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  • Danyl Mclauchlan,

    Unsurprisingly DPF et al are delighted with Wisharts latest story. I strongly suspect that in the not unlikely event that National are in government in eighteen months time people like David will quickly rue cheerleading Wishart and his particular brand of seat-sniffing journalism. I predict that it won't be long before their fearless crusader for truth has turned his guns on prominent liberal members of the National Party and we'll see Katherine Rich, Lockwood Smith and Chris Finlayson on the front cover of Investigate being charged with white-slavery, cannibalism, soy-milk smuggling, colluding with Al Qaeda or whatever else Wishart dreams up. Hell of a double-edged sword they have there.

    After all, can anyone over the age of twelve categorically state that they've never been to a party at which objectionable material MIGHT have been present?

    Entering litigation is not a pleasant thing, and it may simply be the case that Wishart is not worth suing.

    I think it's more the case that none of the public figures Wishart targets have any desire to find themselves in a courtroom, under oath while Wisharts lawyers ask questions about their private life while a room full of journalists look on.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 895 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    After all, can anyone over the age of twelve categorically state that they've never been to a party at which objectionable material MIGHT have been present?

    Objectionable in the legal sense. I think so. Oh wait, a copy of 2005's Critic 23 may have been present at one. Damn.

    The differences with Broad of course are that:

    1. It was his house and he DID know - not might have known
    2. He's a cop, and I prefer than cops don't ignore the law

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2988 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    What I find interesting is that claims made by Wishart and his informants are treated as gospel truth, and denials or explanations by their targets are derided as lies or spin. You would hope never to face a jury staffed by Farrar's commenters.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Anorak,

    "mentally-challenged commenters on other blogs who resort to ad hominem attacks"

    Irony much?

    Auckland • Since Apr 2007 • 61 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    The differences with Broad of course are that:

    1. It was his house and he DID know - not might have known
    2. He's a cop, and I prefer than cops don't ignore the law.

    The other way of looking at it is that there were far more senior policemen than him there, who may actually have seen the video. I think it would have been more incumbent on them to take action than a 23 year-old constable.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18503 posts Report Reply

  • Danyl Mclauchlan,

    A large part of the later allegations appear to be based on the testomy of a twice convicted killer. The killer claims to have been threatened with having a friend raped/killed by a policeman to confess the first time and then railroaded by police to cover up a police sanctioned murder the second time.

    Well that is interesting. I've heard from a number of different sources (hearsay alert) that the reason the mainstream media refused to touch Wisharts BDSM story about David Benson-Pope is because reporters at other South Island media outlets had been previously approached by a mentally ill person with serious criminal convictions trying to sell a very similar story. Wishart has never named the identity of his source for his allegations.

    This is just Wellington gossip - I haven't heard it from any horses mouths, so take it with a grain of salt (and some lime and tequila) - but its interesting in light of the above comment.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 895 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    After all, can anyone over the age of twelve categorically state that they've never been to a party at which objectionable material MIGHT have been present?

    Darryl, of course I bloody can't. Then again, I do own around two dozen restricted DVDs (though no porn, sorry) as part of my collection which I don't show (illegally) to minors, or would regard as appropriate entertainment at any kind of fundraiser in my home.

    I also recently loaned from a friend a copy of Alan Moore and Melinda Grebbie's sexually explicit graphic novel Lost Girls, which I didn't leave lying around on the coffee table for rather obvious reasons.

    And just an FYI, Darryl, Mr. Wishart was around long before the election of the Fifth Labour Government. Trying to paint this man as some kind of National Party sock puppet is (at best) a wee bit disingenuous.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11781 posts Report Reply

  • Raymond A Francis,

    Wishart=Wishard=nutter
    A belated well done on the Netscape awards Russell

    And was I the only one amused by Chris Trotter use of your material in his paper column
    You normally know where you stand with Chris although he tarnished his reputation with me with his stand that the lefts dodgyl money grab was made all right because "we are morally in the right"

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 529 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Smith,

    I struggle with the way Wishart works and writes. It's like he aims at readers who want to hear stuff like this so they can have a quick rage at the government, slam the magazine on the coffee table, and then go back to watching the rugby. I know a number of people who try contact Wishart on his views, but get nothing back. But I'm not sure he deliberately lies; it's that he probably gets so wrapped up in some sort tunnel vision he borders being mendacious.

    Since Jan 2007 • 150 posts Report Reply

  • Danyl Mclauchlan,

    And just an FYI, Darryl, Mr. Wishart was around long before the election of the Fifth Labour Government. Trying to paint this man as some kind of National Party sock puppet is (at best) a wee bit disingenuous.

    Feel free to read what I actually wrote, and if you have anything interesting to say about my actual post (as opposed to your wild misreading of it) I'll be happy to reply.

    RB's scientology links give me an excuse to link to the online version of Bare Faced Messiah, the (very) unofficial biography of L Ron Hubbard. It's pretty wild.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 895 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    And just an FYI, Darryl, Mr. Wishart was around long before the election of the Fifth Labour Government. Trying to paint this man as some kind of National Party sock puppet is (at best) a wee bit disingenuous.

    Aw, c'mon Craig. You know very well that Wishart has pursued an obsessive ideologically-driven campaign against the current government. Remember the secret lesbian cabal led by Head Lesbian Helen Clark? For goodness sake, his cover illustration for this issue is a full-page portrait of Michael Cullen.

    Danyl was pointing out that the Kiwiblog commenters lapping up the current controversy might not be so happy if and when Wishart starts targeting liberal National MPs.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18503 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I know a number of people who try contact Wishart on his views, but get nothing back. But I'm not sure he deliberately lies; it's that he probably gets so wrapped up in some sort tunnel vision he borders being mendacious.

