Fairfax makes up quotes to attack NZ-Israel innovation deal

October 19, 2017 by Shalom.Kiwi
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Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, has issued a press release and penned an article to correct false and misleading reporting by Fairfax journalist, Madison Reidy, that gave the impression that the Taxpayers’ Union had an anti-Israel agenda.   

Madison Reidy
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According to Williams’ statement, Fairfax twisted his words to incorrectly suggest that the Taxpayers’ Union objected to New Zealand signing an innovation deal with Israel, “whose military is in violent conflict with Palestine”.

However Williams has addressed the misrepresentation, saying, “Those words are Fairfax’s, not mine. … When asked by the journalist who called, I specifically said that as an organisation the country is irrelevant and tied my comments back to our long-held position against corporate welfare.”

Fairfax has not written an apology or issued a correction. Readers who are not aware of the correction made by Mr Williams will be left with the incorrect impression that the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has an anti-Israel bias, when in fact the ownership and authorship of that narrative sits with Fairfax and/or its journalist or editors.

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