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The George Orwell MiniTrue Award

Posted by te2ataria on November 22, 2009

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This Week’s Winner of The Big Brother Honest Journalism Award: The Northern Advocate

The George Orwell MiniTrue Award (aka the ‘Big Brother Honest Journalism Award’) for this week goes to New Zealand’s The Northern Advocate for the following:

Story Title: Gold-toothed skull found on beach

Orwellian Newspeak comment that grabbed the prize:

‘The skull – obviously old, but said to still have hair and gristle attached to it – was found by Australian tourists walking on the beach at Glinks Gully, 24km south of Dargaville, on Tuesday.’


GRISLY FIND: Glinks Gully resident Geoff Nicols points to the site where the skull was found. Source: Northern Advocate. Image may be subject to copyright.

Background information:

Tourist Catch of the Day: Severed Head, Torso

Tourists Find Severed Head and Torso in Northland, New Zealand. A pair of Australian tourists found a severed head and torso in the sand dunes near the entrance of Glinks Gully, about 20 kilometers south west of Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand.

However, the police, which seems to have decided that the headlines were bad for business, apparently forced the reporter(s) to change the headlines and certain parts of their story to make it sound as if the discovery of a severed head and dismembered torso was actually something completely different. The new Stuff NZ headline read: Skull found on Northland beach

NZ Herald echoed much of the same: Very old’ skull found on Northland beach

A “very old” human skull has been found on a beach south of Dargaville.

Police spokeswoman Sarah Kennett said the skull is being referred to a pathologist to find out when the person died.

She said the skull was found in the sand dunes in Glinks Gully, Te Kopuru, Northland.

Asked if it could be a skull from pre-European colonisation, Ms Kennett said she could not say. [Amazing!]

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10610331

NZ Police Interfere with News Coverage

As luck had it…

The two Australian tourists, Louisa and Michael Ergles, who discovered the severed head, read the new, amended headlines and apparently contacted the [advertising] media.

Mr Ergles who is a search and rescue officer in his hometown of Lajamanu in the Northern Territory, Australia, said, “there was still a bit of flesh on the head when we found it.”

“I don’t think it would have been there longer than a year.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3081933/Dargaville-skull-not-that-old-tourists

[Note: All mentions of the ‘torso’ have also been removed from the new versions of the story. ]

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    New Zealand Headline News

    Posted by te2ataria on November 22, 2009

    School principal and Maori seat councilor assassinated

    A Bay of Plenty school principal, Hawea Ralph Drummond Vercoe, 36, of Rotoiti, was murdered after he was felled by a “king hit” that “came out of nowhere,” outside the Quart House bar on The Strand about 2.30am today.

    “Mr Vercoe was principal of Rotorua school Te Kura Kaupapa o Te Rotoiti, a Maori seat councillor on Environment Bay of Plenty and on the Rotorua District Council’s Te Arawa standing committee.”

    The attack was  “completely unprovoked”, an eye-witness said.

    “[Mr Vercoe] carried on walking go to the pedestrian crossing and this fella had just taken offence to something and just king hit him and he just ended up dying out there.”

    Mr Vercoe was NOT intoxicated, he said.

    “It wasn’t a drunken brawl or anything like that – it just came completely out of the blue. No one had chance to react it just shocked everybody.”

    “Mr Vercoe also made headlines when he advocated for his school to be allowed Maori school signs, or kura, on its buses, leading to a policy change by Land Transport New Zealand.”

    Thousands of people walk through the central Auckland to demand democracy

    Whereas the Berlin Wall came down 20 years ago, and the East Germans embraced a marginally freer system, New Zealand remains a totalitarian police state re-asserting authority over its subjects through fear and oppression. More…

    In New Zealand Animal [and human] Abuse is Routine Practice

    Christchurch invalid was caught dragging a dog chained to his mobility scooter until the canine’s paws bled.

    The man, believed to be in his mid-50s, was stopped by concerned New Brighton residents on Monday morning after they heard the dog, who was chained around the neck and padlocked to the scooter, gagging as it struggled to keep up with the fast-moving scooter.

    “The animal was stressed, panting heavily, with bleeding paws,” said a witness who, along with another couple, chased the driver of the scooter down the road in her car until he was forced the stop. More…

    NZ national hockey team member assaults sex-worker and injures another female

    The 22-yo psycho assaulted a sex-worker, and moments later drove at a Wellington woman who was getting out of a taxi. The Wellington woman was reportedly in a stable condition in Auckland City Hospital yesterday after surgery on a “severely injured leg.” More…

    Another Body Discovered

    As usual the police say there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the discovery in Invercargill in bush behind Southland Hospital.

    What about the gunshots that had been reported before the police arrived?

    The police spokeswoman denied any knowledge, even though the reason why the police had been called in the first place was, you guessed it, gunshots being fired. Report…

    Police dob in drink-driver to her employer

    Was this another case of blackmail for free sex by the police? Flight attendant lost her job after police leaked information to her employer about her drink-driving outside work time. As evil an act as  drink-driving is, she was not required to report the incident, and the police should not have dobbed her to her employer who victimized her for the sake of airline publicity. More…

    One More Body Found

    The body was that of a man killed outside Tauranga Hospital, in western Bay of Plenty (of murders). This time the police couldn’t deny shots had been fired because the shooting occurred right outside the hospital’s emergency department. More…

    Female teacher had baby with 17-yo student

    A 26-yo female teacher had  a baby after sex with a 17-yo secondary school student putting the school yearbook together. More…

    Only a Small Fraction of Police Officers Ever Prosecuted for Crimes

    Only 51 officers have been disciplined so far this year for hundreds of offenses committed by the police, and of those only 17 faced criminal charges. More… [Warning! Article heavily spun and twisted.]

    Another Female teacher had sex with

    Music teacher Aussie Michelle Lynn Dennis, 33, had sex with [at least] two boys, aged 14 and 17, while employed at a High School. She will spend a minimum of 34 months in jail.  More…

    Sharks invade many of New Zealand’s fishing areas

    Hundreds of marauding bronze whaler sharks weighing from 40 to 300kg (660 lbs.) have invaded “the best areas” in New Zealand for catching kingfish.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3082543/Sharks-invade-top-fishing-area

    Arrests made following murder in Hamilton
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/3081802/Arrests-made-following-Hamilton-death

    New Zealand Student Pilot and his Instructor Downed 20 Beers Each Before Flying Lesson
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10610363

    Tooth Found in Pizza  Conveniently Lost at Lab
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/3074947/Tooth-found-in-pizza-is-hard-to-stomach

    Another Incompetent New Zealand Pilot Killed in Crash

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10610025

    Woman and girl, 3, die in yet another house fire
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10610012

    Yet another body found in New Zealand (at least the sixth body find in 3 days)
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10610064

    Young Woman’s body engulfed in flames
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3086366/Womans-body-engulfed-in-flames

    Finally…

    Thanks to the Parisians, much of the hot air was squeezed out of “100% Pure New Crap” promotional giant rugby ball as it went flat and collapsed on the ground. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10610682

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