Why are the media still cuddling up to pirates?


I think I’ll re-write Michael Field’s piece in Stuff today  

Japan’s whaling fleet has turned around and is heading back into the Southern Ocean, according to unlawful pirates Sea Shepherd.

The pirates claimed at the weekend the Japanese fleet was heading north away from the whaling.

But this afternoon Sea Shepherd pirates said it had illegally placed a tracking device on the whaling fleet’s tanker, San Laurel, which showed it had turned back into the Southern Ocean.

Sea Shepherd said the 180-degree turn meant that the whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru was also heading south.

“Although there are very few days left in the whaling season, there is still the possibility that the Nisshin Maru can refuel and return for a few days of whaling.”

The pirates said it was transferring fuel between three boats before heading back to continue their acts of piracy against the legal whalers.

Bob Barker pirate Peter Hammarstedt said they were heading back to perform more illegal acts on the open seas.

“It appears that the Japanese whalers have been ordered south to kill a few token whales so as to not be totally humiliated this season.”

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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.