One ‘e’ can make a big difference

Did John Key really lie about meeting Kim Dotcom? This morning Eddie posted at The Standard accusing John Key of lying:

Emails reveal Key & Banks’ Dotcom links

John Key might be regretting his moan about the media yesterday. His reward has been to be shown to be lying in the banks.com affair. Key has previously claimed he first heard of Dotcom the day before he was arrested. A new email, however, shows Dotcom’s staff met with Key personally months earlier over his attempt to purchase the Crisco mansion.

That’s not unusual, posters and commenters frequently accuse Key of lying. What was unusual was that beyond the ever-hopeful-of-a-big-hittites at The Standard there was little anywhere else on what should have been an embarrassing and potentially damaging revelation about Key.

Now it has been clarified – Fran O’Sullivan posted:

Eddie – the typo has been corrected – “met” becomes “meet”.

In this case one extra ‘e’ makes a big difference. The original sentence:

The email also states that Mr Banks suggested Dotcom’s staff met Prime Minister John Key personally to try to smooth the red tape around his mansion purchase.

And corrected:

The email also states that Mr Banks suggested Dotcom’s staff meet Prime Minister John Key personally to try to smooth the red tape around his mansion purchase.

I’ve confronted people at The Standard before about making unsubstantiated accusations of lying and other terrible misdeeds. But in this case in wasn’t their fault, they thought they had damning evidence, but it is now claimed to be not what they were led to believe. Bugger!

But as another commenter suggested:

I can sense the conspiracy theorists lining up over the “Suspicious Case of the Missing ‘e’ (that was Never Missing in the First Place), that Suddenly Appeared Nevertheless…thus Proving Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt that Something was, is and Ought to Be Amiss”.

I’m sure Key will keep being accused of lying, and worse, but this time a genuine mistake by Eddie, and Key was never actually on the hook.

One missing ‘e’ dashes the hops up and down of Key’s Eddie hit squad.

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  1. Depending on whether it’s Conor, Jenny, Trevor or someone else who’s doing “Eddie duty” today, it’s not surprising that another king hit from Eddie has ended up connecting with his/her own jaw.