked with got the sack for downloading porn on the work pc? I didnt know he was?
    So guilty by association?

    Lex Luther once said to clark kent, when they both were friends,
    “a person character can be judge by the friends he keeps”….

  • caochladh

    Just another nobody trying disparately to be somebody. This idiot epitomises the current crop of hacks.

  • The Whinging Pom

    I wonder if Ms McQuillan’s employers are aware of this gutter level tosh she’s tweeting, and if they are whether they’re concerned about what it does to her credibility as a journalist, and by extension to their standing as a media organisation.

    • Watcher

      I would say probably, yes and no.

      • MaryLou

        I’d go for probably, no, and no. Fits with the whole journalistic style of the NZH nowadays

    • TSD

      Credibility as a journalist… Actually let’s not dignify them with that particular title, creative writers has been more applicable for some time now.

      Nicky Hagar lectures to the budding creative writers so I don’t think we need to worry overly much about the idea that a lack of credibility is damaging to their careers.

  • Aucky

    Sorry Laura but the public really doesn’t care and they showed their contempt for personal smears by your fellow ‘professionals’ on 20 September.

    Just grow up girl, you’re displaying all the maturity of a schoolyard adolescent.

  • yoyoyo

    Laura who?

    • Cadwallader

      I had never heard of her either. I suppose she could be googled but if anyone here has had any experience of her I would be pleased to hear.

      • The Whinging Pom

        If guilt by association’s the game of the day, she’s big buddies with Katie Bradford…

        • Cadwallader

          Katie “WE can’t affect the polls” Bradford. Says it all.

      • Watcher

        No particular experience of her other than the odd fill in on 1ZB when Bazza is unavailable.
        She was commenting with Rachael Smalley last night on my drive home….I could not help but think at the time, birds of a feather.

        Lightweights in a heavyweight world.

        The tweeting game seems to be able to display the adolescence in some tweeters, particularly this one.

        • yoyoyo

          so an accomplished professional journalist right…

          her tweets have moved her further into the realm of irrelevancy ….if that is possible.

        • Cadwallader

          Did Rachaelly Smallbrain delve into Hamas hugging? These two would seem like peas in a pod, 4th form girlies in an adults world.

      • Reaper

        Apparently she is a “private person” and likes to keep her own personal life out of Twitter (but not out of Stuff’s Woman’s Day-type articles). Lol.


  • Martin

    MSM=20-40yo women with arts degrees and journalism school. It’s a pretty narrow hole to see the world if you want it to make sense.

  • NotGandalf

    John Key will have no choice but to resign now, I can hear the “I told you so’s ” from the Bradbury twins now! Its a clear cut case of Government and big money corruption.

    oh, wait a minute – its actually COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT – sorry folks, stand down.

  • The Whinging Pom

    Looks like Ms McQuillan has taken that tweet down. I wonder who had a word with her…

    • Isherman

      Well, I’d be suprised if it was her concience all of a sudden.

  • pak

    No class. Her greatest claim to fame seems to be that she was ordered out of Court’s media bench after turning up to Scott Guy trial wearing gold sparkly disco pants!

  • symgardiner

    That’s very poor of her. Very dirty.

  • Salacious Crumb

    Great – so now the NZ Herald are running an article on this like it is newsworthy. This is tabloid trash at its worse. Shayne Currie sort this rubbish out; you guys are now dropping below Women’s Day in the credibility stakes.

    • ex-JAFA

      At least Women’s Day would’ve paid for the article and organised a professional photographer.

      • andrew carrot

        Exactly. Just like they did for Mona.

  • pak

    McQuillan now tweeting that “apparently it wasn’t Dan Bilzerian in photo” and Herald seems to have taken down their article. Maybe young Key having everyone on and MSM caught out like the fools they are not checking their facts?

    • edee
    • Kiwibabe

      So now she should retract and apologise to Max and John Key, if she is a professional journalist (just as Cameron retracts and apologises when he is wrong).
      Otherwise, she is not any sort of professional and just a bottom feeder classless journalist.

      • Salacious Crumb

        Front page apology from the Herald would also be in order. Disgraceful stuff.

      • pak

        Agree Kiwibabe. But she probably views saying “apparently it wasn’t” sufficient retraction. The whole thing is classless. See she describes herself as a “literacy tutor” – her excuse for making the error was that “Dudes with beards really do all look the same”. Very erudite. Pretty much reflects her standards. And that of Herald/TVNZ and any other MSM who carried the “story”.

      • The2Game

        If she WERE to apologise, Kiwibabe, it’d be along the standard lines of:

        ‘I apologise if anyone has taken offence’ (i.e. implying that no sane person would have been insulted) ‘but others did it as well, including TVNZ’ (the ‘honour among thieves’ strategy)…

  • anonymouse

    The Herald are now claiming that it was a “hoax”

    basically Max Key punked them and certain journos swallowed it hook line and sinker, sad, so sad that “journalism” in NZ has basically become reprinting social media without any verification, –

    • pak

      What a bunch of idiots shown up by a teen and all too eager to rush in and report negatively on the P.M.’s son without bothering to verify the story. Indeed a sad day for what is called “journalism” in NZ.

  • The2Game

    I don’t know young Max but I like his style in demonstrating to all and sundry (but most importantly to the next voting generation) that the mainstream media in this country can’t be trusted to verify a story they’re planning on featuring BEFORE they feature it, ha…

    • minnie

      Haha agree totally and reading TS, seems JK wrote the story himself for using his kids for publicity – Kadashian style!!!

  • LesleyNZ

    Well NewstalkZB – you need to have a little chat with Laura. She is not up to standard. She has let NewstalkZB down. Journos are definitely not like what they used to be. Reckon Max and his mates must be having a bit of a laugh – and Max’s dad. Fancy the NZ Herald and TVNZ being taken in too!

  • Skydog

    I actually thought it was the fella from the Hangover series who photo-bombed the picture.

  • Fairnz

    He has a beard. That’s about the only resemblance to Dan. Good work Max for showing the public that the herald do little research.

  • Dumrse

    The woman’s a trollop and has been caught with her hands under Len Browns big table. She needs to put her hand up and come clean.