Cameron Slater

Let’s come up with some new adjectives to describe the MSM

When Cam was the Editor of a MSM newspaper the MSM still referred to him as Attack Blogger Cameron Slater or Controversial Blogger Cameron Slater or Right Wing Controversial or attack Blogger Cameron Slater. Many of the e-mails taken by the hacker were working e-mails from when he was employed as an Editor and were between him and his many contacts and sources.

After a respected High Court Judge declared Cameron a Journalist the MSM still refused to call him a journalist. When Nicky Hager used information stolen from Cameron it was not reported as a writer of a book based on a Journalist’s stolen information but as a respected Investigative Journalist reporting on a nasty attack blogger! No doubt the fact that Nicky admitted to deliberately leaving out of the book all the journalists who regularly worked with Cameron and shared information with him ensured that he got nothing but positive press about his commercial venture. After all, he protected their skins, so they had to return the favour or be tarred with the Dirty Politics brush.

No doubt when Freed starts giving the MSM a good old fashioned thrashing, pants down they will still refer to him as a Blogger using one of the above adjectives.

No doubt even as they are forced to lay off journalists and tighten their collective belts while giving away even more copies of their outdated and behind the times product they will continue to get a sense of satisfaction from their adjectives.

Well I say why should they have all the fun?

Time to start a collection of adjectives of our own.

                                                          Dead tree media

Dead tree media

Dead tree media

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It is deja vu all over again

I am teaching my daughter history at the moment. We have looked at the origins of WWII and are now looking at the Holocaust.

We have been studying a timeline from when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933.

As we looked at each item and discussed it my daughter brought up the fact that some of the techniques Hitler used to destroy the Jews bit by bit were similar to those used to try to destroy Whaleoil. I am not talking about the concentration camps or genocide of course but the steps he used to turn the German people against the Jews and to render the Jews powerless to defend themselves. I had to admit that she had a point. It made me realise that these techniques were probably not invented by Hitler but in fact have been used to hurt people since the dawn of civilization.

They are perhaps the guidelines for destroying an individual or a group of people.

Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses.

Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses.

 

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Some advice for the opposition from Rodney Hide

Rodney Hide tells the opposition to find a better cause.

The Opposition is making heavy weather of trying to make Prime Minister John Key responsible for what Cameron Slater writes on his blog and in his personal communications.

I say in a kind and caring way that they should give it up. Because – and I say this even more caringly and kindly – Slater, aka the Whale, is not always responsible for what he writes.

By his own admission, Slater has had his battles with depression. By his own admission he is an embellisher.

Anyone who follows his blog knows him as a force of nature once he starts tapping his keyboard and pushing the upload button.

His blog is one man’s opinion, raw and unedited.

It is politics red and bloody and some of what you read you wonder if you really needed to know.

But back I go like a junkie. I enjoy the Whaleoil blog just like I enjoy the Left’s The Standard and The Daily Blog.

I’m not sure The Standard or the mouth breather at The Daily blog will appreciate that Rodney Hide enjoys their hate fuelled rants.

The blogs, as mad and as bad they are, add richness and diversity to political debate.

It’s true much of it is gossip. The blogs have lifted the lid on what was once confined to Bellamy’s. They have opened it up.

Political gossip always has an angle, juiciness trumps veracity and its effect can prove lethal.

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Forty Six

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Straight from Wikipedia:

46 (forty-six) is the natural number following 45 and preceding 47.

In mathematics

Forty-six is a Wedderburn-Etherington number, an enneagonal number and a centered triangular number. It is the sum of the totient function for the first twelve integers. 46 is the largest even integer that can’t be expressed as a sum of two abundant numbers.

46 is the 16th semiprime. 46 is the third semiprime with a semiprime aliquot sum. The aliquot sequence of 46 is (46,26,16,15,9,4,3,1,0).

Since it is possible to find sequences of 46 consecutive integers such that each inner member shares a factor with either the first or the last member, 46 is an Erdős–Woods number.

In science

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Karl du Fresne on the news and why he is wrong

Karl du Fresne is a good writer, I enjoy his work.

Yesterday he wrote about the news and in particular the thoughts of Mike O’Donnell and news.

O’Donnell suggests that by the time of the next general election, social media may have rendered the evening television news bulletin extinct. His theory seems to be that consumers of news (a ghastly phrase) will no longer be prepared to wait until 6pm for their fix, but will update themselves constantly throughout the day by accessing news on their smartphones and tablets.

People have the capability to do that now. But do the vast number who still get their news from newspapers, TV and radio really have such a voracious appetite for information that in future they will demand it in (to use another ghastly phrase) “real time”?

