NZ on Air clears Lee

May 21st, 2009 at 12:09 pm by David Farrar

NZ on Air have stated:

A report conducted by into funding of Asia Downunder has found that the agency was not misled, and that there is no evidence public funding was misused.

Not misled and no evidence of misuse.

NZ On Air is satisfied that Ms Lee did not have editorial control for Asia Downunder programmes dealing with political matters, and that the systems put in place were robust, managed well by TVNZ  and Ms Jean, and willingly complied with by Ms Lee.

NZ On Air was not misled at any stage about Ms Lee’s intentions to stand for Parliament.

NZ On Air is satisfied that public funds intended for production of Asia Downunder were not misused.

They have also published their full report into the allegations. In the report they note TV3 did not contact NZ on Air before broadcasting the allegations.

They also note there a specific reference to the candidacy in the 26 August funding application.

So who should be apologing to for their smears against her? Let us start with Phil Goff and his press release:

Does Melissa Lee’s use of taxpayer money to make the National Party video, including payment for the cost of staff and equipment, constitute a misuse of public funds?

Now note Goff stated as a fact that Lee used taxpayer money to make the video. That was wrong and he should apologise.

But worse is what said in Parliament:

Hon : Has the Prime Minister asked the Minister of Broadcasting to examine whether there have been any conflicts of interest or misuse of NZ On Air money to produce party political advertisements?

Hon BILL ENGLISH: That would have been a matter for the previous Prime Minister to address, because the events being referred to, which were outside the House, occurred under the Labour Minister of Broadcasting.

Hon Trevor Mallard: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Mr SPEAKER: All around the House there will be order. A point of order is being taken.

Hon Trevor Mallard: I do take personal exception to that. If someone stole money on my watch—

Mallard is clearly implying that Lee stole money. He din’t quite state it explicitly but everyone knows what he meant.

Hon Trevor Mallard: I just want to make it clear that I regard as a personal reflection on me the suggestion that I should have stopped Melissa Lee using NZ On Air funding when she did not declare it.

NZ on Air have made it very clear her candidacy was declared and known.

and earlier:

Hon Trevor Mallard: As the former Minister of Broadcasting, I say that if that matter had been properly declared it would have been declared to me. Melissa Lee did not do so.

Yet NZ on Air say:

12. In late August 2008 NZ On Air received a funding application from AVL for production of the 2009 series in time for NZ On Air’s main ‘special interest’ funding round in October 2008. Funding applications for all special interest series planned for 2009 were required to be made to this round so NZ On Air could adequately assess competing proposals.

13. The application specifically stated that if Ms Lee entered Parliament she would stand down from producing the 2009 series if the funding application was successful, and that a permanent replacement producer for the show would be
appointed.

And:

AVL’s application for funding, received by NZ On Air on 26 August 2008, specifically stated that if Ms Lee entered Parliament she would stand down from producing the 2009 series, and that a permanent replacement producer for the show would be appointed.

If Goff and Mallard had just asked the Government if allegations were true, then that would be a different matter. But they both stated allegations as facts, and they got it wrong. Will either or both of them apologise?

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76 Responses to “NZ on Air clears Lee”

  1. mike12 (183 comments) says:

    Labour apologise – are you hav’n a laugh?

    On the lee issue – Im surprised no one except TV3 picked up Shearer’s pathetic attempt at giving his opinion on the super city proposal yesterday. A video clip must floating around surely…

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  2. PaulL (5,987 comments) says:

    The short answer to your question is….no.

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  3. damocles (83 comments) says:

    Might one entertain even for a moment the thought that TV3 might similarly apologise for its miserable beatup of the story, floated by a disgruntled ex-employee of Ms Lee, given traction by the Mallardious one and flogged by Campbell Live ? Do they have a corporate conscience?

    Nah, silly me, must have been indigestion.

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  4. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    Labour should apologise daily for their very existence.

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  5. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Im surprised no one except TV3 picked up Shearer’s pathetic attempt at giving his opinion on the super city proposal yesterday.”

    Dead right. Where’s the media’s scrutiny of this pontificating poseur that compares with their criticism of Melissa Lee? Such a bunch of contemptible anti-democratic left wing toadies.

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  6. Rakaia George (313 comments) says:

    Cleared…not “a prima facie case it is not in the public interest to pursue” actually cleared…up yours Mallard.

