The Press debate – verdict

Far be it for this humble blogger to pass judgment on last night’s Press Leaders Debate.

Let’s leave it to the media commentators:

The Tory lickspittle and hard-right journalist John Hartevelt on Twitter said:

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Well known host of Tory dress up parties and fundraisers Vernon Small said:

Key had the audience eating out of his hand – a showman in top form.

A clear victory for the PM.

Clearly the Key fanboy he followed up that with an article this morning where he said:

If the first TVNZ debate was a narrow-points victory to Phil Goff, last night’s Press debate was not far short of a rout by John Key.

So we could believe a couple of hard-right journalists who probably used to work for some nasty Tory, or are just trying to improve their CVs for a job after the election or we could see what the the fair and balanced commentators at The Standard thought:


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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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