David Fisher

Dotcom to media: Do your jobs

There are people who have bet their professional reputations on Dotcom’s dog and pony show.  I bet this was typed through tears of impotent rage.  Says David Fisher

Kim Dotcom turned up empty-handed for his own Moment of Truth.

He had claimed for almost three years he could prove John Key had lied in relation to his copyright case.

Last night, at the show he had organised, he proved nothing and presented no evidence.

Under the bus he goes.  Whether you believe Tainted Fisher was bought or simply a fanboi, either way, Kim Dotcom has  left him, like everyone else, used and destroyed, in his wake

when asked about the failure to produce his promised evidence, the tycoon turned angry and told the media they were failing at their jobs.

A rare moment when Kim Dotcom and I agree.  I do believe media have failed at their jobs.  They’ve allowed this farce legitimacy for too long.   On purpose?  Bedazzled?   Bought?

Or simply the lust of using Dotcom to bring down one of the most popular National governments ever?   Read more »

Big Reveal turns into Big Fraud

David “tainted” Fisher published the smoking gun that “proves” John Key knew about Kim Dotcom around two years before he claims he does.

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From the NZ Herald, somehow presented as news, instead of fiction. The word “allegedly” was used a lot

There are many things I can talk about here.  I can show you tweets of far left anti-Key activists that can’t even swallow this one as truth, for example.

But instead of opinion, let me just throw some hard data out there for discussion.  None of it is alleged

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Maybe “Tainted” Fisher should go to Russia to work

David “Tainted” Fisher’s “skills” as a journalist could certainly earn him some big bucks in Russia.

He will be a shoe in when he shows how he established the role of embedded journalist inside a crook’s mansion on his CV. Plus his ability to pretend to be an investigative journalist when an illegal hacker hands over all the investigation stuff and all he has to do is badger people’s employers and associates into a one liner to give the appearance of balance. Even better if he can arrange for them to be sacked…now that is journalism he can sell…oh wait he already did that in NZ.

His CV more than qualifies him for a media role in Russia:

In today’s Russia, by contrast, the idea of truth is irrelevant. On Russian ‘news’ broadcasts, the borders between fact and fiction have become utterly blurred. Russian current-affairs programs feature apparent actors posing as refugees from eastern Ukraine, crying for the cameras about invented threats from imagined fascist gangs. During one Russian news broadcast, a woman related how Ukrainian nationalists had crucified a child in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk. When Alexei Volin, Russia’s deputy minister of communications, was confronted with the fact that the crucifixion story was a fabrication, he showed no embarrassment, insteadsuggesting that all that mattered were ratings. “The public likes how our main TV channels present material, the tone of our programs,” he said. “The share of viewers for news programs on Russian TV has doubled over the last two months.”  Read more »

Quote of the Day

Twitter is full of trolls, even more so this election period.

Even the Herald’s claimed media writer/commentator John Drinnan thinks it’s a place with no accountability. But when he loses followers, his tactic is to try and shame them.

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Good luck doing that to Heather du Plessis-Allan.

Drinnan’s just been given a good serve.

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Really? Unions are the solution to create proper journalism?

Laila Harre reckons unions are the key to solving the problem we have with our media in New Zealand.

Labour’s tame lap-bloggers at The Standard explain.

Laila Harre focused strongly on industrial relations: many of the problems we have now with the media and journalism are due to the demise of collective bargaining.  With collective bargaining a collective sense of professionalism develops. This produces a team environment, with senior journalists supporting and mentoring junior journalists.  This helps to develop and protect professional standards.

So what she is proposing is people like David Fisher and his dishonest, hagiographic, activist “journalism” be used to train new journalists.

Or Adam Bennett also from the Herald perhaps who this week called some one and lied about what a politician had said in oder to get his mark to commit to something based on that lie. The mark was smart enough to check, and to know what was being attempted.    Read more »

So Hager lied about not knowing who the hacker was

Nicky Hager’s story about the book keeps on changing.

When he launched the book he denied knowing the hacker, then he said he handed back the data to the hacker he denied knowing.

And now he says they are good friends…and he knows him well.

But it was Hager’s discussion of his new book which captivated the audience.

He described tracking down the hacker who attacked Slater’s IT system and spending weeks convincing him to share his information.

Hager promised he would ensure the information release was ‘‘something more lasting and of bigger value’’ than the hacker’s planned Twitter dump.

He said knowing the source of information and their motives for releasing it was essential.

‘‘I know him [the hacker] well now, and I trust him,’’ he said. ‘‘His motivation was that Cameron Slater was a bastard and we’ll do him over.’’

‘‘The reason he attacked him was he thought he was a p****.’’

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The Amazing Contortions of the NZ Herald and other journalists

David Farrar points out the utter hypocrisy of the media:

This is the e-mail released by the PM’s Office. Obviously it has impacted Judith Collins, but if you read the whole thing you’ll see it backs something I have said consistently.

Cameron deals with a huge range of people, including Labour MPs, Green MPs, and almost every media organisation in NZ. The book only showed you his interactions with people associated with National, but this e-mail includes media contact with no less than four different journalists. One specific quote:

I am maintaining daily communications with Jared Savage at the Herald and he is passing information directly to me that the Herald can’t run and so are feeding me to run on the blog.

Now let me say again that what Cam says in an e-mail is his interpretation of events. I regard Jared Savage as an excellent investigative reporter. But the e-mail does lead to questions being asked. How is media giving Cam stories, different to a press secretary doing so?

Now again what Cam has written is his interpretation. It may not be the literal truth of what Jared was doing. But here’s the thing – you need to be consistent. If you accept everything in the e-mails written by Cam as the literal truth, then the NZ Herald was feeding stories to Whale Oil, which they could not run in their newspaper. If you do not accept those e-mails as the literal truth, then why would you accept the ones about interactions with people in National as the literal truth?

Is the Herald going to say that everything Cameron wrote about his dealings with us is incorrect, yet everything else is correct?

Will other media subject Herald reporters and editors to the same level of inquiry that they have subjected others named in the hacked e-mails to?

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EXCLUSIVE: Another Hager and Fisher lie exposed

“Mr” Hager, using my stolen emails, drawing conclusions based on incomplete information, writing a narrative and not checking it with the people involved, any of the people involved for factual correctness before publishing, has been pushing the idea that I was involved in having a prisoner moved.   He’s published a lie that Minister Judith Collins organised this.

David Fisher, in his partial and very sanitised “Mea Culpa – I used to be manipulated against my will by Cameron Slater” piece in the Herald the other day may also take note of the fact, instead of how he likes to present things.

Below, is an OIA reply from the Department of Corrections.  All personal details have been redacted to respect the privacy of the person who requested the OIA.  A non-redacted copy is in my possession.

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