On being paid

Tomorrow both The Nation and The Weekend Herald are going to run stories about me. David Fisher rang me today and his basic premise behind his attempt to interview me was that I am a liar and paid and he is an award winning journalist doing gods work.

He even misquoted my answer to Russell Brown as some sort of evidence of my admission I get paid. Far be it from me to educate a “decent journalist, trained and skilled” in basic comprehension. I’ll leave that to his editors who seem to be real keen on wrestling int he mud with pigs again.

However it is clear that the basic premise is that it is somehow evil that I could possibly be paid for the work that I do.

Now consider this.  

Journalists are paid…very well. That is apparently ok. The newspapers and media companies that they work for get paid by advertisers and that is apparently ok too.

PR flacks like Matthew Hooton, Deborah Pead and others get paid too for ensuing that their clients story is adequately covered in the media. They use all sorts of tricks to get that out there too…some of which have been outed. They also bill their clients for seeding stories in social media. I know this because I’ve seen the invoices. Matthew Hooton for example hired Martyn Bradbury to “interview” customers of the new medical laboratories in Auckland to attempt to spike them. He was working, paid, by Diagnostic Medlab as their contracted spin doctor and was attempting to cause outrage against the legal commercial arrangements of the DHB. SO he hired a blogger, who got paid, and they ran stories against the competition David Fisher never ran stories about Matthew Hooton paying bloggers to do his dirty work then, so why now? One can only think petty revenge.

The thing is all these people see no problem in billing for their services. But a blogger finding a way to obtain payment for the work that he does is somehow evil and untoward.

Martyn Bradbury runs a blog that has the sponsorship of several unions. He is open about that sponsorship, but no media have suggested he is owned or int he pay of the unions when demonstrably he is. But for me to work with or want to work with corporates is somehow anathema and the subject of a story?

David Fisher erroneously suggested that I was paid by Ports Of Auckland to attack the unions. This is a lie and is a constant lie that is put about by the left-wing. Even in the unlikely event they had paid me I would have refused, I bash unions for free. I have had a hatred of unions since my first holiday job working in the stores at LD Nathan in Roma Road Mt Roskill where I was subjected, as a 15 year old, to the terrors of a union boss called Con Strongman.

Frankly I am sick and tired of the questioning by paid journalists about how I earn income. Perhaps they’d like to show their own accounts first and then I might start bothering to care too much about what they have to say.

The day journalists wok for free like I have for about 6 years is the day I’ll sit down and treat their questions with respect. Until then they can get fucked.

I write for my readers…which just quietly is a whole lot more than them. I have an audience and that audience is worth something. I fail to see why I shouldn’t be paid for my audience when they are paid for theirs.

One thing is clear there is someone out there, intent on leaking documents and attempting to smear me and my friends. Good for them…it won’t work. What is funny is that the media are being played for patsies and falling for it all.

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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.