Bob Jones is still a national treasure. In his column at NBR he hooks into Fairfax and the NZ Herald:
I once wrote an article speculating about what would happen if there was no news and reached the conclusion that on well-established form, reporters would simply invent it.
Bob, mate, they already do and have done for decades.
Believe it or not, that actually arose in early January. For three days, nothing significant happened; no murders no interesting courtroom dramas, the politicians were on holiday, no mad murdering Muslim episodes, just nothing. Sure we had an amazing last day at the Basin against Bangladesh but that was sports page territory and you can’t fill the paper with it. So some journos set to and made up the news. Read more »