Negative campaigning vs Illegal campaigning

John Key comments:

Key said it was “extremely disappointing and frustrating” for candidates.

He said Norman had offered to help clean up the billboards and he would take up the offer.

“There is no room for negative campaigning in New Zealand.”

This is not negative campaigning. It is illegal campaigning.

Negative campaigning is telling the truth about your opponents to make them look bad. John Key asking Phil Goff to “Show me the money” was negative campaigning. So is the National Party Debt Truck which is a copy of the debt truck.

Negative campaigning has a place in any political system. Campaigns should tell the truth about their opponents, and they should have to prove they are telling the truth. There is no room for the stupid, illegal campaign run by the Greens that has blown up in their face.

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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.