The Southland Times editorial doesn’t like me, but they have still come out against Judge Blackie’s decision.
He is heavy and he ain’t our brother.
In journalistic terms, Cameron Slater is more like one of those relatives that you don’t get to choose. A distant one, we’d like to think.
The Whale Oil blogger forces us to reconsider the boundaries of what constitutes a journalist. It pains us to acknowledge kinship of any sort. But we do.
Right now he’s embroiled in a defamation hearing, during which a High Court judge has ruled he’s not a real journo, so cannot rely on the special – though still sorely limited – protections journalists have to keep their sources secret.
And that’s a ruling that cannot stand.
Whether Cameron Slater is a good journalist is a different argument from whether he is one at all. Read more »