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12:42 pm, November 17th, 2016 - 63 comments
Categories: David Farrar, Dirty Politics, dpf, same old national, spin - Tags: #dirtypolitics, david farrar, dirty politics, dpf, jason ede
Recent cataclysmic events, both political and geological, mean a few interesting stories have slipped under the radar. Here’s two of them.
National’s surviving dirty politics blogger chose the (NZ) day of the US election to slip out this little beauty – Trying to rehash Dirty Politics
The DIA e-mailed me this week to say that they are releasing the data below, sought by Nicky Hagar since February 2015, showing calls and texts from Jason Ede to me between January to August 2011 when Jason worked for Ministerial Services.
A table is included.
So eliminating the one minute ones which would be no answer/voicemails, this shows 13 phone calls over eight months, which is around one phone call every 19 days.
Oh yeah there were also six text messages over eight months. This will of course be breathlessly reported by Hager as proof of, well something, and repeated uncritically by some in the media.
DPF sounds a little upset – it’s just metadata – surely if he has nothing to hide he has nothing to fear? Or is it perhaps the case the metadata isn’t so harmless after all? And he tries to spin this as a non-event, but it does show regular contact with Dirty Politics HQ. Presumably most of the discussion was via email, which is not covered by this data.
For a second story, National is still up to its old tricks, trying to subvert the media –
Paula Bennett's press secretary called a colleague asking her to change my story to make it more Gov-friendly. https://t.co/ey0iasdj8Y
— Tom Hunt (@tomdom76) November 8, 2016
I think we all owe it to ourselves to go and read the piece – which was not changed – that Paula Bennett didn’t want us to see – Depressed Wellington man’s impossible search for a suitable home