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Hard News: Not in front of the children

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  • 3410,

    80% of Aucklanders abhor alliteration

    That was a particularly funny episode, I thought.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Rickai,

    I used water as a flame retardant on my out of control BBQ in the weekend. I felt ok about that usage.

    Henry is a narrow minded right wing thug. But one that rates way higher than his colleagues at TV3.

    Since Jan 2007 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I imagine that it would be expensive to break Henry's contract, and so TVNZ are stuck with defending him.

    They could put him on permanent gardening leave until his contract expires, and write it off as a teachable moment...

    OTOH, I don't jump down my kid's throat if he uses "retarded" in a different context.

    Um, because he's a kid being very slightly jerky in your living room not an alleged adult on national television who seems to revel in being a fatuous arsehole?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Fairey,

    Thanks Craig and Sam. I really like what you wrote Sam, and would encourage others to do something similar too :-)

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    The larger question is why any of this is on television in the first place. Why are we expected to spend breakfast looking at presenters? Why not scientists or educators? Or a soap opera?

    Precisamundo. The problem is not Paul Henry, loathsome as he is.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    DPF:

    I don't even recall the swear word in An Adagio Christmas, and while there was a subtle sensual overtone to parts of it, there was nothing at all x-rated, r-rated or even pg-rated.

    Kids will love the show. It is loads of fun.

    If there really weren't any 4-letter words in the show, then the media is making shit up and stooping to a new shade of yellow. Welcome to Dewey Defeats Truman. No, hang on, it's worse than that.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    That was a particularly funny episode, I thought.

    I have been wracking my brainz trying to remember where I picked that one up. It was an enormous and wonderful weekend preceded by a woefully wicked week.
    Cheers to all who sailed in it, annat.
    ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Nat Rad is still going on Adagio, though I note they've yet to mention any actual people actually complaining.

    They I/V'd Bill Hasting for midday report who explained that (yay!) the only limit on a theatre performance is public indecency.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I have been wracking my brainz trying to remember where I picked that one up.

    Here.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I have been wracking my brainz trying to remember where I picked that one up.

    Ohh, Jaquie

    Snap

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I imagine that it would be expensive to break Henry's contract, and so TVNZ are stuck with defending him.

    I certainly think that was the real reason why the BBC hasn't sacked Jonathan Ross and Chris Moyles. It's funny how much easier it is for the BBC to cap a running sewer when it doesn't have a multi-million dollar contract and a team of lawyers to make sure they leave with every penny...

    Ohh, Jaquie

    Snap

    Despite Rove leaving the building, am I the only person who thinks Three is in pretty good shape for next year having done the impossible and made not one but two local comedy shows that were actually funny?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Don Brash to Garth George: You're wrong
    I, for one, am looking forward to this story getting some legs. Zimmer frames at dawn?. Slightly raised voices muttering in a multisyllabic monotone?. Don Brash defending his report claiming we should fix the fuckups of the previous Nat govt. by doing the same shit on a different day.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I imagine that it would be expensive to break Henry's contract

    Given that he's on a warning since the last episode and there's now a new code of conduct, I wouldn't count on that.

    Hence the crafted pr handjob in the Sunday News about that good bloke Paul. Note the pre-emptive talk about being ready to move on.

    And the smug unrepentant thuggishness. Wonder if he'll ever walk into some Petricevich treatment?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • pollywog,

    its henry's chipmunk 2 front teeth i cant get past. just makes anything he says laughable, even more so when he grins like an idiot. much prefer sunrise, though not when ali ikram is on.

    and screw the ratings. i'd like to see a jello wrestling battle of the gay breakfast weather presenters or tag team jello battle of the news and eyecandy co presenters, pippa and ally vs carly and ingrid, to decide top prog. my money would be on ally and pippa there.

    no point doing the sports cos cheeseman would waste pete williams but i reckon olly would have his hands full with a rabid paul henry biting his ankles.

    somewhere else • Since Dec 2009 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Thank you 3410, or should I call you Threefer?. I can now un-rack my brain.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Yeah, I can live with that.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Caught the heavily edited Attitude Awards highlights show last night. Big ups to the team for listening to suggestions and broadening the focus a bit. Some great contributors.

    Tear in the eye at Robert Martin winning lifetime Hall of Fame recognition. They perhaps understated how significant his contribution has been - first intellectually impaired/learning-disabled person ever to address the United Nations. And that was the Kiwi diplomat who led the world's negotiation of the UN disability convention you saw praising him. Magic.

    And good on Peter Williams for having the decency to be embarrassed by his toerag colleague.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I'd certainly watch that, pollywog. On demand, even.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Yeah, I can live with that.

    So relaxed he's horizontal. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    From Stuff

    More than two decades in the limelight have ensured Henry's past has been well documented – from his emigration to England when he was 11, to his poverty as a teen, to his near death experiences as a foreign correspondent.

    And that reminded me of this.

    Funnier than P Henry.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart,

    I'm having a hard time keeping up with when I should be shocked and outraged, and when I should be decrying the PC nanny state. Could someone help me out?

    Why, I do believe I can, sir. For any particular issue, simply determine Ian Wishart's position on it, and take up a diametrically opposed position.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • Petra,

    Paul Henry is a jealous oaf. Susan Boyle was born with some retardation, but she is a beautifully talented singer who is able to bring great joy to millions of people around the world. Paul Henry, on the other hand, is just retarded.

    Rotorua • Since Mar 2007 • 317 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I believe morally and emotionally stunted might be an acceptable phrase. For now.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Helen Breeze,

    Auckland • Since May 2008 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    I believe morally and emotionally stunted might be an acceptable phrase. For now.

    Does 'try-hard' come to mind?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

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