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Jared Savage still trying for more inches

Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, July 4th, 2014 - 12 comments
Categories: im/migration, Media - Tags: , , , ,

I realise that journalists have to show some column inches sometimes to justify their existence on the payroll. However the “Investigations editor” Jared Savage at the the NZ Herald appears to be overdoing that and just dropping journalism to new lows of stupid reporting.

The latest is Jared’s attempt to puff up three routine immigration letters in 2005 from then Associate Minister of Immigration Damian O’Connor to ex National MP Warren Kyd. Warren Kyd was acting as an advisor to Donghua Liu. trying to help him get residency under the Investor category of the immigration rules at the time.

It appears that Warren Kyd was trying to explain some problem with a photograph on Donghua Liu’s application, and Damien O’Connor accepted the explanation. Later Warren Kyd was suggesting that the english language requirements should be waived.

These are pretty routine matters and anyone involved in the immigration field will tell you that this kind of lobbying of the immigration department and ministers goes on all of the time. Perhaps Jared Savage should also ask the NZ Heralds parliamentary reporters to give him an idea of the lack of significance of this kind of letter.

What is more difficult to explain is why this is worthy of column inches in one of the major metropolitan newspapers. It seems to appear in the last paragraph.

Mr O’Connor has told the Herald he cannot remember the circumstances in which he granted Liu’s application.

Yeah right. Remembering some minor correspondence from 9 years ago when a minister was in the midst of an incredibly busy brief is hardly surprising. Since Damien O’Connor doesn’t have access to those files, he can’t easily even look up the correspondence that his staff wrote for him.

While writing this post, I was trying to remember what code I was working on 9 years ago in 2005. The best that I can remember is that I was starting to learn how to write web services over an existing server application.

Never the less, Jared Savage keeps producing innocuous routine letters gained from OIAs and trying to build meaning into them without any real underlying facts. That is when he isn’t running bullshit stories about worthless unsubstantiated statements alleging donations to Labour that have no detail on them.

He really must be desperate for those extra inches. I’m just surprised that the NZ Herald editorial staff bother with this drivel. There doesn’t appear to be anything about it that holds much public interest apart from a simple desire to smear. Hardly journalism.

 

12 comments on “Jared Savage still trying for more inches”

  1. BLiP 1

    You are generous in the application of the label “journalist” to Jared Savage.

    Over the last few weeks I have come to the conclusion that the New Zealand Fox News Herald is actually tro11lling the left and deliberately generating outrage. Its the “Paul Henry” approach to remaining relevant. It really doesn’t matter whether the consumers of the product love or hate it, just so long as they continue to engage. Such things as telling lies, the pernicious manufacturing of consent, creating division, or disseminating propaganda are of no concern so long as the advertisers (overt and obscured) are getting eyeballs.

    Perhaps it would best if The Standard was to cease giving indirect publicity, good and/or bad, to the New Zealand Fox News Herald. Sure, keep on eye on the fucker, but rather than buy into the outrage with OPs, leave any analysis and so on to the comments section. Just sayin’.

    • lprent 1.1

      As you’re probably aware, one of my minor goals for a few decades has been teaching people about computers and the net. One aspect of that is that making news and commentary about news is a two way activity. The broadcast model of media with the limited feedback of “letters to the editor” is slowly dying.

      I think that leaving journalists writing and publishing rubbish unchallenged doesn’t help them to learn. I notice that even on this site, what the authors write about and how they write about it improves markedly once they start reading the comments that their posts attract.

      I can’t see any particular reason to exclude authors in other media from that kind of constructive criticism. How are they going to learn?

      • BLiP 1.1.1

        Heh! It hadn’t crossed my mind that you were doing them a favour. Fair nuff, carry on. In the meantime I’ll just leave these here:

        https://www.ghostery.com/

        https://adblockplus.org

        . . . if even a few people decide to stop paying money, via their bandwidth costs, to download corporate computer screen clutter, my concerns will be eased.

      • Tiger Mountain 1.1.2

        Agree with lprent about two way activity, and it is an ongoing process, I have learnt a bit for sure, you can be trenchant without being pointlessly abusive or going troppo with keyboard rage.

        Sure a few do push buttons–SS, FizzyAnus, BM, Gallstone, Pete George, Nakiman, Bruv, Rodbeater, Gosman and some banned ones I forget etc. But so what in the scheme of things, they might learn something too eventually with one likely exception.

        As for ignoring the Herald, have done for years personally in terms of buying it and sometimes feel like binning it when finding one in a public place. But the best thing the Herald can do is charge for online edition and then it will be bye bye.

        Love the spoof edition I spotted today,
        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152306712384285&set=a.86408644284.85033.683299284&type=1&theater
        they should issue it everyday with just the sports results changed because it really is Groundhog Herald Day.

  2. blue leopard 2

    Yes, hardly journalism.

    Considering how aligned it is to the National party’s election strategy of targeting certain electorates – West Coat – Tasman electorate being one of them, it would appear that Jared is electioneering for the National party.

    I shall join with others here on the Standard in questioning whether this electioneering activity being conducted by Mr J Savage is being counted in National’s election expenses; now that would be a job for a real investigative journalist.

    • Mike the Savage One 2.1

      Yes, I fear this is just another example, where MSM “journalists” are showing their total bias. The article about Damian O’Connor delivered NOTHING that is really new. We know O’Connor is on the right in Labour, but he also was as Minister of Immigration strictly following the rules, so even when he may have given some credit to the wealthy Chinese migrant, it did not go beyond anything that is illegal or unacceptable. He certainly did not go where Maurice Williamson went.

      So this seems to be a poor attempt by Jared, to justify his earlier poor reporting and “research”, and to smear Labour. It is a shame what goes on in the NZ media, and I learned more disgusting things today, this afternoon, especially coming from Duncan Garner on Radio Live, again digging into Cunliffe and Labour. How can any election be fairly contested with such bought media bastards shafting the whole campaign?

  3. McFlock 3

    :roll:

    They’re going all out with this pravda-esque rag. You’d think they were worried about their favoured son losing the election, or something.

    The thought occurs that the next time Savage asks any Labour MP about their actions as a minister or interactions with a government department, how about they respond with:

    I do seem to recall the case, but how about you go and check the departmental records? You obviously have much more direct access to them than I do these days

    And then just keep referring him to the records.

    • ianmac 3.1

      The Kyd is the link. How about The Herald awarding Kyd the “Herald Man of the Man of the Year Award for Services as Agitator and Secret Supplier of Misinformation on Behalf of his old Mates in the National Party.”

  4. Anne 4

    I do seem to recall the case, but how about you go and check the departmental records? You obviously have much more direct access to them than I do these days.

    Brilliant! Please someone (mickysavage?) pass on to David and co.

    I’m beginning to suspect the Nats have a troll school secretly embedded somewhere in NZ. Was that the real reason for the Urewera police raids? Tuhoi were getting geographically too close to the school? (joke – for the rwnjs who may not recognise it as such)

    Jared Savage is like a dog with an old bone. Never going to give up cos he’s convinced himself there’s some meat left somewhere.

  5. Populuxe1 5

    What exactly is routine about waving the english-speaking requirement?

    • Mike the Savage One 5.1

      You raise a valid point there, but it was this National led government that a year or two ago, did again waive that requirement for wealthy business migrants. I personally agree, that no matter what kind of migrants, they should have a reasonable ability to comprehend and speak English, and Labour failed there, and certainly have National.

      This is where this country appears again, to be “sold out” for money, and Winston will exploit this to the max soon, wait and see, and he may get 10 percent, I do not rule it out.

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