DPF on Breakfast TV

July 23rd, 2009 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

I was on this morning talking about the issues I (and others) might face around potential and the Weatherston case. I’m glad I got invited on, because I thought it unfortunate the segment on One News last night didn’t mention that I had taken immediate action to remove any problematic content the moment concerns came to my attention. I don’t want to be seen as someone saying that laws don’t apply to the Internet. They obviously do. There are of course significant issues around the practicality of certain laws, but that is an issue for the future – and the Law Commission has a discussion paper out on related issues such as suppression orders and the Internet.

The Breakfast interview I thought covered the issues quite well. You can view it here. Also a story based on it here.

I was highly amused to get a call from friends a bit later in the programme, telling me that my name came up during discussions on what gift should take with him to New York to give to Helen Clark. They are running a poll on it.

You can view it yourself at around 1:15 through this video. A transcript:

PAUL (reading an e-mail): Paul Henry, can you take Phil Goff with you as a gift to Helen Clark and just sit Phil Goff on the edge of the table there.

PAUL: Actually David Farrar would be a nice table weight. He’s such a sweet man isn’t he. He’s the blogger we just had in.

ALI: He’s somebody you just want to have sitting on your desk constantly so you can just ask him for an opinion on stuff.

PAUL: I’ve got David Farrar in a little box out the back. Let’s open the lid and ask him a question.

PAUL: He just seems very cuddly doesn’t he. He’s just a nice … I don’t know if I should be saying that about another man. Possibly not actually.

ALI: It’s too late now

I was very amused. I would have preferred it was Ali calling me sweet and cuddly but hey you take compliments from anyone :-)

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10 Responses to “DPF on Breakfast TV”

  1. Falafulu Fisi (2,179 comments) says:

    Paul : He just seems very cuddly doesn’t he. He’s just a nice … I don’t know if I should be saying that about another man. Possibly not actually.

    Man, it seems that Paul has been following closely Phil U’s commentaries here on your blog DPF. Just watch out, next time you get an invite to the TVNZ studio.

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  2. bharmer (687 comments) says:

    Hey, being described as a paper weight is a bit like being accused of havng a low centre of gravity isn’t it?

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  3. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Sweet and cuddly?
    clearly, neither of them have ever seen you eat.

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  4. Woodstein (15 comments) says:

    DPF, Further to Loco Burro’s post, I have emailed you the Justice Ministry’s guidelines for in-court media reporting. Clearly these don’t cover the blogosphere, but perhaps you could use them as a basis for lobbying the ministry to develop similar guidelines for the blogosphere? I know bloggers have their trenchant critics—one prominent one whom I shouldn’t name springs to mind—but perhaps you could become a champion in this field by demonstrating that there is a place for you in this opinion-shaping sphere but that you won’t in future run rampant over the contempt rules? It was instructive that Justice Potter urged jurors in the Weatherston trial at the outset not to read any blogs during the proceedings.

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  5. kaya (1,360 comments) says:

    DPF – saw you on Backbenchers, too, can I have your autograph? :)

    Actually I noticed you didn’t put your hand up when they asked who was against putting folic acid in bread, was that a no comment???

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  6. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Sweet and cuddly paper weight … who’s heads is now to big to fit through doors.

    Just think Dpf now that your a TV personality… you can put your hand up for parliament.. thats how half of them got in.

    Second thoughts after seeing the breakfast program… you would be better suited for Radio.

    [DPF: And you can shove your opinion where the sun doesn’t shine]

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  7. Put it away (2,880 comments) says:

    It’s been a week of unexpected passions…first the boots, now this…

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  8. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,753 comments) says:

    It’s amazing what a good impression you can give if you turn up to the television studio clean shaven.

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