Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: A nation bullied

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  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Many others were simply cowed into silence. Which makes Tom Watson’s campaign all the more admirable.

    Yes, but I think it would be fair to say Watson also showed an admirable amount of bottom in calling out his own party leadership on their addiction to flat-out character assassination via tabloid. (Which wasn't exactly peculiarly New Labour. I rather doubt Bernard Ingham -- who honed the off the record lobby briefing into a remarkably offensive weapon -- is on Geoffrey Howe's Christmas card list.)

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

  • Islander, in reply to bmk,

    He referred specifically to "the human race"-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • chris, in reply to Islander,

    "A large(?) section" no less.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Dinah Dunavan,

    Hugh Grant's performance was equally good

    "you should try real journalism Paul, you're not an idiot, you could probably do it"

    Brilliant!

    Dunedin • Since Jun 2008 • 186 posts Report Reply

  • bmk, in reply to Islander,

    I know he did - but I took the intent as being UK and 'the human race' as just a mis-type. But can see how you thought what you did too.

    Since Jun 2010 • 327 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Trying again...(has lightning befuddled this machine??)

    That was a good wry laugh - considerably lightened a thunderstormy sleet-ridden
    very cold afternoon.

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Eade,

    Fuck you and Hello, that's the murdoch mantra.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Jeremy Eade,

    Or: "Hello. You're fucked."

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Young,

    Sigh. Now, if only something similar would befall our own benighted Investigrunt...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 573 posts Report Reply

  • uroskin,

    BBC Newsnight proved again why it is the best news programme on the planet.

    Waiheke Island • Since Feb 2007 • 178 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to uroskin,

    BBC Newsnight proved again why it is the best news programme on the planet.

    Hell yes. Friday night's Newsnight was just superb.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Ha ha …

    http://www.ou1.com/53

    He’s not by any chance related to Colin Ansell?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood,

    The latest reports are that LibDem leader Paddy Ashdown- who had been a frequent target of the Murdoch tabloids himself- warned David Cameron about Coulson' s appointment. Cameron is becoming increasingly compromised here. As an aside, given that the LibDems are the only one of the big three parties who could justifiably claim innocence in this whole sordid affair, I'm amazed Nick Clegg hasn't used this to his advantage.

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 449 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Oops, wrong link... http://bit.ly/oscKQ1

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    He dis-claimed any link to the other Ansell in a thread on Poneke's website.
    Given the similarities, you do have to wonder eh?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    It was only a matter of time. Does this count as a Godwin?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    And Graeme could enlighten us on whether Ansell is in breach of the Human Rights Act.

    Human Rights Act 1993, S61 - Racial disharmony

    Human Rights Act 1993, S63 - Racial harassment

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Without a local Guardian equivalent, how would we find out about something like this in New Zealand?

    Blogs.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd, in reply to nzlemming,

    Blogs

    Yeah nah. What the Guardian brings to this is the ability to fund Nick Davies for a long and indefinite period of time, and to defend him in the courts if need be. I can see the possibility for a valiant and quixotic whistleblower to blog, but what we have here is a coherent story backed by solid evidence and a decent legal team. That's very hard to do on volunteer labour.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Too true.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Point

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I watched Thursday night's BBC Question Time, in which Shirley Williams stated as fact that the last select committee to look at the phone-hacking allegations was explicitly threatened by Rebekah Brooks with having their private lives turned inside out, and the committee chair was subsequently outed as gay by The Sun.

    This is how the Murdoch papers were able to maintain their position. It's astonishing. And presumably, Nick Davies, Rusbridger and other people must have been subject to the same sort of private threats as the story developed. Which says all the more about their pursuit of it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Richard CLARK,

    "It is true that the News of the World has sometimes used subterfuge to pursue matters of genuine public interest"

    all journalist use subterfuge, like all council workers on garbage trucks collect garbage, it's just the way it is and I for one have a choice, don't read them, anyofthem! The press in NZ is diabolical and there is not one journalist I would trust, period.

    Featherston • Since Feb 2009 • 7 posts Report Reply

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