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  7. NeilM (370 comments) says:

    I always thought the velvet glove of Helen hid a steel fist, but it was just there to protect the knuckles dragging along the ground.

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  8. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    Is this Mallard-slamming a scene from ‘The Revenge of the Penguin’?

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  9. Inventory2 (10,342 comments) says:

    Doubtless Mallard will come on here and give a wishy-washy defence such as “I was misquoted”. He should apologise to Lee forthwith, and could apologise to some of the others he’s smeared as well – Julian Robertson, the Exclusive Brethren – sheesh – it’s a long list!!

    And doubtless again, this will be the lead story on 3News tonight – cue Tui billboard :-)

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  10. Monty (978 comments) says:

    Trevor – How about it – We know you are a regular reader of this top class blog and now that Uncle Helen has gone – surely both Phil-in and you can apologise publically for your smears – or is apologies still aagainst the Labour Party doctrine?

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  11. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    Thats Mel bound to win the election now!

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  12. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Apologise…. They should resign immediately. They have misled parliament in an attempt to smear the govt.

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  13. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Geez, this is such a repudation of the original allegations one has to wonder how they ever got legs in the first place. What’s going on at NZ On Air? Are there any Labour Party stalwarts on the board at all, who might be connected with Labour?

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  14. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    baiter – unprincipled media hacks who know only that they need to find at least 3 more sensational stories this week need no left OR right political allegiance. Only a contract/employer who reinforces for them that a Whammo! headline is what we want, none of that boring research and analysis…

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  15. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Mallard explains why people call rats ‘small politicians with tails’.

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  16. emmess (1,428 comments) says:

    I think Labour are definitely overreaching in their nastyness now.
    For example on top of everything else, the disgusting display by their activists at the University yesterday.
    The next polls are going to be very interesting, I am sure they will take a hit nationally, and quite possibly in Mt Albert as well.
    People will not be impressed at all.

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  17. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Trevor?

    Terevor…?

    WHERE ARE YOUUUUUUU??????

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  18. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Trevor Mallard

    Perhaps you could explain how you got this so wrong? Was it incompetence or dishonesty?

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  19. NOt1tocommentoften (433 comments) says:

    Oh she’s done so many things wrong since then I’d forgotten about this issue. Good to see she is cleared though. And that Labour are willing to ask for things to be investigated to be sure.

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  20. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    >Hon Trevor Mallard: As the former Minister of Broadcasting, I say that if that matter had been properly declared it would have been declared to me.

    It WAS properly declared. It WASN’T declared to Mallard. Therefore, Mallard has admitted to not knowing what was going on in his own agency.

    But I’m surprised that he expected to be told. Did Mallard instruct his staff to notify him of all applications for funding from National Party supporters? If so, why? So they could be shitted on, like the Comms Manager for Ministry of the Environment was after she had the cheek to sleep with a National Party staffer?

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  21. garethw (205 comments) says:

    Hilarious that after the last weeks of accusing Labour of hypocrisy for doing anything compared to their time in Government, you now make the incredibly hypocritical claim that an Opposition party should apologise for raising allegations in the House.

    I agree that loose allegations casually strung about are not something to be desired in our Parliament but it’s funny to see the disconnect.

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  22. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    “you now make the incredibly hypocritical claim that an Opposition party should apologise for raising allegations in the House.”

    There is a difference between raising allegations and stating those allegations as fact.

    The only disconnect is between you and this obvious truth.

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  23. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Kimble>There is a difference between raising allegations and stating those allegations as fact.

    How the matter should have been raised: Mr Speaker… Before the voters of NZ sacked me as Minister of Broadcasting, NZ On Air funded a program for those slanty-eyed Asian people that my government’s Minister of Foreign Affairs didn’t like. I never had much idea of what was going on in any of my departments, so I don’t have a clue whether the producer of the program declared to NZ On Air that she was standing for election. Now TV3 have aired some allegations regarding Ms Lee. They seem to be based on nothing more than evidence of a sacked employee, and even that evidence amounts to nothing more than “Melissa Lee stood behind me once and didn’t say anything”. This is despite the Labour Party flying the employee down to Wellington and doing our best to get her to dish up some dirt. So the evidence is weak, but could the current Minister please check up and make sure that everything is in order. If it is, then I’ll apologise to Ms Lee personally because this sort of muck raking has no place in NZ and has recently got the Labour Government in to a lot of trouble in the UK.

    How the matter shouldn’t have been raised: How Mallard actually raised it.

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  24. tvb (4,430 comments) says:

    Garner should be taken to the broadcasting standards authority, Mallard and Goff should both be made to answer for their smear. It is not the first time Mallard has done this. Labour having run their smear campaign against Ms Lee have now asked for a truce they think she has got too much name recognition. Too late, they made her character an issue now they have to answer for it.

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  25. backster (2,174 comments) says:

    A continuation of the dirty tricks and lies that Liabour perpetrate with the help of the compliant media. Campbell on TV Three with the colour bearer Duncan Garner and the editor of the Herald to name but three, none of them have the humility or strength of character to apologise when their malevolent lies are exposed.

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  26. niggly (830 comments) says:

    Sorry but don’t expect an apology from Labour, far from it, it’s just a continuation of their dirty tricks and smears campaign. In fact expect more of it! They are such experts!

    All Labour is doing is putting doubt into people minds – truth has got nothing to do with anything – as those that are gulliable and those that don’t follow politics very well will simply fall for Labours dirty soundbites.

    So c’mon National, you should be fighting this on an election footing (after all Labour is). Give Lee more support.

    Lee, in theory, should be able to handle the media frenzies blindfolded after all she is a journo so despite Labour and the Greens best efforts to paint her as some dodgy and out-of-touch Asian (funny how Labour can be racist to Asians – remember the Pansy Wong accent mocking issue etc) she should be the best candidate to handle and counter the media. Well except that no doubt the Labour candidate is receiving top class media handling training from Brian and Judy etc!

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  27. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Brian – top class… Now that was funny. This is about trust eh Brian…. what a winner that was.

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  28. garethw (205 comments) says:

    “There is a difference between raising allegations and stating those allegations as fact.”
    Wow, thanks pal! You’re handy to have around aren’t you!

    If you think any political party, National included, haven’t made allegation-as-fact calls in similar terms to this one then go for it. If you read my post, you’d see I agreed with Mr Farrar’s dislike of this type of thing. But his hypocrisy theme of late seems well suited here.

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  29. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Think Mallard would feel right at home with the Labour types in the UK.

    He is as economical with the truth, as any of their front bench.

    Oh and by the way trevor, if you want a scrap at any time. Happy to oblige.

    You might find the result a tad different from jumping someone in Parliament.

    You are a crude bully-boy. As for honour, you wouldn’t know it if it smacked you in the teeth!

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  30. garethw (205 comments) says:

    “if you want a scrap at any time. Happy to oblige

    You are a crude bully-boy. ”

    Ha. I take it all back, my hypocrisy theme was but a shadow…

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  31. niggly (830 comments) says:

    Ok, I should have put “top class” in inverted commas!

    Hopefully more of these “top class” media attacks will reflect poorly on Labour again (when the “people” start to see it for what it is). Nice to see ironically that it’s giving Ms Lee more media coverage heh heh!

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  32. Grizz (244 comments) says:

    Mallard has always been full of shit. He is nothing more than a lying scaremongering shitstirrer. If he does not apologies for his rant, then really we cannot hold any weight to anything else he might say. At least Melissa Lee has admitted her gaffe and apologise for it. If only the duck would show enough man to grow a pair as well.

    By the way, this will never be reported with gusto by the mainstream media. How dare they stoop so low as to report the facts!

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  33. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    “Hon Trevor Mallard: I just want to make it clear that I regard as a personal reflection on me the suggestion that I should have stopped Melissa Lee using NZ On Air funding when she did not declare it.”

    Mallard made another statement as I remember saying that he did not know of her candidacy in October and this should have been declared on the application – TV3 again.

    What struck me at the time as ludicrous in all that, is that a political handler like Mallard did not know that Lee was a candidate. I am sure that the senior people in Labour had briefing notes on all National candidates and Melissa Lee for certain simply because of her background in the media.

    I would have thought that they would certainly have known and that their staff would have been checking all sorts of things to take advantage of any slips by any candidates including Lee. And National would have been doing the same on Labour candidates. To now say he didn’t know beggars belief.

    TV3 and Duncan Garner would also have known this yet still ran with the interviews – is that honest journalism?

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  34. petal (706 comments) says:

    I think Trev does the job he needs to do – be an effective opposition politician. Labour’s only mistake, in my mind, was the timing of it! They got a lot of traction with this, but there is too much time for Lee to recover now. I don’t like what Trev does, or how he does it, but hey – that’s the way it works people – this ain’t tiddlywinks.

