I’ll start with the executive summary, so you can avoid the technobabble: Â @whaledump is publishing fake conversations between Judith Collins and Cameron Slater. Â I know this for certain.
When I was reading these supposed Facebook chats between Judith and Cameron, one thing immediately struck me: Â where is the profanity?
Working closely with Cam, and almost aÂ thousand chat logs (none of them via Facebook, incidentally) to draw on, I looked back over them, and for any that go on for a reasonable length, there is always some stomach cringing statement somewhere. Â That’s “our” Cam. Â I’ve heard him on the phone with other journos – and they damn well know that he can’t go for two sentences without saying something crude.
Anyone who has dealt with Cameron Slater will know his conversations, written or otherwise , are peppered with sledges, slights and pretty nasty language. Â Even in chats with multiple participants, he will call us by derogatory nicknames, or use other ways to have over-the-top blokey type of conversations. Â For example, I drive a car not worthy of his respect, and I’m constantly getting hammered for it.
It’s the banter you have when you think you’re talking privately.
All this is completely absent from the forged “Facebook chat logs”. Â I don’t know about Judith Collins, I haven’t had any private contact with her (another hint this is a beat up?). Â We haven’t even met. Â As such, I can’t gauge her “voice” in these logs.
I have “admin” rights to the Whaleoil Facebook page, as I have access to many things to help Cam with the day-to-day chores. Â So I decided to pull down the conversation and have a look at it.
It doesn’t exist. Â Read more »