The Dim-Post

December 31, 2010

For services to journalism

Filed under: media — danylmc @ 7:02 am

Herald columnist Garth George is named in the new year honors list for ‘services to journalism’, and I wonder if there’s a specific column her majesty had in mind when deciding to award him an MNZM.

As our principal face to the world, [John Key] should always travel in style, first class all the way, and should be able to take his wife, and even family, with him if he chooses – all at the Government’s expense.

Mr Key is an avid fan of the All Blacks, a frequent attendee at their games and a regular, potently encouraging presence in their dressing room.

Happy new year everyone! Thanks for reading and I wish you all regular, potent encouragement for 2011.

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37 Comments »

  1. This was hard to undersand. Sorry, but you lost me at ‘journalism’. All the best anyway.

    Comment by Monkey Boy — December 31, 2010 @ 7:34 am

  2. We usually refer to GG as ‘waste of space’ around here. Always disappointed they waste the space in the Herald on a Thursday when they could print something worth reading.
    Happy new year.

    Comment by Roger Parkinson — December 31, 2010 @ 8:25 am

  3. Maybe becoming a benchmark low point is a “service to journalism” as well. Makes all the other Herald staff look like Pulitzer Prize winners.

    Comment by eszett — December 31, 2010 @ 8:35 am

  4. Perhaps restricting the new year honours to those who are mostly safely into their golden years is a way of avoiding what seemed to be shaping up to become the Curse of the Knighthood. Peter Jackson and Weta’s Richard Taylor started the year on a wave of goodwill. Now Jackson seems reduced to a grasping Putinesque oligarch. Taylor’s foray into capitalist-realist Rugby World Cup monumentalism can only lead to conflict with North Korea once Weta receives state subsidies in order to compete with the Pyongyang’s Mansudae Art Studio in satisying the global appetite of dodgy governments for overscaled scupltural tat.

    Comment by joe W — December 31, 2010 @ 8:36 am

  5. I wonder how long it will be before Farrar makes the list. Wait, better not to even joke about this…

    Comment by DT — December 31, 2010 @ 9:33 am

  6. If yo want to see who real deserves aclaim in the New Year honours check out the toilers who get the QSM not the big noters at the (so called) top end of the list

    Comment by Raymond A Francis — December 31, 2010 @ 9:35 am

  7. Funny, the Herald doesn’t even mention it in todays paper. You’d think they’d brag about it, just a bit. It’s hidden in the full list somewhere. Maybe they are a tad embarrassed.

    Comment by eszett — December 31, 2010 @ 9:57 am

  8. If yo want to see who real deserves aclaim in the New Year honours check out the toilers who get the QSM not the big noters at the (so called) top end of the list

    So true. The higher you go, the more it seems like a form of taxidermy.

    BTW is there only one existing pic of Garth G, or does he always look like something from an unauthorised Chinese provincial knock-off of Madame Tussaud’s?

    Comment by joe W — December 31, 2010 @ 10:47 am

  9. I wonder how long it will be before Farrar makes the list. Wait, better not to even joke about this…

    Voluntary work for Internet NZ, etc. I don’t see why not.

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — December 31, 2010 @ 10:51 am

  10. p.s. when I saw the title of the post, I assumed this was going to be about Richard Long, the other journalist recognised in the list.

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — December 31, 2010 @ 10:58 am

  11. And there’s Garth’s recent turn on Media7 about his rather relaxed journalistic ethics – “I don’t know what all the fuss is about, Russell” – go to Chapter 2:

    http://tvnz.co.nz/media7/s5-e28-video-3958384

    Comment by Sacha — December 31, 2010 @ 11:28 am

  12. DT: My knighthood is scheduled for 2017.

    Comment by David Farrar — December 31, 2010 @ 11:34 am

  13. “BTW is there only one existing pic of Garth G, or does he always look like something from an unauthorised Chinese provincial knock-off of Madame Tussaud’s?”

    Sacha’s link has your answer

    Comment by Sam Finnemore — December 31, 2010 @ 11:35 am

  14. My knighthood is scheduled for 2017.

    That means no Sir Son Brash until 2016.

    Comment by joe W — December 31, 2010 @ 11:40 am

  15. It could have been worse – they could have given a gong to the erstwhile journo-blogger Adolf Fiinkensein, for such sterling services to racial harmony as this on his blog:

    http://nominister.blogspot.com/2010/12/spot-similarity.html

    Speaking about “dark skinned gentlemen from the African continent”, he said:

    “…most of the ‘leaders’ of these tropical or desert shit holes are either black bastards or Islamists. ALL are corrupt crooks and despots…”

    Winner of the Garth George Award for Journalistic Harmony, perhaps?

    Comment by bob — December 31, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

  16. Don’t be a player hater Dazza.

    Let us celebrate a worthy honor for a worthy man. Well done Garth George.

    Comment by OECD rank 22 kiwi — December 31, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

  17. Happy New Year!

    Please come back to the blogging scene!

    Comment by Francisco Hernandez — December 31, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

  18. p.s. when I saw the title of the post, I assumed this was going to be about Richard Long, the other journalist recognised in the list.

    It just wasn’t Nicky Hager’s year was it?

