Edwards vs Fair Go

February 27th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

writes:

The television consumer programme  returns to TV1 tonight. This means work for Judy and me, work which we would ideally prefer not to have at all. Dealing with frightened and distressed people, who have been harassed and intimidated by  reporters and who see their businesses, reputations and lives being destroyed in the interests of television entertainment and advertising revenue, is both harrowing and frustrating. ….

For some years now Fair Go has been a programme out of control. Its reporters, with the notable exceptions of Hannah Wallace and Kevin Milne,  about whom we have never received a single complaint, are power-drunk bullies, its journalism is suspect, its honesty open to question.

It’s time to even the odds for the victims of Fair Go.

So here is some free advice to anyone contacted by a Fair Go reporter:

*Have nothing to do with them.

*If they send you an email, do not reply.

*If they phone you, hang up.

*If they come on to your property, ask them to leave. Repeat your request more than once. If they remain on the property, call the police.

*If they harass you in a public place, ask them politely to go away and leave you alone. Do not run, hide your face or say ‘No comment’.

*If the harassment continues, write a letter of complaint to the Chief Executive of TVNZ as soon as you return home or to your business. Send a copy of your letter to the Broadcasting Standards Authority, marked FYI.

*Talking to Fair Go is the worst thing you can do. Your replies will be taken out of context and used against you.

*Do not send the programme a written statement. Your statement will almost never be broadcast in full. It will be heavily edited, parts taken out of context and used against you.

*Engaging with Fair Go is almost certain to do you more harm than good. They have already made up their mind about you.

That’s the most damning critique of a show I have seen, and coming from a former host, more so. I have not watched it for years so can’t judge. Has Edwards gone from gamekeeper to poacher or has Fair Go become a bully?

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35 Responses to “Edwards vs Fair Go”

  1. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    Edwards has been advising people in dealings with Fair Go for a long time. I recall a similar story in the 90s.

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  2. Ryan Sproull (7,153 comments) says:

    I once spent a night looking after an older family member who was sobbing uncontrollably due to an encounter with Fair Go. The whole situation was a bit of an unfortunate mess due to a genuine mistake, and I could see where the reporter was coming from, but a fairly cursory amount of research would have prevented the reason for the aggressive interviewing.

    I’m a fan of Kevin Milne and Simon Mercep, though.

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  3. Ed Snack (1,873 comments) says:

    Should have added the rider “this especially applies if you are indeed guilty of the practices alleged by Fair Go”.

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  4. Akaroa (557 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t presume to comment on Brian Edwards’ motivation in his attacking ‘Fair Go’, as he has done in your blog.

    However, having seen the first episode of the latest season of ‘Fair Go’ last night, I have to say that it is but a shadow of its former hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners style.

    (And in case anyone was wondering, no, I was not breathlessly waiting the resumption of this would-be Robin Hood protector of consumers!!)

    I think Fair Go has done quite a lot of good in the past by revealing dodgy tradesmen and scamming business people, but its probably had its day. There are plenty of other organs to track down the scammers now.

    Mr Edwards hasn’t convinced me, but – as I’ve said elsewhere – its only Television – its not a matter of life and death y’know!!

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  5. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    Brutal.

    I havent watched the show in years. But i imagine its fun having some overweight bulldog kiwi woman with a godawful accent harassing you.. actually i know what thats like.. after a one night stand with some pig :D

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  6. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    A curious time to complain about the show which had yet to air this year when Edwards began complaining.

    But i imagine its fun having some overweight bulldog kiwi woman with a godawful accent harassing you..

    I wouldn’t mind being harassed by Pippa Wetzell. :)

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  7. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    I miss that programme where that bitter, divorced, 50-something blonde woman who hated all men drove around Auckland investigating men whose wives suspected them of screwing around.

    (With her 20-something daughter as her sidekick and apprentice, whom she was training up to be a trophy wife at 30 and a bitter, traded-in ex trophy wife at 45 just like herself.)