    And I know one person who has conclusively demonstrated to Wishart that major elements of a story concerning them have been flat-out wrong. Not a flicker.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18503 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    The other way of looking at it is that there were far more senior policemen than him there, who may actually have seen the video. I think it would have been more incumbent on them to take action than a 23 year-old constable.

    Hum... I take your point, as far as it goes, but I don't recall Commissioner Broad saying in recent weeks that playing pass the parcel up the chain of command is an appropriate response to matter like this. Without access to a transcript of his interview on Morning Report today, I think he said he'd expect a very different response from any constable in the same situation today.

    I'll also throw something else into the pot: Where the hell would the Wood Commission into Police Corruption in New South Wales have gotten if it was dependent on the co-operation of those at the top of the greasy pole "taking action"?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11781 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Llewellyn,

    Gotta admit, there are some uncomfortable grey areas to the popular line of reasoning that someones competence today can and should be held accountable by their actions - or inactions - of the past.

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    You know very well that Wishart has pursued an obsessive ideologically-driven campaign against the current government.

    Yes, just and you and Darryl know very well the man has pursued an obsessive, ideologically-driven campaign against the two previous ones (__Paradise Conspiracy__ anyone?), and I'm sure he'll do exactly the same against the next.

    I used to have to drink an awful lot to reach Investigate-like levels of paranoia (but would pass out fairly quickly, so little harm done), but I just don't see any evidence that Wishart's m.o. has noticeably changed over the last two decades or so. Just the targets.

    Of course, it would help enormously if the supposedly 'respectable' MSM weren't quite so willing to spread the muck without doing the basic fact-checking Mr. Wishart doesn't bother with.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11781 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Not that this should need saying, but whatever my opinion of Messers Cullen and Benson-Pope (low to non-existent), I would be quite happy to kick in some dosh towards their legal costs if they sue Investigate -- and every other media outlet that's repeated the claims made against them - for libel.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11781 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    The other way of looking at it is that there were far more senior policemen than him there, who may actually have seen the video. I think it would have been more incumbent on them to take action than a 23 year-old constable.

    Perhaps, those same people aren't the now Police Commissioner who thinks criminal offending of this nature is best dealt with through "internal action", however.

    And arguments of this nature didn't seem to work in the eyes of most over the Abu Gahraib guards who didn't blow the whistle:

    I'm only a private, my sergeant knew what was going on so I said nothing. That's okay isn't it?

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2988 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    David Farrar says:

    If the allegations can not be substantiated, those named should sue for defamation to clear their names. These are very serious allegations.

    WTF! Why on earth should they / would they. The guy is clearly very nasty. I have no doubt he would revel in court. Just another forum for self publicity and his deluded ramblings. This is the stuff of Brethren hiring detectives to follow government ministers. No wonder Clark used the cancerous and corrosive phrase to describe this kind of politics. I think she was being very restrained. I find it incredibly odd that Key and English chose to give their first in-depth interview to Wishart. Was this some kind of payback?

    Craig, as has been pointed out to you before, Danyl is spelt

    December Alpha November Yoyo Lima - as a radio personality of growing repute I would expect you to be erring on the side of accuracy these days.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1615 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Fox,

    Ian Wishart is the Lord of the disingenuous and it amazes me that the MSM repeatedly pick up on his drivel. The guy is obviously quite a sad and restless soul who will not be happy until NZ becomes a Christian theocracy with someone like Bishop Tamaki installed as minister for social development. As this is unlikely to ever happen he'll repeatedly bend the truth to such an extent that he’ll compromise his chances of ever reaching paradise. The rest of us can comfort ourselves in the knowledge that he is destined to rot in hell for eternity. Shame.

    Since Nov 2006 • 105 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    as a radio personality of growing repute

    Never time to rest on your laurels though Craig, Candy & Jason will be watching your career trajectory with interest.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    Entirely off the point, but I do love how everyone, including the esteemed RB keeps referring to the "video", despite the fact that it's referred to as a "film", there was a "projector" present, and it was around about 1981. Heh.

    Funny how times change. And incidentally, kind of interesting that someone would have film porn. Talk about old skool. And really, back in the day any sort of home projection (rugby, porn or otherwise), would be much more novel than it is now.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 681 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Why no denials? I'll tell you why. It's the LBJ principle.

    "I know he's not a pig fucker. I just want to hear him deny it in public."

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    This needs to brought fully into the open.

    Suggest give Ian Wishart what he wishes for. A full Royal Commission type enquiry would be a good cathartic thing. Similar enquiries in Queensland and NSW uncovered bad stuff, but were ultimately good things to have happen. And the government that did it were seen as the new brooms, the governments that refused it were seen as corrupt.

    If police corruption of the nature Investigate claims - bribery, sexual assualt, child prostitution, protection rackets, drug supply, menacing - did/do exist or do not exist it is a good thing to have a full investigation. Any investigation will likely show that police culture was continous through both National & Labour governments, so National will not gain traction from it.

    But if this does not happen then Labour is dead in water. Any less will be seen as more business as usual by the government (which Labour happens to be) and people will vote against the government. If Labour refuses to act then tarnish sticks and all John Key needs to propose is a independent investigation and he looks like a saint.

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Perhaps Ian should be asked to produce corroborating evidence, Angus, before any more time is spent on this?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    As for the timing of this...well, it is budget week, and by some accounts a pretty good one coming up. Last time Wishart made a "major" revelation was the day Don Brash resigned.

    Convenient.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1615 posts Report Reply

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