The Truth

February 11th, 2007 at 1:48 pm by David Farrar

I was fascinated to read in the SST that former NBR Investigations Editor, Jock Anderson, has been hired by the “new” Truth as chief reporter.

I think that is a highly significant move that the new owner is determined to do what he says – turn Truth into an investigative newspaper breaking scandals and more stories about the way bureaucracy runs the lives of New Zealanders.

It will be interesting to see how they go.

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12 Responses to “The Truth”

  1. Barnsley Bill () says:

    A good move, there is a massive hole where investigative journalism should be in NZ print and electronic MSM. The proliferation of blogs is testament to that.
    Also for those that currently buy and read the Truth an excuse (along the lines of “I only buy it for the articles”)for buying it would probably be a big help

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  2. dave () says:

    The trouble with Truth is that it’s only bought by Auckland men who want to check out the brothel ads. Nobody else has bought it in years. People who want serious journalism long ago gave up on it.

    The old Truth used to have wonderful stories and even better headlines. My all-time favourite dates from when Jim Knox was president of the Federation of Labour in the 1980s. Late one night he crashed his car through a fence in the Wellington suburb of Brookyn and took off, leaving his car behind.

    The Truth headline said:

    Jim knocks then blows

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  3. Rex Widerstrom () says:

    Is not one half of what’s proposed covered by “Investigate” and the very, very meagre effort by the MSM to occasionally do some investigative stuff, whilst the other half is already being done (on glossy paper, in a handy smuggle-into-the-bogs-at-the-office size) by Ralph, FHM et al?

    Yes, there’s a lot of stuff on blogs that’s not published in the MSM. But that raises three points:
    – It is on blogs, and thus freely available to anyone with a net connection already (complete with handy instant feedback mechanisms like this!).
    – It’s free on blogs… how many people would pay to read it?
    – We’re an odd mix of policy wonks, party apparatchiks, one-eyed party supporters and other assorted fruitcakes. How many ‘normal’, newspaper-buying readers are there for this stuff, even assuming it’s done very well indeed?

    I’m not saying I don’t think it’ll work, I’m genuinely interested, as someone with one foot in the media and one in politics, whether others think there’s a market for this?

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  4. Rex Widerstrom () says:

    Is not one half of what’s proposed covered by “Investigate” and the very, very meagre effort by the MSM to occasionally do some investigative stuff, whilst the other half is already being done (on glossy paper, in a handy smuggle-into-the-bogs-at-the-office size) by Ralph, FHM et al?

    Yes, there’s a lot of stuff on blogs that’s not published in the MSM. But that raises three points:
    – It is on blogs, and thus freely available to anyone with a net connection already (complete with handy instant feedback mechanisms like this!).
    – It’s free on blogs… how many people would pay to read it?
    – We’re an odd mix of policy wonks, party apparatchiks, one-eyed party supporters and other assorted fruitcakes. How many ‘normal’, newspaper-buying readers are there for this stuff, even assuming it’s done very well indeed?

    I’m not saying I don’t think it’ll work, I’m genuinely interested, as someone with one foot in the media and one in politics, whether others think there’s a market for this?

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  5. francis () says:

    Jock has a great reputation for being a bulldog and a very high name recognition factor, coupled with an enormous contacts book. He should do very well in this role.

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  6. Porcupine () says:

    Yay, perhaps at last The Truth shall set us free!

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  7. Murray () says:

    Not unless we roll it up and use it to thrash those labour monkeys out of our parliament.

    Might pay to wait for a Sunday edition for that too.

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  8. Megan ex 174 () says:

    No great techie so not sure if these are edited by DPF if so can you contact me via my wrinkled ones

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  9. insider () says:

    In the old days he used to get ‘dirt money’ for being a Truth staffer. I wonder if they have reinstated that fine tradition.

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  10. nznative () says:

    It used to be a trash paper and now it looks like its going to be a natianal trash paper.

    I cant wait to read Longs and Hootons balanced reporting zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  11. Ben Wilson () says:

    Now how am I going to find out what vice girls, P and gangs are up to?

    Amusingly because the Truth is always an unattributed joke, it seems to often contain a lot of the actual truth.

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  12. TruthFan () says:

    I used to love reading the truth all day long during the 60s & 70s, kinda lost its way around 1980.
    Yeah I had this wonderful public service job 1964-1979 where i could sit on my arse all day long without any hassles from anyone except for the regular visits from the union delegate to see if i had any complaints about my superiors, i also had to answer my desk phone from time to time which was rather interuptive, and kept me from reading the truth.
    When I left the job i got a huge redundancy payout,paid off my mortgage, and been on the invalids bene ever since.
    The way I see it is thus,consider my years of working as a public servant no different than that of a beneficiary.

    I must start reading the truth again, although i dont think id have the same arousal from the girls on the front page, since we have the net now.

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