David Cunliffe and Martyn Bradbury are running scared. Read more »
It is interesting to compare articles by different media on the same topic.
A case in point was yesterday when they were reporting on Cam in the High Court.
First up lets check out the headlines.
Blogger wants journalists’ privileges
Blogger argues for media protection
-New Zealand Herald
Whale Oil flaunts Canon award as evidence he is a journalist
-National Business Review
Journalist/Blogger complex debated today
Karl du Fresne notices the chill wind blowing for Winston Peters as it becomes obvious that he is bewildered and out of touch.
Winston Peters cops it with both barrels in todayâsÂ Dominion Post. In his weekly column, former TV3 political editor Duncan Garner launches a withering attack on the New Zealand First leader and concludes that the public is tired of his games. On the same page, Dom Post political editor Tracy Watkins says New Zealand First is a clock that has been slowly winding down since the 1996 election. (Remember? That was the pantomime when Peters kept the country in political limbo for six weeks while he went fishing.)
Both commentators are especially critical of Petersâ vicious and cowardly counter-attack against his former protĂ©gĂ© Brendan Horan, whom he likened â under parliamentary privilege â to the serial child abuser Jimmy Savile.
It all tends to reinforce a perception that Peters is losing his mojo. Certainly there has been a marked change in the tone of media coverage of him in recent weeks, starting with his failure to deliver on the promise of a killer blow to Judith Collins.Â Â The press gallery was almost unanimous in its scorn for him over that, which leads me to wonder theyâve finally had enough of his bluster and bullshit.
Yes they have, as have I.
But before those of us who abhor Petersâ political style get too excited, hang on a minute. Yesterday he held a public meeting in Masterton, and out of curiosity I went along. The room was packed long before the guest of honour arrived. I counted more than 100 heads, nearly all of them grey. The meeting was chaired by octogenarian New Zealand First stalwart George Groombridge, who deferentially referred to Peters as “the Boss”.For Peters, the 2014 election campaign is already underway. He spoke, mostly without notes, for nearly an hour. It was vintage Peters, delivered in that characteristic hoarse staccato bark, and it pushed all the usual buttons.
We have a government that grovels to wealthy foreign interests. Immigrants are placing huge demands on housing and infrastructure, which the rest of us (meaning real New Zealanders) have to pay for. Australian banks are robbing us blind. The Budget was a big con; the only good thing in it was the extension of free doctorsâ visits for children, and we all know where Bill English got that idea. Honest, hard-working Kiwis in places like the Wairarapa are being forced to subsidise the Auckland super-city, which even Aucklanders didnât want. We wouldnât sleep at night if we knew how few police cars were on the job (and this after New Zealand First heroically pushed Helen Clarkâs government into increasing police numbers by 1000). Wealthy Chinese donors to the National Party who canât even speak English are demanding that we change our immigration policy (âJust try that in Beijing!â). Twenty-one of Barfoot and Thompsonâs 25 top real estate agents are Asian. Weâre an economic colony of China and Australia. John Key was the only person in New Zealand who didnât know in advance of the raid on the Dotcom mansion, and heâs the minister in charge of the SIS and GSCB. The free market is a total nonsense. Cameron Slater is a dysfunctional twit who knows nothing about politics. (Journalists were repeatedly scorned, but only Slater was paid the compliment of being mentioned by name.) The most profitable investment in New Zealand is a donation to the National Party. Chardonnay-drinking clowns have nothing but contempt for the concerns of ordinary people â âbut weâve got news for them, and itâs all badâ. And so on, and so on. You get the picture.
Yesterday I spent the morning at the High Court.
I was all set to argue the point about my media status and all of a sudden things got a little strange.
Not to worry a new date has been set and the Judge is seeking counsel to assist. I am ok with the proceedings as they were today.
A Queen’s counsel will be asked to weigh in on Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s appeal over whether he is part of the media.
Slater’s appeal was adjourned today in the High Court in Auckland with Justice Raynor Asher saying the issue was “quite important”. It would require an interpretation of an aspect of Section 68 of the Evidence Act for the first time.
