web analytics

Slow news day

Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, July 4th, 2010 - 9 comments
Categories: making shit up - Tags: ,

“Len Brown’s Smackdown” screams the headline in Carolyne Meng-Yee’s story about Len Brown today – and the first para makes it sound even worse:

A split has emerged within Manukau Mayor Len Brown’s campaign team over his controversial “Maori gesture”.

A split? This sounds serious!

Turns out it’s not. Rather it’s just the media making shit up by reporting on the last time they made shit up.

It’s all about the silly scene Brown made with the face-slapping etc and how the media reported it was claimed it was a Maori gesture. At the time I thought that was a surprisingly silly thing to say and not the kind of thing an experienced and thoughtful guy like David Lewis would try to pull.

And it turns out he didn’t. Rather he used a Maori term, kanohi te kanohi, while discussing the matter with the media:

“I said there’s a Maori phrase for that, kanohi te kanohi. Nowhere did I say he used a Maori gesture.”

So today’s headline should really be: “Len Brown and adviser not happy with quotes we made up”.

Of course that’s not the HoS style. More likely next week the’ll write another fictional story about the fictional story of the fictional story.

It might just be me but reading the paper is starting to feel more and more like taking a walk through a maze made of mirrors.

9 comments on “Slow news day ”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    To me reading the newspaper feels more like listening to idiots talking shite. It’s got to be bad for society when the best written part of the paper is the entertainment section talking about Tiger Woods and his girlfriends.

  2. G8 2

    DTB – totally agree the dumbing down of print media is a concern, perhaps this is the reason circulation is heading south and Granny Herald and SST have to give free papers away to bump the audited circulation numbers up. As for Granny Fran the guru of the business world why dosnt she stand for Mayor – the money is better and she only has to give up boozey lunches or perhaps not.

  3. Anne 3

    Today’s media consist mainly of shallow, stupid gits (of both genders) who’ve been to Uni. and managed to get a degree, but who actually know nothing, and have had little to no experience of political realities. So they make things up to look like they are on to something, and as long as their editors continue to put up with their crappy missives, we are stuck with third-rate journalism. It exists right across the MSM board from newspapers.. to radio.. to TV stations.

  4. swimmer 4

    It’s not just the print, I was listening to a radio station at the weekend and they made a claim that someone said something. So I went to the net and watch the video and it turned out to be a complete lie! 🙁

  5. Bill 5

    Can we get serious for a mo?

    ‘Everyone’ is commenting that the msm is now a bit of a joke: like Pravda.

    And ‘everyone’ knows that what Pravda sorry, the msm says has to be viewed and interpreted through a particular lens of unbelief.

    And ‘everyone’ knows that the disconnect that was Pravda was merely a sign of how untenable and lifeless the dying fiction that they were trying to maintain had become.

    And ‘everyone’ knows what happens next. Right?

  6. Rodel 6

    I’ve said it before. The prerequisite of today’s journalists is ‘Fabrication 101’. Do they learn it in the first year or throughout the journalism course. Whatever- it’s effective and they have obviously all passed.

  7. J Mex 7

    So today’s headline should really be: “Len Brown and adviser not happy with quotes we made up’.

    Alternatively, “Advisor’s spin attempt leads to confusion”

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Twenty highlights of 2020
    As we welcome in the new year, our focus is on continuing to keep New Zealanders safe and moving forward with our economic recovery. There’s a lot to get on with, but before we say a final goodbye to 2020, here’s a quick look back at some of the milestones ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Bay Cadets learn skills to protect environment
    Bay Conservation Cadets launched with first intake Supported with $3.5 million grant Part of $1.245b Jobs for Nature programme to accelerate recover from Covid Cadets will learn skills to protect and enhance environment Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the first intake of cadets at the launch of the Bay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Better care for babies with tongue-tie
    Babies born with tongue-tie will be assessed and treated consistently under new guidelines released by the Ministry of Health, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Around 5% to 10% of babies are born with a tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, in New Zealand each year. At least half can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison over
    The prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison is over, with all remaining prisoners now safely and securely detained, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. The majority of those involved in the event are members of the Mongols and Comancheros. Five of the men are deportees from Australia, with three subject to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test for travellers from the UK and the US from 15 January
    Travellers from the United Kingdom or the United States bound for New Zealand will be required to get a negative test result for COVID-19 before departing, and work is underway to extend the requirement to other long haul flights to New Zealand, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. “The new PCR test requirement, foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PM congratulates New Year Honour recipients
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has added her warm congratulations to the New Zealanders recognised for their contributions to their communities and the country in the New Year 2021 Honours List. “The past year has been one that few of us could have imagined. In spite of all the things that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • David Parker congratulates New Year 2021 Honours recipients
    Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment David Parker has congratulated two retired judges who have had their contributions to the country and their communities recognised in the New Year 2021 Honours list. The Hon Tony Randerson QC has been appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Year’s Honours highlights outstanding Pacific leadership through challenging year
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the New Year’s Honours List 2021 highlights again the outstanding contribution made by Pacific people across Aotearoa. “We are acknowledging the work of 13 Pacific leaders in the New Year’s Honours, representing a number of sectors including health, education, community, sports, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Supporting seniors to embrace technology
    The Government’s investment in digital literacy training for seniors has led to more than 250 people participating so far, helping them stay connected. “COVID-19 has meant older New Zealanders are showing more interest in learning how to use technology like Zoom and Skype so they can to keep in touch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago