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Bouquets and Brickbats (An Occasional Series)

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To Fair Go – still the best thing on television after 32 years. Whoever invented that show deserves a knighthood. (But see below.)

To Outrageous Fortune – Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Laughter and tears in full measure.

To TV3 – for raising more than $2,000,000 for the KidsCan Charitable Trust. Let’s hope all the money gets there.

To Sky’s Rialto channel for showing The Band’s Visit, one of the most charming romantic comedies I have ever seen. If it comes up again, make sure you don’t miss it.

   

m_27d014d6ba8188c17508471047d5f70511To One News, Close Up and Campbell Live for promoting the mumbo jumbo nonsense that is “faith healing” without any remotely serious attempt at investigating the preposterous claims of these dangerous idiots. All of you deserve the Skeptics’ Bent Spoon Award for your credulity and appalling lack of journalistic integrity.

To Fair Go for putting the name of a company CEO on its “wall of shame” for declining to be interviewed in the studio or on film, when the company had supplied the programme with a full statement and had dealt with the three complaints brought against it. You aren’t yet in a position to issue sub poenas to appear on the programme, my friends. Just a touch of arrogance here?

To the growing band of illiterate TV1 and TV3 news reporters who never learnt that a plural subject can’t be followed by the singular form of a verb, and who prefer to make the verb agree with the nearest noun. So we get sentences like: “Six members of the group is travelling to Russia.” Several examples in last night’s bulletins. Don’t you have to have an education to work in television news?

Your Bouquets and Brickbats are welcome.

10 Comments:

  1. A bouquet to the chairman of KidsCan who handled an extremely hostile interview with Sainsbury extremely well. Possibly you trained him.

    A bouquet to Nigel Latta for making me laugh and helping me realise that I am not such a bad parent.

    A brickbat to Brian Edwards for being so po faced about it.

    • A bouquet to the chairman of KidsCan who handled an extremely hostile interview with Sainsbury extremely well. Possibly you trained him.

      A brickbat to me for being so po faced about Nigel? But I think he’s a hoot. On last night’s programme I thought I was watching Mr Bean.

  2. If you had created Country Calendar as well THEN I would grant you a knighthood.

  3. Err.. Brian, we need to be just a tad mindful of our own shortcomings when pouring the borax on those so-called “illiterate” reporters at TV1 and TV3. I do recall a certain individual who bristled at being called up over his misuse of the word “disinterested”, confusing it with uninterested. But, for your edification, again: uninterested means bored; while disinterested means impartial.

  4. Why should you need an education to work Television News if you don’t need one to be a politician or CEO?
    Faith Healing? A neighbour once phoned me in a flurry of angst (?) to inform me that Jesus told her I would die of stomach cancer and that I should eat beetroot. She also said she’d pray for me. That was 14 years ago … I eat lots of beetroot (because I like it) and smile, knowing that someone out there is probably still praying for me and feeling a lot better for doing so. My mother always advised me to humour madmen. Do you think I am taking the wrong approach? Also, is the practice similar to the irrational blind adoration some mothers bestow upon their children, and do those children necessarily become narcissistic? (Nigel might help with this one). When I watched the ‘Faith Healing’ clips I developed a small mad smile … is this normal?
    Oh, to be the centre of so much focused attention!

    • Why should you need an education to work Television News if you don’t need one to be a politician or CEO?

      I like your mother’s idea of humouring madmen. Trouble is, some madmen do a great deal of harm, sometimes just to the people close to them, sometimes to entire nations.

      As for the ‘faith healers’ I notice they say they don’t ask for money. Do they live on air, or perhaps in the faith that their vulnerable clients will support them anyway?

  5. A bouquet to TVNZ for having “Q&A”. A brickbat to TVNZ for broadcasting it at 9am on a Sunday morning. Thank God for VCR’s!

    Reflecting on interviews, I remember hearing Brian on radio recalling an unbroadcast TV discussion he chaired with David Lange and Sir Robert Muldoon in the early 1990’s. I would be interested to know if a transcript was kept of that interview as it would be fascinating to see.

    • A bouquet to TVNZ for having “Q&A”. A brickbat to TVNZ for broadcasting it at 9am on a Sunday morning. Thank God for VCR’s!

      The programme you refer to was a pilot or audition programme called Gauntlet. It was a clone of the American programme on CNN Crossfire with a host from the Right (Rob Muldoon) and one from the Left (David Lange). Together they questioned a guest, from their differing perspectives. The programme was not commissioned by either of the major channels. Not sure what happened to the tapes, but you’ve sparked my interest and I’ll try to find out. It would now be of historical interest.

  6. Thank you for confirming the details of “Gauntlet”, Brian.

    I got the impression, from what you said on radio, that when Lange and Muldoon were in the green room, you could have cut the air with a knife. However, when David asked Sir Robert if he wanted tea or coffee, it was like the Berlin Wall crumbling.

    • Thank you for confirming the details of “Gauntlet”, Brian.

      Pretty close, Rodney. Muldoon seemed pretty frail and was suffering from depression. David actually poured the tea for him.