Lazy Repeating?

NZ Herald

David Fisher had an article in Saturday’s paper about a pokie fraudster. I have now had several tips on the tipline providing further information about this bloke:

This particular part is bullshit:

“Gibbons has lived a life committed to his community. There have been cricket and horses – the rhythm of life in Franklin, south of Auckland.”

And this sentence is plain effing laughable:

“There was barely a blemish in life until he started trying to bring in money for Counties Manukau Bowls.”

What Gibbons didn’t tell Fisher is that he was kicked out of the Franklin Trotting Club, The Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club and the Pukekohe IHC.

My Grandmother’s bowling club was one of the clubs he tried to get to invest in his scheme and it was from there that I found out about the other Pukekohe organisations he got the boot from.

While there were others who got off scot-free, he is far from the poor innocent old coot he is making himself out to be.

Did David Fisher contact any of those clubs/organisations to verify Gibbon’s story?

Or was this a case of rushing a bad story about the evils of pokie machines out there in order to continue the Herald’s lop-sided anti-gambling campaign.

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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.