Herald playing catch up

NZ Herald

After a good start on the Pullar fiasco Adam Bennett is now having a shocker:

In an emotional letter, she said ACC was “rotten to the core” and said she had numerous examples of ACC claimants’ rights being trampled on that would “seriously embarrass you”.

The letter was sent in October 2010 as part of Ms Pullar’s battle to get funding for treatment for her injuries. She also sent it to the Herald which was investigating the high number of injury claims turned down by ACC on the basis of a pre-existing degenerative condition.

“This is NOT a mistake as you are making out Nick,” Ms Pullar wrote. “You are just covering up corruption that is alive and well within ACC. ACC is rotten to the core and I have numerous examples that could seriously embarrass you, over and above this.”

She wrote that the “abusive processes” had to stop. “Good luck fighting it Nick in the media. You are going to need big PR help on this one. It is everywhere!”

The letter emerged yesterday as Labour continued to demand an independent inquiry into the scandal that brought down Dr Smith.

Actually the actually letter emerged on March 18, after I published it in correspondence Bronwyn Pullar had with me.

The reason I published it was to show that Bronwyn Pullar, despite now crying crocodile tears, had threatened Nick Smith and ACC before. I quess we know what she meant by this “could seriously embarrass you”.

One thing we know now, when Bronwyn Pullar says she will unleash a PR disaster on ACC and Nick Smith she is telling the truth about that at least.

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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.