Wairarapa Times-Age only giving the Opposition columns

January 24th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The has been running columns every Monday from National MP , and Labour candidate Kieran McAnulty and Green candidate John Hart. All good.

But as John Hayes has announced he will retire at the election, they have decided that they will immediately terminate his column, and give it to the new National candidate when selected. This is some months off, so it means for a couple of months they will run columns only from Labour and the Greens. So much for balance.

Of course it is appropriate to have the column space filled by the new National candidate, but what harm is done by having it filled by the local MP until a candidate is selected. Do they think readers will benefit by not having anyone giving a viewpoint different to Labour and the Greens?

 

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37 Responses to “Wairarapa Times-Age only giving the Opposition columns”

  1. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    It is no worse than Newstalkzb giving David Parker lead space to criticise Government’s handling of our economy. Parker, the man who could not even run a small commercial venture profitably in excellent trading times, going broke, ruining, both financially and medically, his business partner, only to deny the whole failure in Parliament, then being relegated by Clark to the back of the class. Seems there is a problem with frontline Labour mouths when it comes to lying, Cunliffe (CV), Dalziel, King!

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  2. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    They’re offering a column to every major/semi-major party on the same basis.

    Sounds like equality of opportunity, but I guess this is one time you want equality of outcome.

    There are benefits to picking a candidate early, and benefits to doing it later. If this is a really important one for National, they can speed things up.

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  3. stigie (1,223 comments) says:

    From what i have heard, this Kieron McAnulty is a nasty piece of work, running the local mp down in the local rag.
    He should play the ball rather than the man. This is usual shit and typical of the left.
    Its bloody sad because John Hayes has worked hard in his local area !

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  4. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Is McAnulty not the by-product of a foul and evil unionist, responsible for many closures within the freezing industry? A real piece of Labour excrement.

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  5. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    Oh dear,Graeme E,equality?

    “All animals are equal ,but some animals are more equal than others”.

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  6. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    John Hayes is still an MP until November or whenever. Let him speak. Or columnise..

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  7. tvb (4,432 comments) says:

    They could run a guest column from a Government mp easily enough

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  8. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    We’re all pretty conservative country types in the Wairarapa DPF; don’t you worry, we won’t be taken in by their leftie propaganda ;-)

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  9. wrightingright (143 comments) says:

    So the Labour and Green candidates get a column, so that is two, vs the one from National? (now zero!)

    Two vs one (or zero) doesn’t sound very fair!

    For balance the ACT or UF local candidate should get a regular column too.

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  10. Nick R (507 comments) says:

    What Graeme Edgeler said. Are you suggesting that National should be able to veto the media from publishing columns from other parties’ candidates just because it hasn’t selected a candidate yet?

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  11. nasska (11,580 comments) says:

    ….”Two vs one (or zero) doesn’t sound very fair!”….

    The editor of the Wairarapa Times Age, one Andrew Bonallack, leans so far to the left that he walks in circles.

    It is telling that the miserable rag comes from the same stable as the NZ Herald & is tarred with the same socialist drivel. Fortunately it has an “Average Net Circulation” of under 6000 so the potential for damage is somewhat limited.

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  12. stigie (1,223 comments) says:

    Pretty much what i thought there Nasska.

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  13. nasska (11,580 comments) says:

    stigie

    The Times Age suffers from the same problems as all small town papers….people already know the news through the grapevine.

    They only buy the paper to make sure that the reporters have got it right.

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  14. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    @ nasska, thats about 1000 less than John Hayes majority I think.

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  15. peterwn (3,277 comments) says:

    If someone asks Whaleoil nicely he would probably run a few Cancel Times-Age ads like his Dump Granny [Herald] campaign. They are both APN newspapers.

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  16. nasska (11,580 comments) says:

    gravedodger

    In the 2011 election Hayes headed off Bott by 7135 votes. Whoever gets the nod as the National candidate is going to have to make an absolute cock up of a campaign to lose the seat. Regrettably there seems to be some shenanigans going on behind the scenes as our correspondent “flipper” has hinted at.

    Time will tell.

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  17. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    They’re offering a column to every major/semi-major party on the same basis.
    Sounds like equality of opportunity, but I guess this is one time you want equality of outcome.

    Yes! This. A thousand times, this.

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  18. PhilP (163 comments) says:

    @ Stigie,
    Yes I agree with you. Monday’s editorial was also a slag off of John Hayes. Kieran McAnulty runs a half page advert advertising himself but could just not help himself in having a go at local mp John Hayes saying , “the current MP for Wairarapa has little interest in our region”. FFS the left are experts at attacking the man and Liarbore poster boy Kieran McAnulty is no different.
    He has been schooled well, but I don’t think this sort of attack will win him many friends. The editor of the Times-Age either!

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  19. nasska (11,580 comments) says:

    McAnulty at 28 is going to be pushing the proverbial up hill in what is a fairly conservative rural seat especially as he’s presenting himself as a smart arse at the same time.

    Neither does history favour him. For about the last forty years Labour have only had two sucks of the sav….Reg Boorman was a one termer 84/87 & Georgina Beyer held the set after the 99 & 02 elections.

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  20. Andrew M (51 comments) says:

    I think your beef here is with the National Party’s selection schedule rather than with the Newspaper.

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  21. PhilP (163 comments) says:

    at nasska,
    With all the economic signs picking up I can’t see National leaking 7500 votes to give Poster Boy the win, can you?

