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Impasse in claims of anti-Carter vendetta

Fri 2 Jul 2010 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Labour MP Chris Carter A he-said, he-said battle between two media bigwigs over an alleged vendetta against gay MP Chris Carter appears to have reached a stalemate. TV3 political editor Duncan Garner and media/politics advisor Brian Edwards have been involved in a heated online exchange, with Edwards accusing Garner of having a personal campaign against Carter. The claim stems from an incident at an airport last year. Edwards claims numerous sources have told him Garner poked Carter, and said "I am going to f***ing get you, Carter. If it takes me to Christmas I am going to f***ing destroy you." Garner denies poking Carter, saying the MP prompted the exchange by swearing at him. He wrote on Edward's blog, where the accusations emerged, "you expose yourself once again as a sham and a Labour Party hack." Edwards worked with former Prime Minister Helen Clark as an advisor for 13 years. In a blog in April, Edwards claimed Garner's reporting on Carter's ministerial and credit card spending was "barely disguised homophobia" because it included images of the couple from their civil union ceremony. Chris Carter himself is refusing to comment. Labour MP Darren Hughes and Dame Margaret Bazley were also on the flight, but neither will comment either.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 2nd July 2010 - 9:32am

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