John Campbell comes out of the closet, must be the week for it

John Campbell was once an Alliance voter.

He was famously called a ‘little creep’ by Helen Clark over his Corngate ambush interview.

But now it seems the bad blood between Campbell and his lefty mates has been put to rest, with TV3 running a Labour Party ad in prime time, under the guise of the latest Campbell Live trailer. If there was ever a reason for Government Ministers not to front on his partisan little show, this is it.

Five of the seven topics mentioned in this advertisement are issues the Opposition is actively campaigning on. Campbell even promotes the Labour Party’s asset sales stunt from the last election campaign. If this had a Labour logo on it, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a party political broadcast. The first time I saw it I thought it was!

1 – Hungry kids – John Campbell has lent his name to David Shearer’s campaign to expand the ‘Food In Schools programme’ (which John Key actually kick started).

2 – Jobs

3 – Home Affordability

4 – Asset Sales

5 – Are we Green enough?

6 – Urban Planning

7 – Driving Dogs – paid ad for Mini?

What’s clear from this is that any Government Minister hoping to get a fair hearing from Campbell Live needs their head read. Looks like the Nats have a new opponent to fill the void left by the current Opposition rabble.

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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.