Another non-disclosure

July 2nd, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

 For , increases to his student loan repayments and KiwiSaver contributions have hurt his pay packet the most.

The 29-year-old sales and marketing consultant, who rents a three-bedroom central Hamilton home with one other, said the increases wiped about $60 off his fortnightly pay.

Max Coyle. That name rings a bell. Surely not the same Max Coyle who also had the Waikato Times do a sob story on the exact same issue in 2011, but with his partner. They didn’t disclose to the Waikato Times that Max was a Green Party candidate.

He says the increase in tobacco prices means an occasional cigarette was a luxury so he’s switched to smoking a pipe “as it works out cheaper in the long run”.

Such crushing poverty – being forced to smoke a pipe instead of cigarettes.

In the earlier non-disclosure case, it was Coyle and his partner who didn’t disclose he was a Green Party candidate to the Waikato Times. But who is at fault this time? Did the know he was a Green Party candidate and activist and simply just decide not to tell us?

Well as Whale discloses, he is actually employed by APN. So surely they were aware he was a Green Party candidate.

So in summary the Herald interviewed one of their own staff members, so he could complain about his poor pay and conditions, yet blame it on the Government without disclosing his political affiliations.

I hope the Herald will correct their non-disclosure, as the Waikato Times did.

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26 Responses to “Another non-disclosure”

  1. dime (9,866 comments) says:

    What a joke.

    Is there anyone in charge over there?

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  2. Redbaiter (8,554 comments) says:

    “I hope the Herald will correct their non-disclosure, as the Waikato Times did.”

    Maybe, but I don’t really care. I’ve been over the mainstream media for some time.

    The Herald especially has always sympathised with the so called “green-left” political movement.

    This is just another nail in the coffin of their credibility, but the lid has been hammered down tightly for some time already.

    The management must be completely incompetent to allow this kind of thing to continue to occur.

    Why is it that they can’t seem to understand that its not a good marketing policy to piss off a large section of their potential readers by surreptitiously pushing extreme left political views down their throats?

    When they finally go broke they’ll only have themselves to blame.

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  3. Peter (1,699 comments) says:

    One wonders how many times they don’t get caught out.

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  4. bhudson (4,738 comments) says:

    At some point the editors have to accept that these ‘mistakes’ become accepted by the public as their standard practice. At that point same editors have to accept that no one will trust the news that they publish.

    I don’t think that is the outcome they really want.

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  5. Graeme Edgeler (3,283 comments) says:

    So in summary the Herald interviewed one of their own staff members.

    We do not know that he works for the Herald. His on-line footprint says he works for APN. APN owns the Herald.

    Claiming that someone who works for APN is a staff member of the Herald is as accurate as saying someone who works for the PM is a staff member of the Ministry of Education.

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  6. RF (1,380 comments) says:

    For Christs sake. Another bloody Greens scam. Evil bunch of little pricks

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  7. BeaB (2,119 comments) says:

    I cancelled my Herald sub months ago, thought I’d miss it but haven’t. The Waikato Times is the next to go.

    Less rubbish to dispose of, happier mornings and lower blood pressure.

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  8. Redbaiter (8,554 comments) says:

    “At that point same editors have to accept that no one will trust the news that they publish.”

    Yes, the foundation of any newspaper is public trust but that has been shredded for a decade or more. Ever since the NZ media became a collective voice for progressive social and political ideas, the lies and propaganda have been coming thick and fast.

    The real tragedy is that nobody in management seems interested in halting the slide. One is forced to the conclusion that (almost) all NZ media people must live in some kind of bubble that completely shields them from any exposure to commercial and political reality.

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  9. bhudson (4,738 comments) says:

    Claiming that someone who works for APN is a staff member of the Herald is as accurate as saying someone who works for the PM is a staff member of the Ministry of Education.

    @Graeme,

    That is true. I think it is not at all unreasonable that the reporter would have done some simple background checking at least on the subject o fthe interview (assuming they didn’t know his background to begin with.)

    The first entry returned on a search of Max Coyle on http://www.google.co.nz was the Stuff article noting that he was a Greens candidate of the same name was withdrawing from the 2011 election.

