Ironic, really. I warned the Herald yesterday to note that Investigate was standing strongly by its Parker story:
You can't say I didn't warn you.
Fran makes a statement of fact that "there are big weaknesses in his campaigns against David Benson-Pope and David Parker, where he chose to again run with the accusations by disaffected sources without putting them to the relevant Cabinet minister first."
Seeing as Fran has never once asked me what I asked of whom, I feel comfortable calling her a hypocrite. And she has her facts wrong. If she had checked (which despite her lecturing of me on the point, she didn't) she would have discovered that we put all new information in the Benson-Pope affair to Benson-Pope before we published it. Benson-Pope chose not to answer our questions, and instead issued a news release to every media organization except us.
If Fran had bothered to read the Investigate website and the TBR.cc blogsite, as I recommended to you, she would have found that I have no legal weakness on the Parker case at all, and that Parker's magic letter does not absolve him for responsibility for filing false returns - a point this former business editor has mystifyingly overlooked.
Wrapping these things together, Fran states there are "big weaknesses" in my stories on these two ministers..I suggest that Fran and the Herald start consulting their lawyers, and start researching those genuine "big weaknesses" in those stories, because you are going to need to prove the truth of those claims in court if I don't get a retraction, and simply waiving the Crown solicitor's legal opinion won't save you, because if it is as dodgy as I and many lawyers believe, it won't stand the heat at trial.
And I did put you on notice. I look forward to your suggestion as to how we correct this.
Regards Ian Wishart
UPDATE: Latest email sent to Herald editor Tim Murphy, Sunday night by me:
PS on the Fran piece...
She got another fact wrong: “I did speak to an Adolf Finkelstein”.
Or perhaps the name was really Adolf Fiinkensein.
But possibly there’s a totally innocent Adolf Finkelstein out there somewhere now feeling hurt by being implicated in the “vast right wing conspiracy”, especially as Mr Finkelstein is an advocate for the Socialist Unity Party…who knows, but getting names right is a basic, one would think.
Hat-tip for the name error: Dave at Big News