A letter to the ed

May 16th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

A good example of how putting something in the wrong context, can change its meaning entirely.

And personally I think it is a great joke!

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8 Responses to “A letter to the ed”

  1. trout (939 comments) says:

    Check this out – printed in today’s Herald..

    ‘Kim Dotcom’s head of security told his boss that John Banks asked for a political donation and said he would be a “very good friend” once he was back in Parliament, according to an email’.

    The clear inference is that Banks said he would be a ‘very good friend’. in fact the quote was from Dotcom’s minder.
    Accidental…..maybe.

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  2. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    You aint seen nothing yet. Just wait till the media start parrotting education union propaganda and scare parents with the spectre of classes of 35! In fact, in most schools, roll movement makes far more difference to class sizes (and in secondary subject choices as well) than these very minor changes to staffing ratios.

    But the media won’t do any work on this themselves and will trot out the scare stories even though the research tells us over and over again a good teacher has far more impact on student achievement than class size.
    Which are barely going to change in any case.

    I feel tired already at the thought of what is coming.

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  3. flipper (4,077 comments) says:

    Edmeades – Brilliant riposte.

    He should however refer to himself as D. C. Edmeades, PH.D – NOT Dr.
    To do so suggests self aggrandizement of which, sadly, some MPs, the Speaker and Ministers are clearly guilty.

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  4. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    Fred Tullet would have been very deliberate in his selective use of this to promote his personal agenda, “balanced, yeah right”

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  5. slijmbal (1,236 comments) says:

    @flipper – common to refer to someone with a phud as doctor – not sure where you get that from.

    Had only one serious dealing with the media – closely involved and knew the facts – the media never let the facts get in the way of the story. Was both papers and TV. If it was just one journalist then might have thought it was a specific journalist. Came close to ruining the lives of some. That made me realise that the drive for headlines and big stories means I look upon the media with the same level of distrust I apply to politicians.

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  6. mavxp (483 comments) says:

    I agree with slijmbal, especially when one is actually practicing in their “field” of research, as this chap is (as a scientist). When one is commenting outside their field, the titular Dr. or (post-nominal PhD) appear as a bit self aggrandizement, if not outright deception. In politics though, such things are par for the course.

    The experiences of colleagues of mine, interviewed post earthquake reflect your experiences slijmbal. Journalists (and their editors) cannot be trusted. Be very careful when speaking to them. A good idea is to request a transcript of their story before it airs/ is published, so that you can check how they have used or abused your quotes, or decline the interview.

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  7. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    No puppies in the ranks of socialism then? :)

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  8. Federated Farmers (2 comments) says:

    At least we farmers are prepared to laugh at our own expense. You can’t say that about other groups, political or otherwise!

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