The Kiwi Journalists Association has a Facebook group where people can meet to discuss events and happenings in journalism.
Lately however it has turned into a left-wing infested hate-fest, mostly against yours truly.
Despite the fact that a High Court found me to be a journalist, and also that I was the editor of a newspaper and the reason why I joined it, they held a ‘meeting’ to decided whether or not I should be kicked out because Nicky Hager wrote a book using stolen and illegally obtained emails. Apparently I was the villain and Nicky Hager the saint.
I voluntarily left such was the vitriol displayed.
In recent days it has again escalated to the point where Alistair Thompson, the disgraced editor of Scoop, amongst others like PR hack Paul Brislen and a real nasty piece of work called Susan Belt have been again mounting a campaign of hate against other members of the group.
It seems that unless you subscribe to their thinking and world view then you must be hounded from the group and personally denigrated.
Thompson is the worst however…invoking the spectre of McCarthyism when it is really them performing the McCarthy-ist behaviour in attempting to purge the group of “wrong” think people.
As Chris and Kent point out recent events here and overseas have created something close to an existential threat to journalism as we know it.
Whaleoil’s role in this is multifaceted which makes it all the more confusing. He is both source, news maker and news subject. When it comes to discussions of McCarthyism he is the sharp edge of the sword. And when he strikes it is very unclear whose agency he is acting under.
The “state” sponsored aspect which is necessary for a McCarthyism tag to stick is writ large when it comes to Whaleoil and it is the proof of this which makes Nicky’s book so compelling and also so scary.
The raid on Nicky which can and is being interpreted as the state defending it’s attack vector is therefore doubly troubling.
I knew I was breaking the rules with this post but did not know Russell Beaumont’s role. I was however suspicious that some kind of deliberate trolling exercise was underway here in the KJA to a) create an impression that the journalistic community is in two minds on this issue and b) to build up the meme that this stuff “dirty politics” is normal and that the real threat is hackers who break the law.
Clearly there is a constituency for are least part of that view among some members of this forum.
That is why I made this post.
All that said I would be happy to accept a decision by the moderators to delete this post if they deem it in the interests of the community.
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