Soper gets it wrong repeating Boag’s lies

On Newstalk ZB this morning Barry Soper “repeated”  Michelle Boag’s myth that she got John Key into parliament. She did not.

If the “repeater” would do his own research Time had an article saying that John Key credits getting  into the National Party to John Slater, then President of the National Party.

The NZ Herald also ran an expose where John Key spoke about how John got him into the National Party.

For Key’s part, this was the realisation of four years of effort. He had first made contact with National in 1998, thanks to his sister, Liz Cave. She worked as a receptionist at Christchurch firm Lane Walker Rudkin, where then-National Party president John Slater used to make sales calls for his textile business. One day, Cave mentioned to Slater that her brother was interested in returning to New Zealand. Slater gave her his number and told her to get Key to ring, which he duly did.

Slater invited Key to a traditional New Year’s brunch he held at his Pauanui holiday home in the first days of 1999. Key made an immediate impression, arriving with a bottle of Stonyridge Larose (recommended price $200). Slater still has the bottle: “I think we might crack it open on election night,” he says.

As is usual with Michelle Boag she tells lies and journalists repeat them.

It was my father’s responsibility as President to look for new and talented candidates. He found John Key, John Key rang him and not Michelle Boag.

Barry Soper could find this out all for himself.

He was part of the media that tried to find holes in JK’s history and the article in the NZ Herald was part of that “what bad things has he done” campaign.

They couldn’t find any.

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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.