The greatest of praise

You know you are effective when the arch-leftist mouthpiece and apologist blames you for the election disaster of the leftwing. Nicky Hager has attacked me and David Farrar:

Another element of the election worth mentioning is the careless use by the news media of the National party-linked bloggers David Farrar and Cameron Slater (‘Whale Oil’). Both bloggers affect independence (and, in Farrar’s case, this probably used to be partly true), but nowadays both act as tools of the National Party: spinning, smearing and releasing information in which the party does not want to be directly involved.

Farrar is the National Party’s main pollster and so is intimately tied into party business. Therefore it is surprising (no, thoughtless and stupid) of media organisations to use Slater as a regular source of news and Farrar as a commentator. Fairfax allowed Farrar to be one of its main election bloggers on the Stuff website leading up to the election and other media used him regularly to give comment. He was part of TVNZ’s election-night coverage. Using former politicians and party officers can be informative and useful for readers and viewers, but giving the status of commentator roles to current party officers and activists who are actively campaigning and spinning, especially at election time, is irresponsible and needs to stop.

I think Nicky Hager is just jealous that his book sank without a trace and it was me that was making the play with Labour’s website balls-up, the SIS briefing lies of Phil Goff and numerous other stories that I broke through out the year.

I will take the attack by Nicky Hager as a feather in my cap that he considers my blogging to be so effective a tool against the left wing that he is calling for me to be boycotted by mainstream media. I think my net-worth as a commentator just jumped through the roof.

David and I often joke about Nicky Hager bugging our phones and hope he never publishes the transcripts of our evil plots. I must run along and get my office swept for listening devices now.


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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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