    A typical episode ended with her busting the guy having a furtive lunchtime root in his car in the One Tree Hill Domain carpark, followed by a breathless report to the client cheated wife, and tears, and general condemnation of cheating male bastards.
    It was brilliant :-D

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  8. BeaB (2,123 comments) says:

    Last night was lightweight and over-excited. The presenters all over-act like mad. They look ridiculous chasing down the street with the great big microphones after people – even sillier chasing after cars.
    Surely we all know that bottled water is just that, water, and we make up our own minds whether to buy it. We don’t need taxpayer-funded programmes telling us this at great length.
    I think they have run out of genuine complaints, hence their begging for the audience to get in touch – ‘no matter how small’ the complaint!
    They are a bit like Shane Jones – you know there’s a kernel of truth somewhere but it is so over-egged, exaggerated and histrionic it gets too boring too watch.

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  9. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    Julia something I think her name was.

    HATED men.

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  10. jp_1983 (213 comments) says:

    I thought the water story was a hatchet job on NZ Natural.

    They were insinuating that the water comes from a tip.
    (100m below the ground.) with that their logo doesnt represent the water even though the source is in the alps.

    Their ESR testing didnt fit the narrative that it was perfectly fine

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  11. David Garrett (7,289 comments) says:

    RRM: My lunch companion informs me the programme featured the female PI Julia Hartley-Moore…I read an autobiography by her once…I think she may have been a trophy wife more than once!!

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  12. Ryan Sproull (7,153 comments) says:

    RRM: My lunch companion informs me the programme featured the female PI Julia Hartley-Moore…I read an autobiography by her once…I think she may have been a trophy wife more than once!!

    That’s her, yes.

    In her defence, when your full-time job is being hired by upset wives to investigate their cheating husbands, you’d probably start to develop certain prejudices.

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  13. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    http://www.juliahartleymoore.co.nz/ – go to the “infidelity services” tab.

    Hmm… walk around in 9″ heels with your tits out, set yourself up as well-funded trophy wife, with the kind of guy who wants a trophy wife and can afford one.

    Fast forward ten years, and your tits don’t look quite so good out anymore, and whaddya know? Traded in for a newer model.

    Men are such CHEATING BASTARDS. This is clearly ALL THE MENS’ FAULT! :lol:

    But at least you got a house out of it, eh? ;-)

    It’s her daughter I feel sorry for; hope she had the sense not to head down her mother’s path….

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  14. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    ross69- I was about to say that Pippa can sneak around my property anytime she wants!

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  15. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    hartleymoore’s website is hilarious! The fact that she so blatantly name drops Mohammed Al Fayed speaks volumes of the tragic Woman’s Day reading bints that would fall for her bullshit…

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  16. Chuck Bird (4,884 comments) says:

    I enjoyed last night. I hope to hear some results about these wheel clamping scum. Do we have to wait till some one get killed or seriously bashed before a Cabinet Minister does their job in regulating these low life. I will be interested to hear the result if this goes to criminal court.

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  17. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    I have never been wheel clamped. Mind you, I don’t tend to park longer then the allowed time or on private property.

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  18. WineOh (630 comments) says:

    Fair Go started off great, sticking up for the little guy.

    It evolved over years to become sensationalist muck raking and something you threaten someone with if you don’t get your way… “You better do what I say, or I’ll go to Fair Go!”

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  19. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    Same goes for cops. Tell ‘em to fuck off!

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  20. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    Do you have anything in your life other than rabid hatred of the Police Jack? Any hobbies? interests?

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  21. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    It’s time to even the odds for the victims of the New Zealand Police.

    Here is some free advice to anyone contacted by the porky bastards.

