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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Does Wishart have even worse Tamihere material?

Ian Wishart has been very crafty with his PR campaign for the Tamihere interview. I wonder if his slow dribbling of details to the other news companies means there is another Investigate article containing much worse quotes on the way? Given Wishart's very obvious dislike for the Labour Party and socialism in general, I wonder if he planned to give Labour enough rope to hang themselves?

From the Herald on Sunday article on the Holocaust comments:
Mr Wishart decided to release the comments after it emerged Mr Tamihere and one other person had returned to Soljans Cafe in West Auckland to talk to staff about the recording of the interview. The Agenda programme was contacted by a "source close to Mr Tamihere" offering tape recordings of staff who apparently said there was no recording device on the table when the MP lunched with Mr Wishart.
So Tamihere is looking for evidence to prove he did not intentionally slur his comrades in Labour, even if he didn't retract the comments. He seems to only want to prove his integrity.

But the Sunday-Star Times says:
Actually, there may be even more incredible things; the magazine's editor, Ian Wishart, says he will release previously unpublished quotes from his interview with Tamihere. For instance, he alleges Tamihere told him, apropos women occupying top positions in New Zealand: "I don't mind front-bums being promoted, but just because they're (women) shouldn't be the issue, they've won that war."
This guy has no idea of tact when it comes to conversation with a known anti-Labour journalist. What game was he playing at?

At the end of the Herald article, Tamihere says 'he was glad the comments were out now so Mr Wishart didn’t get another edition out of the interview.' So maybe there is nothing worse. I guess we will find out this week. In the meantime, Labour has to decide whether to ask for Tamihere's resignation. Clark told the Herald 'she was certain Mr Tamihere meant no offence'.

Whats worse, someone who intentionally denies the Holocaust, or someone who accidentally minimises the Holocaust because hes 'bored' with the issue? [AL: replaced 'denies' with 'minimises'] A large group of the first can easily take advantage of a large group of the second.

UPDATE @ 12:48PM: I missed an NBR article of 5th April during my earlier Tamihere coverage. Have a read, its an interesting recap at this stage of the saga.

The Sunday-Star Times has another longer article on Tamihere, and Tom Paine of Silent Running reveals a close connection to Tamihere, and wonders if the Holocaust quote was misreported.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/10/2005 12:23:00 pm

5 Comments:

Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I'll be accused again of "lowering the tone" but it seems JT could defecate on the PM's desk and she would tell the Herald that he had been caught short and couldn't get to the loo in time. "He really is quite a nice boy, you know....."

4/10/2005 12:55:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

But in private, he'd be made to eat his words

4/10/2005 01:08:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adolf, Mike Williams knew about the interview. He was in at TVNZ while JT was being interviewed. Of course, knowing about an interview is different to approving. Remember we know from JT just how tricky they are. Rodney Hide.

4/10/2005 02:01:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Whats worse, someone who intentionally denies the Holocaust, or someone who accidentally denies the Holocaust because hes 'bored' with the issue? A large group of the first can easily take advantage of a large group of the second."

John Tamihere has not denied tha holocaust intentionally or otherwise.

He is saying enough already.

4/10/2005 07:58:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Yes was in a bit of a rush when i was typing that, i should have said something along the lines of 'minimised importance of'. Its in my latest post.

4/10/2005 08:47:00 pm  

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