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  35. Trevor Mallard (248 comments) says:

    I was Minister of Broadcasting. NZ on Air did not inform me of the application or the fact that she was a candidate. That was appropriate because I should not have influenced any decision they were to make. They did not inform me that Lee’s company had received a $1.2m contract. In my opinion they should have on the basis of a no surprises approach.

    My integrity and my role as Minister was challenged in the house by English.

    The very credible staffer said she felt pressured by Lee. That is not addressed in the report.

    Lee’s involvement and what I presume has been her subsequent sale of her interest in the company could have been easily addressed by way of personal explanation in the House. She has not done so. The register of pecuniary interests publication has been delayed and there will be a shadow over her until this occurs.

    The situation appears to be not as bad as initially appeared but it has been compounded by her failure to front to put her point of view. I might yet get to the point of saying sorry but not there yet.

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  36. radvad (767 comments) says:

    Stick to picking on lower hanging fruit Trev, like moteliers. That is about the level you have descended to.

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  37. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Trevor Mallard

    I might yet get to the point of saying sorry but not there yet.

    Any plans to man up and say you were wrong rather than blame some “staffer” would be appreciated. Once you have managed it once perhaps you could also apologise for calling me an idiot for informing you about the requirement to have an authorisation on your Labour van on March 1st 2008.

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  38. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    “you could also apologise for calling me an idiot”

    You want him to lie!

    ;)

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  39. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    Just say sorry Mallard. You clearly got it wrong.

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  40. Grizz (244 comments) says:

    “I might yet get to the point of saying sorry but not there yet.”

    Trev, there is still nothing between your legs. Your another has-been. Get over yourself!

    The fact that NZ on air did not inform you that Lee’s company had received a $1.2 million dollar contract is not her fault. So what if Lee was playing hardball, that’s business. She was sticking up for her company and the interests of her employees. That said, she disclosed her political interests when applying for funding and funding was approved by NZ on air at the time while in receipt of the appropriate facts. Right now your trying to create a story out of nothing. Why do you not simply take it like a man and apologise instead of behaving like a weasel.

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  41. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    Mallard – you are unbelievable. You have deliberately smeared Lee and been caught out. Now you’re not big enough to apologise in public.

    Think of how famous you could become as being the first labour MP to apologise to an opposite member for deliberate smearing

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  42. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Melissa Lee was man enough to apologise for dissing South Aucklanders unfairly.

    Why can’t Trevor Mallard apologise for dissing Melissa Lee unfairly?

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  43. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    sonic

    I don’t care what you think about me but in the issue of authorisation I was right and Mallard was wrong. Two weeks after I pointed it out to him he had an authorisation. He breached the EFA but because he is a Labour MP there were no consequences.

    If Mallard hasn’t got enough balls to admit that “joe uneducated” knew more about the EFA than a person who voted to enact it then… who’s the idiot ?

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  44. david (2,557 comments) says:

    Excuse me Trevor, but are you seriously suggesting that the day you become an MP you should divest yourself of all investments?

    surely not ! there must be a bunch of very disapoointed Labour MPs who have had to sell their leveraged investment properties on a depressed market. (cue Tui ad here)

    If Melissa Lee has sold her interest in the Company for the purpose of removing dirty smears from gaining traction then you and yours have brought this country down to a new level in the mud.

    I’m also afraid that whinging about your integrity being challenged in the same breath as using the protection of the House to spread baseless innuendo and straight-out lies about another “honourable member” has about as much credibility as Michael Cullen promising tax cuts.

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  45. Hump (25 comments) says:

    Yet again we see a gutless attack by the bully boys at the Labour party.
    We have seen Trevor hide behind the skirts of parliamentary privilege and Phil Goff casting aspersions..
    The reality with Phil, Annette, Trevor et al is that they have all been promoted beyond their level of competence and all NZ is paying the price of 9 years of appalling government. Go back to teaching Trevor. I am sure that some lucky school would love to have you. While you’re at it, tell Annette that she should go back to being a dental nurse.
    The $2 billion incremental payment ($500 for every NZer) to put a tunnel under Helen’s flock should be the biggest story of the Mt. Albert by-election.. a callous bribe with our money that thankfully has been trashed.

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  46. tvb (4,430 comments) says:

    The “no surprises” policy is simply code to give Ministers a chance to meddle as Mallard surely would have done had he known that Melissa Lee’s company was getting NZ on Air Funding. I note the post above – no acknowledgement he got it wrong.

