I have been receiving a great deal of correspondence from the tipline regarding a woman called Barbara Sumner-Burstyn.

It seems Ms Burstyn has angered a great many people and a screenshot of her now defunct Facebook page has been provided, and you can see why. She has insulted the memory of Jacinda Baker who gaver her life in Afghanistan.

She forgets that Jacinda Baker was a medic in her crass attack on a fallen soldier.

This isn’t the first time she has done this, back when Cpl. Doug Grant was killed she said:

Mixed messages: “He was a thinker, a deep thinker Doug Grant” No, I don’t think so. He was a paid murderer in a war we have no truck with. A father who was happy to kill. “He was a free spirit” No, don’t think so – he was a man who took orders.

Not surprising there has been a massive backlash with a Facebook page being set up since Ms. Sumner-Burstyn cut and run from her own page. This Facebook group, started less than 2 days ago, but now has in excess of 14,000 members and will portray the outrage better than I ever could. She may have run like a coward from Facebook but not before screen shots were taken.

She is a trougher who gets NZ on Air funding to make her crap movies that no one has heard of.

With just a couple of crass and thoughtless comments she has supplanted both Mark Hotchin and Clayton Weatherston as the most hated people in New Zealand.

She has still continued to insult the dead soldiers in an online debate with one comrade of Jacinda Baker’s continuing the abuse.

2 hours ago Sumner Burstyn
oh my god, you bought it all, all the PR, all of it. that is very sad. I’m sorry for all the work your mum put into raising you – all that to die in the sands for capitalism. I suggest you block me now.


about an hour ago Sumner Burstyn
I understand you are a smart guy who has fucked with his mind to make it morally acceptable to kill others who are no threat to you or me at all. Come home and turn your skills against our government. Change sides.

I will happily do my bit to expose her comments to the glare of publicity, for my loyal military and veteran readers. She is a nasty, spiteful piece of work.

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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.