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Would the last journalist to leave The Herald please turn out the lights

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, August 23rd, 2015 - 30 comments
Categories: journalism, newspapers - Tags: , , ,

In my opinion Dita De Boni (KeepingMum) will be particularly missed. She was (since Tapu Misa quietly disappeared a two years ago) almost the last remaining leftish voice at The Herald. I’m surprised she lasted as long as she did.

Would the last journalist to leave The Herald please turn out the lights?

30 comments on “Would the last journalist to leave The Herald please turn out the lights ”

  1. dukeofurl 1

    They are filling up the spaces with their ‘radio stars’.

    And yet they are going to implement a ‘pay wall’ so that readers will have ‘considered opinion’ they they pay for ?
    When that happens Ill provide an easy by- pass to the paywall, as I do now for their Australian cousins.

  2. Sirenia 2

    Meanwhile the same PM puff piece promoting his flag choice appears in both DomPost and Herald. But does not say advertorial.

    • dukeofurl 2.1

      You see that all the time now.

      ” Go to our website and vote for your favourite ( out of 40) flag design”

      Its pretty clear its advertorial – wondering how much they pay to spruik the flag contest.?

  3. Stuart Munro 3

    Fran has some quality though she tends to swing right – maybe the last journalist there. It’s the rubbish righties they use instead that causes concern – they ought to read The Times or The Economist sometimes – far from left but much better journalism.

    The Herald’s current pathology includes a swarm of articles from Rachel Smalley and Hosking. Smalley thinks a bit and could be worth reading if she went a little deeper – Hosking is blinkered by cognitive myopia – we know exactly what he thinks on any subject without the trouble of asking him: “what John said” – pitiful.

    • North 3.1

      You mean Mike Husting ?

      He’s such a slip of a nothing I’m buggered if I know……except that it’s deliberate policy. Chuck The Ponce-Keyists into powerful media positions and to hell with New Zealand. Sadly our ensign is a bunch of flakey, vainglorious ponce-people; their life-force from Auckland cafe society tending to Parnell BBQ. Would love to see them walk into a number of pubs I know and try their shit in those.

      They’re in ‘The Bubble’ with scant need, and a deficit of the talent and guts it takes, to step out. New Zealand is not in good shape !

  4. Bearded Git 4

    I noticed Chris Trotter’s column was not in its usual place the ODT this week. Might just be a one-off.

  5. Matthew Hooton 5

    Dita De Boni and Tapu Misa were not journalists in the traditional sense. They were polemicist columnists, and very good ones too, like Bob Jones used to be.

    • dukeofurl 5.1

      Whats happened to ‘maximum’ Bob?

      Herald doesnt have him anymore, did he give the finger to the editor at the same time he did to Air NZ

    • Karen 5.2

      Tapu Misa certainly was a trained journalist, don’t know about Dita.

    • Ad 5.3

      and “traditional” journalists have rapidly decreasing influence and importance in media.

    • Keith 5.4

      They were in the very least a balance to the Goebbels like good news story’s – propaganda that we see nowadays from all commercial media. So much of this governments business cannot stand the cold light of day and so this is what we’ve come to. Rod Oram is about the last man standing to critique this lot without being censored but how long until he gets the chop?

    • John Shears 5.5

      So more ill informed crap from the hoot with the mouth like a torn sack see comment down the page from Sacha.

    • Morrissey 5.6

      Bob Jones put out some great boxing books.

      Sadly, he lacked the depth and the wit to write novels, which he clearly wanted to do more than anything else in the world.

      Well, he did write some, of course, but they were no good.

      • North 5.6.1

        Morrissey !!!

        You’ll end up in the Supreme Court on the wrong end of a several billion dollars lawsuit. There’s nothing so dangerous as a rich, vengeful, master of the universe obssessed with the minutiae of demur from mortals.

        Several hapless Wellington traffic enforcers already know this.

        • Morrissey

          Thanks for that, North. I think it would be a splendid wheeze if Bob “Marion Davies” Jones sued someone for claiming he lacks wit. It would certainly be funnier than his dire attempts at satire.

          Marion Davies, remember, was the untalented girlfriend of William Randolph Hearst who was, thanks to her boyfriend’s backing, given star billing in a Broadway performance but respected by no one. Jones is his own W.R. Hearst, and his vanity publishing is his Broadway show.

          I recommend you get hold of his novella Degrees for Everyone (AKA Read by Noone) if you want a good laugh.

    • North 5.7

      So what Dog Matthew (I could have aptly used the other canine gender given the way you carry on on Mondays at 11.00 am)…….what’s your point ? They were bugles for something grander than the callow, vainglorious, cargo-cult with dollops of corruption, selfishness that’s de rigueur for Ponce-Key mouthpieces like you. And Mike Husting.

  6. Rolf 6

    Before the internet, media was doing “investigating journalism”, digging and exposing political secrecy, scams and misdoers. Nowadays the politicians have found ways to eliminate that disturbance, most digging journos have gone from the papers, Campbell fired by Keys stooge, and the police used as a political tool to harass critics. “Hackers” is what we have left, good, bad, or indifferent, and of course web papers as the new Kiwi Herald. Who is running it, we don’t know, but in the end, there is nobody who can massacre the owners, because they can not be found.

  7. Ad 7

    So when will The Standard start monetising its membership so that we can start paying good journalists like Dita Di Boni to do her work here? The Guardian Australia can only take so many in.

  8. keyman 8

    good luck with the pay wall they don’t work the faster the herald goes bust the better
    the standard has better articles at no cost and of course we have
    world to pick from fuck key media

  9. Tory 9

    Regarding the commentators to the Herald, I do not care if they are from the Right or Left, so long as they are informed and objective. The Herald has morphed into a tabloid that views titilation and scandal more important than news and that’s why I prefer to read my news via many of the international online newspapers rather than the local “gossip” publication.

  10. save NZ 10

    The herald is not a newspaper just a propaganda machine to keep the messages that everything is ok, we have a rockstar economy, unemployed people are just lazy, there is no significant asian or foreign investment in residential property or farms, Dairy is in ok shape, john key and National are amazing and the opposition parties should be ridiculed – (especially when they challenge all of the above messages).

  11. RedLogix 11

    Lights been off at the Herald for a while now.

  12. gnomic 12

    Quoth Rolf above:=

    “and of course web papers as the new Kiwi Herald. Who is running it, we don’t know, but in the end, there is nobody who can massacre the owners, because they can not be found.”

    Not quite sure what this means, but if it refers to the ownership of the NZ Herald the answer seems to be Newscorp if a story on National Radio today is correct. Good luck with the torches and pitchforks.

    Oh hang on, this is an old story.


    Anyway, the Herald meh! It never was that much of a newspaper. Journal of the ruling classes since time immemorial. Now a silly trivialised rag. Main difference it’s a tool of the global 1% rather than the local bourgeoisie.

    You hear it here first. Smartphones mean stupidification. Any news media left with a web presence not based on silly little blobs meant to be seen on tiny screens?

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