Brian Gaynor Made To Eat His Own Humble Pie

Brian Gaynor threw the cloak of sanctimony around his shoulders and rode his high horse during Dirty Politics crying about being sued for defamation and invoking an argument that being sued for defamation suppressed his freedom of speech.

Well, well, well what a difference a few weeks makes.

Yesterday in The Herald both Gaynor and the Herald have had to apologise to Mark Hotchin and Hanover for their Hotchin derangement syndrome on page B12, buried sufficiently back in the rag so as to not be noticed.

I wonder why it wasn’t online? No matter I borrowed someone’s paper so I didn’t have to buy one.

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Why look for news when you can make Stuff up?

The Dominion Post seems to be plumbing the depths that the Herald usually inhabits.


I guess they figured the Taxpayers‚Äô Union wasn‚Äôt so good with the record keeping. ¬† Read more »

Who would want to be Chris Cairns now?


Dylan Cleaver reports

Lalit Modi has issued legal proceedings against Chris Cairns to claw back $4.9 million in damages and costs.

Mr Modi, the former head of the Indian Premier League, has also applied to the High Court in London to have the libel verdict won by Cairns in 2012 to be set aside on the grounds of fraud.

In an email to the Herald, Modi’s lawyer, Rajesh Vyakarnam, said: “Mr Modi has issued proceedings to set aside the 2012 libel judgment on the ground of fraud and is claiming the return of all damages and costs paid which are in excess of ¬£2.4m. Read more »

Face of the day

Alastair Thompson

Alastair Thompson

To be fair, Alastair Thompson has many reasons for his intense dislike of Cameron Slater as he has been exposed a number of times on Whaleoil for his dodgy dealings.

However he has now resorted to making things up in order to try to get his revenge. Actually that is too polite. He is defaming Cameron with statements that he knows very well are lies.

It is one thing to hit your opponents by exposing facts, it is quite another to deliberately defame them.

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McCullum vs Cairns: Only one can be right


What are the odds of both Brendan McCullum and Chris Cairns speaking the truth and both stories work in together flawlessly? ¬†¬† Read more »

Colin Craig suddenly not so litigous

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman and Conservative Party leader Colin Craig have resolved their dispute over Norman’s comments about Craig at the Big Gay Out earlier this year.

Craig had filed a lawsuit against Norman after the Greens co-leader claimed that Craig thought a woman’s place was in the kitchen and a gay man’s was in the closet.

A joint statement issued by the Greens said both accepted that the comments were made on a political occasion, but they disagreed about what the comments were understood to mean.

“Neither party considers there is value in continuing with the dispute in the courts.

“They jointly issue this statement to draw a line under the dispute. There is no issue about damages, since Mr Craig never sought them, and both parties have agreed to bear their own costs.”

Didn’t Russel Norman get a boat load of money to fight the lawsuit? ¬† Wonder where that ended up?


– Stuff

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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The Simpson Grierson Challenge

Yesterday, Kim Dotcom revealed that two “junior” lawyers are tasked with keeping up to date with Whaleoil every day so they may compile material for a rumoured defamation suit.

It’s nice to know we have you here. ¬†I’ve called you Tom and Jerry. ¬†It’s so much nicer to have names. ¬†After all, you know mine.


Not really Tom and Jerry. Actually, I don’t know this. This may in fact be Tom and Jerry. But I’m fairly sure it isn’t Tom and Jerry from Simpson Grierson

Now, I don’t see why you should have your enjoyment of Whaleoil spoiled by actually having to do real work.

Just so you know I’m thinking of you, I’ve encrypted something truly defamatory. ¬†Your challenge is to decrypt it.

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More impertinent questions

Is Kim Dotcom the person with the most active court actions in NZ right now?

Is he McCready’s 2nd cousin?

How many of those did he start himself?

Why so many?

Is Whaleoil the¬†only media organisation that hasn’t had a legal letter yet?

When will the bullying to silence criticism stop?

Was the Church of Scientology analogy reasonable?


Internet Party defamation lawsuit: I will welcome the chance to present every fact I know

qw2 Explaining to Mathew Backhouse, Dotcom says:

Dotcom said he had a meeting with a company that had suggested surveillance of Slater, including taking photographs and seeing who he was meeting. “But then I thought about my own GCSB experience and I felt very uncomfortable with the idea of doing that, so I just didn’t go ahead with it.” Dotcom said his legal team was monitoring the Whale Oil blogsite. “There are two junior lawyers that every day go there to see what new defamation he is writing, and they have been building the case. So that is what I was talking about.”

The defence phase of a defamation trial is simply fascinating. ¬† Read more »