July 17, 2008
Tony Veitch has quit his job. This is a very good thing.
I met Tony several years ago.
I also worked briefly with Kristin.
That is all I have to say on the matter, except you should all go at once to check out Ethical Martini’s comments about Lisa Owen, something I do want to talk about.
Lisa Owen is exactly the kind of journalist you want reporting your news. Here’s a situation where her bosses clearly don’t want to comment on a situation involving one of her colleagues. She asks her boss for a comment and gets nothing. She asks the Big Boss for a comment and gets a bland statement. So what does she do? She serves them with an Official Information Request.
TVNZ not only refused to comment but didn’t want to run the story and when it did finally tackle the issue, it used Michelle Boag to apologise for Tony’s behaviour and John Tamihere to say nice things about him. Spin doctoring at its finest.
Lisa, you deserve the Qantas this year for that one single story, no matter what else happens this year. My hat is off to you – you’re the kind of journalist I always aspired to be and I’m glad to see you’re alive and working in New Zealand despite everything that’s going on in journalism these days.
More power to you.
Garth George, you can rot in hell. I know you won’t be reading this blog post because it’s on the internet and you don’t do virtual. Feel free to have someone read it aloud to you.