Posts Tagged ‘telling the truth’

“I don’t wanna be caught in your social machine”

I like Kimbra, as we’ve discussed. (That’s why she’s got a tag: Kimbra.) She’s a smart, talented, no doubt hard-working artist and performer who writes songs that are deeper than your average pop earworm. I’ve had this one, ‘Posse’, from her album Vows (which I bought on release) in my ears on some thinking walks […]

Guest post: Regan Cunliffe spreading “utter bollocks”

Newspaper journalist Bevan Hurley appears to be the target of wannabe media proprietors Cameron “FFS I’m not a journalist” Slater and his off-sider, bitter ex-entertainment blogger Regan Cunliffe. By “target” I mean they’re repeatedly attacking him and his reputation, apparently trying to make him the face of alleged malfeasance  in the news media. The context is […]

‘Taking one for the team’ (The tl;dr version of Slater Jnr at the Chisholm inquiry)

This is a photo (right) of Cameron Slater arriving at the Wellington venue for one of the inquiries into his involvement in a conspiracy sparked by the revelations of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. Over several hours on 24 October 2014, Chisholm inquiry records show, Slater Jnr comprehensively walked back from claims and assertions he […]

State agency abusing its powers?

This doesn’t happen every day. (Update – Transcript of Speaker’s ruling: Maritime NZ Referred to Privileges Committee [PDF 56kb] – Parliament today.) I remember the last time this Standing Order was breached. TVNZ was held to have taken action to ‘disadvantage’ its employee Ian Fraser in response to his testimony to a select commmittee. This […]

Slippery Mike Hosking

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The Hollow Man: PM’s “fabricated” smear on Snowden documents

Evoking FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) is a tactic commonly used by tobacco lobbyists and climate change denialists – attempting to impugn the veracity of evidence. In this case the Prime Minister’s empty smear has been exposed …   The NZ Herald‘s David Fisher reports … The Prime Minister’s office has said it has no factual basis for […]

The P word PLAGIARISM in today’s news aggregation game

Note: Just this morning, 13 April 2015, while searching for a graphic in the media library of this blog to insert in a comment, I came across this post (below) in ‘drafts’ from July 2014. I have no idea why I neglected to publish it at the time. Reading it again this morning, I found […]

Dirty Politics: John Key confesses to secret relationship with campaign worker

In the aftermath of the National Party’s emphatic re-election to lead a coalition government in New Zealand, surprisingly little has been made of Party Leader John Key’s confession to a secret relationship. It was contact John Key admitted he was warned not to engage in. “I was told not to … I know I shouldn’t […]

Obviously the start of a ‘We [fill-in-the-space]ed some folks’ meme

During an otherwise sleepy news conference about immigration and the economy, the president answered a question about the impending release of a Senate report that criticizes the CIA’s treatment of detainees after 9/11. “We did some things that were wrong,” Obama said. “We tortured some folks. We crossed the line and that needs to be […]

Hate blog gets [comprehensively] jammed. Beats a letter to the editor, I guess.

Trust Cameron Slater to go too far with his brainless hate speech. As is recorded elsewhere on the internet (e.g. Whaleoil stranding, day three: After meeting with police, Slater preps new server for site’s return – NBR) apparently Cameron Slater’s odious hate blog has been subject to some interference. It seems, despite Cameron Slater’s connections […]

If you’re thinking you need to speak up …

Check this out … My boy’s team had their last hockey game of the year today (and won, yay). The card is an example of the great encouragement they’ve had from coach Camille. Good on her. – P

A brief moment of mirth at the doorstep

True: This is the old T-shirt I was wearing this morning as two Jehovah’s Witnesses dropped by with their latest ‘CAN YOU TRUST THE NEWS MEDIA?’ Awake! magazine. Hahaha. – P

Deceitful “PR blog” questions worth considering

At the risk of creating a terrible circularity that could collapse the interwebs, let me suggest you read Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup today (available here at The NZ Herald.) Bryce introduces his political topic du jour thus: New Zealand politics is ‘a dirty, disgusting, despicable game. And it involves dirty, disgusting despicable people at all […]

Emmerson – Palino’s diner

This, from Rod Emmerson in the NZ Herald, is one of those cartoons with plenty of subtlety* … it rewards scrutiny. – P *Like, for instance, the ‘speciality’, the puddle under Banks, and, is Slater junior wearing pants?      

The challenge of dealing with a whistle-blower

I referred in this post: Please read this NY Times column — ‘The Banality of Systematic Evil’ to the discomfort that ‘management’ can experience — and the poor decisions they can make as a result — when someone in their organisation highlights wrongdoing. Remember?: “… an accountant was dismissed because he insisted on reporting “irregular payments, […]