John Campbell

On John Campbell

By Pete

Leading on from our Face of the Day and Metro’s article on John Campbell.

I don’t have anything against JC personally.  He can do whatever he likes, because I can choose not to watch or listen, a choice which I continue to exercise.

Where it all came unstuck was the absolutely ludicrous move by the left of politics to try and turn this into yet another conspiracy about the Key government.  And on that basis, they had to lose that one.  So I take satisfaction they lost that battle, although personally I am not convinced they love him that much either.  He was just another stick to beat the government with.  Politics is ruthless like that.

Mediaworks have done worse since they booted him.  And Radio New Zealand haven’t picked up any of the expected ‘fans’ because the ‘fans’ were nothing but the same social media and media noise that the left of politics mistake for true support.

Let’s also remember that JC joined camp Dotcom and tried to make nothing into something to take John Key down.  That single “smoking gun” episode that John Key knew of Dotcom before he said he did was deeply embarrassing.  (It’s also the only time I’ve seen more than just a snippet of his program for a good decade as I wanted to know what Campbell knew what we didn’t – in the end, nothing).

As an advocacy journalist he is entitled to do that.  Mediaworks, as an employer, are entitled to remove his soapbox.   That’s the end of that, really.   Read more »

Face of the day

John Campbell

John Campbell

Today’s face of the day is sad and broken and did I mention sad? I know this from the selection of photos used in the article about him. He loved his job – there is no doubt about that – but, at the end of the day, he was an employee who wasn’t able to sell enough of the product he had been hired to sell.

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Bryce Edwards writes an obituary for the New Zealand Mainstream media


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Dirty Media – Who feeds Fran?

A newspaper during Dirty Politics liked to use diagrams.

Well here at Whaleoil we like diagrams as well…we especially like this one.

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Dirty Politics and Fran O’Sullivan’s “Unethical Alliance” With Bloggers

In Nicky Hager’s the book all about me called “Dirty Politics”, Nicky Hager traced the whole origins of his my work back to the award-winning hit on Len Brown which resulted not just in gongs for myself but for the New Zealand Herald.


Wasn’t it terrible for a politician to actually be attacked for his political beliefs!

Yesterday I gave you a small taste of NZME. Editorial Director for Business, Fran O’Sullivan’s involvement.  She sent me information about my nemesis Michelle Boag seeking to discredit Boag’s commentary about Len Brown.

As promised I can reveal that also went much further than throwing our mutual enemy Michelle Boag under a large winebox.

On Tuesday night at the left wing love fest with John Campbell and Nicky Hager, Fran O’Sullivan claims she sent an “internal memo” to former Editor Tim Murphy “some months before” the book Dirty Politics was published warning him of what was happening. I don’t quite know how to respond to that given she was still passing me information and complicit in seeking my feedback right up until the book was released.   Read more »

Telling the Truth about Fran O’Sullivan and Dirty Politics

Following on from my post this morning

After Nicky Hager made these claims the usual suspects took to Twitter and protested far too much.


Fran O’Sullivan didn’t rate a mention in Hager’s the book about me called “Dirty Politics”. She should have. In a usual two faced fashion, she chastised Rachel Glucina last night for her ethics when only last week she congratulated her on Twitter for her new venture Scout. Also unlike Fran O’Sullivan, Rachel Glucina never passed me anything back to run hit jobs on her behalf for her own personal vendettas.

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Comment of the Day


George is his usual erudite self:

A man is employed by a television network to host a prime time current affairs programme with the mandate to increase ratings. The outcome of this appointment results in a steady decline in this company’s prime objective. So much so he was fired and his show canned.

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Bitch fight! John Campbell needs to have a girl do his fighting for him?

Rachel “Kevlar” Smalley went troppo on John Campbell being hired by Radio New Zealand.   And instead of John responding, or better, just ignoring the intellectual giant that’s Smalley, one of his ex girlfriends went into bat for him.

Radio New Zealand head of content Carol Hirschfeld says Rachel Smalley’s column about John Campbell’s appointment at RNZ is “muddled” and “self-promoting”.

Smalley, a Newstalk ZB host, said in a column Campbell’s new job meant “introducing yet another white male broadcaster to prime time, at the expense of a strong, capable, experienced female interviewer”.

Campbell will front a drive-time news and current affairs programme starting in September. That will replace Checkpoint, whose host Mary Wilson has been announced as the station’s new director of news programming. Wilson’s appointment means she will be Campbell’s boss, RNZ said on Friday.

Smalley really rates herself, and I blame ZB for enabling her.  She isn’t half as smart as she thinks she is and boosting her as headline talent is going to bite ZB on the arse.   Read more »

Typical, some lefty twat makes out something is good, then it ends up costing a fortune

What do you mean my idea cost Samoa $1.5 million?

What do you mean my idea cost Samoa $1.5 million?

Samoa will be wishing they’d never enlisted the aid of John Campbell to push for an All Black test match in Apia.

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegao says the country’s rugby union lost $1.5 million hosting the All Blacks.

The All Blacks played their long-awaited test in Apia on July 8, winning 25-16.

The fixture was hailed as a huge success in terms of the match and the hosting logistics with Samoa coming to a standstill for the All Blacks’ trip. But the massive costs of the historic visit to the island nation by the world’s No 1 rugby team have been revealed.   Read more »

John Campbell is gone, but the rot continues to show

John Campbell took crusading too far, ultimately it cost him his job as he continually pimped the poor, ran his left wing campaigns and it turns out made stuff up.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint about a Campbell Live episode about unresolved Canterbury earthquake insurance claims four years on from the first earthquake.

The episode was broadcast live on the fourth anniversary of the September 4 earthquake from a Christchurch school hall, with an audience of several hundred residents who had unresolved insurance claims.

The authority upheld the Insurance Council’s complaint that the programme breached standards of balance and accuracy, because it did not include the insurance industry’s perspective and was misleading about the industry’s and the Insurance Council’s willingness to take part in the programme.     Read more »