Something about foxes and henhouses…

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 pm, May 15th, 2013 - 6 comments
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So anyway, John Armstong’s just won this press award and the Herald’s had a bit of a boast. Which is all good and fine and I’m sure we’re all very happy for him.

Turns out the judge is “ex newspaper editor” Richard Long. The funny thing is the Herald omits a more recent item on Long’s CV – adviser to Don Brash. And what did he advise?

On the morning of the strategy meeting, chief of staff Richard Long had sent an email to Don Brash, Gerry Brownlee and other senior MPs: ‘It might pay the caucus to know that the Brethren advertising campaign to repair defence links (bring back the ships) will start this Friday’. Long said the Brethren had ‘agreed today to publicly take ownership of the campaign, to avoid conspiracy theories and to prevent the finger being pointed at us’.

Which adds a certain piquancy to Armstrong’s comments on recieving the award:

I will come down hard on any politician found interfering with or rorting the democratic process and its various institutions.

You couldn’t make this shit up.

6 comments on “Something about foxes and henhouses…”

  1. IrishBill 1

    Yeah, but to Armstrong’s credit he has taken Collins to task on her self-interested moves (or lack thereof) on MMP –

    • The Al1en 1.1

      Yeah, but no, that’s top notch.

      If we had a satire show on NZ tv, that’d make me laugh, especially if the comic was wearing a donkey’s arse on his face.

  2. tc 2

    Armstrong goes after collins as that aids shonkey’s bid to stay at the helm, JA is a shill who lacks objectivity and simply does what he’s told to stay in the trough like O’Shillivan/Roughan etc

    The man and his peers are to journalism what Key is to democracy.

  3. karol 3

    I read the NZH boast yesterday, and groaned when they used the old: Armstrong gets criticised for being too right wing and by others for being too left wing, so it shows he’s got it just about right.

    How about looking at what Armstrong actually says in order to ascertain his political perspective?

  4. muzza 4

    Its like the Auckland City Council – Finance/Treasury Teams/Individuals sweeping the awards again this year!

    Why did the IMF issue , what can only be regarded as somewhat, *unique & rare* statement about Auckland Council, and its financial potision/policies…..

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