So on Friday Jim Anderton gave an interview to a Canterbury based TV show called Newsmakers. In it he was asked about his decision to leave the Labour Party and form New Labour in 1989. Anderton said:
So there was a long history with the Labour Party and it would have taken a pretty . . . earthquake . . . y’know, seismic shift to get me to move and the seismic shift was rogernomics.
You can view this interview here, relevent comments approx one minute in.
The Herald reported Anderton’s comments like this:
Christchurch mayoral aspirant Jim Anderton told CTV on Friday that it would take an earthquake for him to lose the election race against incumbent mayor Bob Parker.
DPF picked up the false reporting and now National Party activist Cameron Slater has posted a clumsily edited version of the original video in which Anderton does appear to do this.
So just to get the facts out there – Anderton didn’t make any such statement – it’s a smear campaign conducted by the Herald and National Party activists.
UPDATE: Apparently the lie has been repeated by Paul Henry on TVNZ and Matthew Hooton on National Radio. Quite an effective little disinformation campaign out there.