So tell me again why you’d speak with The Nation?

Arthur Taylor is the cause célèbre at the moment for Newshub and the crim-huggers at The Nation.

But yet again one of their causes is under investigation as a result of their story.

Auckland Prison inmate Arthur Taylor does not have the permission of the prison director to earn an income while behind bars, and a Corrections spokesperson has confirmed the department will be looking into it.

The self-styled jailhouse “lawyer” told The Nation’s Lisa Owen that he gets paid for what he calls consultancy work.

“I am contacted frequently… from people who seek advice on various matters and are only too willing to pay,” he says.

In 2010, media reports claimed Inland Revenue had assessed his income for the previous year at more than $100,000.  

He refuses to confirm or deny that, and won’t say how much he has banked over the years.

“I pay my taxes. I declare all my income, I pay child support,” he says.

Inmates who are self-employed and earn income while in prison need approval from the prison director for their work.

I’m glad Corrections are investigating.

Let’s hope they come to a sensible finding.

But this serves as a word of warning for anyone considering talking to The Nation or Newshub…you are likely to be thrown under the bus after their initial story to create new and more interesting stories.

TV3 go in and pretend to be advocates, let the foolish people lap it all up like Arthur Taylor did yesterday, and then they burn up their sources.

It is why I don’t speak with The Nation and never spoke with John Campbell. You simply can’t trust them.

 

– Newshub


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