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  47. Terry J (31 comments) says:

    ‘TREVOR TREVOR JELLY MEAT FOR DINNER’
    GET OVER YOURSELF YOUR JUST A NURTURED GUTLESS PUSSY

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  48. Michael E (274 comments) says:

    I think Trevor has a point about responding to the cut and thrust of question time meant defending his actions as the former minister, but it’s clear that Lee didn’t do anything wrong.

    If the staffer (as claimed by Mallard – but no proof provided) felt pressured by Lee then they could have referred it to a superior or noted this on the application – although I would be surprised if this was the first time dealing with a pushy production company.

    Frankly this looks like as much mud as possible being thrown in the hope some sticks.

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  49. Southern Raider (1,831 comments) says:

    Duckman states “the very credible staffer ”

    She was a slapper made infamous by some crap reality TV show. How does this equate to very credible?

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  50. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Southern Raider

    Anybody is very credible compared to Mallard.

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  51. lofty (1,316 comments) says:

    Well well well bully boy,
    your entry is pathetic, you are a worthless squirming weasel, who obviously took lessons from the master weasel cullen.
    Apologise like a man you big girls blouse.
    While you are at it bully explain the statement that no one should seek employment with an under 20 employer because they will just get the boot after 90 days.
    You are just one of lifes bludgers bully, sucking of the teat of the taxpayer, contributing fuck all all really.
    You give me the shits.
    Front up you pussy.
    I give you 1 point for at least commenting, whi ch is more than the rest of your crappy mates would do.

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  52. lofty (1,316 comments) says:

    Mind you, at least you comment, which is more than the rest of your gutless comrades do……other than pathetic alias e.g. sonic etc.

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  53. francis (712 comments) says:

    Garner is completely tabloid. So is Trevor. They should just admit the marriage.

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  54. Chris G (106 comments) says:

    Gee you mob are pathetic, look at all these bile comments. You all need a fucking stress ball dont you?

    What this really is here is some attempt by DPF to try and single-handedly resurect the now burning heap that is Lee’s campaign.

    Desperate diversion tactics.

    By the way I noticed when someone abused David Garrett on here along the similar lines as some people have insulted Mallard, they were banned…. So far all quiet on the western front? Gunna apply some consistency?

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  55. Chris G (106 comments) says:

    By far the funniest post so far:
    davidp at 4.47: “Melissa Lee was man enough to apologise for dissing South Aucklanders unfairly.”

    haha

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  56. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    “pathetic alias”

    Coming from “Lofty” thats is almost a compliment!

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  57. 3-coil (1,220 comments) says:

    Do Labour seriously expect to win votes with this Asian-bashing line they are running?

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  58. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    Not at all 3-coil, they are just setting up excuses for when Melissa wins the seat by a 2500 majority!

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  59. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    sonic

    The voters of Mt Albert obviously select their MP based on anything other than the highest ethical standards, it’s a crying shame Lee was exonerated by NZ On Air. Lee was sure to win if emblazoned in a scandal where she had rorted something in pursuit of her personal aspirations. Toughing it out beyond what seemed reasonable was all part of the script.

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  60. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Sonik, you and your stinking lefty media toadies are out of touch with the public on this, as you are with most things.

    Seen this?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/lightbox/national/politics/2410472?KeepThis=true&

    Only 37% agree with you.

    So much for the cowardly smear tactics. Ever think people might have just had it up to here with you commie lot and your cheating lying media thugs at NZPA, TV3 and elsewhere?

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  61. Banana Llama (1,043 comments) says:

    I doubt it Redbaiter.

    They think New Zealand went temporarily insane by voting in a National led government and that a few years in the opposition benches is all that is required before we come back to our senses. Even the media seems to be wandering around in circles like an elderly gent with Alzheimer’s, unable to comprehend the change that has taken place over the last 6-9 years.

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  62. emmess (1,428 comments) says:

    I hope everyone has seen this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAL41NsqfWM&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whaleoil.co.nz%2F&feature=player_embedded

    It game on again

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  63. Chris G (106 comments) says:

    Gee red, you’ve found a really scientific poll right there!

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  64. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “I hope everyone has seen this”

    What a two faced farce. Shearer gets the kid glove treatment from Labour’s sycophants as they try so weakly to deflect criticism of their partisan “reporting” on Melissa.

