Calling the Slowly Sinking Tabloid out for crap reporting

The alarming lead headline and story in today’s SST is nothing but a media beat-up. And who has started this beat-up and “froth”… one Lucy Craymer and Charles Anderson.

Let’s take a real look at the issue.

Thanks to Lucy Craymer’s scaremongering of the worst kind, she has placed New Zealand’s global reputation at risk. Lucy is the stringer for the Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal in Wellington.

Here’s a picture of her for the thousands of farmers who now have their livelihoods at risk and for the hundreds of thousands of Kiwis that have employment thanks to New Zealand’s agriculture sector.


Her use of the word “toxic” for labelling fertilisers containing DCD in her story to the WSJ suddenly has the world up in arms about New Zealand’s leading exports. It’s a classic case of creating a panic with an overseas media outlet, then getting her mate Charles Anderson to run it in NZ saying the world is now concerned.

If there was ever a case of media OTT this is it. Lucy Craymer creates a story, and then passes it her young mate Charles Anderson who has only been with Fairfax for a year. You may recall the sensationalist article by Charles Anderson that appeared (no doubt thanks to Lucy Craymer) in The New York Times slagging off New Zealand’s international reputation. These two are great patriots and clearly don’t like New Zealand.

Lucy Craymer seems to forget that it is physically impossible to drink enough milk to get anywhere near the chance of being affected by DCD. You’d have to knock back 130 litres of milk or chuck back 60kg of milk powder to even reach the acceptable daily intake. You’d drown first, but Lucy Craymer doesn’t seem to fussed by this. By Lucy Craymer’s standards other toxic substances would be black pepper, water, tea, coffee, lollipops and chocolate with extreme doses – may be she’s gunning for these as well.

New Zealand doesn’t need two young churnalists frothing up a story that attacks this country’s global reputation.

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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.