New Zealand’s mediocre effort

At least, that is what I presume the initials stand for.

It all hinges on the definition of yesterday.  When exactly is/was yesterday?

It appears to be a relatively flexible descriptor according to the Bay of Plenty Times and their NZ Herald syndicated stories.

On Tuesday 29 May this was printed:

The article quotes a Reddit post from 28 May, which reported that a shopper in Countdown noticed the prices at the checkout were not the same as marked on the shelf.

“Yesterday an avocado advertised for $2.99 scanned for $6.00 and a cabbage advertised for $2.50 scanned for $4.99”

All good, no problems there.

On Thursday 31 May this was printed:

The Thursday article quotes a Reddit post, which reported that a shopper in Countdown noticed the prices at the checkout were not the same as marked on the shelf.

“Yesterday an avocado advertised for $2.99 scanned for $6.00 and a cabbage advertised for $2.50 scanned for $4.99”

While it is quite correct that the Reddit post still states that, and will still do so in 10 years’ time if Reddit stays online does that mean that NZME can keep trotting out this story ad infinitum knowing that there is an endless supply of yesterdays to refer to?

One would expect that any decent journalist would give some context. As in “”Yesterday [28 May] an avocado advertised for $2.99 scanned for $6.00 and a cabbage advertised for $2.50 scanned for $4.99”

Or perhaps they simply don’t care?

 


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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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