Over at Kiwiblog DPF has wet himself with excitement at the Field verdict. Sadly however, he doesn’t get two bullet points into his post before he starts lying. DPF damply reports:
13 Sep 05 PM Helen Clark says ‘the only thing of which Taito Philip Field is guilty is being helpful’. Yes the PM immediately went into bat for him despite the damning allegations. Her first response was to defend what he had done, not establish the truth.
This is a “quote” you will find only on Kiwiblog and Whaleoil, because (unless DPF can produce the source) it is a deliberate lie. What Clark said was: ‘I think the only thing he is probably guilty of is trying to be helpful to someone’. You see what he did there? He deleted “I think” and “probably” to try and sex up an innocuous statement and sell a lie. Later (around June 14 2006) Clark was challenged on this opinion and confirmed: ‘Indeed I think he was, but I am awaiting a full report..’ So there we go ‘I think’ and ‘probably’ and awaiting the full report a perfectly reasonable position before the facts were known. The Tory lie machine has turned this into the ‘Clark ignoring Field’s heinous crimes’ version that DPF and the other Nat apologists push so hard on the blogs..
This is part of a pattern of DPF and other right wing bloggers lying by misquoting. The most egregious case is well covered here. Off course Whaleoil doesn’t like to be left out of the lying by misquoting game.
Shame on DPF and on all those who use such tactics. There is enough to get stuck into in the Field affair without lying about what was said. So read all DPFs comments on the matter with the utmost caution – remember – he didn’t get past bullet point 2 before the lying started.