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  22. nasska (11,580 comments) says:

    PhiP

    Not really but a good candidate would guarantee a positive result.

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  23. stigie (1,223 comments) says:

    @PhilP
    I think all of Eketahuna will be voting for the Nats so no problem there ole chap !!~

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  24. flipper (4,084 comments) says:

    Nasska has nailed it. Good stuff N. (What I knew before I was not at liberty to say) Bonnalack and APN are sick, as in biased, sick.

    Graeme Edgeler is behaving like the adolescent student that he is. His view is silly, and he well knows it. GE and others would do well to study National’s rules. Unlike Labour and the red melons, party officials cannot gerrymander elections.
    Bonnalack is well known for his left wing bias. He championed Faafoi in Kapimana, and Labour candidates elsewhere in the Wellington region.

    In recent months he declined more than five (5) specific invitations to meet with John Hayes (source: letter from Hayes to Times Age Bonnalack was forced to publish). He (Bonnalack) had earlier had the gall to dishonestly run an editorial saying Hayes was invisible and unavailable. All the while he ran uninformed labour crap from McAnulty, a TAB bookie, and a green sack cloth to ashes nut case.
    Only when he was outed did Bonnalack finally offer Hayes an equal opportunity – of sorts. Now Bonnalack, perhaps not understanding (but probably ignoring), the fact that Hayes is Wairarapa’s representative until after the General Election is completed.

    This Bonnalack attitude is part of APN’s wider anti National election campaign coverage.
    I think it is time for Mr Bonnalack to urgently re-think his position, and publicly apologise. Failure to do so may cost him his remaining small reputation as a journalist.

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  25. doggone7 (808 comments) says:

    The Wairarapa Times-Age doesn’t give column space to the National Party and the world is going to end. The incumbent party, which gets publicity on nationwide tv through what they portray as critical, vital, life-and-death announcements (such as shark finning,) is going to perish because a minor provincial newspaper won’t give it a weekly space.

    They obviously want the free positive publicity, (but read the small print to see the real story on http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11161466 ) with the glossy photos and footage of smiling faces but when the Wairarapa Times-Age makes its decision the demise of fair media is claimed. Bizarrely, even words like ‘damage’ are thrown around in talking of the affect on the National Party.

    In the same way other media outlets decide who and what to carry, Bonnalack made a decision. Big deal, get over it. People may quote the ‘principle’ of the thing. The principal thing is that the National candidate will near enough win by default in the electorate vote and National will sweep the party vote. What is the fear?

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  26. Reid (16,518 comments) says:

    What is the fear?

    No fear, given about 0.00001% of the ‘rapa read anything commie let alone allow it to influence their politics, but it’s the principle.

    No surprise lefties don’t get it then. Is it.

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  27. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    I just hope the local party choose wisely and the Times Age’s readers aren’t subjected to columns from Alistair Scott, who seems to think he’s got the nomination to be Hayes’ successor all sewn up.

    The next John Key he is not. The only thing they have in common is they both once worked for investment banks.

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  28. SPC (5,643 comments) says:

    It’s interesting that some here belief that private media should be accountable to provide free equal time for political parties in the media.

    Given in most electorates there are National MP’s and no known candidates from other parties, this is an in built advantage for National – so why the “boo hoo life is unfair” re Wairarapa?

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  29. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    wrightingright suggests:

    …UF local candidate should get a regular column too.

    I’d have thought Wairarapians (Wairarapites? Wairapians?) have more than enough sheep to count if they can’t sleep.

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  30. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    Who the hell reads Wairarapa Times-Age any way? Non story, move on bro….

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  31. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    The only people who buy it are the folk looking for the death notices.

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  32. doggone7 (808 comments) says:

    Jimbob

    A great symbolic comment! The W T-A ado, put up by some as the death of democracy, probably demonstrates the death of their common sense!

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  33. Ross Miller (1,704 comments) says:

    Under the current editor the Wairarapa Times-Age has descended into crap status. Its readership last year declined over 7% to less than 5,500 (with 5% of that total being freebees).

    Bonnalack is entitled to editorial bias just as his readership is entitled to vote their disapproval by cancelling their subscriptions.

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  34. itstricky (1,852 comments) says:

    It’s interesting that some here belief that private media should be accountable to provide free equal time for political parties in the media.

    It’s media communism!

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  35. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    It is not readership of this rag that will make them suffer, it is advertising support. Note anything advertised in the left wing chronicle, see who advertised it, and don’t make the purchase from them.

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  36. Shazzadude (529 comments) says:

    “In the 2011 election Hayes headed off Bott by 7135 votes. Whoever gets the nod as the National candidate is going to have to make an absolute cock up of a campaign to lose the seat. Regrettably there seems to be some shenanigans going on behind the scenes as our correspondent “flipper” has hinted at.

    Time will tell.”

    7135 isn’t insurmountable in one election, a number of seats had swings of that magnitude between 2002 and 2005.

    In saying that, I think there’s a chance Labour could come third in this seat if a particular current mayor in the electorate puts their hand up this election.

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  37. Johnboy (16,710 comments) says:

    It’s no worse than having the Hutt News political comment constantly delivered by that Gordon Campbell corpse.

    I enjoy punching the hole and hanging it in the long drop.

    I always have Gordon’s sad visage as the first sheet that I use after a good curry! :)

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