Yesterdays revelation of media manipulation and political intrigue around the Internet Party cost one gallery journalist their job.
The owner of Scoop Media was not impressed, telling the NZ Herald:
Scoop Media owner Selwyn Pellett said: “We had no idea of the extent of the involvement until Cameron Slater’s blog today.
“We knew he was considering some involvement and the discussion was ‘you can’t do both jobs’. You can’t be an editor and be actively involved in Dotcom’s party.”
He added: “It is disappointing. There is no ill-feeling with Alastair. This is his passion and it is what he believes in and wants to do.”
Mr Pellett said Scoop would not be “rewriting history” by going back over Mr Thompson’s articles to check for any favourable coverage of Dotcom or his party.
“I’m not aware of what he’s written since he registered the domain name in December. But clearly he’s no longer independent on that particular subject.”
No longer independent is rather polite for hopelessly compromised.
Damian Christie tweeted something very interesting though:
We know it also isn’t Wallace Chapman…but one now does wonder just how many journalists have been compromised by Kim Dotcom as he seeks favourable publicity for his jolly japes…one of which is perverting our electoral process in a bid to escape his legal and judicial problems.
Right now it would be a very brave journalist who writes anything favourable to Kim Dotcom…they will simply paint a great big target on their forehead for other media to start asking very laser focussed questions.
This is the the most appalling part of what Alastair Thompson and Martyn Bradbury have done in taking the German’s schilling…they have cast negative aspersions on many others in the media…many of whom lost objectivity in any case because of their desire to see Kim Dotcom run one up John Key. That loss of objectivity now tars them with the broad brush of the shame of Bradbury and Thompson.
Perhaps we need to have a Journalist’s Register of Pecuniary Interests now that it appears that a rather rich jolly German chap seems intent on owning a fair chunk of them.