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  10. berend (1,705 comments) says:

    Why is someone still reading the NZ Herald? You’re just a tool to be used to misinform you and make you fit to vote for certain people or certain causes.

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  11. lastmanstanding (1,284 comments) says:

    Wouldn’t have happened if he had of been a Nat/ACT supporter. The reporter wouldn’t have interviewed him. The MSM in NZ is populated by a bunch of spotty faced infants with no real life experience.

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  12. RightNow (6,987 comments) says:

    “who rents a three-bedroom central Hamilton home with one other”

    He should get another flatmate. Rich prick.

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  13. alloytoo (532 comments) says:

    So increases to his debt repayment and savings are squeezing his disposable income for vices.

    I see potential for improvement in both his wealth and his health. (Clearly not his IQ though)

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  14. davidp (3,580 comments) says:

    So APN don’t pay their staff a living wage? The Herald should investigate.

    I stumbled across Campbell Live a couple of nights ago. A young family were complaining about their power bills and the hardship caused. Then, near the end of the item we discover that the family have a jacuzzi. FFS!

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  15. Redbaiter (8,554 comments) says:

    “You’re just a tool to be used to misinform you and make you fit to vote for certain people or certain causes.”

    Too true Berend, and if in a few hundred years some learned fellow does some university thesis on why democracy failed in the west he will identify the perversion of the media into a progressive political force as one of the main reasons.

    Take for example the framers of the US Constitution. Those men did all they could to preserve freedom and democracy in their document, but one thing they never planned on was the utter political perversion of the academic and media industries. Two tragic wrongs that as a whole have been the most destructive force in our civil society, and will bring it to certain ruin if measures are not taken to correct them.

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  16. KiwiGreg (3,250 comments) says:

    @rightnow – presumably the “one other” is the partner so they could get 2 flatmates, or move to a smaller house, maybe one with insulation. But you see it’s not about the lifestyle choices he has made, it’s fucking John Key running the country for his rich prick mates while the poor are ground into the dirt.

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  17. KiwiGreg (3,250 comments) says:

    Although why we are even discussing ANY of the claims in the piece as being actual facts I dont know, clearly the whole thing could be made up, for all I know he lives in a 30 room mansion, dealing P and claiming welfare.

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  18. Ross12 (1,411 comments) says:

    The way the guy is talking he is making Kiwi Saver sound like a tax. How loud will he squeal if his Aussie mate gets in to Govt. and puts some more real taxes in place.

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  19. KiwiGreg (3,250 comments) says:

    @ross12 not at all as at that point he will be a government employed media consultant in a Green MPs office making a lot more money

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  20. Rich Prick (1,682 comments) says:

    I’m always suspicious of these “hardship” stories. They seem to always involve Green or Labour Party supporters, who by their definition are struggling under some form of hardship, intellectual most commonly. They are not news and I just don’t care.

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  21. Keeping Stock (10,301 comments) says:

    It’s all a bit reminiscent of the Herald interviewing one Kate Sutton last year with regard to housing affordability. Somehow they forgot to mention ( or she forgot to tell them) that she was a former Labour Party candidate at the General Election! And yet both the Herald and Labour mock the PM for memory lapses :P

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  22. GPT1 (2,118 comments) says:

    Is this at complaint to press council level?

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  23. helmet (807 comments) says:

    I know this guy. Let’s just say that the pipe is for a lot more than tobacco. Hes got plenty of money for weed.

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  24. Keeping Stock (10,301 comments) says:

    He didn’t sseem too unhappy with his lot in life back in mid-June:

    Max Dillon Coyle ‏@MaxDCoyle 14 Jun

    Just paid all my bills and did my grocery shopping, on my phone, tucked up in bed, at almost 1am. The future is here, warm and comfortable

    https://twitter.com/MaxDCoyle

    The fact that “the future is here, warm and comfortable” just three weeks ago makes one wonder what changed between then and the Herald puff piece…

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  25. wally (65 comments) says:

    helmet @ 2.40pm:

    Great comment!

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  26. Steve (North Shore) (4,547 comments) says:

    Max Coyle, Max recoil.
    Sure this is not Max Headroom? Network 23, manufacturing the News

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