On September 8, 2004 60 minutes ran a show that presented some documents that were purported to be the service records and details of George W Bush.
They were fake, but Dan Rather and his network stuck by those documents until the bitter end, with Dan Rather declaring finally that they were “fake but accurate”.
Now, ever since David Cunliffe was elected Labour leader he has come under expected scrutiny as the leader of a party that would lead the next government should the polls go in its favour.
He isn’t happy with that scrutiny either with rather glaring large holes appearing in his CV, with padded community service and claims of work preparing Fonterra.
David Cunliffe has whipped out the conspiracy card and is trying to blame National for the scrutiny which would never had come if there weren’t massive inconsistencies with the facts in CV. The media buried Aaron Gilmore because of his fanciful claims in his CV, now David Cunliffe thinks he can get away with a once over lightly of his.
Andrea Vance though has been digging and found even more inconsistencies, now with his claims over what he did at Harvard.
Questions have also surfaced about Cunliffe’s time at Harvard in the 1990s.
Cunliffe left the foreign service to pursue his studies after winning a coveted Fulbright Scholarship.
Cunliffe said this morning that he spent some time studying at both departments.
“I hold a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School,” he explained.
“It’s a flexible course, almost half of which was studied at the Harvard Business School, some at Harvard Law School, and some at the Kennedy School.
“To my knowledge, no CV that I’ve put out has claimed that I hold an MBA [Masters of Business Administration] from Harvard Business School. I’ve always said I hold an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, sometimes called the John F Kennedy School.”
A biography posted on the Labour party website until recently said: “He was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with a Master of Public Administration.”
On Monday the website was refreshed. The biography now reads: “He held a Fulbright Scholarship at Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government in 1994-1995, earning a Master of Public Administration.” Read more »