Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Feedback: Scoop Offends Ground Zero Worker

In This Edition: Your “Story” – Congratulations To Barry Cole

Your "Story"

As an American Citizen, who was essentially forced to read your "propaganda" for my work, I am compelled to tell you that I am offended. Not that that will mean anything to you, as far away as you are.

Yesterday I spent my day at what we here call "Ground Zero". I cannot begin to tell you of the horror the site invokes even now - two months and one week later. The smoke still pours from the ground, where mighty buildings once stood. Workers toil away, attempting to find the bodily remains of the 3,500 or so people who remain missing. The smell is unlike anything I have even come across before.

It was an awful, cowardly act, which was apparently perpetrated by someone who has no essential knowledge of what Americans really are - what we value, how we live, how we honor each other and the God we love.

This week, our beautiful and proud country will celebrate Thanksgiving. I have already begun saying my thanks for the 25,000 plus people who escaped the disaster with their lives. Now I will add to that a blessing for your country that you are never so needlessly and senselessly attacked.

Meg Wajda


Re: Feedback: This Little Piggy’s A Binge Drinker

Dear Sir,

Congratulations to your scribe Barry Cole.

In 4 succinct paragraphs he has summed up the whole issue of not only drinking, but the overall attitude our youth and people in their 20's-40's have toward society and responsibility today.

The period between 1980 and today must now surely be recognised as the period of ideological and politically correct excess which has encouraged such behaviour.

The challenge now (because it is not the fault youth) is how quickly we can dismantle our adult preference for dealing with issues on an ideological basis and deal with them on the purely practical basis outlined in Mr Cole's final paragraph.

Mirek Marcanik

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Anti-Corbyn Split In British Labour

The resignation of seven UK Labour MPs in protest against the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn is another example of the centre-left’s readiness to sabotage its own cause... More>>

Scoop 3.0 Update & Membership Sale: The End Of ‘Objectivity’ In Journalism

2019 looks like it might well be another really bad, terrible, not so good year for the traditional journalism model globally... on the positive side, smaller independent players with innovative digital models and a more open approach like our ScoopPro service look likely to be more relevant than ever. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On America’s ‘Green New Deal’

‘Socialism’ is more of a political scare word than an objective condition. Even in the US, as Nate Silver’s 538 website pointed out this week there is polling evidence that modern Americans are inclined to treat socialism as meaning ‘equality’ rather than the ‘government ownership or control’ that Americans understood the term to mean back in the 1940s... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Listening To Ocasio-Cortez About Tax

In its attitudes to tax, New Zealand has been the last colonial outpost of Thatcherism. Change, however, may be in the air. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Nelson Fire And Climate Change

The Nelson fire has been a useful warning of things to come, given how climate change will (a) increase the likelihood of reduced rainfall and drought-like conditions in many parts of New Zealand, which – obviously – will raise (b) the fire danger and (c) the cost of providing the communities at risk with the enhanced firefighting capabilities that they’re going to need. More>>