Nice try, but caught red-handed

Labour do like to hide their links to “media” but once again they have been caught out feeding a story and trying to create an issue where none exists.

Ever since Sam Lotu Iinga cleaned Caropotamus’ clock in 2008 Labour have been out to get Sam. They consider that he holds a seat they feel entitled to. They stop at nothing to besmirch his fine character and this latest episode isn’t any different.

Scum List MP, Repulsion Camel, the interloper from Taranaki has a lengthy post trying to create an issue for Pasifika peoples to feel outrage.

I’ve been relatively quiet on this issue – preferring to step back and watch the Pacific community strongly critique the funding decision and question the motivation for the allocation.

Funnily enough I was alerted to this back in March by a Journalist.  He phoned me to tell me that he’d heard that Sam Lotu Iiga, Michael Jones, Inga Tuigamala and JR Pereira had been meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the disestablishment of the MPIA in favour of a Private organisation that they were hoping to set up in Auckland.

The Journalists story was completely new to me but I went away and asked a few questions of people I thought might be in the know.  Parts of the story resonated with those I spoke too but there was not enough evidence to go down the path of wild accusations.   The Journo obviously couldn’t give the story legs either, as he didn’t write about it.

Yeah I just bet the whole issue was news to her. The journalist repeater would have been a Labour flunky and as the story couldn’t be stood up Labour had to resort to more dirty ways to bring the faux issue into prominence. Cue another flunky Labour repeater. Breathlessly they reveal the “scandal”.

Saturday morning host after 10, Efeso Collins is reflecting community questions about who on earth this company is and why they were given this amount of funding when we already have an agency charged with this work.

Lotu-Iiga, dodging the direct questions, would only say that ‘we’, as in the Pacific community, know who they are and named them. Correction Lotu-Iiga, you know them. We don’t.  Then came a very brief generic puff statement about how we want to have economic development for our people. Yes, but answer the question, he did not.

Labour are trying to attack Sam Lotu Iinga over this when he was not really in the loop at all, and nor were Michael Jones or Inga Tuigamala. What neither Labour, Caropotamus or the un-named repeater on Pacific Eyewitness would disclose is that pacific Eyewitness is run by the sister of Su’a Wiliam Sio, Vienna Richards. No stranger to controversy herself, Ms Richards unsuccessfully complained about TVNZ revealing her links to Su’a William Sio. They all think that they can get away with a few free hits on Sam Lotu Iinga. Repulsion Camel links to her and voila! we have a manufactured story from nothing.

Su’a William Sio should ask his sister to be a little less partisan as the modern blogsphere will out those that hide behind anonymity and are used as proxies. You can’t hide from The Whale, his spies are everywhere.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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