Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: We can do better than this

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  • Kracklite,

    Topical Long Now Foundation seminar on intelligence agencies and public trust.

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 982 posts Report

  • FletcherB,


    Judith Collins confirms resignation letter a hoax..

    But of more interest...

    "Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn said she would be instituting an inquiry into allegations the SIS might have released official information to Slater, regarding briefings provided to the then Leader of the Opposition, for political purposes."

    "The inquiry will consider whether:

    • the NZSIS acted properly and within the law (including its statutory obligation of political neutrality) when it considered and responded to an Official Information Act request from Mr Slater in July and August 2011;

    • the documents released to Mr Slater were properly declassified; and

    • other requests for similar information were treated in a manner consistent with the treatment of Mr Slater's request."

    She's instituted the enquiry herself, not from an outside request- Excellent.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Sorry, Russell, but that’s bullshit. They choose to and I thought grown-ups were expected to be honest about, and accountable for, their actions in this sad and sorry world. At least, that sounds an awful lot like what political journalists are happy to demand from everyone else on a daily basis.

    I'm not sure how that's going to work in practice.

    If one reporter plays clean, stays out of people's personal lives etc, what's their editor going to do when every other media outlet is reporting it with abandon and getting all the sales and page views?

    We can expect better from the media, but also from the people that they're selling to as well by rewarded quality decent journalism with our money and eyes.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    If one reporter plays clean, stays out of people’s personal lives etc, what’s their editor going to do when every other media outlet is reporting it with abandon and getting all the sales and page views?

    Well, interesting you asked that question. How’s joining the race to the bottom working out for the BBC? Not terribly well, as it turns out.

    The BBC’s controversial coverage of the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s home was approved by the deputy news director and came amid increased pressure in its news operation to beat rivals to exclusive stories.

    The decision by BBC News to film and broadcast the search of the singer’s home live from a helicopter flying above his £3.5m Berkshire residence prompted accusations of a “witch-hunt” and comparisons with the worst tabloid excesses.

    Hope the scoop was worth the BBC getting raked over the coals by MPs, again.

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

  • Kyle Matthews,

    But that's not really relevant to any media in NZ other than Radio NZ or TVNZ, who are owned by the government. If the Herald sells heaps of newspapers from splashing Len Brown's and bad journalism about jobs being given to people at art galleries, that's just going to encourage them...

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report

  • Matthew Littlewood, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I wouldn’t act that way, says Bill English. I actually believe him.

    Incidentally, Grant McDougall was just at a Dunedin North “meet the candidates” event, and Michael Woodhouse MP told the audience he “did not condone” civil servants’ information being leaked.

    Also, this morning’s Morning Report item, where gallery journalists ask Prime Minister John Key repeatedly how Collins “has been held responsible” for her actions and not get anything in the way of a concrete answer, is oddly compelling. Armando (In the Thick of It) Iannucci could have scripted it.

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

  • martinb,


    …Iannucci shows us everything that is going on- all the pants-sh*tting, the swearing, the horrible moments of truth, the contemplating of living with mind-curdlingly daft compromises, the panic, the inspired moments, the haranguing, the small wins, the palaver and also he gets quite a few laughs for it.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 206 posts Report

  • Rob Stowell,

    Wasn't it Woodhouse who had his own little OIA moment with the Donghau Liu letter Cunliffe signed? Maybe he learnt a lesson.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2120 posts Report

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