The Mendacities of Mr Key #7: What is Dear Leader actually saying here?
David Shearer: Does he stand by his statement that he first heard of Kim Dotcom on 19 January 2012, the day before the police raids on Dotcom’s residence?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY: Yes.
He has been quizzed numerous times on this point., and each time he has given the same response; he only became aware of the impending Hollywood-style raid on Kim Dotcom’s mansion the day prior to the event.
Now check out his response in this Youtube vid, posted on 25 November, 2012 – ten months after the raid – from a TVNZ Q+A interview;
Notice how Key frames his response to Kim Dotcom’s answers to the late Paul Holmes;
Holmes: “Do you you believe John Key has lied?”
Kim Dotcom: “Yes.”
Holmes: “Do you have evidence of this?”
Kim Dotcom: “Yes.”
“Ok, so the answer to both those questions is ‘no’. Um, he’s completely and factually incorrect. So to say that someone lies means that you have to deliberately mislead people. And there’s no way I have done that. My office has gone through every piece of correspondence my electoral office has had. Every piece of correspondence that I’ve had that could be anyway related to this area. Any meetings I have had. What my ministries have done that I’m responsible for. There is absolutely nothing there.”
Key did not reply with an outright “no”.
Instead Key referred to searches of his electoral office; correspondences, records of meeting, and ministeries.
He wasn’t searching his memory for previous knowledge of activities relating to Kim Dotcom.
He was searching files to ensure there was no evidence of previous awareness of activities relating to Kim Dotcom.
Charge: broken promise/deflection/half-truth/hypocrisy/outright lie/misinformation?
Verdict: deflection/outright lie
Facebook Colmar Brunton: Who do you believe – Kim Dotcom or John Key?
Scoop media: Key, Dotcom and Hollywood
Youtube: How to spot a liar #2
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Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes
This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 12 August 2014
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