Im­mi­gra­tion’s stuck record

The Timaru Herald - - COMMENT&OPINION - GRANT SHIMMIN

pa­tro­n­is­ingly re­fer­ring to their news or­gan­i­sa­tion as ‘‘Gran­nie (sic) Her­ald’’, telling the pa­per to ‘‘drop its dull-wit­ted be­hav­iour’’ and claim­ing to have ‘‘de­bunked’’ the pair’s story.

Whether or not he ac­tu­ally has is not the prov­ince of this col­umn. What is is his de­nial that his ini­tial re­sponse was racist.

I’m sorry, but there’s sim­ply no way he can say that, hav­ing okayed the use of the phrase ‘‘by two Asian im­mi­grant re­porters’’ in the first para­graph. I have no doubt its in­clu­sion was de­lib­er­ate and in my view, that took it from be­ing a dis­cus­sion about the le­git­i­macy of the con­clu­sions in the ar­ti­cle to an at­tempt to get the pub­lic fo­cus­ing on the race of the re­porters.

grant.shimmin@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

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