Monday, January 25, 2010

Story of the decade

The Sunday News, and now Stuff, have the scoop of the decade.

On Thursday, Sunday News snapped TV's clown prince Marc Ellis breaking "three strikes, and you're out" rules of the road at once – cycling on the footpath, not wearing a helmet and talking on his cellphone while driving.

Riding on the footpath and not wearing a helmet can both incur $55 fines. And as of November 2009, it became illegal to operate a vehicle – including a bicycle – while using a mobile phone, which can score you a $80 fine and 20 demerit points.

If you're a journalist with nothing to write on, park yourself outside Marc Ellis's house - you might get a photo of his new baby. Or you might just see him riding his bike without a helmet and talking on his phone. You could then take a photo of that. You then have a major story in the Sunday News, and then on Stuff.

But by then you could begin to wonder just what journalism really meant for you and whether it's a job you take seriously.

11 comments:

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Gooner, there are many experienced journos who would love to write serious stories for the MSM.
If only the papers would let us!

Barnsley Bill said...

Possibly the "journalist" responsible for this stunning piece of tabloid stalking would not be able to hear any internal doubt over the sound of awesome they are hearing from this global scoop.

Whaleoil said...

Fairy-Facts, I think you are confused. There are no MSM journalists, there are only repeaters.

The fact you are deluded enough to consider yourself a journalist when you can't even spell your own name unless you look at the card Mummy printed for you says it really.

Papers are dead and the sooner you realise that newspapers are for the selling of advertising interspersed with interesting general knowledge and current affairs the sooner you will find your qualifications are about as useful as a semen catcher in a milking shed.

dave said...

on the positive side, I do notice his hand is on the left hand side of the handlbars, which means if he has to stop suddenly the brake will stop the back wheel, meaning he won't fall over the handlebars as he wold do if he was using the other brake, meaning he is less likely to stub his toe due to wearing jandals when out cycling...

Anonymous said...

I was intrigued to learn that "The Dominion Post takes great pride in being the first to break the big stories with quality and in-depth journalism" So said the letter that I received from the editor when I cancelled my subsciption. LOL

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Subtitle:

Trivial Tabloid Tosser Tracks Tacky TV Talker

Anonymous said...

Be fair, journalists have to do something while they are busy ignoring the collapse of climate change alarmism.

Anonymous said...

Nice bike

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

At least we were spared having Millie Holmes on the front page.

WAKE UP said...

I loved the bit where Paul found out later that Millie didn't tell him everything. I wonder if that had anything to do with them having their "private" conversation in a very public venue. Doesn't Paul have a living room - or for that matter, a kitchen table and a couple of hardwood chairs?

mojo said...

Despite the self-acclaimed lack of libido, FF, you can still get a 'rise' out of him ... well I'll be fecked ... really impressive.