David Fisher

NZ Herald Crowdsourcing: We found nothing, but let’s smear National anyway

The NZ Herald launched a “crowdsourcing” initiative to go digging into political donations after the returns were released by they Electoral Commission.

It is the sort of panty sniffing behaviour we’ve come to expect from the Herald.

Basically they are trying to find  donors and then single them out for this donation or that donation and try to pass some sort of moral judgment on that.

Little wonder then that donors try to remain as anonymous as they can.

Essentially though the Herald has found nothing, but after touting their great initiative with much fanfare they had to write something. David Fisher was obviously busy making up something else so they pulled in Matt Nippert to write the hit job.

An analysis of electoral finance declarations shows more than 80 per cent of donations to National Party candidates were channelled through party headquarters in a loophole described as akin to legal “laundering”.

National’s heavy reliance on funding candidates with donations from the party – shown in a Herald study to account for more than $1m out of $1.2m raised by their candidates for the 2014 general election – was a “striking use of electoral law that appears to be laundering the money”, said Otago University political science lecturer Bryce Edwards.

Electoral law requires candidates to reveal the identity of donors who contribute $1,500 or more, but political parties can keep donors secret even if they give up to $15,000.

Dr Edwards said the channelling of candidate donations through parties had “become a way around” having to disclose more information about the source of campaign funds.

“It’s not illegal and it’s up to different interpretations whether it’s ethical or not, but there should now be heat on politicians to explain what’s going on and to tighten up this loophole,” he said.

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Embellishing… not something decent, trained and skilled journos do, surely?

Regan at Throng had a blinder about Sky TV yesterday.  Today he climbs into the NZ Herald.

herald-x-factor-bsMost days I find something in the NZ Herald that really makes me angry. The number of times I have read things that are simply not true or have had massive embellishment is astounding. Take this utter nonsense that the NZ Herald leads with this morning.

According to the once proud bastion of the fourth estate,

Television mogul Simon Cowell – whose company Syco Entertainment created The X Factor reality format – had no knowledge MediaWorks had used convicted killer Shae Brider on The X Factor NZ and is taking the matter “very seriously.”

That sounds very ominous indeed, except that Simon Cowell said none of that at all. Read more »

Another Herald journo judged by his peers to have lied

On November 7 last year David Fisher ran a shabby hit piece against Customs and also Maurice Williamson about OIA processes inside the department.

Despite complaints to the NZ Herald they refused to withdraw the article even though factual errors had been pointed out to them. Shayne Currie the editor fought the complaints vociferously.

Customs persisted and complained to the Press Council.

The Press Council has found that David Fisher essentially made stuff up, in effect he lied in his article.

Wide concerns among the media and the public have led the Ombudsman to launch an investigation into Official Information Act practices in the public sector.
The Herald may have been entitled to form the view that departmental rules and guidelines, including requirements for consultation, do open the way to political influence and interference in information releases.
But the documents provided to the Herald, and referred to in the article, do not grant the minister the freedom to change whatever is released.
Therefore the part-sentence included in the article is factually incorrect and the Council upholds the complaint on that basis.

Press Council members considering the complaint were Sir John Hansen, Chris Darlow, Tim Beaglehole, Liz Brown, Jenny Farrell, Sandy Gill, Marie Shroff, Vernon Small, Mark Stevens and Stephen Stewart.
John Roughan took no part in the consideration of this complaint.

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Dirty Media

Apparently when I publish publicly available information from QV and other public sources as to the address, value and other information about a ‘journalist’ who likes to do the same thing to the subjects of his book it is a gross invasion of privacy that requires public sanction, official complaints, and complaints to other bodies as well. All despite the fact that the same ‘journalist’ is listed in the public directory, the electoral roll plus submissions to parliamentary select committees that all publish the same address for the world to see.

I look forward then to the left wing blogs, David Fisher, John Drinnan, Matt Nippert and John Campbell all being outraged over the publication of the private details of Mark Hotchin, his wife, and his assets all over the Herald on Sunday today in a rather derogatory article designed to continue the vilification of a man who still remains uncharged for any crime and despite that has his assets still sequestered by the same judge who let Kim Dotcom splash the cash despite him actually being charged with real crimes.

For most people, shelling out $3.4 million on a plush Waiheke Island pad would be trading up.

But for former Hanover Group director Mark Hotchin it seems a case of trading down.

In November, Hotchin family trust KA No 3 bought 74 Korora Rd, Oneroa, for $3.4m.

The purchase comes after the same trust sold an exclusive 4.5ha property at nearby Boatshed Bay for $14.25m three months earlier.

The property at 46a Matapana Rd, Boatshed Bay, sold well above its July capital valuation of $13m.

Real estate agent Harry Howe would not comment on the new pad at Korora Rd, but marketing brochures described panoramic views over Owhanake Bay and the Hauraki Gulf to Little Barrier Island.

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July 6 for farcical re-trial of Banksie

Quite how the Crown is going to carry on this case now that the three star witnesses have been shown to be less than honest is beyond me, but they are going to give it a go on July 6.

one would hope that John Banks is going to request to see all the evidence they have after Dotcom, his estranged missus and bodyguard have all been shown up.

There is already one High Court judge left red-faced over this debacle I doubt there will be another so willing to believe a fat German crook and his paid for hench-people.

John Banks will get a second shot at clearing his name when he faces a retrial in July on charges he falsely declared donations from Kim Dotcom as anonymous.

The former ACT leader and Epsom MP appeared in the High Court at Auckland on Wednesday where Justice Graham Lang set down a retrial date of July 6.

Banks has been remanded at large until the trial. ¬†¬† Read more »

Cameron, WHALEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOIL, Slateeeeeeerrrrrrr

I thought it would be cool to give people some vicarious pleasure by having someone else beat the crap out of me on their behalf.  Steve Kilgallon writes:

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Cameron Slater says he knows he sells newspapers, so now he’s ready to sell pay-per-view television – even if he knows the viewers might be switching on to watch him get knocked out.

The controversial Whale Oil blogger and the subject of the Dirty Politics scandal will make his ring debut in Christchurch on March 28, against former New Zealand test cricketer Jesse Ryder.

And if the fight goes well, Slater has a list of opponents he would like to meet next – headed by Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager, television host John Campbell and New Zealand Herald journalists David Fisher and Matt Nippert. Read more »

I’ve figured it out: “Businessman” is a new journalistic euphemism

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You know how “emotional and tired” means “drunk”, and “they are not looking for anyone, and the death has been referred to the coroner” means “suicide”.

Rob Muldoon was emotional and tired when he called the 1984 snap election, if you recall. ¬† Read more »

Kim Dotcom’s new cyber interest: Sarah Eris Torrent

Geez.  I wonder  why New Zealand official stopped her at the border for a 7 hour interview before heading off to be with a man known for cyber crimes and on extradition charges to face criminal charges of racketeering and money laundering?

The following images came from Torrent’s Facebook page.

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NZ Herald, RIP

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Tweets of the Day

The NZ Herald having to use an editorial to explain away their cowardice after week of spankings using their own articles to highlight their hypocrisy is astonishing in the first place.

Having lawyer Graeme Edgeler call them out again is hilarious.

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This is an example of the left-wing and their view of freedom of expression…violence.

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Both of those tweets expose the left-wing and media hypocrisy when it comes to violence, freedom of expression and freedom of speech. ¬† Read more »