Reporter rejects Wang, Watergate allusion: King
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Washington Post reporter William Wan denied local Taiwanese media reports that he described Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) alleged illegal lobbying as the Taiwanese version of the Watergate scandal, Taiwan's representative to the United States King Pu-tsung said yesterday.
September 22, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
According to King, Wan emailed Taiwan's representative office in the U.S. on Sept. 20 to say that some Taiwanese media twisted his report by inappropriately emphasizing his reference to the Watergate scandal.
Wan said he quoted a statement by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) during a press conference held by the DPP caucus, in which Ker described the lobbying scandal as the Taiwanese version of Watergate, according to King.
King said Wan's article in the Washington Post read as follows: “Wang also had good ties with Taiwan's opposition party, which has criticized (President Ma Ying-jeou) for his handling of the investigation and referred to the wiretapping scandal as 'Taiwan's Watergate.'”
“The Watergate scandal that was revealed by the Washington Post was not an appropriate word to use to describe the lobbying scandal in Taiwan,” said King.
“The inappropriate reports from local media do not benefit the development of democracy,” King said, “and it will also harm Taiwan's international image.”
King also said that Taiwan's local media should not twist news or reports from international media.
King said that when he explained the lobbying scandal to Wan and concerned U.S. politicians he used the press release from the Special Investigation Division (SID) and not Taiwanese media reports as that could have damaged the image of Taiwan.
Wang's KMT membership was revoked by the party on Sept. 11 after he was accused by the SID of illegal lobbying in a lawsuit on behalf of Ker.
The Taipei District Court, however, approved an injunction for Wang on Sept. 13 which allowed Wang to temporarily retain his membership within the KMT as well as his positions as lawmaker and speaker of the Legislative Yuan.
Kuomintang (KMT) spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) yesterday urged Ker to come forward and explain to the public about his comparing the lobbying scandal to the Watergate scandal.
Yin said that Ker's inappropriate word usage, which was quoted by the U.S. media, has damaged the international image of Taiwan.
“Ker's purpose of comparing the lobbying scandal to the Watergate scandal was to shift the public's attention from his involvement in the lobbying scandal to President Ma Ying-jeou,” said Yin.
“Ker's action was really ironic because he forgot that he was actually the one who perverted the course of justice. Instead, he chose to criticize Ma and benefit himself without concern for Taiwan's international image by falsely suggesting that the lobbying scandal was equivalent to the Watergate scandal,” said Yin.