Thursday, March 25, 2010

Data mining

The Herald reports:
The Government is accusing critics of its proposals to mine conservation land of “ignoring the facts” as it deals with the latest fallout from Monday's announcement.

After fending off opposition parties and environmentalists, it now has to deal with an article in the influential Economist magazine deriding New Zealand's “100 per cent pure” marketing brand.
No it doesn’t. If you take the trouble of reading the magazine, as I do, you will find that there is no such article. There is, instead, a post on one of its the website’s blogs.

Either the journalists at the Herald are idle and incompetent, or they believe that a blogger is as authoritative as an article in the MSM.

I don’t know. What do you think?


MacDoctor said...

I vote for incompetent...

Charlotte Corday said...

Me too.

Chris said...

Blogs are very influential.

Stephen Stratford said...

I did see a discussion at - dunno, Kiwiblog maybe - about who the Economist stringer in NZ was and the betting was that it was someone from Fairfax in Wellington, i.e. the Post-Dominion. It seems plausible that the blogpost was by this person. If so, he or she must be a bit conflicted by also working for the evil capitalist bastards at Pearson who must be even more evil and capitalist than the bastards at Fairfax.