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Hard News: When it's Not Okay

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  • Kyle Matthews,

    In my very humble experience there's a species of abuser with a fine-honed predator's instinct for exploiting insecurity. Combine this with the cynical use of a little psychology, and intellectual sophistication will offer little defence.

    I think there's both. I just don't think we should label every domestic abuser as cunning and conscious about their plan to abuse someone.

    A fair number are just lost and out of control, and using violence to try and deal with that. Those seem to be the easier ones to help.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    What does this man think he gains from some of the shit he's spewing?

    He clearly sees himself as the superior intellect in that room, if not his whole life. Haven't seen or read it all, but I've heard no mention of remorse, nor much responsiblility.

    I don't imagine that's endearing him to the jury. I certainly hope not anyway.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    I just don't think we should label every domestic abuser as cunning and conscious about their plan to abuse someone.

    Agree. Just saying that ruthless & cynical controllers do exist.

    And would you find me credulous and gullible if I were to tell you that I was a fan of Sensing Murder? Probably. Ah well, I'll live.

    Not so credulous that you'd fall for the appalling Shirley Ghostman:

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    TVNZ is finally apologising for their coverage of the case.

    Oh, fuck off. :( Is it a contractual obligation at TVNZ to to have the part of your brain that registers shame and/or irony yanked out your nose with a crochet hook? I didn't register the F word, but there was something else (which I won't repeat) that had the Better Half reaching for the off button on the remote.

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

  • B Jones,

    He clearly sees himself as the superior intellect in that room.

    Doesn't stop him from thinking Jane Austen wrote melodrama. And don't get me started on the reporter who thought he was referring to Mrs Bennett. Pride and Prejudice is a comedy, for heaven's sake - I think what he's after is Wuthering Heights.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 976 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    And don't get me started on the reporter who thought he was referring to Mrs Bennett.

    I won't, but it's worth noting that they also recorded his reference to Marilyn Munro. It's been corrected now, but that's how it read around an hour ago.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • andrew gunn,

    Actually I think I heard the words "Mrs Bennett" come out of the mouth of the accused himself when I was watching it in a "why am I watching this?" way last night.

    Obviously there are whole levels to 'Pride and Prejudice' I just don't get.

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2009 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    And don't get me started on the reporter who thought he was referring to Mrs Bennett.

    One T, dear. :) Perhaps he does have some self-insight after all.:

    Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Her mind was less difficult to develope. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she was discontented, she fancied herself nervous.

    Or perhaps he was thinking of Darcy's lacerating self-assessment toward the end of the novel:

    I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. As a child I was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit. Unfortunately an only son (for many years an only child), I was spoilt by my parents, who, though good themselves (my father, particularly, all that was benevolent and amiable), allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing; to care for none beyond my own family circle; to think meanly of all the rest of the world; to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own. Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth!

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

  • 3410,

    Oh, fuck off.

    You mean them, not me, right?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    You mean them, not me, right?

    Oh, yes -- TVNZ's intermittently delicate sensibilities are one of those things that deserve a rousing chorus of 'Fuck You'. But I'll give you store credit for one retort-free annoyance as an apology for the confusion. :)

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

  • 3410,

    :)

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    FYI, tonight's Media7 (9.10pm) opens with an interview with Kristin Dunne-Powell on being pursued by the media.

    I asked her after seeing the 60 Minutes story. We deliberately didn't make a fuss about it in the programme billings -- I didn't want to to be seen as a "get". But it's a story that nicely illustrates our theme of privacy and the media.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    We deliberately didn't make a fuss about it in the programme billings -- I didn't want to to be seen as a "get".

    Are you sure you're really cut out for TV?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Slightly OT, well quite a bit actually but still about teh Media.

    Inflation drops to 1.9pc - 0.6pc for the June quarter

    Inflation figures just released show the Consumers Price Index rose 0.6 percent in the June quarter, taking New Zealand's annual inflation rate to 1.9 percent.
    Teh Herald

    So, CPI rises and that's a drop?
    Lying to make J. Key look good?.
    Grrrr

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    There has been some inflation, but less inflation than there was in the previous quarter, resulting also in a decrease in the annual inflation rate. "Inflation drops" seems an entirely accurate characterisation to me.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    So, there has been a decrease in the amount of increase in a time of negative growth leading to a reduction in the amount the CPI has dropped.?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Now now, don't be difficult: there is nearly always inflation. In fact, the economy was going better when the inflation was higher, and the decade of deflation in Japan was disastrous. So "some" inflation in itself is not a bad thing - difficult to see a pro or againt Key bias there.

    The rate of inflation is also an important economic piece of data that affects us all and I'm glad it gets reported. Are you suggesting that the headlines should always be "There is inflation", or rather whether the rate of inflation is going up or down? I'll take the latter personally.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    You can also have deflation. In that scarenareo your mortgage repayments could skyrocket in terms of % of income and house value.
    In other news, BNZ loses IRD case, could be stung for $645 million.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I'll take the latter personally.

    Come on, don't take it personally.
    ;)

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I'll take the latter personally.

    That is rather an inflated sense of self?
    ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Man pays lots for fags

    NEW HAMPSHIRE - A US man says he swiped his debit card at a service station to buy a packet of cigarettes and was charged over 29 quadrillion dollars.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

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