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|David Cunliffe at the NZ Open Source Awards, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Let’s start with the editorial’s headline: “Cries of bias will not stop reporting”. As if somebody, somewhere was threatening to stop the Herald from reporting the news! No one, especially not the leading complainant, David Cunliffe, is demanding that the publication be closed down. All that the Leader of the Opposition asks of the Herald is that its reporting be factual. An understandable concern, given that amidst all of Mr Donghua Liu’s claims of donating upwards of $100,000 to the NZ Labour Party, hard facts have been very difficult to find.
The Herald virtually acknowledges this singular deficiency when, after its lengthy parade of straw men and non-sequiturs, the editorial finally declares: “We regret having reported inflated and conflated dollar figures.
- See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/06/27/true-to-form-deconstructing-this-mornings-herald-editorial/#sthash.l0MB9PEc.hHJXGBiu.dpuf
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Controversial businessman Donghua Liu has issued a new statement to the Herald confirming "close to" $100,000 in total payments to Labour and its MPs – including anonymous donations - but clarifying that the money was not for one bottle of wine.
Liu, who Labour gave permanent residency against official advice, says his earlier signed statement on the wine auction was "capable of two meanings" and after repeated inquiries from the Herald he says he wants to clarify what he spent the $100,000 on. The signed statement obtained by the Herald on Sunday said that at a 2007 Labour Party fundraiser, he "successfully bid on bottles of wine including one bottle signed by the then Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Helen Clark, with a contribution of close to $100,000".
The previous sentence in the signed statement said dinner and a boat trip on the Yangtze River in 2007 with a group including Rick Barker, the Minister for Internal Affairs at the time, which Liu estimated to cost between $50,000 to $60,000.
Today, Liu said: "I did say I made a contribution of close to $100,000 and that is my closing comment in my statement…that is how much I believe I have donated in total to Labour and some of their MPs during their last term in Government."
He said the figure was the total payments to Labour and its politicians which included the wine auctions, a $2000 donation to the Hawkes Bay Rowing Club, the Yangtze River trip and anonymous donations to MPs.
"I have no reason to inflate this number. It's as best as I can remember," said Liu.
The signed statement makes no mention of Liu winning an auction for a book, although Herald sources said he paid $15,000 for a book signed by Ms Clark.
"Again, as a private donor I donated to both Governments in good faith and without expectation. It is not my responsibility to make the appropriate political declarations," said Liu.
"Some of these donations were made anonymously which was perfectly legal and so such donations will only ever appear in some individual donation returns as anonymous."
Seems a lot of bulldust to me!
- Sounds like a load of bulldust to me John Key and Auntie Herald
- Lost in translation?
- Businessman 'donated to Governments of both colours'
- No complaints made over Liu's Labour donations
- Labour has no record of donation from Liu: Barnett
- Chinese businessman Liu's $100k wine news to former cabinet minister Rick Barker...
- Labour hits back at donation claims
- Labour rejects donation claims