Braunias on Shearer

Steve Braunias has David Shearer’s diary:

TUESDAY

My new chief of staff brought in an unfamiliar document.

I said, “What is it?” He said, “It’s a newspaper.” He suggested I read the latest column by political commentator Chris Trotter.

I said, “I love his show on National Radio on Sunday mornings. It’s very relaxing.”

He said, “No, that’s Chris Laidlaw.”

Trotter’s column wasn’t very relaxing. It demanded that I get off the fence and take a stand alongside locked-out workers at the Port of Auckland.

It’s hard to take Trotter seriously.

He’s Left-wing.

WEDNESDAY

Called a meeting with my new chief of staff.

I asked him, “You look familiar. What’s your name?”

He said, “Stuart Nash. I was an MP last term.”

I said, “Forget the past. Focus on the future. We need to connect with New Zealanders much better than we have.”

He suggested we sit down and discuss policy.

I said, “Didn’t you listen to a word I just said, Steve?”

He said, “It’s Stuart.”


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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.

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