Tagged: NZ Herald

Kiwiblog kobblers - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 22, 2012

New Zealand’s leading right wing blogger, National Party spinmeister and opinion poll guru David Farrar, this morning allowed himself the luxury of a rant about the New Zealand Herald‘s coverage of a new paper on sea level during the late Pliocene. In a post teasingly titled “Alarmist bullshit“, he manages to demonstrate his rudimentary grasp [...] … Read More

Emotive hysteria trumps opportunity to educate (now there’s a surprise!) - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 05, 2012

University’s death toll – 25,000 animals in two years So screams the front page of the print version of the March 5th edition of the New Zealand Herald (online here). The story was originally written by Matthew Haggart for the Otago Daily Times and concerns the statistics on animal use for research and teaching at the University of … Read More

NZ Herald does no research, helps spread false hope (again) - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 02, 2012

Parents must raise $375,000 to take Jesse to US for radical treatment Thanks to ‘Trouble‘ for pointing out Matthew Theunissen’s article ‘Hope for toddler with rare tumour’ in today’s NZ Herald. Surprise, surprise, it’s about that bastion of radical cancer therapy, the Burzynski clinic. Here is my letter to the editor. Feel free to add your own! Thanks also … Read More

The NZ Herald “alternative relaxation and therapies” series revisited - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 01, 2012

Back in January Jann Bellamy who blogs over at Science Based Medicine had the (mis)fortune of being in our fine country during the week the NZ Herald chose to run their series on ‘alternative relaxation and remedies”. She has written a fine piece giving her take on the series*. You might remember many of us got a little peeved … Read More

TOSP Episode 18: January 23rd 2012 - The Sciblogs Podcast

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 24, 2012

Hello and welcome, once again, to another episode of TOSP. This week was anniversary weekend in Wellington, so Elf and aimee recorded the ‘cast on Monday instead of Sunday.  Because it was, well, a long weekend 🙂 And what an interesting ‘cast we think it is!  This week, we feature viewing the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole, … Read More

Cranking it out: NZ papers conned by denier media strategy - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Jan 16, 2012

My inbox in the last month has filled with emails about denier articles in leading New Zealand newspapers. It’s been a veritable crank central across the country. They include the ridiculous opinion piece by Jim Hopkins in the Herald late last year, a similar feature by Bryan Leyland  published in both the DomPost and The […] … Read More

NZ Herald’s Alternative Therapies week: Letter to the Editor - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 11, 2012

This week the NZ Herald is running a series on “alternative relaxation and therapies”. They promise: Tuesday: Greek leech therapy Wednesday: Korean jimjjilbang Thursday: Indian ayurveda Friday: Thai yoga massage Saturday: Japanese ganbanyoku So starting with the little suckers… Lincoln Tan tells us all about leech therapy and introduces ‘Dr’ Medhi Jaffari who … Read More

Jim Hopkins: vapid, vacuous, pretty vacant - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 18, 2011

There’s a terrible tyranny in being a columnist for a national newspaper, required to produce entertaining and informative copy every week. It’s a hard job, having an opinion and expressing it cogently. Some writers struggle and succeed, others strive and fail dismally. The NZ Herald — the newspaper of record for NZ’s biggest city — [...] … Read More

The counsel of failure: Greenhouse Policy Coalition on Durban - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Dec 03, 2011

“There is a danger that, in trying to encourage major emitters to sign up to a new agreement or to bridge the Kyoto legal gap, New Zealand might commit itself to something short of a global deal that binds us to making economic sacrifices which are not reflective of fair burden sharing.” So wrote David [...] … Read More

de Freitas feeds his students sceptic propaganda - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 17, 2011

Auckland University associate professor Chris de Freitas has been caught feeding climate denier propaganda to first year geography students. A close examination of the student workbook for de Freitas’ lectures on climate for the University’s core first year geography course reveals that it includes material from sceptic blogs and US think tanks — even a [...] … Read More