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Fake news; fake extremist

Sunday morning, New Yorkers woke to a front page lead story of a young, dare I say ‘white’, fellow ‘radicalised’, ‘seduced’ and even ‘brainwashed’ by ‘far-right’ monologues watched on YouTube, and his resultant journey to near-extremism and back, complete with references to the Christchurch shootings.

The story reeks of make-believe. It’s a fake-news pile-on against conservative viewpoints and commenters. It takes till very late in the story for our young anti-hero to reveal his motivation: “He wants to show young men a way out of the far right before more white nationalist violence ensues.”

We are asked to believe that our man Caleb, from Appalachia, a region long the butt of New Yorker’s jokes, a former punk and “a liberal who cared about social justice, worried about wealth inequality and believed in climate change” was drawn to the dark side by evil, mind-controlling, conservatives.

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To Minister Twyford on Western Park Village

By Alwyn Poole

“Vision West”, and others, have done the same and worked tirelessly for change. You were also well aware of the 2017 article on the place. You admitted that you had been there and had talked to the residents (well – according to the law they are only supposed to be temporary residents) and the owners – who admit to raking in $1 million a year of profit from this misery pit. And yet it remains.

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Housing minister’s failure in his own electorate goes international

Jacinda Ardern’s Wellbeing budget has made international headlines for all the wrong reasons. One headline reads…

‘Roaming cats, faeces and cockroaches’: Squalid caravan park deemed unsafe for children is charging $500 per week for filthy living conditions in tiny cabins

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