The Dim-Post

February 28, 2010

Fools rush in

Filed under: media — danylmc @ 10:42 am

Shayne Curry is no longer editor at the Herald on Sunday but his legacy lives on: this week the paper sends two female journalists to interview a disturbed convicted killer in his home (what could go wrong?). Hilarity ensues:

During the interview Kurariki’s behaviour grew increasingly erratic and sexual. The reporter – who recorded much of the discussion – said Kurariki at times became aggressive and started sweating.

Ten minutes after sitting down to speak – during which the framework of the interview was discussed – Kurariki exposed himself to the reporter.

The reporter said that while she remained seated, Kurariki stood before her in an obviously excited state and said: “You two are beautiful women. What will you give me?”

The photographer said she told Kurariki: “We don’t do this. What are you doing?”

The reporter told Kurariki the newspaper did not pay for stories and his behaviour was wrong.

West’s partner arrived at the house, distracting Kurariki and creating an opportunity for the women to leave.

As they left, the photographer said Kurariki groped her.

A non-APN paper might have sent their most menacing-looking male photographer along – but that might not have turned the story into a front page lead for the paper.

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12 Comments »

  1. I want to know what the fuck it was they were thinking.

    The Herald on Sunday is reviewing its procedures to ensure staff are not placed in unduly dangerous situations.

    Bullshit.

    Comment by mjl — February 28, 2010 @ 10:49 am

  2. I doubt they even *had* procedures if their safety check for going to the home of a still agressive and troubled killer was to send two unescorted females.

    Comment by Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling — February 28, 2010 @ 11:11 am

  3. When I saw your headline “Fools rush in”, I thought at first you were talking about the tsunami warning! :-)

    But I agree that the HoS appears to have been baiting Kurariki by sending in two female journalists. Then again, perhaps they thought they might have been more sympathetic, had he behaved “normally”.

    Comment by David in Chch — February 28, 2010 @ 11:13 am

  4. Kuariki is probably never going to behave normally, but the news media have a lot to answer for.

    They never stop using the phrase “child killer”. They never stop going to Rita Croskery for quotes. They stake him out and ensure that he can never reintegrate. The press in this country need to step back and ask themselves whether they aren’t taking a human disaster… and making it worse.

    Perhaps the few paragraphs spent on the issue of institutionalisation might be a sign that someone is having some pangs of conscience.

    Comment by Stephen Judd — February 28, 2010 @ 11:22 am

  5. their most menacing-looking male photographer

    Can we have nominations?

    Comment by Rich — February 28, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

  6. Kuariki is probably never going to behave normally, but the news media have a lot to answer for.

    Maybe that is partially true but they didn’t even report his recent month-long stint behind bars, so just ignoring the guy won’t stop him reoffending.

    Comment by Exclamation Mark — February 28, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

  7. A stint behind bars for… assaulting a cameraman. If journos were in my face all the time like that, I might pound a cameraman too. And I’m not even a CHILD KILLER.

    Comment by Stephen Judd — February 28, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

  8. They never stop using the phrase “child killer”. They never stop going to Rita Croskery for quotes. They stake him out and ensure that he can never reintegrate. The press in this country need to step back and ask themselves whether they aren’t taking a human disaster… and making it worse.

    Agree 100%. And Kuariki is not a killer as everyone says. He should never have been placed in jail at that age. Blogger Imperator Fish had a great post that is perhaps germane to this issue here : http://www.imperatorfish.com/2010/01/meet-new-spokesperson-for-sensible.html

    Comment by Ruth — February 28, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

  9. …they didn’t even report his recent month-long stint behind bars

    Because they didn’t know, apparently – interviewing him about that is what started this.
    “The incident took place after a reporter rang West’s home to speak to Kurariki about the episode involving the TV cameraman.

    Kurariki answered the phone and began a conversation, during which he admitted the previously unreported return to prison in February for kicking a camera.

    The reporter asked Kurariki if she and a photographer could visit to talk about his time in prison.”

    Comment by Flynn — February 28, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

  10. They knew Flynn

    Comment by Cnr Joe — February 28, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

  11. They disgust me, pond scum.

    Comment by George Darroch — February 28, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  12. Excuse me! Pond scum is natural, not unattractive, useful and necessary.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — February 28, 2010 @ 9:43 pm


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