Fair call on network car parking

June 18th, 2010 at 7:22 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

and Television New Zealand have been punished following breaches of ’s rules, including one cameraman entering and filming inside Labour MP ’s suite of offices in his absence and without his permission.

withdrew parking entitlements for their networks in Parliament’s basement carpark after they failed to get permission to film in the corridor and stairwell. However he also noted a cameraman had entered an MP’s offices without permission – a clear breach of parliamentary rules.

This is a fair call. MPs are publicly accountable, but it doesn’t mean their offices are public space.

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20 Responses to “Fair call on network car parking”

  1. Brian Harmer (687 comments) says:

    The Dom Post reports:
    “While we were filming in an area that we weren’t meant to be, we thought there were bigger issues at stake,” TVNZ spokeswoman Andi Brotherston said. “We were in pursuit of a story with significant public interest.”

    These same people speak in shocked tones of a sense of entitlement. Bigger issues? Stone me! It was a disgusting attempt to capture embarrassment.

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  2. NOt1tocommentoften (433 comments) says:

    This was school yard bullying through and through. The actions of those reporters was outrageously disproportionate to what Carter had been up to. There failure to attach correct weight to this, and the comments by Andi Britherston above, really call into question their sense of judgement.

    Good on the speaker for taking a stand. Shame he couldn’t name them in the House or something.

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  3. Inventory2 (9,384 comments) says:

    Could Andi Brotherston be lining herself up to replace Rachel “Pork Chop” Glucina as the Herald’s gossip columnist?

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  4. peterwn (3,337 comments) says:

    NO1tocommentoften – Mr Speaker probably has inherent jurisdiction to haul the journos and camera people up before the bar of the House and deliver them a good dressing-down if he chose to.

    I see he has allowed them outside parks. Hope these are as far away as possible from the entrance.

    Anyway I just cannot see how each TV channel can justify having at least 11 Press Gallert people.

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  5. Grant Michael McKenna (1,110 comments) says:

    The breech of Parliamentary Privilege by the journalist entering Chris Carter’s office is very significant, and I for one would like to see that action followed up by criminal charges.

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  6. Murray (8,803 comments) says:

    I would regard entering an MP’s office uninvited to be a very serious issue and I agree with Grant, criminal charges should folllow.

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  7. krazykiwi (8,040 comments) says:

    So who is being punished? The wayward journo’s … or all journo’s?

    Is this a case of making all kids stay in at play time because someone sneaked into the staffroom?

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  8. Nookin (3,571 comments) says:

    No real difference between their behaiviour and Carter’s. All based on a sense of entitlement and self-importance that puts them in a self-selected and privileged category that the rest of the populace do not enjoy

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  9. flipper (4,332 comments) says:

    Come, come children.
    You have it all wrong.
    The House of Representatives is “their” House.
    It does not belong to the people.
    We, the people, just have to pay (and have paid) for it.
    Well, that is the way the ex TV show/cattle breeder/speaker sees it, as do his colleagues.

    But, on the other hand….

    As a former Press Gallery reporter (when reporters were reporters and not “journalists”) I know all too well that hunting in a pack (really just self aggrandizement – “See how powerful we are”?) serves only to bring out the very worst of human insticts – the pack mentality.
    TVNZ and TV3 need to grow up! Sanctions deserved.

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  10. 3-coil (1,199 comments) says:

    Lockwood Smith is an “ex TV show”….?

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  11. voice of reason (490 comments) says:

    “3 News political editor Duncan Garner said the crew “knowingly” broke the rules, but he had no regrets because Mr Carter needed to front up.”
    Speaks volumes doesnt it, and in a strange coincidence wasn’t yesterday the anniversary of that small incident in a well known Washington Hotel

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  12. Pete George (23,832 comments) says:

    The over inflated chasing the now deflated. Entitlementitis rampant.

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  13. Murray (8,803 comments) says:

    Who the fuck appointed Duncan bloody Garner and his stupid tie collect to the guardian of morality?

    Hes bloody journo and this flagrant disregard for the rules should colour who everything he produces is viewed. He wasn’t chasing Carter, he was chasing ratings and everyone knows it.

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  14. Pete George (23,832 comments) says:

    …chasing ratings…

    ..and their own egos.

    Journalists used to report news. Now some of them think they make the news and they are the news.

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  15. Murray (8,803 comments) says:

    I have an ex-wife if I need to have someone tell me what to think.

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  16. somewhatthoughtful (472 comments) says:

    Danyl made a good point that there wasn’t a lot of enquiry into jetsetting politicians when there were also jetsetting journalists!

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  17. Pete George (23,832 comments) says:

    Jetsetting is an entitlement of journalism. There are countless examples but one that comes to mind is one of them trying to make himself heard on-camera amongst the street crowd at Obama’s inauguration. The only reason I could think of for them being there was to try and include themselves in the news of the day. It came across as “look at me, I’m here” pathetic.

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  18. tvb (4,560 comments) says:

    I am unsure what the Speaker could have done here. The punishment should reflect the actions they took. Barging into an MPs office is serious and the persons who did it should be removed from the complex for 3 months.

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  19. fatman43us (163 comments) says:

    I agree that Carter, Brown and these journalists all belong in the same club. They have an innate belief they are better than all of the rest of us. Well Done The Speaker!

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  20. GPT1 (2,022 comments) says:

    I agree, this was bullying and hounding of Carter. Ironic sense of self entitlement. A journalist can follow me to my building if they must but they cannot follow me into my office – MPs deserve the same.

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