Media Musings: Conspiracy theories


Each week Hamilton News editor Danielle Nicholson and Classic Hits breakfast host Mark Bunting give their take on local issues and goings-on. This week it's conspiracy theories...

From: Danielle Nicholson []
Sent: Monday, 10 March 2014 11:36 a.m.
To: Mark Bunting []
Subject: Are you still hiding in the toothpaste section at Countdown?

How prophetic have our MM columns been!? We tell the council to stare down the Government on legal highs. Done! We mention fluoride 'angries' and next thing we know, Justice Rodney Hansen delivers a crushing blow to the aforementioned angries. Let the yelling begin ... again!!

From: Mark Bunting
Sent: Monday, 10 March 2014 11:54 a.m.
To: Danielle Nicholson
Subject: Are you still hiding in the toothpaste section at Countdown?

Yeah. Well. Ahem ahem. Don't let anyone accuse us of not having our finger on the pulse ...

What happens next will be REALLY interesting. It's too soon after the election for us to forget the 'we'll follow the referendum' speak but what a MASSIVE decision to have to make. They've put it off till the next meeting at the end of the month - but what if there's an appeal to the High Court decision beforehand? Do the council put it off again?

I get the prudence argument for deferring it - i.e. if we reinstate it we open ourselves up to human rights cases, but now ... wo!

Man, are these guys earning their pay or what??????

From: Danielle Nicholson
Sent: Monday, 10 March 2014 12:22 p.m.
To: Mark Bunting

It sounds like New Health NZ Inc will appeal the decision, so it'll be fascinating to see if council will make a call on it at the meeting on the 27th. I reckon it's about time they made a decision and stuck by it ... Channel some of that steely determination we saw from councillors over the legal highs policy-making into the fluoride debate. But I'd sooner talk conspiracy theories with anti-fluoridation campaigner Pat McNair than I would be a councillor who has to make a decision on fluoride.

Wonder if they'll look to the city solicitor to make a call on this based on potential legal costs, or if they'll listen to the people?

From: Mark Bunting
Sent: Monday, 10 March 2014 12:45 p.m.
To: Danielle Nicholson

Oh really? Sheesh, will this thing never end?

I'm not a gambling man, but if I was I'd be putting 10 bucks on the council holding back if there's an appeal.

There are too many money men in that group to take any chance of legal bills.

It's a shame, but I reckon it'll drag on.

And on. And on. And on. And on. And on.

This bloody saga will go for 20 years if we let it.

Stake in the ground time! Someone said to me that they should clip little vials of fluoride as an optional extra on the water metres, but I think they might've been stirring ...

From: Danielle Nicholson
Sent: Monday, 10 March 2014 12:56 p.m.
To: Mark Bunting

I didn't think it was a bad idea to offer an alternative non-fluoridated water source at the water treatment plant. The cost to council wasn't exorbitant. And it could be a social occasion for the anti-fluoride mob ... While they're lining up to fill their bottles with drinking water they could discuss other conspiracy theories ... chem trails, moon landings, the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks, that council is secretly installing water meters under the cover of darkness. Add-your-own-fluoride option on meters ain't silly!

But given our track record, best we don't talk about water meters lest they become a reality by the time this publishes on Friday!? :-)

From: Mark Bunting
Sent: Monday, 10 March 2014 1:36 p.m.
To: Danielle Nicholson

Absolutely agree. I think we should talk about MP-sized pay rises for radio announcers instead. Hoping with our track record ...

- Hamilton News

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