A contact of mine, Kip Brook, has been good enough to write, and have published, a far more positive article about Laural Barrett, Miss Universe New Zealand 2007. Let’s say it’s more balanced. In the short time I have known Kip, I have known him to be a decent bloke, and I am grateful he has written something that focuses on the real Laural, yet mentions the controversy that the Australian newspaper kicked up last week.
The story ran in Fairfax’s Sunday Star–Times and today in The Press. It follows on nicely from the 60 Minutes report on TV3, which has had some positive feedback.
It’s not all nice-nice with John Fairfax today, however. I was made privy to an email—I will not state the writer—but I will say that if Fairfax journalists cannot spell enquiry, controversial and adult when writing in an ofﬁcial capacity, then they should not be in the job. (We are not talking slips of the ﬁnger. We are talking dumbass stuff.) The matter has been dealt with—with some ease, I might add.
My new title is Miss Universe New Zealand Pageant Ass-Kicker. That’s kicker. Posted by Jack Yan, 05:31
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