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Andrea Vance
Making it about "dirty politics" is just inventing an excuse to report unverified rumours. There's been unfounded rumours about half-dozen Nat politicians in the last couple of years as well. It's not dirty politics, its just rumours being magnified in the age of social media.
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Andrea Vance May 1
Replying to @avancenz
that doesn't give the media an excuse to report them, in the same way before social media we didn't report pub gossip.
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John McFadgen May 1
Replying to @avancenz
Bollocks, Andrea. This was at another level.
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Andrea Vance May 1
Replying to @Johnmacmot
it really wasn't.
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Alex Coleman May 1
Replying to @CMRanapia @avancenz
OTOH, I think things have changed somewhat. How should grown up media deal with rumours and [genuinely] 'fake news' that are spreading around on dodgy sites? At what point does it become irresponsible to ignore it given its spread?
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Andrea Vance May 1
it's more irresponsible to fashion a way to get around reporting rumours you know are untrue, just because you wasted time investigating them. I'm yet to see evidence of a dirty politics campaign orchestrated by Nats.
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Andrea Vance May 1
no one was screaming dirty politics about absolutely vicious rumours floating about high profile Nats in the run-up to election. (exhaustively checked out by media, not reported). Often rumours started by just nutty people on the fringes of politics playing at politicking.
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