In amongst all the OTT bluster, here is the most important line from today’s New Zealand Herald editorial:
We regret having reported inflated and conflated dollar figures.
That is a good start, at least. I expect there will be more expressions of regret, and in more prominent places, in coming days.
But then the editorial writer immediately proceeds on to make the dumbest claim of the editorial:
The core issue remains, however: At a minimum, removing Mr Barker’s China trip and a donation to a rowing club the MP’s daughter belonged to, Labour faces Liu’s claim that he made $38,000 in donations to the party and anonymously through MPs.
No, at present Labour faces no claims at all
For there to be any claim to answer, Liu needs to back up his statements with some real, hard evidence. Bank records, receipts, things like that. That is because we now absolutely know that Liu’s memory is faulty, so we cannot trust his recollections. And we also know his motives are compromised, after donating heavily to National in recent times.
Once there is real, hard evidence of donations, then Labour can deal with it. Until then, there is nothing.
The editorial is titled: “Cries of bias will not stop reporting.” Nobody is asking the Herald to stop reporting. I, for one, would just like to see better reporting. Better doesn’t necessarily mean “more favourable to my preferred political party;” better means “with greater regard for facts and less regard for compromised hearsay.”