Holiday hackery

Written By: - Date published: 12:47 pm, January 21st, 2009 - 4 comments
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I’ve long regarded John Armstrong as the best political press journo we’ve got. Not least because he’s one of the few without a transparent bias one way or the other.

Not so sure about this Tory hack they’ve had ghostwriting for him this past week though.

With Key’s diary having him back at work here this week, the Prime Minister’s staff should have announced that ministers would be returning to the Beehive for a long-scheduled meeting to get an update on the economy and discuss initiatives that had been worked up by staff and officials over the break.

That would have stymied Goff.

Reduced to giving spin advice to the Government. Either the real Armstrong is having a holiday or he really needs one.

4 comments on “Holiday hackery”

  1. I’d’ve rated Colin James as a better gallery journo. After that I’d be thinking Armstrong or Vernon Small although Audrey and Claire Trevett can be good (by gallery standards) too…

    I don’t think any of them are worth $100k+ however…

  2. Janet 2

    Steve would be perfect for that Fairfax job.

  3. I reckon a bunch of us should apply, giving as qualifications ‘the fact that I would never put into print the following.. and give a list of some of the dumb things written by Fairfax’s political editors.

    Colin Espiner can supply a good half-dozen including the time he couldn’t understand the difference between being unemployed and on the dole and the time he said the PM can’t affect wages. Tracey Watkins would also be a gold mine

  4. John Dalley 4

    John Armstrong & Fran O’Sullivan. Associate Press Secretaries outside cabinet would be more precise. They couldn’t be any further up the Govt’s behind if they tried.

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