TAIPEI - Washington Post reporter William Wan denied local Taiwanese media reports that he described Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's alleged illegal lobbying as the Taiwanese version of the Watergate scandal, Taiwan's representative to the United States King Pu-tsung said yesterday.
According to King, Wan emailed Taiwan's representative office in the US 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 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 criticised (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 US 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Wang's KMT membership was revoked by the party on Sept. 11 after he was accused by the SID of illegal lobbying in a lawsuit on behalf of Ker.