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All hail our computer overlords

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 24th, 2019 - 34 comments

IBM has staged a debate between an IBM computer and the world debating champion. The human won but the debate suggests that it may be just a matter of time … and the computer had remarkable things to say about poverty.

Blomfield beats Slater

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, February 16th, 2019 - 26 comments

Matt Blomfield has obtained judgment in his long running defamation case against Cameron Slater.

Herald and Du Plessis-Allan present compelling argument in favour of industry wide bargaining

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, February 4th, 2019 - 26 comments

Heather Du Plessis-Allan has written as compelling an article in favour of the the Government’s proposed industry wide negotiations as you could ever think possible.

About that $100,000 National Party donation

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, January 27th, 2019 - 88 comments

Fran O’Sullivan has correctly stated that the investigation of the $100,000 donation made to the National Party that was partitioned to hide it should be of much greater concern to the New Zealand Police than Sarah Dowie’s texts.

Herald names Dowie as the sender of that text to Jami-Lee Ross

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, January 25th, 2019 - 205 comments

Sarah Dowie has been identified as the MP under police investigation for sending the text to Jami-Lee Ross saying that he deserved to die.

Chinese Herald changed Herald articles to be more China friendly

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 15th, 2019 - 70 comments

Stuff has reported that its opponent, the New Zealand Herald, has via its Chinese version amended stories to make them more acceptable to the Chinese Government.

National’s dead cat strategy

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 6th, 2018 - 56 comments

National has attempted to drown out news of further leaks, bad poll results and a reference of Maggie Barry’s behaviour to the Auditor General by staging a big stink in Parliament.

All that is wrong with America’s democracy

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, November 10th, 2018 - 40 comments

In Georgia, despite the Repbublican candidate who oversaw the election process engaging in the mass disenfranchisement of Democrat voters, the removal of voting machines to make voting in Democrat areas more difficult and baseless smearing of the Democrat candidate, the result is on a knife edge and a second vote is a possibility.

Everything is awesome

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, October 21st, 2018 - 463 comments

National is trying to say that everything is fine with Simon Bridges’ leadership, that he has handled the Jami-Lee Ross crisis well and that his leadership is assured. I beg to differ.

We are failing kids from poor families

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, September 16th, 2018 - 77 comments

Kirsty Johnston has produced an in-depth analysis of the current rate of young people from poor backgrounds entering professional ranks.  And the news is not good.

Business confidence verses business certainty

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, August 31st, 2018 - 37 comments

Lately the news has been all doom and gloom about business confidence.  But what is the reality?  And should we worry what an Australian Bank is telling us?

The week of Limogate

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 18th, 2018 - 44 comments

Tracy Watkins and Tova O’Brien have both written articles criticising Simon Bridges’ handling of Limogate.

Bullshit upon Bullshit.

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, April 18th, 2018 - 34 comments

Doctors being intimidated.

The manufacturing of a narrative

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, March 31st, 2018 - 606 comments

The past week has seen the Herald focus on issues concerning Clare Curran to the almost exclusion of anything else, including the perilous state of our Health system and Kim Dotcom’s successful appeal against the last Government’s breach of his rights of privacy.

Knighthood Interrupted, and the curious case of New Zealand Defamation Law

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 pm, February 12th, 2018 - 119 comments

Bob Jones is now suing the woman that wants to strip him of his Knighthood over her use of the term “hate speech.” Can we think about perhaps stopping this litigiousness now?

Doofus of the week

Written By: - Date published: 12:19 pm, February 10th, 2018 - 100 comments

Doofus of the week is Bob Jones for spouting racist nonsense that would have been embarrassing in the 1960s let alone now.

When the jet stream slows…

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, December 30th, 2017 - 39 comments

…let’s ridicule Donald Trump.

Breaking: Libertarian opposes free speech

Written By: - Date published: 3:44 pm, November 27th, 2017 - 50 comments

Don Brash has emerged from his crypt once again to tackle the greatest problem facing New Zealand today (in his strange little world) – ‘Maori privilege’. Apparently he’s “utterly sick” of the likes of Guyon Espiner speaking Te Reo on air because only “one listener (to that programme) in hundreds has any knowledge of what […]

Higgins on National’s shit creek

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, April 16th, 2017 - 100 comments

Higgins: “Water quality should be a massive issue this election. Some friends, who are the kind of dyed-in-the-wool National supporters who call everyone else a loony leftie, now say water quality will guide their vote and it can’t possibly go to National.”…

Labour’s leadership team

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, April 6th, 2017 - 39 comments

Labour’s new tactic of featuring a leadership team seems to be working well.

Fleeing Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, August 24th, 2016 - 71 comments

Spinoff: “The Spinoff/SSI survey reveals the extraordinary impact of housing crisis on residents of New Zealand’s biggest city – and the extent to which Aucklanders blame foreign speculation.”

Metro: A government on the ropes

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, August 20th, 2016 - 58 comments

Metro: “The National-led government — with its laissez-faire approach to homelessness, house prices and mass immigration — is sailing into a ferocious storm. A newly critical mainstream media and a resurgent opposition is a powerful mix.”

NZ in the international news again

Written By: - Date published: 3:35 pm, July 30th, 2016 - 59 comments

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John Roughan on Labour’s birthday

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, July 10th, 2016 - 60 comments

In the Herald John Roughan has offered some very positive comments about the Labour Party and what it stands for.

Stacey Kirk’s Stuff Up

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, March 7th, 2016 - 37 comments

Fairfax journalist Stacey Kirk has published a vicious smear against a group of cancer sufferers. Is this the nastiest lie ever published in the NZ media?

Rachel Stewart eviscerates John Key

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, December 20th, 2015 - 210 comments

Rachel Stewart has penned an opinion piece highlighting John Key’s avoidance of serious media in preference to engaging in rude, crude and highly unattractive stunts on commercial radio.

Stuff report on child abuse

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, November 21st, 2015 - 123 comments

Not exactly light or cheerful Saturday morning reading – but we should all read it anyway. Stuff’s (Katie Kenny & Blair Ensor) excellent special investigation on child abuse in NZ.

A Government of spin redux

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, November 16th, 2015 - 26 comments

The Herald has withdrawn a story that reported on Government pressure on the ERO to rewrite a report after what appears to be pressure from the Government to do so.

Briefing Papers: Refugees and inequality

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, October 13th, 2015 - 9 comments

Briefing Papers have been busy recently, check out some recent articles. How long can wealth keep sucking up before a society breaks down completely?

Bashar al-Assad and other Bastards.

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, October 3rd, 2015 - 130 comments

What proper journalistic coverage of Syria looks like.

Briefing Papers (AUT)

Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, September 20th, 2015 - 5 comments

As our media becomes increasingly shallow, you might be looking for some solid content reading on a quiet Sunday. Check out Briefing Papers from AUT.

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