Front page of the paper screaming $100 000 bottle of wine with David Cunliffe’s face next to it.
Look, we all appreciate that it terrifies the mainstream media that the Left might actually win this election, but concocted stories about $100 000 wines with David Cunliffe’s name and face plastered all around that wine are just becoming a bit Fox News.
I’ve been to more Labour Party fundraisers than I’d ever care to admit in public. Trust me, they are a strain on my grip with reality in terms of their traditional dullness to the point of spontaneous combustion. If anyone had ever donated $100 000 for a bottle of bloody wine, it would have become legendary amongst every Labour Party fundraiser in the Southern Hemisphere. They would be going on about that bloody bottle of wine for the next 100 years. To even consider that it was a possibility and not be wide spread folklore that would be used forever as the yard stick of donation standards suggests a journalist with very little background into the culture of the Labour Party.
That to start with should have sounded journalistic warning bells.
This is supposed to be the mainstream media, not Whaleoil. Do the mainstream media appreciate how moderate they are making Cameron Slater look with all these unsubstantiated claims of donated money to the Labour Party?
Let’s go through the facts shall we?
FACT: The bloke Maurice Williamson was trying to protect from domestic violence charges and who Maurice did the citizenship ceremony immediately for in his office signs a statement NOT AN AFFIDAVIT, a statement, 2 days after Maurice is forced to stand down claiming that he also gave a $15 000 donation to Labour. But Labour have no record of this donation. So, really, Donghua Liu, the bloke in question who has made huge boasts regarding his investment in this country with very little to actually show in terms of that investment has signed a statement making another huge boast, this being the same bloke who was ever so grateful that his mate Maurice called the Police on his behalf over him bashing two women. So really, one could go as far as to suggest that Donghua Liu has one all mighty axe to grind with Labour and we are going on his word that he did in fact donate this $15000 in the first place? Because, you know, he’s kinda got a motive to damage Labour and a history of grand claims. Please note – no actual evidence has been offered up of this transaction.
FACT: This statement, not an affidavit, was signed 3rd May 2014. How is it that something 6 weeks old only now comes to the attention of the Herald? Who had it signed? Was anyone acting on behalf of the National Party with Liu at any stage of this signing? Has anyone being liaising between Liu and the National Party?
FACT: Donghua Liu claims he gave this money at a fundraiser on the 3rd June 2007. Problem is, Labour didn’t have a fundraiser on 3rd June 2007.
FACT: According to the PM, National have known about this letter for weeks.
CONCLUSION: This is a manufactured smear that is dirty politicking and has nothing to do with the actual issues confronting the majority of NZers at this election. The 800 000 NZers living in poverty deserve a better quality of debate than this bullshit.
All we have here are the words of someone with an agenda and a past history of grand claims that he won’t even sign as an affidavit for Christ’s sake! This is playground Chinese whispers stuff. Appreciate the pun.
Is this kind of journalism the standard of 4th estate responsibility a democracy 3 months out from an election demands? This looks like the entire mainstream media have swallowed a manufactured National Party smear and uncritically run it as headlines.
Please tell me that’s not the case. Please tell me we are better than this?