Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Winston Peters Sticks By Herald Treason Allegation

Winston Peters Sticks By Herald Treason Allegations


By Alastair Thompson
See also…
SCOOP: Winston Peters Accuses Fran O'Sullivan Of Treason

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has challenged New Zealand Herald columnist and reporter Fran O'Sullivan to produce evidence and name the sources who told her he had raised the matter of improving NZ-US bilateral meetings with United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during his meeting with her at APEC.

The Herald had reported:

" PUSAN - Foreign Minister Winston Peters made a pitch for closer bilateral relations with the United States in a brief meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Apec yesterday."

"I have four witnesses, what has she got," Mr Peters told Scoop by phone today.

Mr Peters has accused the New Zealand Herald in general, and Fran O'Sullivan in particular, of treason through their reporting of "lies" about what transpired between himself and Condoleezza Rice at the recent APEC summit in Korea.

Mr Peters said that it is an outright lie that he " made a pitch for closer bilateral relations with the United States" during his meeting with Ms Rice, as reported.

Rather the meeting had merely been an "exchange of pleasantries" and nothing else.

Mr Peters pointed also to remarks in Ms O'Sullivan's 17th November article about an alleged "please explain" meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer:

The Herald had reported:

" His first big outing as foreign minister had earlier come a public cropper when he was made to look a fool after his predecessor Phil Goff revealed the Australian Government had issued a "please explain" over his role."

This too, Mr Peters said, was an outright lie fabricated by the New Zealand Herald correspondent.

Mr Peters said he made his views known to the Herald reporter at the APEC conference after he read her report. She had replied to him that she "had her sources".

Mr Peters challenged her to name these sources and to produce a transcript of the meetings with Ms Rice and Mr Downer.

Asked whether it was perhaps possible that Ms O'Sullivan might have sources on the US side he said he thought that implausible.

Aside from Ms O'Sullivan Mr Peters also had criticisms of the New Zealand media's coverage of the APEC conference in general, objecting to their failure to report on the substance of conference issues, issues such as the avian flu threat and terrorism.

Not pointing at Ms O'Sullivan in this instance, Mr Peters said that on one occasion he had been asked about New Zealand's domestic politics at a meeting with the Thai Foreign Minister. He thought that too was unacceptable.

Asked whether he might just be fueling the fires of criticism of himself – and perhaps helping to sell New Zealand Herald newspapers - through his accusations of treason against an experienced journalist Mr Peters replied that he was merely seeking to set the record straight in the eyes of the public.

Upon his return to New Zealand he would be happy to answer questions on these matters in the house if necessary, he said.

Mr Peters will shortly depart for Europe where he is to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting with the Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Mr Peters indicated that if he is asked further questions about treasonous journalists during the CHOGM visit he does not intend to answer them.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 


Keith Rankin: Our Neanderthal Ancestry

After my partner read Dan Salmon's novel Neands – written during lockdown in 2020 – I decided to renew my interest in our distant ancestry, in part with a concern that homo neanderthalensis has been unable to shake off, so far, its unflattering reputation in popular culture... More>>

Ian Powell: Rescuing Simpson From Simpson

(Originally published at The Democracy Project ) Will the health reforms proposed for the Labour Government make the system better or worse? Health commentator Ian Powell (formerly the Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical ... More>>

Missions To Mars: Mapping, Probing And Plundering The Red Planet

In the first month of 2020, Forbes was all excitement about fresh opportunities for plunder and conquest. Titled “2020: The Year We Will Conquer Mars”, the contribution by astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter was less interested in the physics than the conquest. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Brawling Over Vaccines: Export Bans And The EU’s Bungled Rollout
The European Union has been keeping up appearances in encouraging the equitable distribution of vaccines to combat SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19. Numerous statements speak to the need to back the COVAX scheme, to ensure equity and that no one state misses out... More>>

Jennifer S. Hunt: Trump Evades Conviction Again As Republicans Opt For Self-Preservation

By Jennifer S. Hunt Lecturer in Security Studies, Australian National University Twice-impeached former US President Donald Trump has evaded conviction once more. On the fourth day of the impeachment trial, the Senate verdict is in . Voting guilty: ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Let The Investigation Begin: The International Criminal Court, Israel And The Palestinian Territories

International tribunals tend to be praised, in principle, by those they avoid investigating. Once interest shifts to those parties, such bodies become the subject of accusations: bias, politicisation, crude arbitrariness. The United States, whose legal and political ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog