An editor “trained and skilled” thinks I am a blog-whore

Interesting perspective from the Editor of the Wairarapa Times-Age, Andrew Bonnallack, apparently he hates blog-whores who are no substitute for “trained journalists”. Being an APN rag of course they must have courses in comparing bloggers to “decent journalists, trained and skilled”.

Bizarrely, though the memo clearly states to keep using the phrase, they forgot to tell these twats that we really don’t give a flying f*ck what they think about the world. We are going to do what we are going to do.

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How tragic…getting the editor to answer nine questions about his tragic life. His pet hate is blog-whores…oh dear.

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Helpfully the Wairarapa Times-Age has some circulation figures:

The Wairarapa Times-Age is published daily Monday to Saturday, and has an audited circulation of 6582 copies per day.

The company also publishes “Midweek”, a weekly community newspaper which is delivered free to 19,300 homes throughout the Wairarapa district.

Yesterday I had 16572 visits to my site and over 100,000 pageviews. It is pretty much that way everyday. I get his stats by lunchtime.

Yeah…old daily news is dead, you just haven’t worked it out yet. Imagine what I could do with just 10 staff…sure as hell deliver a better product than him with 50.

 

 


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  • GazzW

    Look on the bright side Cam – you don’t have to wonder whether there is life beyond Masterton.

    • dumbshit

      actually a big pond at the park in masterton but a cess pit of sludge similar to what is under Ball—ocks shiny dome

  • motorizer

    who is the whore? who gets paid? your more of a mistress. By definition the MSM is the whore.

    • I don’t understand the terminology. Surely the blog-whore is the person visiting the blog, not the blogger himself?

  • Whafe

    Explaining is losing, what a twat…..
    He must belong to the teachers union also….
    I would suggest as an editor of a printed newspaper that he is pretty un trained if he is not keeping up with where the world believes printed media is at…. and that is sitting in the toilet bowl, almost ready to be flushed

    • Lion_ess

      Writing’s been on the wall for a while. Thinking about Borders?

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Wait, so APN and Fairfax are both doing really well? They didn’t cut the Herald down to a tabloid sized paper because print costs were too high?

    The only whores are the NZ Herald itself, “hey would you like a free 6 month subscription” “hey would you like a free copy” “please subscribe please”

  • Jonathan Pull

    New blog whore on the horizon too.
    Good old Aaron “do you know who I am” Gilmore is going to become a blog whore.
    I predict fun times ahead.

    • I predict two weeks of boring shit arse posts then nothing…people think what I do is easy…ask Pete and Travis about that.

  • Rodger T

    Why does the name Bradbury spring to mind at the phrase “blog whore”?

    • sniff finger

      not so sure, it was whale and blondie in the news for their sexual habits

  • unitedtribes

    14Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble.

  • tarkwin

    What an absolute joke. Very similar to the Northern Advocate, the editor’s of these sort of rags seem to think they are some kind of pillar of the community and that people are at all interested in what they say. Interviewing yourself in the first person is the next step down and in reality either a cry for help or Clayton Weatherston syndrome coming to the fore. Could be worse, the editor up here has informed everyone he won’t be standing for the mayoralty. He doesn’t want to get our hopes up!

  • OT Richter

    He is full of shit. We all know what the only thing to take on a desert island is (make sure she can cook also), although his conservative readers may not like it.

  • sniff finger

    I’m not so sure more page views means better, well informed content. I note the herald gets more than double your views per month :(

    • And how many staff do they have idiot? How many millions of resources do they have. Fuck off.

      • Andy C

        ha ha. Dont you be throwing Cam’s own argument back in his face now sniff, Cam really hates that.

        • Lion_ess

          … sniff ….

    • Sarrs

      I would think that, as a private citizen without the backing of a high priced legal department, Cam has a higher threshold for accurate reporting in order to protect himself from any potential libel cases.

    • In Vino Veritas

      It appears your statement “well informed” is directed at the Herald. Personally, I would dispute that the Herald was well informed. If it is, it only prints the wee bit that makes controversy, ergo it has become a tabloid. Misinformed or deliberately misleading is probably a better statement to make.

      • Phil T Tipp

        Agreed. The Horrid’s content is largely cheap PR churnalism, stringer stories from AP and Reuters and thin re-treads of stories gathered by more professional press organs elsewhere on the planet the day before. Their scientific reporting is bottom of the class and their political coverage is as biased as anything printed in Uganda. Neither they nor their readership, sadly, are particularly well informed.

    • dyannt

      Now, where has your finger been, that you would find the need to sniff it?

    • Bunswalla

      Yeah but most of us only go there to do the puzzles, check the weather and piss ourselves laughing at all the fuckups they make on a daily basis. That’s three-quarters of their visitors right there.

  • Arran Hunt

    He wants Daniel Craig to play him in a movie? A little arrogant maybe that he thinks his life should be played by Bond?

  • williamabong

    Nothing else for it Cam you’ll have to get trained as a journalist, judging by the standard of information coming from print media these days the course must about 30 minutes long, and done over the net.

    • Bad__Cat

      Don’t forget the obligatory lobotomy to reduce the IQ down to the low 70’s

  • jedmo

    Pro – Fisk, anti -McVicar, sounds like the viewpoint of a City “liberal” and likely to be out of synch with a semi-rural down to earth readership in Wairarapa. Certainly not a viewpoint I would want determining what gets printed in my daily newspaper.

  • Col

    Welcome to the new age.

  • Andrewj

    Its more that they decide what I read. On the net I decide. Newspapers must be doomed just a matter of time.

  • Mark

    Andrew Bonnallack seems to come across as a pinko in the above Q & A, but his opinion pieces in his paper seem to be a mixture of left and right: http://www.times-age.co.nz/opinion/

  • Red

    They’re an endangered species, Newspapers…. The owners are displaying the same traits as the music and film industries whose arrogance ensured they were totally unprepared for the technology that came to murder their biz models…. tough shit ay?
    I find my news, these days comes from a couple of the Sky News channels… a smattering of Radio Pravda if I can hear through the Red fog… and bloggers, who are not always the best writers – but do have some passion and don’t scare easily. Keep up the good work and give old Andrew Bollacklick a toot for me, next time you drive past WINZ

  • johnbronkhorst

    The interesting part for me is:
    The fact that these “journo’s” don’t report the news any more .Instead they either PARROT the views/comment of what ever political party they support or they try and MAKE the news by using half truths and slanted interpretations.
    Also they contradict themselves, on TV1 Breakfast they used this, this morning.
    eg The “gadget guy” is demoing a camera for kids….it’s just $99..but just the other day they are saying people can’t afford to feed their kids, contradiction much?
    People have noticed and are cancelling subscriptions left right and centre.

  • disqus_pM1uQ9nAww

    Being from Masterton, the only reason I buy the Times-Age is to light the fire. It’s got no real other use. Most of it is a repeat of what is on other APN sites or papers anyway.

  • unsol

    What the hell are you doing reading the Wairarapa Times-Age…such an inconsequential rag is not worth the 2 mins it took you to post this blog!

  • Andy C

    ” they forgot to tell these twats that we really don’t give a flying f*ck what they think about the world”

    And yet you go on and on and on and on and on about what they think…. and on and on and on and on and on ……

    • unsol

      Exactly. If so irrelevant why continue to take the bait. They are not worth anyone’s time.

  • steve and monique

    Jeez have to cancel my Wairarapa times. Hang on,have not heard of it,and dont subscribe, Sorry my bad,thought it was an important newspaper,not just some local cat tray liner.

  • TomTom

    ODT is worse. Considered writing in to tell them to change their regular column “Vocal Locals” to “Local vocal Yokels” just to make the paper that much more interesting.

  • hm

    Cam, the editor is a newbie – a month or so in the job. (no excuse) He also caused a stir when he defended his journalists for using facebook to find out details about the young man that died in a car crash here a fortnight ago. Is this normal practice for journos? Can someone tell me? I gather the journos didn’t go through any conventional channels for info. Wouldn’t read it if I didn’t get a free copy and it does start the fire.

    • John Q Public

      I piece I saw in the NZ Horrid on, i think, Tuesday, was a total lift complete with quotes, from a real estate agents ‘newsletter’ I get junk-mailed.

    • EpochNZ

      A good friend was involved in an accident that merited media coverage. He refused to speak to the persistent local journo, instead directing him to the company for a formal comment. Reporter then trolled facebook and lifted everything off he had written to let friends know he was okay (but shaken) and wrote a story complete with “quotes”. Sure, my friend didnt have his privacy setting correct, but still…..I think now I can spot a facebook or twitter led story from 50 paces. The curmudgeonly part of me thinks its just lazy journalism.

  • Mr_Blobby

    You are a blog whore, whatever that is. So what. Nothing to see here, move along.

  • boristhefrog

    Ha! I used to write a newspaper column – never been ‘trained’ as a journalist – but am a good enough writer to get published…. so according to this plonker my views in that column would never count… what a tool

  • Hazards001

    Bwaaaaaaaah hahahahha any man that thinks chicken,cranberry and avocado is the top sandwich filler is clearly a molenburg munching pussy whipped Chardonnay sipping ponce that needs to hand in his man card and run back home to hide behind mummy’s skirt cos the big bad blogging man is coming to get him.

    Fucking blouse!

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