According to Rod Oram I am responsible for the ending of society and what it could have been because I call crusading scientists to account.
This Fabian socialist ignores the fact ( while he crusades on Nicky Hager’s behalf ) that a journalist was hacked and crimes were committed by the very people he is now crying a river of tears for.
He claims that I am trying to suppress debate.
Is free and rigorous debate increasingly suppressed in New Zealand?
No, says, John Roughan, John Keyâs biographer and a New Zealand Herald editorial writer, in his article available at http://bit.ly/Roughan
Yes, says, Nicky Hager, investigative journalist. He laid out chapter and verse in a recent article in the UKâs Guardian (http://bit.ly/Hager), as he did in his book Dirty Politics. His piece triggered Roughanâs blistering response.
I say yes. Â Suppression of evidence, ideas and debate, in ways subtle and now increasingly brutal, is my experience as a business journalist in New Zealand. It is no consolation we are just a micro example of an accelerating trend worldwide.
Far from suppressing debate I am actually encouraging it. I am actually providing the other side of the debate. In order to have a debate one must have two sides, but all too often the Orams of this world and the so-called researchers he is defending don’t want a debate. They want their story only told…and when you push back against them they cry out that you are trying to suppress them.
The whole premise behind ‘Dirty Politics’, as stated by the hacker and his mouthpiece Nicky Hager was to “shut down” the network of people who were challenging their pals. Yes they used the words “shut down”. In other words it is they who have decided that the debate must be suppressed, that illegal means, foul means, criminal means must be used to justify the ends.
Let me give you two examples from my work last week. At the Population Health Congress very good experts from many science and other professional disciplines were wrestling with the escalating issue of childhood obesity, alcoholism, and many other extremely complex societal issues.
But many of them know they are taking great professional and personal risks to do this critical work. They are painfully aware of the ruthless way Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham and others have tried to destroy Prof Doug Sellman, director of the University of Otagoâs National Addiction Centre.
The facts of their despicable acts were laid bare in Dirty Politics. It was just one of many such campaigns they continue to run.