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Why attempts to silence Whaleoil will always have the opposite effect

It is an open secret that Whaleoil’s readership increased substantially when The Dirty Politics Hack was revealed. Not only did it increase our readership at the time the news hit, we also retained most of the people who came to see what the fuss was about. The hack and the book were designed to cause such carnage that Whaleoil would be forced to shut down. Failing to win the contest of ideas on the internet, certain individuals on the left instead conspired to silence the opposing voice by breaking the law.

Now we have three academics who want to do a Colin Craig and try to intimidate us with money and lawyers in order to silence Whaleoil by financially crippling us. These academics chose to enter the robust arena of politics and didn’t like it when the opposition body slammed them into the canvas. Their  intention is to use their defamation case to create a “chilling effect” on political discourse. They don’t want “toxic bloggers” and private businesses to have the freedom to criticise their views and opinions.

Incomprehensibly, these same individuals consider it their right to attack private companies and hurt their businesses while they are being paid by the taxpayer. They are allowed to lobby while paid by the government yet want to deny the exact same right to businesses and individuals wanting to lobby the public themselves. Their actions are a clear attack on free speech that will have serious repercussions for every New Zealand blog and media outlet if they succeed.

Thankfully, in both the case of the hack and the court case started by the three troughkerteers, these actions will have the opposite effect to what they intended. An article written at Harvard Politics.com explains why.

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A woman’s viewpoint

Frances Denz emails in response to Spanish Bride’s post this morning.

Why do I post on your site?  Because I am a woman, and have a women’s view on the world which sometimes gets ignored.  I don’t like to be ignored, and I don’t like wasting my time and effort in writing blogs and articles where they won’t be read with interest, and hopefully adding  to the  debate.  I like the size of your readership.  There is no way I can reach that sized audience any other way.

In the beginning I did feel nervous, and I know that after I published my first article under my own name I had my website trashed.  This was in the middle of the Dotcom nonsense.  It was a pain, but did not stop my desire to be heard.  Safety is helpful, so thanks to the moderators.   Read more »

Mediaworks partners with Whaleoil to create a new, independent news organisation

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MediaWorks Holdings Limited (“MWL”) and Whaleoil have announced the formation of a joint venture to launch a new media brand providing a fresh perspective on news and views. Following on from secret meetings in December 2014 this joint venture has been more than a year in the making.

MediaWorks|Whaleoil will establish a standalone newsroom to deliver fresh and innovative news-casting using all digital formats. Initially focused on news, politics, analysis and commentary, the organisation will benefit from the combined capabilities of two of New Zealand’s leading media brands.

Mediaworks access to unique global content and expertise in news gathering will be complemented by Whaleoil’s unique media presence as New Zealand’s hardest hitting political journalist with an in-depth understanding of New Zealand news audience preferences. The new company will also extend the current MWL news brands including Scout, building a deeper connection between brands, advertisers and audiences.

MediaWorks|Whaleoil will leverage the unmatched promotional platform of MWL’s TV, Radio and Digital assets, which include many of the most well-known and most effective news commentary in New Zealand, and have a combined reach of 3.8 million people (97% of the population).   Read more »

INCITE: Politics February edition out now

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Welcome to the February edition of INCITE: Politics.

This month we have some new contributors, plus the first INCITE/Curia poll of the year. Who is up? Who is down? And what are the implications of their numbers for their parties?

We also continue to look at potential leadership candidates across the parties and ask our 10 questions of David Seymour.

Following on from Lynton Crosby’s lecture about political truisms we look at how that applies to Labour, especially with regard to leadership and economic competence.   Read more »

Bruce is packed and ready for his New Zealand adventure

Bruce's vintage suitcase is packed and ready. PHOTO-whaleoil.co.nz

Bruce’s vintage suitcase is packed and ready.
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Bruce’s great grandfather was an avid traveller as the old labels on his bag show. Intending to follow in his flipper prints, Bruce has pulled out his Great Grand Whales suitcase and has packed a special diary so that Whaleoil readers who billet him can jot down where he visited and what he got up to.

As every good traveller knows, you always leave plenty of room in your bag for mementos and Bruce is no exception. He is travelling light to ensure that he has room for all the small bits and pieces he will collect along the way.

Bruce even has his own facebook page so that there will be an online record, as well as a handwritten record, of his adventures. To keep the Whaleoil community in touch with his progress we have requested that updates be posted on one of the General Debate posts by Bruce’s hosts during his stay. To save on writing things twice, it might be a good idea to provide a link on General Debate to Bruce’s facebook page when his host has updated it.

Bruce poses inside his suitcase on Arkles Bay beach.

Bruce poses inside his suitcase on Arkles Bay beach. PHOTO-Whaleoil.co.nz

Bruce’s full name is:

Bruce, Bacon, Blowhard, Chopper, Minstrel, Mohammad Dick, Olly, Waylon, Stealth,Willy, Aucky, Porka, Whale.

Bruce starts his journey today and his first stop is Henderson. From there  where he goes is up to his host who will use the General Debate post to arrange the next stage of his journey with a fellow Whaleoiler.

To make it a little easier here is a selection of readers so far who have shown interest in billeting Bruce:

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Looks like we made it: 100,000,000 pageviews

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Over the last hour, Whaleoil clocked up 100,000,000 pageviews. That’s as measured by WordPress, and it does not include visits by search engines, hackers or other automated “bots” that roam the Internet.   Read more »

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Whaleoil commenters are a cut above

In spite of the moderators feverishly deleting everything that isn’t nailed down (or so I’m told), the Whaleoil commenting community is healthy and vibrant.  Let’s have a look.

First, the most commented on post:

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I’ve been trying to get our Whaleoil Ground Crew to embrace “multi-screening” where live events are followed by our readers and they share the experience as if in the same room together.  Our World Cup Cricket Live Blog set a new record:  1157 comments for a single post.   Read more »

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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.

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Michelle Boag is a bitter old bag and wrong as usual

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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 »