NZ Herald still not giving up on Dotcom

It’s quite the sausagefest over at the Herald, and they have jumped at the chance to defend Kim Dotcom, in an article they titled “John Banks’ wife’s obsessive detective work”.  (Double apostrophe bonus!)

Writes Vlad, one of our Whaleoil commenters:

I see that Dotcom is spinning like a top about this, and the Herald is of course eagerly publishing his bluster:

But Dotcom this afternoon told the Herald: “I’m just shaking my over John Banks.[SIC] I just don’t understand how he thinks this is going to change things.”

He said the meeting with the American businessmen took place “a couple of days before the donation meeting”.

“I think the meetings with the Americans was either on the 5th or 6th (of June 2010) and the meeting with the donations was I believe on the 9th.”

The problem for KDC and the Herald’s repeater is that this has already been considered by the Court of Appeal – this is what the judgement says:

“[10] The Crown ran into difficulty at trial when the defence established
incontrovertibly that the lunch was indeed held on 5 June. The date mattered
because the cheques were drawn on 9 June and Mr Dotcom was adamant that he had
given Mr Banks a firm commitment at the lunch and evidenced it by having the
cheques prepared and signed immediately afterward. Proof that the lunch was held
on 5 June did not emerge until the defence disclosed its hand at the close of the
Crown case, leaving something of an evidential vacuum about the intervening

Perhaps KDC is hoping that the public and the Herald reporter haven’t bothered to read the full judgement. A reasonable expectation.

Of course.  Dotcom has enjoyed a number of image repair pieces by the Herald.  I don’t know them to be a particularly loyal organ of record – they tend to easily turn on people.  The only thing I can theorise is that Dotcom has got them firmly locked down under contract, and the money hasn’t yet run out on that.


That’s not what was said today.  That was from the original ruling.


It’s both fun and painful to watch them try to justify the ever-increasing mountain of public evidence against Dotcom.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.