Friday, October 9, 2009


Today's lead front-page story.

Draw your own conclusions.


  1. Monk De Wally De HonkOctober 9, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Well, there's the f*cked-up, preachy, presuming, tug-at-the-heart-strings, opinionated, chatty 'this is how you should feel' intro for a start.

    Do we need to say any more?

  2. Monk De Wally De HonkOctober 9, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    But allow me.

    The reporter attempts to suggest that we all know their pain, and should buy into it like it's public property, when in fact we do not and should not.

    And thanks for the running commentary of a press conference. Picking up on mannerisms and manipulating emotions rather than giving your readers the news represents one of the worst news fails I've seen in a very long time.


  3. I just knew it must have been an Asian woman. Not just any woman. An ASIAN woman. ASIAN! WOMAN!

  4. Oh dear now NZ has it's very own Madeline McCann, apparently the NZ Herald has decided to turn straight into a tabloid for this story

    I'm really glad I don't have to put up with that shite anymore the CBC is ace.

  5. They have spotlights at Henderson police station?

  6. Couldn't agree more Monk. Well said.

  7. Monk De Wally De HonkOctober 10, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Lastly, 'Little Girl Lost' has to be one of the most cloying, mawkish stamp-marks I have ever seen.

  8. The weekend herald has almost the exact same article, but its written like a 4th-form creative-writing exercise.. "and then. Utter silence"

  9. Make sure you pause at the full stop. Otherwise you won't get the full emotion of it all.

    and then.

    *pause - think about your own children*

    Utter silence.

  10. May I add this?

    The police, it seems, are not above using emotional adjectives to elicit a response.

  11. Bearded and mustachioed men everywhere must be outraged that this asian woman is muscling in on their stereotypical turf.

  12. And let's not forget about trenchcoat-wearers.

  13. Dont worry guys, TVNZ's resident psychic Deb Webster is on the case!
    And in todays youviews: Do psychics have a roll to play in criminal investigations? YES: 31%

  14. I haven't got a copy of the Herald in front of me but some idiot wrote a letter to the editor along the lines of "Deb Webster has been vindicated. I wonder what her detractors think of her now?"
    Holy WTF, Batman. Vindicated? If somebody had asked me at the outset of this saga where I thought the little girl had got to, I would've said "Well there's a good chance she could be dead, in which case she'd probably be in a hole somewhere, like say... a ditch or a shallow grave or a river bed or..."
    "Or a drain?"
    "Yeah a drain could probably consitute a hole"

    Playing the odds, man. Playing the odds.

  15. "some idiot wrote a letter to the editor along the lines of "Deb Webster has been vindicated. I wonder what her detractors think of her now?" "

    And some idiot of an editor published it.