    *Have nothing to do with them.
    *If they send you an email, do not reply.
    *If they phone you, hang up.
    *If they come on to your property, tell them to leave. Repeat your order more than once. If they remain on the property, start a private trespass prosecution. Don’t fuck about, do it without delay.
    *If they harass you in a public place, ask them politely to go away and leave you alone. Do not run, hide your face or say ‘No comment’.
    *Talking to the cops is the worst thing you can do. Your replies will be taken out of context and used against you.
    *Engaging with the filth is almost certain to do you more harm than good. They have already made up their mind about you.

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  22. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    I turned off years ago when I saw them setting up some electronic repair places by creating faults that I knew were extremely unusual and wholly artificial. The sort of fault a technician might actually never come across in their career.
    Them tried to shame the repair business if they didn’t fix it instantly and with no or little charge. I thought what a scummy thing to do. It seemed to only get worse from there the few times I briefly revisited it.

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  23. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    I once saw a policeman giving CPR to to road crash victim while scum drove by calling him names. Sounds like ‘jackinthebox’.
    To this day I consider those people little more than excrement. Depravity personified.

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  24. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    Sounds like a made up story to me Lance.

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  25. wreck1080 (3,917 comments) says:

    I always used to agree with fairgo in the old days.

    But, some stories from the last couple of years have had me siding with their target.

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  26. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    It’s an outrage that Fair Go manufactures bullshit stories when they had nine years to put Klerk’s rorting rip-off government on the program and did absolutely nothing.

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  27. edhunter (547 comments) says:

    That TV3 show with the hidden cameras vs tradesmen, probably signalled a change in tact by Fair-Go they figured it was evolve or die, pity the only similarity between what it was & what its become is the Name.

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  28. doggone7 (805 comments) says:

    Virtually all of the warnings could apply to any of the media.

    Read it in this context; “So here is some free advice to anyone contacted by a reporter.”

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  29. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    Never trust an Irishman if you cut off his whiskey/cut off his income to buy whiskey! :)

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  30. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    @jackinthebox
    No it fucking wasn’t a made up story.
    Candia Rd, Henderson 1991

    There was a house auction across from No:86, a truck came round and smashed a car coming the other way. The victim was drowning (actually drowned) in his own blood. The cop cleared the blood and gave him CPR.
    It was gruesome and most people wouldn’t even approach the scene.
    That cop was a fucking hero. A car full of losers were shit that abused him.

    After the crash was cleared up the shape of the engine block was imprinted in the tar seal.

    Fuck you and horse that bought you to town

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  31. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    That’s crazy talk Lance. the cops were then, and still are, dead scared of a bit of blood, and your story has far too many details to be believable. Bullshitters always add too much detail; they mistakenly think it makes them believable. Twenty three years ago and you spout house numbers like it was yesterday. And that engine block in the tarseal made me lol.

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  32. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    @jackinthebox
    So I don’t give details and it is made up, I give details and it’s made up.

    What a waste of time you are.
    You aren’t that shithead Kea under another guide are you?
    He used complete fucked up logic like you to support his deep seated hatred.

    BTW I know the details because I lived a few doors down from there, never forget that event. But I am sure that reinforces your twisted logic. Go ahead talk vacuous crap in reply.

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  33. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    Kea is a gentleman and a scholar and I will not have you calling him a shithead!

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  34. duggledog (1,558 comments) says:

    Television is entertainment; nothing more.

    In the old days, if you were in the public service, you dreaded a memo from the Minister saying ‘please explain’.

    If you were in the private sector, the equivalent was a phone call from Fair Go, such was its power. If I did something improper and was pursued by Fair Go today, I doubt anyone would know or care.

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  35. Tookinator (221 comments) says:

    The cleanliness of motel rooms test that they do is misleading or not explained properly.

    For example they use a ‘black light’ (UV) to look behind toilets to see how clean they are.

    (I have one at our motel) What they fail to mention is that the room has to be in complete darkness to use the UV light and see the results.

    Checkout time is 10am, and new guests checkin from 2pm so no way to check between guests using their method. Of course for the tv programme they rent the room then do their test whilst they are in the room at midnight!

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