Embedded journalists, an interesting twist from a NZ perspective

Yesterday I blogged about Kate Shuttleworth’s penchant for always regurgitating NZEI and PPTA press releases.

Then I got an email via the tipline that explained it all about why a “decent journalist, trained and skilled” seems to only run the union lines instead of doing additional research.

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So it seems that not content with embedding their people in the Labour party they are now embedding them in the press gallery and the NZ Herald.

The tipline also coughed up this little titbit too about the Robert Wilson that Shuttleworth quoted in her anti-charter schools article:

Robert Wilson is the same Robert Wilson who was charged with fraudulently overinflating school enrolment numbers as principal of Cashmere High School in 1998 to increase state funding for the school; the Crown case fell over at pre-trial when the Crown failed to provide evidence of pecuniary advantage, but he hasn’t worked as a school principal in NZ ever since.

Radio NZ interviewed him at the time:

A two year nightmare is over for a Christchurch school principal charged with inflating the numbers on his school roll to get more funding. It was alleged Robert Wilson had inflated the roll to gain an extra 441-thousand dollars for Cashmere High School, as well as 167-dollars in extra pay for himself. Mr Wilson was arrested and charged last year following an Education Ministry audit in 1996 – but at a pre-trial hearing a charge of using a document to gain pecuniary advantage for himself. The Crown had decided not to proceed with three other charges.

Wonder no more where Kate Shuttleworth is coming from in her articles about education.

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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.