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  65. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    ” I might yet get to the point of saying sorry but not there yet.”

    Come over here if you think you are hard enough?

    Understand that as an ex-marine, I may just be unable to take you down.

    Come on duck face, give me the shout.

    Happy to have it televised!

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  66. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    I have to admit it, ratbiter has us sussed. However it is too late, we control all of the TV stations (except Fox news of course) and all of the newspapers and radio channels.

    If only you fools had listened to him before it was too late! ha, ha , ha , ha. ha, er, ha

    (or it could be he is just a paranoid nutcase, given house room by Mr Farrar for goodness knows what reason, we report, you decide)

    Oh ps, seriously Glutaemus Maximus, no-one wants to fight you, why not just lie down and have a nice cup of tea.

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  67. Banana Llama (1,043 comments) says:

    Yeah, lord knows the media in this country is fair and balanced, they make sure what they report is factual rather than making stuff up, hoping it is true and passing it off as news.

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  68. Chris G (106 comments) says:

    “seriously Glutaemus Maximus, no-one wants to fight you, why not just lie down and have a nice cup of tea.”

    He can’t, its not in his DNA.

    I mean really, challenging someone for a fight on a blog? What did they feed them in the marines?

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  69. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    “Oh ps, seriously Glutaemus Maximus, no-one wants to fight you, why not just lie down and have a nice cup of tea.”

    Had a lovely wet! English breakfast is the best. Perhaps I should try and terrorise a motelier on camera for fun.

    Duck Face is a pathetic little bully-boy. Nothing like hitting a man from behind is there?

    As for Goff, well he has his mother’s eyes. Black pools of rancid evil. And full of the same bullshit that mummy Klark bestowed on him.

    Go on Phil-In, impress us with your charm and wit! What a tossy loser.

    Oh, and by the way chronic. You are a sad little ginga tosser.

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  70. Chris G (106 comments) says:

    Banana. I’m unconvinced as to the bias of the NZ media, obviously I’d say they’re right wing bastards but enough of you lot say they are socialist megaphones so at the end of the day I think they are probably getting an ‘OK’ balance.

    What they are piss poor at is discerning between fact and fiction. They have a habit of just copy and pasting press releases which contrary to popular belief are Not Gospel. They are lazy and will do that rather than find the truth because they just wanna make a quick buck. Thats what money driven corporations ‘delivering the news’ will give us.

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  71. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    I’m so glad you got all that off of your chest Glutaemus.

    Bully-boy?

    We report, you decide.

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  72. Grant Michael McKenna (1,160 comments) says:

    burt, regarding your comment on the 21st of May at 1:01 pm: I have pet rats and I am most insulted that you would compare a rat to Trevor Mallard’s political morality. Rats are clean, intelligent and affectionate animals which, although the same species as the wild brown rat, Rattus norvegicus, have been selectively bred for looks and temperament and can be taught a variety of tricks. Even wild rats can be tamed and taught to behave.
    :-)

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  73. emmess (1,428 comments) says:

    Why isn’t there a shitshorm about Shearer’s more “racist” comments this morning?
    Comparing the media reaction to his comments and Melissa Lee’s – Never Have I seen more blatant and clear cut display of media bias.

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  74. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “(or it could be he is just a paranoid nutcase, given house room by Mr Farrar for goodness knows what reason,)”

    “Members and front organizations must continually embarrass, discredit and degrade our critics. When obstructionists become too irritating, label them as fascist, or Nazi or insane …. The association will, after enough repetition, become “fact” in the public mind.”

    –Communist Party, Moscow Central Committee 1943

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  75. lilman (960 comments) says:

    TREVOR MALLARD-

    1.Closed schools and communities without regard, then said before the election he was sorry and wrong.
    Yeah right,like he gave a shit.

    2.Put the shit in on Brash and his personal life,but couldnt handle it when he was stung.Tau should have belted
    him.

    3.Was part of the liar bunch on the pledge card funding.How “Honorable”

    4.Now after more of his lies and smears shows his true makeup,a coward in life and print.

    Best thing about this sort of stuff is it only reminds voters of why they voted National and whats even more funny is that Labour still dont get it, Kiwis dont like this sort of stuff.
    When I was in the army my boss always said ” They promote those with the least potenial ,then they wont take your job”
    lol, well done Phil, you sure have agrip on things and welcome back to the front bench Trev.

    Do you actually believe this guy was a minister ?

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