Two of the three lead stories on the front page show the Sunday Star-Times' remarkable knack for foregrounding salacious periphera when the real story goes begging. The Paul Henry "news" is just mean-spirited and not even a story. Imagine the real story on the front page: "...a French compensation deal for people who suffered health problems from nuclear testing in the Pacific has come too late..." (Radio NZ)Great stuff!
No way, not when you've got the Veitch "update" (don't forget the Laws "update"). "Ex-lover"? "Taxpayer's expense"? And consistent in both stories is an undercurrent of sexism that's all the more vicious because it masquerades on behalf of those handy conservative political constructs: "The un-PC or "the concerned taxpayer". Ugh.
Sunday, 5 April 2009
at 7:51 pm by Julie
This letter, from an Andrea Low of Auckland, was in today's Sunday Star Times under the heading "Salacious periphera":