February 14, 2011

Shoot the subeditor

$4000 fine after chef’s alleged coke recipe http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4651007/4000-fine-after-chefs-alleged-coke-r
The article was good – and adequately reflected the content of the Authority’s determination. The headline was nonsense, and manufactured sensational nonsense at that.

The Employment Relations Authority did not fine the employer. The Authority awarded a worker some money for hurt and humiliation, and some for lost wages after his employer failed to carry out a fair process and suspended him without pay or consultation. The “coke recipe” was only in the headline to titillate the reader’s imagination.