Monday, February 23, 2009

The Herald Fucks It Up Again

Here's what happens when your headlines are written by some cretin on the other side of the world.

First, the headline:-

Three strikes sentencing policy doesn't stack up, says Key


Then the actual story:-

"Prime Minister John Key says estimates that the Act Party's "three strikes and you're out" sentencing policy will cost more than $30 billion over 25 years do not stack up."

and

"Mr Workman estimated costs were $500,000 a bed when a new prison was built which was how he came to the $7.5b figure.

On top of that would be $1b a year annual operating costs. He said it cost $75,000 a year per inmate. As well, prison populations were already growing.

Mr Key said he did not accept the argument.

"I don't think that quite stacks up."

He said there would be no impact on prison muster numbers for a decade, as the law change would not be retrospective.

Also by the time someone was going to jail for a serious offense for a third time they would already be getting a long sentence."

So the headline has John Key saying the policy 'doesn't stack up' while the story has John Key saying the criticism of the policy 'doesn't stack up.'

This is such an appalling error that The Herald should print a retraction and apology.


8 comments:

Clunking Fist said...

"Three strikes sentencing costs don't stack up, says Key"

Haha, they've updated it online. What did the dead tree version look like though?

Gooner said...

Exactly my thoughts Adolf when I saw that. A***holes.

Oswald Bastable said...

Now when people go on about the cost of imprisoning crims under three strikes laws, they need to remember these types spend much of their time in prison anyway.

It's actually cheaper to keep therm there than to continually try them at great expense.

To say nothing o the cost to society of letting recidivist criminal run amock.

Phil (Pacific Empire) said...

I just had to laugh when I saw this headline earlier today:
* 6:35 "Court marital for indecent assault accused"

macdoctor said...

I was going to add this to my "spam journalism" collection, but then I saw that it was just a badly written headline, rather than intentionally sensationalist. And the story was actually worth reading.

The standard of the copywriters at the Herald has dropped substantially since they did away with all their sub-editors.

Lucy said...

Kim Workman wouldnt know which way is up. John Key and the press need to take anything he says with a HUGE pinch of salt.

Baxter said...

I support the proposal but National may find more universal acceptance if they negotiate a reduction of the third strike to 20 years or even 15.

Anonymous said...

Its doesnt need to cost $75K a year to keep these pond life in prison

I could reduce the cost to one dollar the price of a softnose

gd