I knew Clare Curran was dumb, but not this dumb

The Clare Curran debacle just keeps on going. I hope she doesn’t give in anytime soon.

Newstalk ZB reports:

The chair of Radio New Zealand’s set to ignore a Government directive and attend a Parliamentary committee to set the record straight about the notorious meeting Minister Clare Curran had with the now former head of content at the state broadcaster.

Newstalk ZB Political editor Barry Soper understands Richard Griffin was directed to stay away from the committee, and was instead told to write a letter apologising for misleading the committee.

Griffin would not say who made the suggestion that he instead write a letter of apology to the committee, but Soper says that it was Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran.

The committee was misled because Carol Hirschfeld for four months said the meeting was not organised, but happened after she ran into Curran after a gym workout.

However, it’s been revealed Curran had pre-organised the meeting.

Hirschfeld resigned last week after admitting it had been pre-planned.

But it’s doubtful the minister will be around to hear the recant from RNZ bosses – she’s conveniently scheduled to fly out to the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane on Thursday morning, when they’re due to appear.

Griffin’s term as Radio NZ chairman ends later this month. He is not expected to be re-appointed by the Government.

End of quote.

Curran and Ardern both admitted it was Curran who made the “suggestion”, but they have decided that there is nothing to see here and we should all move on.

Stuff reports:

Embattled Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran denies inappropriately encouraging the chair of Radio NZ to stay away from a select committee expected to probe the shock resignation of a senior executive.

RNZ board chair Richard Griffin and RNZ chief executive Paul Thompson are expected to attend the select committee on Thursday to correct the public record after inadvertently misleading it in December over the nature of a meeting between Curran and former RNZ executive Carol Hirschfeld.

[…]

NZME reported on Tuesday it had been “suggested” to Griffin that he write a letter of apology to the committee rather than front in person. He said the advice applied only to him, not Thompson.

Opposition MPs on the committee are expected to use their recall to try and embarrass the Government further over the affair.

Curran confirmed on Tuesday she had left a voice mail on Griffin’s phone suggesting he write a letter to the select committee to correct the public record.

She did not “recall” telling Griffin to stay away from the select committee – it was her understanding that he could not attend, so she told him to write a letter instead.

“What I said was that if he couldn’t attend today then correcting the record as soon as possible would be advised, and that was the advice I had received, and a letter would suffice,” Curran said.

She left Griffin a voicemail and sent him a text message.

“My advice was that he write to the committee if he couldn’t attend in person and correct the record at the earliest possible opportunity before 1pm Thursday which was when the committee was sitting to.”

She said this would be a correction of the record rather than an “apology letter”.

Asked point blank if she had advised Griffin not to attend, Curran said “I don’t recall that” and reiterated that this was “not her intention.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she had asked Curran about her communication with Griffin and it was her understanding she had simply wanted him to correct the public record “as soon as possible given they’d missed that first opportunity”.

End of quote.

What is Jacinda Ardern going to do when it is revealed that Curran is telling porkies?

Clare Curran could resign this month and forever be known as the “April Fool”.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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