Remember that sensational recent story about Ryde’s Mayor being king hit, coward punched, viciously attacked (depends which of his mates you speak to) by Ryde’s former mayor? Well, surprise surprise it didn’t really happen that way and there’s certainly much more to it than meets the eye!
Quite simply the media has been duped by Pickering. And Media Watch must be embarrassed too – it was also duped by Pickering into running a story attacking a media outlet & its proprietor that hasn’t given him positive coverage, dropping the ball on what it usually does – scrutinise media reporting.
Have a listen to this chat on @abc702 in which Richard Glover talks to @7NewsSyd’s Robert Ovadia about Vic Tagg’s court appearance.
It’s extremely telling as Ovadia goes pretty hard as a reporter and was the reporter that had chased Tagg down the street for the initial story (included in Ovadia’s court report)
It’s clear now that after hearing the evidence, he has a different perspective.
“It’s a nest of vipers Ryde Council. There’s a lot of poison between not only Liberal and Labor and Independents, but former Liberal people warring with current Liberal people,” Ovadia explained.
Tagg had been among several councillors targeted in a bungled ICAC inquiry in which factual errors in their original publicly aired allegations resulted in them being removed from subsequent public statements before they were substituted with different allegation in ICAC’s Ryde investigation report, based on flawed and borderline dishonest logic.
Ovadia said in the context of what happened for the court matter, “Bill Pickering in his Mayoral robes, sent out a leaflet to 15,000 voters suggesting the whiff of corruption saying ‘hey, ICAC has recommended charges against this guy’.”
“On top of that, Victor Tagg is saying that on the day of the by-election, at the polling booth at Putney Public (School), Bill Pickering called him a corrupt crook in front of voters, at which point he snapped.”
The letter, authorised by Pickering, and making suggestions clearly aimed at boosting the Liberal candidate on the day and damaging the vote of Tagg, may yet be the subject of defamation proceedings, apparently suggested by Tagg after his court appearance, and included by Ovadia in his report on Seven’s evening news.
“Just to give you an idea of the level of vitriol and the motivation for people to bury their political rivals, I was sent that photo within 10 minutes of it happening before putting it out on Twitter,” Ovadia told Glover.
“So there’s plenty of vested interests here and it was a dramatic attack, but the CT scans showed no injury to the head, no bruising even, according to very prominent lawyer Greg Walsh, who was the lawyer for Vic Tagg.”
And perhaps at last, the media manipulation, misinformation campaigns and interference with ICAC is coming home to roost for someone who thinks they’re legitimate ways of doing things in the loony Right.