“Dirty Politics isnât journalism. Itâs political activism, enabled by crime. We have to question it”
HackedÂ this from Farrar’s blog
…Yes, Slaterâs blog is nasty and vindictive. So is Martyn Bradbury. So is The Standard. If you think theyâre not fed gossip by Labour/Mana-Internet/Greens youâre dreaming. Typically in their case itâs about destroying their own team so no one cares.
What concerns me most is how my colleagues have reported on this so breathlessly. They have repeatedly used the term âhackingâ to describe Jason Ede accessing an open website. And accepted without question this idea that itâs like walking through the unlocked door of a private house. Itâs not. Itâs more like a young Nat heading to the Labour Partyâs booth at a university political rally, scanning through their leaflets and finding a clear file stashed in the back marked âdonorsâ. Clearly itâs not meant to be there but, well it is. So they read it, take some snaps on their iPhone and humiliate Labour with it, rather than just quietly telling them about the mistake. Politics.
But what is most disturbing about this, is that the majority of media think itâs acceptable to hack Slaterâs email and Facebook, for no reason other than that we hate him. Hager even justified the break-in of Mark Mitchellâs office as just how leaks happen. He is an MP. It is unbelievable that anyone can think itâs acceptable, simply because they have opposing politics.
Hager doesnât want to know where this material has come from. He believes the hackerâs motives arenât political. For a smart man, at best he is being willingly ignorant. There is no doubt in my mind that Hager is being played. The problem is he doesnât care. A real journalist would. Read more »