    Comment by Russell Brown — December 31, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  19. You guys obviously read the papers and I guess watch network news, WTF?!

    Comment by leon — January 1, 2011 @ 8:31 am

  20. Garth George, homophobic, racist, sexist hatemonger.

    Hey Garth, if you are reading this:

    If a woman wants to terminate her pregnancy it is none of your fucking business.
    If a woman wants to sleep with a man that is not her husband it is none of your fucking business.
    If a man wants to have sex (or marry) another man it is none of your fucking business.
    There is no ‘God’, or mystical being that waved his magic wand, said ‘abracadabara’ and created this earth, it was made by SCIENTIFIC PROCESSES. It was a bedtime story
    Hitting a child with a jug cord is VIOLENT ASSAULT

    Comment by millsy — January 1, 2011 @ 11:29 am

  21. p.s. when I saw the title of the post, I assumed this was going to be about Richard Long, the other journalist recognised in the list

    Did his citation refer to services to Hanover Finance?

    Comment by Neil — January 1, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

  22. I was hoping this would be enough to bring James Coe out of retirement but I see not :-(

    Comment by Me Too — January 1, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

  23. Did his citation refer to services to Hanover Finance?

    It was the other Richard Long – the guy who used to be chief of staff for the National Party, and now writes columns in the Dom-Post praising the National Party, in between his work as a public relations consultant for the National Party.

    Comment by danylmc — January 2, 2011 @ 7:08 am

  24. Hey, he can separate his cheerleading from his spin-doctoring! He’s a professional; that’s why he’s been honoured.

    Comment by Guy Smiley — January 2, 2011 @ 8:25 am

  25. we were just discussing at christmas how inadequate garth is as a journalist. even when he isn’t doing somthing obviously wrong he is the tapu misa of the right…

    Comment by Dual — January 2, 2011 @ 11:20 am

  26. Millsy, God HAS waved his magical “wand”: he got that Mary pregnant. I guess you could say we’re celebrating rape with a holiday.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — January 2, 2011 @ 11:27 am

  27. A bit of advanced theology:

    http://www.mediawatchwatch.org.uk/2009/12/14/god-toons-outrage-austrian-catholics/

    The last version seems very much Garth’s kind of God, while satisfying those who advocate the scientific processes theory of the earth’s origin.

    Comment by Joe W — January 2, 2011 @ 11:42 am

  28. Does it occur to anyone that GG knows exactly what he is doing.
    Being a gadfly.

    That comment on John Key quoted in the post is an obvious “piss take” on his own media colleagues.

    Remember the frenzy over MP spending.

    Teflon John slipped through, untouched.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — January 2, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

  29. you could say we’re celebrating rape with a holiday

    Nah, Mary knew exactly what she was getting into (punnage not intended). At the very worst we’re celebrating an especially salacious extra-marital affair.

    Although, if you subscribe to the notion that God Is All Around Us, then it’s not a large leap to God Is Inside Us All, in a non-invasive manner.

    Comment by Phil — January 3, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

  30. “I was hoping this would be enough to bring James Coe out of retirement but I see not”

    I checked that too. Seriously someone should check hes ok after this news.

    Comment by Matthew — January 4, 2011 @ 2:26 am

  31. This is bad news

    Comment by leon — January 4, 2011 @ 8:07 am

  32. Garth has been gonged? This is a joke, right? Satire?

    In all seriousness, I saw that Richard Long has been gonged. I genuinely like Richard. He was a very kind boss to me. But Garth? I didn’t see that. Tell me it is satire.

    Comment by poneke — January 4, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

  33. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10698006

    This week at least half of Garth’s column is straight copy and paste. What’s worse is the quality of the material he has chosen, which reads like a really large fortune cookie or something. It’s full of “If you don’t master your rage, rage will become your master” style cliches about society, and the further you get through it the less sense they make. And even Garth has do begrudgingly admit that it was written by a pastor who was later stood down for some kind of sexual transgression, although apparently “That does not in the least detract from the wisdom of his words.”

    I think the one line that best sums up the passage is “We write more, but learn less” which has been adequately proven by the author in question.

    Comment by Brad — January 7, 2011 @ 10:00 am

  34. Does it occur to anyone that GG knows exactly what he is doing.
    Being a gadfly.

    Right, gadfly. Lays its eggs under the skin of a mammalian host, where they hatch and pass through a parasite stage in the internal organs.
    David Haywood’s done some significant research in that area:
    http://publicaddress.net/southerly/the-truth-about-talkback/

    Comment by JoeW — January 7, 2011 @ 10:48 am

  35. The abbreviation ‘GG’ gives me this horrible theory about who John Key’s initial suggestion for Governor-General was.

    Comment by lyndon — January 13, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

  36. we could create a new category of awards called for “services to right wing bigotry” and then transfer Garth’s honour over. Michael Laws and Paul Henry would also be very happy :)

    Comment by LucyJH — January 14, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

  37. Oh, I forgot about that Richard Long.
    The one who helped himself to documents off PM Muldoon’s desk.

    Some years later he accuses Nicky Hagar of being a thief for publishing National Party
    emails.

    Irritating as GG may be,to some, at least he is not a hypocrite.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — January 16, 2011 @ 9:47 pm


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