Headline v substance

The headline:

Key questions Pullar recording

The lead para:

A recording of a meeting between ACC management and whistle-blower Bronwyn Pullar that reportedly clears Ms Pullar of threatening the corporation has been questioned by Prime Minister John Key.

Further down:

Speaking to TVNZ’s Breakfast today, Mr Key raised questions about the recording.

“Yes there appears to be a difference of opinion although, as we know with recordings, that it might not be the entire recording,” he said.

“I’m not saying it is or it isn’t, I simply don’t know, but the important point there is that there are three investigations going on … and I’m sure they’ll look at all of the information that’s there.”

I have to say I take that not as “questioning” the recording, but just stating the obvious – relying on reports based on recordings is not the same as a first hand inspection – as the Police and Privacy Commissioner will do.

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