Slater and businessman Matthew Blomfield are representing themselves.
The judge said he wanted a defamation expert appointed as amicus curiae – an adviser to the court – to research the law and give him an impartial view before he made his decision.Â Read more »
The Southland Times editorial is very good on the changes the Press Council is making to include bloggers.
Sometimes the news media need to grab their ankles for a health check.
This being the case, it’s a welcome development that bloggers and other digital media are being offered to partake in the process, by means of membership of the Press Council.
It’s a body that weighs up complaints against principles including accuracy, fairness, balance, privacy, confidentiality, discrimination, the use of subterfuge, the distinction of comment and fact, and conflicts of interest.
Inviting independent digital media to succumb to such extra scrutiny not only brings more accountability but, equally, credibility.
It doesn’t do any news or current affairs media any harm to be found out when they have seriously erred, nor to have their judgments independently endorsed, as occasionally happens too.
Nowhere is it written that those running their own websites must now form an orderly queue and join up. But the absence of a self-regulatory body has become an issue for those bloggers and sites that have become heavy hitters. And those who aspire to be. So they should be willing to join up.
[This is provided the yet-to-be-confirmed costs aren't disproportionately high compared with their income and that they are fairly represented on the complaints panel.]Â Read more »
David Rankin has issued a press release:
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has been involved in negotiations with internet tycoon Kim Dotcom over funding for the Mana Party, and a possible role of Kim Dotcom in the Party.
This is according to Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin, who says he is frustrated after having repeatedly asked Harawira for the past week if there is any truth to the allegation.
âEveryone knows about the meetings. Â Even Whale oilâs Cameron Slater has been informed and wants to break the story,â says Mr Rankin, âand my nephew Hone has suddenly gone quiet whenever I mention Kim Dotcom.â
Mr Rankin says that unless Harawira explicitly denies the allegation that he sought funding from Dotcom then the Mana Party is in trouble. âMana will face a major credibility crisis,â says Rankin, âand the longer he keeps silence, the more suspicion grows.â
What David Rankin says is true.
My sources deep within the mansion have been telling me for weeks about an “arrangement” between Hone Harawira and his Mana party and the nascent and unlaunched Internet Party. There have been meetings held around the boardroom table at the mansion and serious discussions amongst those associated with Dotcom, some even suggesting this is wrong, only to be hectored and shouted at by Dotcom.
I also know that Mana party advisors and confidantes have been meeting extensively as recently as two weeks ago to discuss these details with some privately sharing with WOBH that they are concerned about the future of the party should this deal go ahead.
Their strategy from what the sources have told me is cunning, though I’m not sure voters will appreciate the subterfuge necessary for this scheme to work.
Someone mentioned that I’m happy to be interviewed for newspaper, TV and other blogs, but I don’t actually make myself available to my readers. Â Did I not think that odd?
I guess I just assumed you already know what you want to know.
But perhaps not?
So, in this AMA (Ask Me Anything) will go in two steps:
- Leave your questions in the comments of this post. Â Perhaps indicate if you like a question by voting for it.
- I will select 10-20 of the most popular questions, including a couple of wacky ones, and answer them in a subsequent post.
I would suggest you don’t ask questions to which the answers are already well established in the public domain. Â If you have those sorts of questions, perhaps other commenters can answer them in the comments.
Have fun – I hope you come up with some good one.
I see the media are on a witch-hunt to find out who talks to me or sends me information.
Cabinet Minister Paula Bennett is denying she’s passed information to political bloggers, but won’t release communication records from her office.
Newstalk ZB sought the records after the Prime Minister admitted last month he’d had contact with bloggers including, Whaleoil’s Cameron Slater.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is adamant she’s not passed on any information.
However she’s turned down an Official Information Act request covering such communications not because the information doesn’t exist, but because checking the records would involve too much work.
Ms Bennett says she hasn’t passed on any information, but isn’t making the same assurance about her staff.
“Well I’m confident that I haven’t but I’m not sure what every staff member does every day.
“It’s just so irrelevant to be honest.”Â Read more »
A genuinely happy Cameron Slater