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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

Nicky Hager

 

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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Commenting Standards from a readers perspective

I haven’t passed comment on our now more than a year old moderation and commenting policies. I haven’t commented for a reason…there is no need to comment, I am happy with the results despite more than a few detractors who are now junking up other people’s sites.

But people have noticed, and here is one reader who has sent in his comments about the difference between comments on my site vs the mainstream media.


Yesterday I read two articles on the same subject – Helen Clark and her ambition to lead the UN, one on Whale Oil the other on TV3’s site.

No surprises in the content of the articles, but it was the comments sections which I though gave a very interesting insight on the whole perception of Whale Oil versus MSM scenario.

Often Whale Oil is portrayed as the nasty attack Blog with the lowest (or no) standards and the MSM the defender of standards and arbitrators of what is right.

Here are  random shots of both sites comments section where I could include at least three commentators who responded to a different point of view – the difference is stark.

I am betting If you asked a non Whale Oil reader who has been subjected to the anti Whale Oil propaganda they would be extremely surprised at the result.

TV3 has it so wrong on so many fronts it doesn’t need pointing out – they should actually close comments on their site if they cannot keep them to a reasonable standard.

This is why Whale oil continues to fight and win the good fights.   Read more »

Whaleoil and Cameron Slater the year in cartoons Part VII [UPDATED]

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