Horizon stinking like a dead fish

Horizon research is in severe damage control mode.

Too late.

Owner Graeme Colman is in the media saying he occasionally works with Wellington PR man Iain Morrison.

Morrison’s company website clearly shows Colman is employed as a senior consultant by Morrison.

To re-cap – Morrison fronted a long and one-sided attack on the Police in the Dom Post on Saturday.

Hours later, Horizon, owned by Colman, initiated a survey with subject matter very similar to the points raised in the Dom Post.

Later that afternoon, the Facebook page set up by Morrison’s fellow anti-Police campaigners urged members to take part in the survey being conducted by “our mates at Horizon research”.

So, here are some important questions:

  • When did Horizon decide to carry out the survey?
  • Why on Saturday?
  • How was the subject matter chosen?
  • Was Iain Morrison informed about the survey?
  • Did he have input into the questions?
  • How did someone know on that campaign group’s Facebook page know it was taking place?
  • Did Colman tell the Dom Post he was connected to Morrison?
  • Did Morrison tell the Dom Post the survey was being carried out that weekend, after the article was published?

Answers please.

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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.