Odd claim of Gayford rumour – by Gayford

And odd comment from Clarke Gayford in a Guardian interview about rumours, repeated by NZH: Clarke Gayford on vicious rumours and raising a baby with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

It’s odd for a number of reasons, that it has come via a Guardian interview (Jacinda Ardern has featured in the Guardian before), that Gayford has kept the rumour mill alive, but mostly that he mentions a rumour that there seems to be no evidence of.

Clarke Gayford has revealed he’s been forced to tone down his social media behaviour after being smeared as the subject of a false rumour campaign.

It would have been prudent for Gayford to ‘tone done’ when Ardern became Prime Minister regardless of inevitable rumours.

Gayford, in an interview with Britain’s the Guardian, said the saga had forced him to make changes.

“If I talk about it now, it just pours more petrol on it.”

And he has talked about it to the Guardian.

But he had felt compelled to rein in having “a good rant on Facebook” and had felt “like a right chump” having to edit his own Wikipedia page to remove another false rumour – that he had once been a police cadet, the Guardian reported.

Here it is in the Guardian interview: Clarke Gayford on fatherhood, food and fending off sharks

What was it like to be smeared?

“If I talk about it now, it just pours more petrol on it,” he says. But the instinct to watch his behaviour, already instilled by a life in the media, have been sharpened since meeting Ardern four years ago. While he’s had to rein in his enthusiasm for “a good rant on Facebook” – and has felt “like a right chump” editing his own Wikipedia page because the fake news that he was once a police cadet kept coming up in interviews – he keeps coming back to the “higher cause” of social justice and environmental action he sees Ardern getting on with.

However Graeme Edgeler can’t find any evidence that the rumour appear on Wikipedia.

I haven’t heard the police cadet rumour anywhere before. This seems an odd claim by Gayford.

Perhaps Gayford should consider reigning in his Guardian interviews. It’s hard to understand him doing  interviews like this – does he think he will get international sympathy without getting any attention in New Zealand? He must understand how the Internet works.

17 Comments

  1. Traveller

     /  May 28, 2018

    When do you think the media and public will get that this man is first and foremost about himself and HIS brand and start treating him a tad more offhandedly? The women’s fluff magazine industry has been providing his household with a steady income stream and I’d aver he’s pretty keen to see it continue.

    Auckland gossip about him is not translating into an income steam, so he needs to reinvent himself – this time as an imaginary victim.

    Ed or Wills and Harry not taking your calls mate? Diddums.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 28, 2018

      Diddums wozzums, indeed. Old news, Clarke, you’re the one keeping it going long after everyone else hazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 28, 2018

    Trying to start an alternative false rumour? Seems weird but who knows if the reporting is accurate.

  3. Zedd

     /  May 28, 2018

    they do say ‘any press is better than NONE’ so who is the winner ?

    even if its total b_s

    • Traveller

       /  May 28, 2018

      True

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 28, 2018

        I don’t agree,

        There are many sorts of publicity that are worse than none.

        If there was video evidence of him being cruel to an animal, for example, that would not be good pubiicity. Or of him being caught with kiddieporn. NOT that I think for a moment that those have happened except for the cruelty that is part and parcel of fishing,

  4. Conspiratoor

     /  May 28, 2018

    Gayford could learn from Mark Todd who many years ago delivered an absolute masterclass in how to kill a juicy story stone dead. Despite being caught in flagrante delicto with a horsewhip, he simply refused to speak …and the story died

    • Gezza

       /  May 28, 2018

      Well IF his story is not true

      He’ll have to go 😠
      Who else has she got ? 😳

      • Conspiratoor

         /  May 28, 2018

        G, if you find yourself in a brasserie and the waiter asks you if your goose is cooked, you reply ‘ca y est, jai termine’

        • Gezza

           /  May 28, 2018

          Ah oui, m’sieu. Ce serait sage. I certainement wouldn’t tweak son queue de cheval.

          • Conspiratoor

             /  May 28, 2018

            Something about horse tails. I guess there’s a connection in there somewhere

            • Gezza

               /  May 28, 2018

              I thought all Auckland waiters had pony tails but that the waitresses don’t feel safe with them any more?

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 28, 2018

      As I remember, there was a lot more in the Mark Todd story than that, and the story took some time to die. He was filmed snorting coke among other things.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 28, 2018

        Oh, PDT, he was. He tried to say that it was talcum powder or something similar and that he was just seeing how it felt. Yeah, right. There was also detailed evidence of him having gay sex with a prostitute. Had these stories been false, he would have sued and been given massive damages.

        Look it up, No paper would dare to print a story like that had it been false. They’d have been sued into oblivion and deserved it, The videos and tapes were there. There was no point in denying it.

        Who snorts a white powder to see what it feels like to snort cocaine ? You’d sneeze your head off.