Was the Parker rumour a dirty trick?

June 3rd, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

NewstalkZB reports:

Christchurch Mayor says a report he is standing down at this year’s local body elections is a ‘complete fantasy’.

Today’s Sunday Star-Times suggests Mr Parker will exit the mayoral race.

So far, he is the only candidate to confirm he’s standing.

Bob Parker says while he enjoys a work of fiction, he believes in Christchurch and wants to be part of its future.

There are two questions here.

The first is whether the rumour just started as organic speculation, or was it a destabilising dirty trick?

The second is why the ran the story? Parker denied it on the record to him. If a rumour is denied emphatically, how is it newsworthy?

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12 Responses to “Was the Parker rumour a dirty trick?”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    The second is why the The Press ran the story? Parker denied it on the record to him. If a rumour is denied emphatically, how is it newsworthy?

    David Farrar of Kiwiblog has the answer:

    It’s only official when it is denied

    One rule of politics is to never believe a rumour until someone denies it!

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2010/11/its_only_official_when_it_is_denied.html

    [DPF: That's more for leadership coups than incumbents standing again!]

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  2. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    So this rumour could be a dirty trick but the rumour about the Greens banning fragrances warrants a more credulous post?

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  3. gopolks (52 comments) says:

    The Press long stopped being a decent paper years ago.

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  4. thedavincimode (6,777 comments) says:

    When has ZB ever reported anything on the basis of it being newsworthy? They routinely just make stuff up. Who hasn’t heard an interview on ZB, listened to the guest say something and then heard a completely misleading, if not factually incorrect representation of the guests comments? It is nothing more than blatant dishonesty because on occasion, even a moron couldn’t get it so badly wrong. Their newsroom (pfft) standards (pfft pfft) likely explain why they engage someone of Soper’s journalistic (pfft) credentials (pfft pffft).

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  5. Rob Hosking (77 comments) says:

    There’s good reasons for reporting something which is denied emphatically. If a reporter has picked up a rumour its a fair bet others will have as well, and its a legitimate way of setting the record straight.

    That’s if the rumour isn’t true, of course. If it is, and it is denied anyway, its a way of holding people accountable. .

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  6. Elaycee (4,393 comments) says:

    Milkmilo:

    So this rumour could be a dirty trick but the rumour about the Greens banning fragrances warrants a more credulous post?

    Whaaat?

    The Gween story was directly attributed to someone who was there and the directive was contained in the Gween Agenda booklet. So the fragrance free directive was fact, not rumour.

    Please buck up.

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  7. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    This rumour has been about for a while. What is undeniable is that Parker has no backers to speak of and Mrs Mayor has alienated what support he did have. If he wants to run it will be on his own money. When a rumour comes from multiple sources I guess it becomes a story. He’s he now been backed into a corner where he has to run?

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  8. Lloyd (125 comments) says:

    Whatever problem Bob represents, Dalziel is not an answer…

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  9. iMP (2,386 comments) says:

    Parker has a dedicated blinkered Chorus against him; but most voters in Chch don’t play the myopic-politics game, and they will be more than happy for Bob to put in another 3 year term to finish off the post-earthquake stuff. It would be incredibly hard (and stupid) for a green-horn to come in as a new mayor and try and pick up all the detail. That’s what common sense Cantabs understand.

    They also don’t vote based on what Cameron Slater denigrates Bob’s wife as, or how she looks. Dalziel is cooked if those are the criteria.

    Dalziel can’t decide to run; she’s denied, announced, denied, and announced. Flakey.

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  10. AG (1,827 comments) says:

    The second is why the The Press ran the story?

    The Press didn’t run the story. As the story you quote from states, The Sunday Star Times did. Today’s Press has Parker’s denial of the story in it.

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  11. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    @AG,

    Not according to Stuff:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/8747182/Parker-tipped-to-exit-Christchurch-contest

    [and DPF's post yesterday that linked to that]

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  12. AG (1,827 comments) says:

    Ooops!

    I withdraw and apologise.

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