Politicising an incident


Less than 24 hours and Labour is already politicising this mining incident.

It’s bad enough that the news media is making a huge deal out of this non-event (you can bet they were hoping for bodies). A truck engine can catch on fire anywhere and doesn’t point to some sort of shortcoming in safety regulations that the government should be responsible for.

The miners carried out their a well-drilled emergency plan without a hitch. No lapse there that the government could be responsible for. Really, everything went to plan and there’s nothing that the government could have done or could have been responsible for.

But no, Darien Fenton has a few chardonnays and gets on to Twitter to criticise the govt (from the protection of her protected Twitter feed). She links to a Stuff article that basically refutes what she says. Couldn’t ask for a better result, according to the article.

So what is the actual problem here? Apart from Fenton’s lack of brainpower that is.

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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.