I somehow doubt it, and I wonder whether people like O’Donnell have been misled by their own enthusiasm for the digital revolution and their missionary desire to promote its supposed benefits.

du Fresne is both right and dead wrong.

Same with O’Donnell.

People do want news real time, and they don’t care if the quality is poor, they are happy for it to evolve in the course of the life of the story. Mostly though the medium for consuming news will not be via social media…that will simply be the conduit through which you are informed that news exists.

Social media is vastly over-rated and in New Zealand the so-called Twittersphere is in reality a very small world….populated by vocal lefties and tragics who feel the need to comment one everything but ad zero value to the discourse. Just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should.

On top of that the Twitter warriors who try to mount campaigns and bully, threaten and intimidate overstate their actual reach.

During the whole Dirty Politics saga which was designed to cause maximum pressure on me and my associates, but also designed to subvert an election, I was called by people asking me if I had seen this or that mentioned on Twitter. I almost never had seen. I don’t live with my head inside my phone. Frankly Twitter is a waste of time. Again, the general election result proved that.

If you had listened to the agitators and plotter and the guilty on Twitter then my demise was hoped for, in reality as well as metaphorically, but it failed to materialise. Twitter and social media was supposed to deliver the left an election victory. It failed.

Why?

It failed because there is an incredibly small number of people using Twitter, and they only ever talk to each other. They essentially form a group that produces confirmation bias. But when you are wrong and you only talk to people who meet with your ideas of proper political beliefs then all you do is chat agreeing with each other.   Read more »

Face of the day

Alastair Thompson

Alastair Thompson

To be fair, Alastair Thompson has many reasons for his intense dislike of Cameron Slater as he has been exposed a number of times on Whaleoil for his dodgy dealings.

However he has now resorted to making things up in order to try to get his revenge. Actually that is too polite. He is defaming Cameron with statements that he knows very well are lies.

It is one thing to hit your opponents by exposing facts, it is quite another to deliberately defame them.

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Face of the day

Jenny Gibbs

Jenny Gibbs

 

Ethics – not politics – appear to be behind a prominent art patron’s decision to reallocate her financial support for New Zealand’s representative at the Venice Biennale.

Dame Jenny Gibbs confirmed today she “did not approve” of Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager’s attendance as a specialist adviser to the New Zealand exhibition at the international art event. However, she said speculation she had withdrawn funding from the general patronage pool because of her politics – she is major donor to the Act Party – were incorrect.

Creative New Zealand confirmed in August that Hager would travel to Venice as an adviser to artist Simon Denny whose biennale project Secret Power takes its title from a 2006 book by Hager on the role and international standing of New Zealand’s intelligence work.

“I just want to set the record straight,” Dame Jenny said. “I am, in fact, still supporting the biennale. I’m paying for an assistant curator, rather than my money going into the general pool.

It is true I don’t approve of Nicky Hager going, but that’s because I don’t approve of people living off stolen emails.

It has absolutely nothing to do with politics. I would have the same feeling if they were taking Cameron Slater, or, for that matter, if it was the year Nicky did the ‘Corngate’ book. I just don’t support people living off stolen emails and I don’t care who that is.”

-Stuff

I wouldn’t be at all surprised, if she also doesn’t approve of independently wealthy writers, who made hundreds of thousands of dollars from stolen e-mails, choosing to take thousands of dollars from a charity such as Givealittle to help pay for their lawyer.

 

Journalistic ethics

Journalistic ethics

 

 

Et Tu Fisher?

“Et tu, Brute?” (pronounced [ɛt ˈtuː ˈbruːtɛ]) is a Latin phrase meaning “and you, Brutus?” or “and you, too, Brutus?”, purportedly as the last words of the Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his assassination. The quotation is widely used in Western culture to signify the utmost betrayal by an unexpected person, such as a friend.

-Wiki

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Text of the day

Russel Norman is determined to score a hit on John Key and has pledged to ask him question after question about Cameron Slater.

Yesterday a Black Ops operative ( Wellington branch ) ‘ obtained ‘ a copy of the following text.

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Face of the day

Russel Norman

Russel Norman

Norman pledges to keep on at PM

New Zealanders expect their Prime Minister to be open, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says as he pledges to keep asking John Key questions about blogger Cameron Slater.

“The Prime Minister has had a very close relationship with Cameron Slater, who has been engaged in some very unsavoury things.

“I think the people of New Zealand have got a right to know what he’s been up to.”

-RadioNZ

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