HoS should name secret taper

I’m not buying the weasel excuses of Herald on Sunday.

It’s simply not believable that someone would inadvertently leave a radio-mic on that table, disguised in a black pouch, and accidentally record the PM, and not know they were doing it.

This is tabloid behaviour at its worst. Clearly the HoS has not learned anything from the News of the World scandal.  Its editors should now be facing the blowtorch and the camera operator’s character will have to be scrutinised.  If the public are being asked to take their word for it – we need to know whose word it is we’re taking.

The Herald should tell us who it was – at the very least that will allow public figures being approached by this person to know how they operate.

What next, inadvertant radio mics in the Cabinet room/Caucus room? Can any politicians trust that when a repeater from Herald on Sunday talks to them “off the record” that they actually aren’t secretly recording them?

This sounds like a massive beat up from the HoS.  If there was something really juicy in it you can bet they would have published, because they clearly don’t care about whether the recording was made legally or not.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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