Breaking Hearts

July 11th, 2011 at 3:26 pm by David Farrar

The Herald on Sunday reported:

Youth Affairs Minister broke young hearts after a paperwork error saw her announce the wrong winner at a prestigious school acting competition.

The frontpage has now changed, but yesterday it had a big picture of the Minister and the headline was about how the Minister broke young hearts.

Bennett told a large crowd at the ASB Theatre that Cambridge school St Peter’s had won the night – but a helper had given her the wrong slip of paper. Auckland’s St Cuthbert’s were supposed to have been crowned the champions in the Auckland leg of the 2011 Stage Challenge last weekend.

So the mistake was not the Minister’s in any way. She was as much an innocent victim, as the poor kids. Yet the reporting (not so much the story, but the headlines and extracts) makes it sounds like the Minister stuffed up in some way, and made the mistake.

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17 Responses to “Breaking Hearts”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (3,273 comments) says:

    That line didn’t work for Dan Quayle, why would it work for Paul Bennett?

    [DPF: You know the difference. Dan Quayle could well have independently known the correct spelling. Paula could in no way know whether the correct winner's name had been given to her]

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  2. kingofthejuice (5,947 comments) says:

    Lazy journalism? Yes. Liberal bias? Maybe.

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  3. swan (659 comments) says:

    You are absolutely right. But then again almost every second headline in the HoS fundamentally misrepresents the content of the story.

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  4. calendar girl (1,196 comments) says:

    As usual, calculated to mislead.

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  5. David Garrett (6,658 comments) says:

    What do you expect? That great journalist David Fisher was the author wasn’t he? And what important NEWS the story was in the first place…

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  6. RRM (9,600 comments) says:

    What goes around comes around.
    Remember that time when two beneficiaries criticised the ministry of social welfare, and rather than responding to the substance of their criticisms, Bennett just publicised the value of the benefits they were receiving, and the media let her walk away scot free from this blatant ad hom?

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  7. David Garrett (6,658 comments) says:

    My mistake…Fisher wasnt responsible for that piece of riveting journalism…

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  8. big bruv (13,452 comments) says:

    RRM

    I am no fan of Bennett, IMHO she is another example of why this gutless government is failing to really do something about parasite beneficiaries.

    However, in highlighting the two female bludgers in the way she did and just how much they are ripping off the system was possibly the one thing that she can be proud of.

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  9. hmmokrightitis (1,554 comments) says:

    Reading the headlines of the HoS and expecting balance or something that isnt sensational shite. Fail.

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  10. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    Storm. Teacup.
    On several levels.

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  11. Bed Rater (239 comments) says:

    DPF is always ready to leap to the Government’s defense, even when it doesn’t really matter.

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  12. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (857 comments) says:

    Oh thats right, the HoS is so committed to its community that it sends reporters to school play competitions.

    Or mabe perhaps some teacher phoned in the “scoop”?

    Any Nat should think twice before going anywhere near the teachers union, those buggers will sacrifice any number of kids to their objective of protecting their privilege.

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  13. mikenmild (11,198 comments) says:

    Definitely a PPTA conspiracy

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  14. Mick Mac (1,091 comments) says:

    What do you expect from the repeater community?

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  15. DJP6-25 (1,295 comments) says:

    The antique media doing what they do best. Making those who aren’t socialist enough for their tastes look bad. Never mind that she wasn’t to blame.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  16. Rich Prick (1,602 comments) says:

    Bed Wetter, whatever.

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  17. Elaycee (4,319 comments) says:

    Jeez – the print media exposes it’s political bias again.

    Who’da thought?

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