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A regular reader writes:

Afternoon Cam

Thought you might be interested in this:

I responded to a call by One News Corin Dann on Twitter about the upcoming sale of shares in Mighty River Power (Any first time share buyers who are looking to buy into Mighty River Power and are keen to talk on TV, send me a DM)

The phone call came from his producer in Wellington and we went through some questions over the phone before I agreed to front up on camera and give my reasons for wanting to invest in the upcoming SOEs. All good until I answered one little question that I knew was going to kill the entire interview before it begun: “What political party do you belong to?” Being the all-honest person I was I replied “National

And that was that, all over after TVNZ deduced I was too close to the party (I am just a regular member) for a balanced and independent approach on the SOE investments I was planning to make. Too close despite being of sound judgement and mind and very independent to what I think – and that includes telling MPs, Ministers and The Board they are pure idiots when they are pure idiots (Conference and all the backslapping) AND praising them when they do something good like this SOE scheme.

The final question they did ask was: “Do you know anyone not in a political party that would front up on the 6pm news.” My answer was “No.” (The non political party ones would not be interested anyhow)

Ah well I wonder who will front up tonight on the 6pm news…

Whether there was a perceived conflict of interest being a Nat or TVNZ arse covering – who knows as I know no longer care sharing my story on investing in the SOEs

So TVNZ thinks that opinions from National party members aren’t valid. Nice, at least we now have confirmation of their bias.


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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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