Will Rudman apologise?

July 3rd, 2013 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald is not having a good week. Not only do they run a sob story from a Green Party candidate, without revealing his affiliation – they also had got it entirely wrong regarding and the City Link.

Rudman wrote on Monday:

I’m guessing that North Shore National MP Maggie Barry will have experienced a true “Oh bugger” moment when she first heard of her leader’s shock u-turn in favour of building the Auckland City rail link.

In her shoes, who wouldn’t have? Contemplating your own demise has a way of concentrating the mind.

I bet she’s wishing she’d observed the advice of a long-time National PM, Sir Keith Holyoake, who advised new MPs to breathe through their noses for their first term. In other words, the way to avoid terminal embarrassment is to keep your lips zipped until you learn the rules.

But in the sweet euphoria of post election victory, back in November 2011, playing dumb was the last thing on Ms Barry’s mind. She told her local paper to pass on the message to Auckland Mayor Len Brown that there would be a CBD rail link before a new harbour crossing “over our dead bodies”.

The only problem for Rudman is Barry was speaking about a rail link between the airport and the CBD, not the City Rail Link – which is an entirely different project.

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This follow up story in the North Shore Times makes it clear Maggie was referring to the airport-CBD rail project. With regards to the CBD rail loop, she said:

Basically I support the City Rail Link, but only if the business case ultimately stacks up.

Now it is possible Rudman never saw the follow up story. I guess too much too hope for that he would check. But will he now do a retraction with the same prominence as his original column, or will there be some grudging clarification which no one will see?

Maggie commented on Facebook:

During the 30 years I was a Radio and television news presenter and as a senior feature writer for the Listener, I never really expected the same rigorous standards of fact checking from populist columnists as I did from professional journalists. Some columnists are the print mediums version of shock jocks who opine and shamelessly push their own politically biased agendas and don’t much like the facts to get in the way of their stance. Mondays column wasn’t an example of Brian’s finest work but maybe when you’ve been in the job for a long time you think you can get away with tossing off any old purple prose to fill your word allocation. While Brian no doubt had a lovely time dreaming up punishments for a crime I didn’t commit, I take the future vision of Auckland’s transport more seriously than that and judging from the universally positive feedback to the PM’s announcement from my constituents, so does the North Shore electorate. No dead bodies on my side of the political divide Brian.

The decent thing for the Herald to do would be to give Maggie a full right of reply, with the same prominence as Rudman’s article. But many media hate admitting they got it wrong, so I won’t hold my breath.

Does anyone who gets the print edition of the Herald know if they have done a follow up on the Max Coyle story, informing people he is a Green candidate? And there was their housing story that featured the Labour Party vice-president who posed as a house buyer and just happened to say all her problems would be fixed by Labour’s policies. Never saw any follow up to that one either. No wonder fewer people trust the media.

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17 Responses to “Will Rudman apologise?”

  1. flipper (4,330 comments) says:

    Bell, Munro, Hintz, Hardingham and Chappell are turning in their graves.
    Scherer and Ellis, will have their heads in their hands.

    But those in the know, know that Rudman is an old time socialist punter from the Auckland Star.

    I am certain that Ian Templeton, Pat Booth, Noel Holmes and the like, have no regard for Mr Rudman as he presents in 2013.

    A dickhead, no less.

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  2. alex Masterley (1,535 comments) says:

    DPF,

    My wife is the Herald subscriber. I just read it.

    The answers to your questions are;
    a. no. and
    b. no.

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  3. alex Masterley (1,535 comments) says:

    Also Maggies comment about Brian Rudman “…tossing off any old purple prose…” was a stunner.

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  4. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Pffft. The media runs this country. Decides what we need to know and don’t need to know, and what perspective that knowledge will be ‘fed’ to us from.

    Why make him apologise – will be nothing but empty words.

    Very few good journalists left in this country – or globally for that matter.

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  5. Redbaiter (10,417 comments) says:

    A respectable paper would demand that Rudman apologise or submit his resignation.

    The Herald though won’t give a toss.

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  6. mrmediafreak (2 comments) says:

    Maggie Barry’s line in sand – North Shore Times 29/11/2011

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6053624/Maggie-Barrys-line-in-sand

    “The morning after National’s resounding victory she sent a strong message to Auckland mayor Len Brown, saying there would be a CBD rail link before a second harbour crossing “over our dead bodies”.

    [DPF: That story mixed the two rail projects up, as they acknowledged the following week]

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  7. Raphael (88 comments) says:

    “Does anyone who gets the print edition of the Herald know if they have done a follow up on the Max Coyle story, informing people he is a Green candidate”

    Not just that, but according to what Whale found out, apparently he works for APN … so where is the disclosure that he was their own staffer?
    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2013/07/herald-interviews-own-staff-forgets-to-tell-us-he-is-green-taliban/

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  8. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    How embarrassing. I mean really, to admit reading Rudman’s column?? Why? Like Tapu Misa’s column it’s just an invitation to turn the page.

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  9. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    mrmediafreak(1) Says:

    [ … blurrhh … ]

    Poor try Rudman. Fuck off.

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  10. johnbc (16 comments) says:

    I agree Davinci, Rudman’s columns have become such a one sided leftie bleat that I don’t waste my time reading them anymore. I guess he gets his kicks preaching to the converted, but really he needs to be put out to some failed socialist pasture somewhere -France maybe?

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  11. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    johnbc

    France maybe?

    No need. He presumably lives in Auckland so he could just head off to Ponsonby or wherever the geriatric hippies go these days in his cloth cap and windjacket to preach the same revolution that he and his deadbeat mates preached in ‘varsity common rooms in the 60s and the 70s. The only difference would be that it was coffee and roman sandals then and chardonnay and trainers today.

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  12. UpandComer (537 comments) says:

    What a joke.

    DPF I’m glad you’ve lost all that weight and are healthy as a buck rat, NZ actually ‘needs’ you to do what you do. The shit these people are pulling daily is outrageous, and you’re the one who points out the facts.

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  13. LiberalismIsASin (290 comments) says:

    I got an offer in the mail the other day for a herald subscription, first five weeks free. Coming across a little desperate I thought. I didn’t take it up. Every other day the herald has pictures of perverts carrying on, I got children so I am not having that filth in the house.

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  14. itstricky (2,021 comments) says:

    The only difference would be that it was coffee and roman sandals then and chardonnay and trainers today.

    It bemuses me when KB’er harp on about chardonnay socialists. When was the last time Chardonnay was popular? About the same time as Roman Sandals, I would say. You need a new drop line. Possibly not surprising given the age of some of the posters I guess.

    I guess he gets his kicks preaching to the converted

    Highly hilarious given 99% of the posts on KB are “who can be the quickest to come up with the put down of the left without thinking about anything”

    put out to some failed socialist pasture somewhere -France maybe?

    It’s not failed, they’ve always been that way and they will never change. Some would argue it’s a great way to live.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10893401

    But this is another Herald article so no doubt this will be a race to be the quickest to come up with a put down of the left without thinking about anything. Funny how this blog is exactly the same as The Standard et al but how the citizens here swear that -they- are different.

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  15. tvb (4,554 comments) says:

    I suppose Rudman will say that Barry’s support was qualified. The rail loop should happen irrespective of the business case.

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  16. Lance (2,713 comments) says:

    Well I’m gobsmacked…….

    Somebody actually reads Rudmans column?
    I see his mug as an abbreviation for “do not read, move on”

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  17. Alan Wilkinson (1,933 comments) says:

    Today there is a grudging clarification that no-one who hasn’t read this blog will understand.

    Occasionally Rudman writes something sensible but not often and never on politics or economics.

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