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December  2008:    Media bias  •  The Christmas Special issue  •  The Church of Oprah Issue 95

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32 FEATURES

24  Dog-whistle Electioneering 44  The Christmas Spirit A Canterbury University study suggests the news media were heavily biased against the National Party and John Key during the election campaign. IAN WISHART analyses the study, and its implications for the daily news media

32  Christmas - The Evidence

For years major newspapers and magazines have devoted issues each December to attacking the basis of the Christmas story. But now, new evidence is backing up the traditional version. In this extract from his book The Divinity Code, IAN WISHART lays out where critics like Richard Dawkins and John Spong have got it wrong

In a continuation of our Christmas special, former Christian turned atheist turned agnostic SIMON GEMMILL questions some basic assumptions about faith

50  Oprah’s New Religion

America’s talk-show queen has not only sold The Secret in 124 countries, and pushed other bizarre New Age beliefs on her audience - now she’s helped launch Barack Obama into the White House as part of a brave new order. ROLLAN MCCLEARY backgrounds the New Age search for their own ‘Messiah’ Cover: NZPA


Editorial and opinion 06 Focal Point

Volume 8, issue 95, ISSN 1175-1290

Editorial

08 Vox-Populi

The roar of the crowd

16 Simply Devine

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Miranda Devine on drugs

18 Mark Steyn

On a cartoon president

20 Eyes Right

Richard Prosser on ‘The People’

22 Line 1

Chris Carter rocks the boat

Lifestyle

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60 Money

Peter Hensley on retirement

62 Education

Amy Brooke’s clarion call

64 Science

Earthquake warning systems

66 Technology

Notebooks, Dragon 10

68 Sport

Chris Forster on the Blackcaps

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70 Health

New breakthrough in heart care

72 Alt.Health Probiotics

74 Travel

A Lost City, and Ireland

82 Food

James Morrow cooks noodles

84 Drive

Corvette’s new ZR1

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86 Toybox

The latest and greatest

88 Pages

Michael Morrissey’s summer picks

92 Music

Chris Philpott’s CD reviews

94 Movies

Quantum of Solace, Ghost Town

96 DVDs

Mamma Mia!

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