Sloppy Journalism or Political Set Up?

Sloppy journalism or Political setup…you be the judge.

There have been a couple of stories on TV this week featuring the Mangere Budget Service spokesman Darryl Evans who has been very critical of the Government.

So who is this Darryl Evans and why didn’t the journos do a quick Google search like I did today?

People can support whichever party they want to.  That is what makes our democracy great. But I don’t like people who pretend to be politically neutral – when they’re obviously not.

  1. He once worked for Parliamentary Services
  2. The Patron of his Mangere service since 2010 has been Helen Clark
  3. Annette King has campaigned with him: “Earlier this week I meet up with Darryl Evans of the Mangere Budgeting Services Trust. Darryl and I discussed how the tough economic times are impacting on our communities.”
  4. Carol Beaumont, Sua William Sio, and Len Brown used his offices for a policy launch
  5. He supported another Carol Beaumont meeting in Wellington where he attacked the Government – Evans said Government inaction on the issue had long been a problem.  “It’s the same old rhetoric – ‘We’re looking at it’. Well, while you’re looking at it and not doing it, people are suffering,” he said.
  6. He appears to have provided emails to Labour in February 2009 which Labour used to attack the Government
  7. When Paula Bennett came out on his side – he was still ‘furious’.
  8. He posts on Helen Clark’s Facebook wall and tells her to keep up the great work
  9. He provides emails to Carol Beaumont to table in Parliament
  10. He pre-emptively tells newspapers he’ll have to sack staff  ‘if the new Government does not maintain the funding increase he received last year under Labour’s four-year plan’
  11. He ran for the Mt Roskill Commmunity Board in 1998
  12. He unsuccessfully sued Parliamentary Services for unjustified dismissal when he was sacked by the Alliance’s Sandra Lee claiming she had ‘destroyed his political career’.
  13. Perhaps most worrying – is this unanswered allegation in the comments section from TV3’s own website.

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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.