Smoke and mirrors

A few days ago an article appeared in the Christchurch Press accompanied by a photo depicting a 73 year old woman named Madeline partially obscured behind a cloud of cigarette smoke. The article reports that Madeline has voluntarily signed an agreement with her social housing provider not to smoke inside her unit. Although…

Continue reading

Why you gotta be so mean?

Today’s front page of the Press was largely taken up by Martin Van Beynan’s article on convicted murderer Russell John Tully. While what Tully did is truly indefensible – so I would argue is Van Beynan’s article. It’s scurrilous journalism at its very best (or worst), relying heavily on emotive…

Continue reading