EDITOR’S NOTE: Update – A win for common sense and reason! The NZ Herald just announced on Twitter that Cathy Ogders (aka Cactus Kate) will now be removed as a political writer on the Herald.
The Herald’s twitter announcement read: “To clarify, Bryce Edwards is still writing for http://nzherald.co.nz and Cathy Odgers has withdrawn from our wide-ranging election line-up.”
I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has, is being stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election season’.
Just when we need Bryce and his reasoned brilliance most, he’s being stood down because it’s the election so as to allow the NZ Herald’s new political team of – you just won’t believe this – Josie bloody Pagani and Cathy Odgers.
Yes. Cathy Odgers. The very same Cathy Odgers who begged for Nicky Hager’s address to be published so that Nicky would be harmed. She’s the new columnist for the Herald. What happened? Did Bryce not threaten to kill enough people?
How on earth are Joise and Cathy ‘balanced’? Joise dislikes beneficiaries and Cathy hates beneficiaries – how the hell is that ‘balance’ in an election? Pagani is a Fox News Democrat that the right wing wheel out to create the pretence of a debate, and I have yet to hear her speak once and not sound like a National Party supporter.
How can someone who said this…
…be acceptable as an election commentator for Christ’s sake?
We are losing the voice of Bryce Edwards in an election for a right wing troll who wanted Nicky Hager’s address published so he would be harmed and another right wing troll who pretends to be a Labour supporter.
Right wing and crazy right wing is not balance.
Unbelievable, what a terrible call.
Bryce Edwards has written in to say his political roundup column will continue to be published online but he is being excluded from the analysis commentary published by the New Zealand Herald.
Bryce Edwards: “No – I’m not being stood down by the Herald. There might be some confusion here I think. Yes, it’s true that I’m not being used this year as a guest columnist for the election campaign by the Herald in print (as I was last election). Nor, it seems is Morgan Godfery. That’s absolutely fine. They’re using other people – Josie Pagani, Mark Sainsbury and Cathy Odgers. I agree that the choice of the latter is a questionable decision, especially in light of recent reservations. But I’m entirely free to publish my Political Roundup columns on the Herald website.”
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