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Duncan Garner vs Brian Edwards ‘jab’ feud escalates

Handbags at dawn!

A feud between media veteran Brian Edwards and 3News political editor Duncan Garner has escalated today.

On Friday, Dr Edwards used his blog to bring up an 11-month old accusation that the TV3 reporter got into an argument with big-spending Labour MP Chris Carter in the Auckland Koru lounge.

The verbal stoush escalated after both men boarded, by Dr Edwards account.

The Fair Go founder wrote on his blog:

Carter had already taken his seat on the plane when Garner, who had boarded later, stopped next to him, jabbed his finger into Carter’s chest and said loudly, ‘I am going to f---king get you, Carter. If it takes me to Christmas I am going to f---king destroy you.’

Today, in his second comment on the post, Mr Garner wrote on Mr Edwards’ blog:

I ’swear’ I did not say to Chris; “I am going to f---king get you, if it takes me to Christmas I am going to destroy you.”

And I certainly did not touch Carter - that’s not my style. If I touched Carter why doesn’t he lay an assault charge? Because it simply did not happen.

Mr Garner says Labour’s Darren Hughes was also on the flight, and has challenged the ginga MP to contradict his version of events.

Dr Edwards implies he has his own witness: Dame Margaret Bazley, who was sitting behind Mr Carter.

For good measure, Dr Edwards has said that the TV3 journalist is not qualified to do his job.

In return, Mr Garner offers that Dr Edwards is “increasingly unemployed. Why is Labour now using other ‘media trainers’ and not you?”

Comments and questions
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Who cares?

Given that the issue cuts to the heart of whether we have a reasonable fourth estate holding the people who run our country to account, or a gutter press settling personal vendettas, I do.

But given the article's tone, evidentally the NBR staff don't...

Given that Edwards is virtually irrelvant these days, except in his own mind, i doubt whether this " story" has any legs...and i'm inclined to believe Garners version over Edwards as he's well known for his bitter tongue and spirit.

Is the Dame Bazley sufficiently compos mentis these days for her to testify credibly on what she may or may not have seen. I have me doots, specailly after some of her recent inquiries

I have no affiliation to either party but I can see how overly opinionated and bias Duncan can be towards MPs in his reports. It would be nice to have a political reporter reporting the facts and not enjoying the sound of their own voice and their most descriptive cliche.