Lprent has posted already on the Herald editorial this morning. Whoever wrote the editorial has tried to downplay the clusterfuck that is the Herald handling of the Donghua Liu issue. The comments to the editorial on the NZ Herald website should be read to believe. There are obviously some really annoyed people out there and many people’s sense of fairness has been upset.
Some of the more interesting comments are set out below. One from Mogwai
“Seeking the truth” are you serious? I don’t even vote Labour but on this matter NZH columnists [with the exception of O'Sullivan] have simply distorted the truth and have clearly been working to a coordinated agenda to raise the question “can he be trusted”?
All this while you have done little to hold the pathologically dishonest Key to account. And now we get the Key biography just in time for the election by, wait for it… a former NZH journalist!
Meanwhile even more absurdly you have Audrey Young running shotgun for the photo ops with Obama and writing fawning pump pieces to position trader John as some sort of statesman! All this while John Kerry announced our foreign policy on Iraq which over 2 days went from ‘probably not’ to ‘maybe’ to ‘yes we are with you’! What about some scrutiny of there matters?
Nice try with your column too in trying to say oh we just upset people across the spectrum at different times. This is rubbish – your comments sections have been overwhelmed for months at least with 70-90% of comments calling your writers out on exactly the same issues.
I believe that people’s issues are not with the facts, but with the spin, misinformation and inflammatory headlines. Unfortunately your paper acts like a chap rag now days.
It would be pertinent to the public interest IF you got the facts correct. To keep on repeating that David Cunliffe advocated for Lui in regards to his residency application, and sent them a ‘hurry-up’, is just plain wrong.
He simply asked for an approximate time frame, he did NOT say HURRY UP at all yet you persist in putting words into his mouth, and as many people have pointed out, it is a job that all MPs do at some time or another. As for harping on and on about a donation to a rowing club, whether or not an MPs daughter is a member or not is of no significance whatsoever.
It is absolutely nothing to do with the 2014 election, neither is anything that may or may not have occurred whilst Helen Clark was Prime Minister, unless you are prepared to look into previous National/Act Party members misdeeds to the same extent.
A few names come to mind like Donna Huata Awatere, Tuku Morgan, Pansy Wong for example, not to mention the lying, and fudging of our own current PM. If you have nothing better to do than dig the dirt, at least look at both sides of the coin. I very much doubt that Lui has made any donations to Labour since he got in with National anyway, and they are hiding those
You don’t have an agenda against labour so much as a gushing, cheerleading pro-national one.
And Tom S
The fact you feeled compelled to write a mealy mouthed self-justifying editorial tells the world that you guys are guilty as hell.
“…accusations of political bias and complicated right-wing conspiracies…”
Actually the conspiracy isn’t that complicated. The National Party research unit told your reporter jared Savage where to look and then the Herald went into full smear mode with an unverified statement (not an affivdavit) that the Herald has spent the last week restracting and backsliding from. I am not sure what is more disgraceful.
The sloppy journalism and colusion with theNational Party or the arrogance and hubris that means you think you can smear and get away with it. I hope Labour sue APN and get a front page retraction.
Have a read. It is refreshing to see that so many people are upset by what has happened.
And for some light relief I suggest you read the questions and answers to the trade me listing where John Key’s latest book is being sold. The vendor has a very sharp sense of humour.
My personal favourite …
Q Does it answer where he stood on the issue of the Springbok tour?
A There was a springbok tour?