And so we begin

Remember these words from Nicky Hager?

Investigative writer Nicky Hager said he kept some journalists out of the dirt in his latest book Dirty Politics in hope of a cleaner future.

In a small Wintec lecture theatre, Hager let student journalists pick his brain about investigative journalism and his book.

During the intimate Q and A, Hager talked about the Kiwi journalists named in his book.

“If you see a name of a journalist in the book, they are the ones I don’t think have done anything wrong, they’re just incidental to the story. Every journalist who had been taking stories in dodgy ways from David Farrar, one of the bloggers, or Cameron Slater or from the prime minister’s office, I actually left their names out. I decided not to do the journalists basically.

All apart from Rachel Glucina, who Hager described as “despicable”.

Although Hager highlighted the problem of media being played by Slater and others, he also said he understood the demands of the industry.

“I think that a whole lot of people had done things which were dodgy and wrong. In other words they knew that their prime minister’s office was feeding them information and you could get really easy stories.

“You were being used but it was giving you another headline in a job which is very busy and competitive, where people want to get stuff, so there’s a ton of horrible temptation to keep being an outlet for Cameron Slater and people.

The people I’m talking about are in the press gallery, senior journalists. Basically I didn’t want to humiliate them, I wanted to give them room to think again and do it differently. That was the reason. Because we’re a small country and there are only going to be the same senior journalists the year after and the year after that, so let them change their minds on it.”

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This Whaleoil Quiz will self destruct in 10, 9, 8, 7…

How well do you know Whaleoil terminology? Long term readers will be familiar with words exclusive to Whaleoil posts. These terms were first coined by by Cameron and over time and through repetition they both evolve and consolidate until they become a permanent part of the word fabric of Whaleoil.

Just for fun I have made a short quiz for readers. Can you get 100%?

NOTE: The quiz is time sensitive and you will run out of time to answer all the questions if you are not quick.


Michelle Boag is a bitter old bag and wrong as usual


Michelle Boag went on Radio Live with Sean Plunket and Mike Williams and made all sorts of allegations about me and my good mate Carrick Graham.

She really went to town on it and then threatened to take me to court using the cyber-bullying laws if I slagged the old bag off. She of course forgets that her comments went out via streaming and have now been broadcast, also via Facebook. If she wants to go down that path then let’s have at it.

She has said she knows someone who has paid me not to say anything on my blog about them. That is a lie…because there is not a single person who has ever paid me to keep their name out of the blog…but she needs to come clean with the name of this person so I can invoice them for these services she claims I am providing. Read more »

Have you ever wondered why journalism is in the pooper?

Wonder no more.

A lecturer in journalism, a Mr Gavin Ellis no less, who used to be the editor of a newspaper had some real pearls of wisdom in another newspaper.

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The continued defamations by Colin Craig

Colin Craig called a press conference last week. At that press conference he hurled all sorts of accusations live to media, and handed out a booklet at the same press conference.

That booklet contains many defamatory allegations, none of which are true. Colin Craig repeated those defamatory allegations on all media outlets including Radio NZ, TVNZ, TV3, Radio Live and NewstalkZB.

The Conservative party hosted that document, and the defamatory press statement of Colin Craig and Helen Craig.

They were notified that continued hosting of the document would expose all of their office holders and the party to an action that is being contemplated against Colin Craig. The document has been removed and the press statement as well.

Other media have likewise removed the document.

Colin Craig has, it appears, mailed out that booklet or distributed to an unknown number of households, and the proof was furnished in a tweet by Toby Manhire.

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Say my name

It looks like Claire Trevett can’t say my name:

Craig’s problem came to light after a blog printed material pertinent to the resignation of his former press secretary Rachel MacGregor and some board members began to speak their concerns about that resignation. Craig’s attempts to clear it up only served to smear the glass more.

A blog?

Surely she means THE blog. You can add up all the traffic of every other blog in NZ and still you don’t get to THE blog.  Read more »

10 Years today – A Decade of Dirt to celebrate

Whaleoil-First Post

Ten Years ago today I started Whale Oil Beef Hooked…I still remember the day and the first post…it was a photo of my desk, my computer, my keys, a Mont blanc pen, a pocket knife, the home phone and a Motorola phone.

The text of that first post read:

My Father in Law starts almost every sentence with this line….I think for this blog it is somewhat appropriate…

I am going to post mine and other like minded individuals views here, particularly views related to Auckland, Politics and New Zealand in general.

And speaking of which…

You know what pisses me off…when you arrive in Christchurch get in the cab and the cab driver asks you where you are from….You just know that when you reply Auckland you are going to cop it….and I sure did…every JAFA comment in the world that I have heard a hundred times came out. This guy was seriously lucky to get paid let alone leave the cab without a serious kicking.

But seriously, all you South Islanders, understand this. We the people of Auckland don’t care what you think about us, Auckland or anything. Seriously, we don’t care. We have more to do with our lives than live in hope that you get a real live Aucklander in the cab to so how jealous, petty and pathetic you all are. Get a life…no I mean a real one not a “sky is red and black” life.

Christchurch has a similar problem to Australia…lovely place to visit, shame about the inhabitants.

Ok, Ok, I had a nice long weekend in Christchurch, It was wonderful to look through closed doors and windows of shops closed on Saturday….quaint, very quaint.

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LIVE BLOG: Cameron Slater v Jesse Ryder

Hacking fallout

When unethical so called’ journalists ‘ hack members of the public or work closely with hackers in order to gain such information the human cost is often forgotten.

Nicky Hager-Dirty Politics

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I guess we should be grateful that Nicky Hager was so ‘ honest ‘ about where he obtained his information as at least it spared Cameron and I the grief that this poor couple were put through. The hacking of their phone conversations cost them their relationship and hurt their careers because as the media bit by bit revealed their private information they blamed each other for the leaks, as only the two of them knew the information. Additionally at work no one would trust them as they believed that they were blabbing work related information to the press.

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3News Reid-Research poll suggestions

To text Whaleoil or not to text is the burning question of 2014 and 2015

To text Whaleoil or not to text, is the burning question of 2014 and 2015

3News recently commissioned a poll to answer the burning question on every New Zealander’s lips right now and last year as well.

Should John Key stop texting Whaleoil ?

In a bid to be helpful I invite readers to suggest some alternative questions for future polls on the questions you would like to see asked.

My suggestions are below:

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