David Fisher is really scraping the barrel today with a massive beat up using a stolen photo provided by an alleged dog-napper to write a nothing story:
The NZ Herald this morning launched an attack on Justice Minister Judith Collins and her husband David Wong-Tung using a photo taken atÂ theÂ funeral of Wong-Tungâs mother.
The story makes allegations that Collins appointed Robert Kee to the Human Rights Commission mainly because Collinsâ husband once worked in the same multi-story office building as Kee and Collins also worked on another floor below. It is also alleged that sometime in the 90s they all had drinks together at DeBrettâs bar in the hub of the legal district, where presumably many, many other lawyers also drank.
The reporter who wrote the article, David Fisher, described the article on social media platform Twitter as âhow a real newspaper worksâ.
Oh dear…was the photographer entitled to the photos?Â
TRUTH spoke with Collins about the allegations and can revealÂ that the photograph used, which the NZ Herald labelled as âsuppliedâ, did not come from family sources.
They did say however that they are disappointed that the photographer they had hired for the private function had chosen to give the photo to the Herald without permission, especiallyÂ consideringÂ he was paid for the job.
âIt is essentially stolen from the family, and shows private moments of grief amongst family members, including my sonâ said Collins.
Who is the scumbag photographer?
The photographer, Clinton Bowerman is no stranger to controversy. He is a well known conspiracy theorist and was once busted spying on the home of Aucklandâs Hobson Community BoardÂ chairÂ Desley Simpson. He is also subject to other mediaÂ speculation, also reported in the Herald, about involvement in conspiring to break into National party president Peter Goodfellowâs parentsâ apartment on Tamaki Drive and of being involved in a plot to steal two dogs.
It is perhaps surprising that a publication of the repute of The NZ Herald would resort to using photographs of uncertain ownership and veracity supplied by a person alleged to have been involved in criminal activities such as dog-napping and breaking and entering.
It is fair to say that Clinton Bowerman is a nutter who regularly emails media with all sorts of conspiracy theories…not much of which bears anyÂ resemblanceÂ to fact.
Collins says she âis very disappointed that personal family moments have been used to score a shabby political point in a story of no meritâ.
I bet he is wishing he never tweeted that his story was âhow a real newspaper worksâ.