David Fisher

Nice try Herald, but a woman still gently weeps on Rudman’s column

Yesterday I drew attention to two article about Syria and the Herald’s stupid captions.

Well, it is clear that someone at the NZ Herald is still tasked with monitoring WOBH.

AS soon as “Tainted” Fisher discovered the errors he rushed to have the captions changed.

The woman is now reacting:

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The lies by omission and inference of a tainted journalist [UPDATED]

David “Tainted” Fisher has let his personal hatred of me cloud his judgement. Perhaps he thought he could get away with it because his editor, Shayne Currie, is on leave.

He has written a piece on the NZ Herald site yesterday that has so many errors in it it could almost be called a work of fiction. The NZ Herald has already had to correct it twice, but I’ve thought overnight about the most outrageous claims by David Fisher and decided I couldn’t let it stand.

“Tainted” Fisher wrote this:

Blomfield had fought off the attacker, fiercely enough that police later found blood from which they took DNA.

He struggled to think who might want him hurt, or worse. In the end, he came up with a suspect list of 285,000 people – the monthly readership of the Whaleoil blog, who he believed had been given every reason to think he was one of the worst people in New Zealand.

So David Fisher, and his subject, have decided by inference that the person who attacked Mr Blomfield must have been one of you. You should feel outraged by this…not just by the inference but by the fact that David Fisher, and his subject, know who the attacker was, there was DNA evidence after all, and they also know that the attacker has been in custody since July.  His details are displayed on the Police website, including what he has been charged with and when he was arrested.  Read more »

Poor Nicky, on edge after cops raid his house

Nicky Hager is crying a river of tears to anyone who will listen, which is most of the complicit media, like his pal David “Tainted” Fisher:

The family of journalist Nicky Hager have been left worried and afraid after a 10-hour police search of his home in a bid to find the hacker Rawshark.

Computers and papers were seized in what appeared to be an attempt to discover the identity of the person who provided information used in his Dirty Politics book.

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Hager said five officers came to his Wellington home last Thursday with a search warrant.

He was in Auckland at the time, giving lectures at the University of Auckland.

“Soon after the police arrived, the lead detective stated that I was not a suspect in their case, merely a witness.”

Hager’s sister Mandy Hager was present at the raid, and described on Twitter last night what took place.

“I observed police as they searched – polite and respectful (and slightly sheepish) – clearly strings pulled from above #dirtypolitics,” she wrote.

A police spokesman told the Herald officers had not deliberately waited until after the September 20 election to conduct the search.

“No. This is a purely operational decision based on where our inquiries have led us to date.”

In a media statement, a spokesman confirmed police had removed “computers and related items under search warrant from a Wellington address” as part of their ongoing investigation into alleged hacking of Slater’s emails.

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Hager raided, computers seized

Media are reporting that Nicky Hager has had search warrants executed on his house as Police follow lines of enquiry relating to the illegal hacking of my emails.

Hager has put out a statement:

I believe the police actions are dangerous for journalism in New Zealand. It matters to all people working in the media who could similarly have their property searched and seized to look for sources.

Really? My emails were seized and searched by criminals, and that isn’t a threat to journalism or people working in the media?

So hacking and stealing someone emails is ok, but Police doing their job isn’t?

Of course his enablers are all rushing to his defence. Some of them may well be complicit in the crimes that were committed against me.

For Hager to claim journalistic endeavours is going to be very difficult. Journalists call people they write stories about. Journalists give people a right of reply. Journalists tell the whole story, not massaged narratives that suit their politics.   Read more »

Post election Prebble

The Letter just came in and among some of the more amusing items (ACT has a strong brand?), these items deserve a wider audience?

TVNZ, TV3 and state radio called this election wrong.

The credibility of our news services has taken a huge hit.

Night after night TV and radio told us John Key was a liar.

First “Dirty politics” and then claims of mass surveillance were given not just top billing but saturation coverage.

The news blogs are going to be the big winners.

This election has been the clearest example yet of the main stream media picking a winner and doing everything they could to make it happen.  Radio New Zealand, TV3 and the NZ Herald had nailed their colours to the mast for such a long time, changing gear was no longer possible once they realised they were backing the wrong horse.

Sadly, it’s been seen as a left v right issue, when it’s really been a right v wrong issue.  By picking sides, and as it turned out, very much the losing side, these media organisations have lost customers and credibility.

Look at the numbers for Campbell Live since Hosking joined Seven Sharp.

Look at the NZ Herald subscription numbers while they are desperately trying to push others out at cost to keep their numbers up.

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Dimpost on the left’s slaughter

Danyl McLauchlan writes about the slaying of the left.

  • The National Party is an incredibly well resourced, well managed, professional political party and it turns out that these things counted for a lot last night.
  • The phone was not off the hook for Labour. Twelve months ago, just after Cunliffe won the leadership of his party Labour were on 37% with the Greens on 12%. There’s a cliche that oppositions don’t win elections, government’s lose them, but Labour lost this election. Cunliffe is probably the worst campaigner in New Zealand political history.
  • Based on the preliminary figures I think turnout will end up being slightly higher than last time but still very low. I was a strong advocate for a strategy of having left-wing parties try and improve their vote by targeting and mobilising younger voters, but it turns that that strategy is electoral suicide! Sorry guys!
  • So the lesson from last night’s right-wing landslide seems to be that older New Zealanders are very engaged with the political process and younger New Zealanders are not. That’s a shame but it’s a message politicians cannot ignore. No one’s going to waste time and energy chasing ‘the youth vote’ again for a very long time.

Youth don’t vote, ever. A few Nat MPs I know don’t bother chasing this vote, the effort required for the payoff means you are better off working elsewhere.

  • I think that the best way forward for Labour is for Cunliffe and ‘the old guard’ – Goff, Mallard and King – to resign. They’ve been at war for six years now and they’re tearing their party apart. I doubt this will happen though. The civil war will drag on for another parliamentary term. That party is dying.

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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?

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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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