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Hard News: Taxpayers' Union: still stupid, cynical and dishonest

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  • Sacha, in reply to FletcherB,

    The entire content of the "news article" is a commentary repeating what other non-entities have said on twitter (or similar) ABOUT the earlier comment/action.event..

    Why or how is this news?

    Strange watching the transition of newspaper websites into social media aggregators.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19706 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to Sacha,

    I also dislike it, but mostly I think because there seems to be so much focus around simply repeating stuff people have said instead of critically evaluating and reporting on stuff with some domain expertise. (That's also about what this Taxpayer Union thing seems to be -- it seems very easy to get repeated verbatim these days by a media that's seeking out cheap and easy material to churn through with minimal oversight.)

    Apart from the lack of soliciting the view, though, are those Twitter embeddings too different from vox pops? Radio and TV mediums have been doing that for ages, pointless as it might be.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    So, today the TU was out doing vox-pops in Wellington.

    I'm told that they were telling people that the NZ government was giving money "to Bill Clinton", then saying:

    "We dont think the government should be giving that amount of money to a politician. We think there are better uses. What do you think?"

    They appear to be without shame.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • hamishm, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Waiting for their first "James O'Keefe" moment.

    Since Nov 2006 • 357 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to hamishm,

    Waiting for their first “James O’Keefe” moment.

    I'm sure they'd love that. It's pretty much what they masturbate about at night.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Well that’s an image..

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Waiting for their first “James O’Keefe” moment. ... I'm sure they'd love that

    Not so sure. I suspect they're smart enough to notice the transition from the media echoing their garbage to the media mocking their garbage. I hope our media is capable of making the transition.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1229 posts Report Reply

  • Brian Murphy,

    I see that for some reason David Farrar and Jordan Williams are reheating this.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2017/01/would_you_donate_to_the_clinton_foundation.html

    Does this mean that there is something elsewhere to notice?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 48 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Brian Murphy,

    I see that for some reason David Farrar and Jordan Williams are reheating this.

    How long will it be before they start playing the George Soros card?

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

  • izogi,

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

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