Green Councillor worries about Dom Post

June 6th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

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The story on the creation of call centre jobs does seem to have the overtone of promoting a certain mayoral candidate. I hope that The DomPost will uphold the ideals of the Fourth Estate and ensure that reporting is unbiased and balanced.

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Lambton Ward councillor, Iona Pannett has blogged that she hopes that all mayoral candidates get equal coverage following ’s front page coup announcing the 300-500 call centre jobs he brokered for Wellington.

I totally agree – in fact I would go further and say that any candidate whether they be in the mayoral race or standing for a ward seat, should get a front page story if they bring over 300 jobs to the city in a single deal. Wellington needs job growth and new business Pannett is totally right that we should celebrate that – no matter who brokers the deal.

Yep. And it is rather churlish to be seen complaining that someone who brings so many jobs to Wellington gets publicity for it.

But something tells me the are actually just wanting the Dom to give more coverage.

In fairness to the Dom Post, Pannett does just call for equal coverage and the paper has dedicated a lot of column space to Wade-Brown this year. But naturally those have largely been about the calamities and cock ups around the out sourcing of jobs, protests against central government policies, luxury office refits and the dumping of a CEO.

Well that is equal coverage!

I think its pretty simple – Morrison did good work and got a good story. Wade-Brown didn’t know why her hands weren’t on the steering wheel and got slammed for it. Acting like there is a conspiracy is just daft.

Indeed.

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14 Responses to “Green Councillor worries about Dom Post”

  1. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    We can expect Russel to wade into this shortly, claiming that the Dompost article is an “extraordinary foray into political debate and nothing more than a National Party-friendly media servant who has failed to do his job and is now trying to protect his patch,”

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  2. SPC (5,770 comments) says:

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  3. Grendel (1,003 comments) says:

    What has Pannet actually done in the umpteen years on council?

    i recall when she stood for council (only becuase she shared blog space with friends of mine), but other than having a hissy fit every now and then, what has she done other than absorb rate payers money?

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  4. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    I suspect that there has been a call to arms to National bloggers.

    No, just ample material from the Greens – Russel Norman in particular.

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  5. Manolo (14,029 comments) says:

    The Luddite Wade-Brown got enough bad press already.
    Dom Post, please give the incompetent accidental-Mayor more publicity to expose her flakiness even more.

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  6. Zapper (1,027 comments) says:

    So the Greens want to be a significant party but have a problem with bloggers pointing out their lies, hypocrisy, stupidity and errors.

    Maybe they need to poll 5% (18-20 year olds one must assume) so no-one cares when their leader makes corrupt statement after statement. Would that suit you Greens better?

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  7. s.russell (1,646 comments) says:

    Coverage should be on merit. Volume of coverage depends on how seriously the candidates deserves to be taken. On this measure both Morrison and Wade-Brown are equal and should indeed receive about-equal space. I am sure there will be other fringe candidates who do not measure up in this respect and should should get less. But the nature of the coverage should depend entirely on the merits of the candidates. Good coverage must be earned, and I do not regard these two candidates as being equally deserving of positive coverage.

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  8. Shunda barunda (2,985 comments) says:

    The thing the left despise more than anything else is legitimate earned community respect based on the actual (not imaginary) achievements of individuals.

    They hate it, because people might respond to actual results and credibility and not know that the person is actually an evil fundamentalist right wing bigot! :)

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  9. Rick Rowling (815 comments) says:

    Ironically, on the front page of the Dom Post today are the stats for all the fatal & injury accidents on the intersections of the Wellington “bypass”.

    This is the bypass that, if it weren’t for Green pressure, would have been in a trench, meaning no intersections for these accidents to happen.

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  10. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    @SPC No it is because they keep doing and saying stupid things!

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  11. Keeping Stock (10,406 comments) says:

    But something tells me the Greens are actually just wanting the Dom to give Celia Wade-Brown more coverage.

    In fairness to the Dom Post, Pannett does just call for equal coverage and the paper has dedicated a lot of column space to Wade-Brown this year. But naturally those have largely been about the calamities and cock ups around the out sourcing of jobs, protests against central government policies, luxury office refits and the dumping of a CEO.

    Ouch! Somehow I doubt that Celia Wade-Brown will appreciate Iona Pannett having interceded on her behalf. Still; wasn’t it Oscar Wilde who said “It’s better to be talked about than to not be talked about”?

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  12. 2boyz (263 comments) says:

    Personally i don’t like Morrison, that said he’s doing everything right at this point in time to be a very serious contender for Mayor. About the only positive thing CWB has given support to is the extension of the Airport that may not bear the fruit that is hoped.

    In general I can’t think of any standout achievements by the Wellington City Council this term other than JM’s contributions.

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  13. scrubone (3,104 comments) says:

    Given the constant attention to the Greens on this blog, I suspect that there has been a call to arms to National bloggers.

    One wonders what you think “National bloggers” do when they’re not “called to arms”!

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  14. ex-golfer (166 comments) says:

    I’m sure Iona would get attention if she bothered to do something positive for Wellington. Problem is she hasn’t.
    I asked her a few weeks ago to outline what she has achieved for Wellington in her lengthy term sucking on the ratepayers bosom (and I didn’t want list of things she has stopped, delayed or put barriers in front of!!). I am yet to receive a response – which says a lot really.
    At least Morrison is achieving things.

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