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  # 1607171 9-Aug-2016 18:36
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We could probably just automate the generation of headlines for them (actually I suspect they may have done this already?). Just roll three 6-sided dice:

 

First one:

 

     

  1. You'll be shocked
  2. You'll be amazed
  3. This can't be true
  4. Shocking!
  5. What you need to know
  6. You won't believe

 

Second one:

 

     

  1. which celebrity
  2. which Cabinet minister
  3. what beauticians
  4. that Kate Middleton
  5. how many average kiwis
  6. whos pet monkey

 

Third One:

 

     

  1. peed in the punch at John Key's birthday
  2. broke Oprah's heart
  3. was in Michael Jackson's guest room before he died
  4. lost weight by eating this miracle food
  5. reads at a third-grade level
  6. ate only MacDonald's food for a whole month

 

Thanks to this tool, I fully expect Stuff to offer me journalist's job tomorrow!

 

 

 

 




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  # 1607211 9-Aug-2016 19:32
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6 ^ 3 = 216 combinations. That is enough to keep them going forever (since they recycle the same old garbage almost weekly).


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  # 1607330 10-Aug-2016 04:47
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You'll be blown away by who's getting into the act on commenting on click-bait!

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/politics-vs-cute-cats-john-oliver-warns-about-real-journalisms-demise/

 

 





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  # 1608618 10-Aug-2016 14:31
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Not quite a headline, but the Herald has a prizepack for the No Mans Land game, including PS4 console and a copy of the game. All good until you click on the "terms and conditions" which takes you to  an article from June 2000

 

 

 

Entry form on this page

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11690935

 

Takes you to this page

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11690

 

 

 

I think they missed the last few digits off their URL




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  # 1610258 11-Aug-2016 19:16
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Man dies while working on rural property in Manawatu.. Read more

 

Not the headline itself, click on it, you get:

 

Page not found

 

Sorry the page you are looking for no longer exists.

 

- Try searching by entering keyword(s) into the search box above

 

- or visit the homepage.

 

- or use the sitemap below

 

If you continue to have problems please contact us.


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  # 1610470 12-Aug-2016 09:16
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"New Zealand flag in wrong place for Luuka Jones' Rio Olympic medal ceremony"

 

And

 

"Flagging Hell - Upstages by the Aussies - Silver Medal goes to ... Australia?

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/olympics/83093986/new-zealand-flag-in-wrong-place-for-luuka-jones-rio-olympic-medal-ceremony

 

 

 

Do they even try to fact check?  The photo in their article clearly appears to be affected by paralax error to make it look like the Oz flag is higher.  Note: NZ flag is on the left.  Luka Jones, Silver Medal winner was standing (gasp!) on the left! So there is probably no error at all!

 

 

 

PS Well done Luka - awesome run!

 

 

 

 

 

No story here, check your facts.


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  # 1610612 12-Aug-2016 11:43
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Oh No!

 

Reddit is down!

 

Does that mean there will be no new headlines on Stuff or NZ Herald tomorrow???


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  # 1611094 13-Aug-2016 14:16
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Sweden decided to accept Equator's offer to interview Assange at the London Embassy.

 

Stuff today posted a single line "news" item (including a typo "Swedist"):

 

 

The thing is that I can't find this anywhere else - except for some people on Twitter posting links to a BBC story that is six years old today so I wonder if someone on Stuff saw that and didn't bother check the date on the BBC article...

 

UPDATE: Stuff has changed the headline now to reflect reality.

 

 





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  # 1611120 13-Aug-2016 16:51
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Yeah that's bad even for Stuff. I saw the correct item on BBC yesterday but I don't usually look at Stuff any more. Glad to see there is finally some movement on this anyway.

 

 

 

 





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  # 1611262 13-Aug-2016 23:28
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OK, not a headline issue; but I really wish they would get some of the basic skills right - like writing coherent sentences, for example.

Tonight's mockery, from this article:

Dilated pupils are often associated with dilated pupils.

I feel so much better for knowing that.

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  # 1611263 13-Aug-2016 23:42
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I don't know if its been said yet, probably has but:

 

Anything Trump says is a perfect example of a stupid headline :)

 

-puts his two cents in the jar-


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  # 1611274 14-Aug-2016 02:55
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jamesrt: OK, not a headline issue; but I really wish they would get some of the basic skills right - like writing coherent sentences, for example.

Tonight's mockery, from this article:

Dilated pupils are often associated with dilated pupils.

I feel so much better for knowing that.

 

Was it a story about obese school children having eye problems?





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  # 1611315 14-Aug-2016 08:37
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This article (and I use the word in a broad sense - it's really just a socialist whine) is a good example of the trash they publish.

 

It is a rant about how awful Uber is for not making drivers get P endorsements and how that endangers passengers (mainly women, to fit in with the writer's usual soapbox) and how great it is that the government might ban them.

 

For some reason, the fact that passengers have a choice to use a taxi company with P endorsed drivers if they prefer that over Uber does not seem to enter the writer's thinking.








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  # 1611316 14-Aug-2016 08:56
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One thousand monkeys sitting at one thousand typewriters could probably reproduce the complete works of Stuff'd or the Herald in about five minutes*, methinks. tongue-out

 

 

 

* and that includes a 3 minute coffee break.


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  # 1611319 14-Aug-2016 09:29
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Geektastic:

 

This article (and I use the word in a broad sense - it's really just a socialist whine) is a good example of the trash they publish.

 

It is a rant about how awful Uber is for not making drivers get P endorsements and how that endangers passengers (mainly women, to fit in with the writer's usual soapbox) and how great it is that the government might ban them.

 

For some reason, the fact that passengers have a choice to use a taxi company with P endorsed drivers if they prefer that over Uber does not seem to enter the writer's thinking.

 

 

You could always catch a taxi with a driver with a P endorsement and become the victim of a sexual assault like the 12 people in 2014 who were.

 

 


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