The Dim-Post

September 24, 2008

Persecution Complex

Filed under: media,Politics — danylmc @ 7:45 am
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Like Poneke I’m a bit confused as to why the Dom-Post has suddenly gone soft on its coverage of Winston Peters. Yesterday they shifted the findings of the privileges committee onto page three; today Peters being censured by Parliament is on the front page but in a tiny box below the fold.

I think it can be argued that the Dom-Post (unlike the Herald) really were persecuting Peters. While some of Phil Kitchens stories (like the donations from the Vela’s and Sir Bob Jones) were great scoops that were of enormous public interest, a number of his front page leads about donations to New Zealand First detailed activity that was (a) totally legal and (b) also practised by every other party in parliament.

Peters complained about this, but his rather justified outrage was obliviated by his rants against all the legitimate stories written about him.

It sounds as if the Dom-Post is blessed with an ever dwindling number of journalists and an abundance of managers and executives (always a recipe for success), maybe this accounts for the confusion in their editorial direction.


  1. Yes, they were legal. I guess it would have been nice if he had actually declared them!

    Comment by David — September 24, 2008 @ 9:38 am

  2. He didn’t have to declare donations of less than $10,000, which was what some of the Stuff stories were about.

    Frustratingly, whenever I try to google those stories all I get is the stuff error page.

    Comment by danylmc — September 24, 2008 @ 10:43 am

  3. $25000 from Jones, $80000 from the Velas, $100,000 from Glenn. How much more not disclosed.
    “Frustratingly, whenever I try to google those stories all I get is the stuff error page”
    So you get “stuff all”?

    Comment by David — September 24, 2008 @ 11:02 am

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