Media coverage of Kim Dotcom under a teeny tiny microscope

John Drinnan has written an article about media coverage about Kim Dotcom.

He called me about this, and I note that it appears that the Herald sub-editors have probably chopped most of them out since it was mostly about their fanboi attitude to Kim Dotcom…especially David Fisher who is still running the PR lines for him and also the Herald on Sunday journalist who stood up at the Mega launch, intorduced himself and then gushed about how much “they” love Kim.

Peter Griffin is head of the Science Media Centre and is currently in the United States completing a Fulbright-Harkness Fellowship looking at the future of journalism. He says Dotcom has sometimes enjoyed unquestioning coverage.

“I was really surprised at the launch of Mega last week that the journalists didn’t ask about the moral aspects of the Mega business plan,” Griffin says.

The tech community is excited to have someone with an international reputation in their midst and it helps their profile overseas, he says.

South Pacific Pictures chief executive John Barnett says Dotcom has delivered numerous stories such as the John Banks fiasco, and that had coloured the media’s positive approach to him.

Russell Brown at Public Address questioned the moral aspects of the business plan, from the perspective of smaller online publishers.

Brown’s right-wing counterpart – the Government-friendly blogger Cameron Slater of Whale Oil – has attacked media coverage of Dotcom, accusing journalists like TV3’s John Campbell and the Herald’s David Fisher of giving a one-sided view.

Fisher rejects any bias, saying that Dotcom has answered many of the criticisms levelled against him.

Of course Fisher would say that, just look at his twitter feed and the defence of Kim DotCon that he is running, anyone would think he was on an earner.

Kim DotCon is to the internet as Blackbeard was to international shipping. He should be thankful that in most countries they have dispensed with gibbetting pirates. Google, which stands to lose 10% of their revenue along with the revenue of many small website providers, including the NZ Herald and Stuff, when DotCon starts hijacking their ads and stealing revenue aren’t going to even let that begin to happen. Google alone has over $3 billion at risk with which they can deploy countermeasures.

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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.