Fairfax journalists illegally accessing confidential information. Never.

Oh dear…after all the outrage from journalists here about how pure and perfect they all are and that their rights must be protected at all costs, what do we find out?

That they are dodgy ratbags just like everyone else.

And they are not from the Murdoch stable either, rather they are from Fairfax…that’s right the same outfit that employes Andrea Vance.

THREE Age journalists have admitted hacking an ALP electorate database in the lead-up to the 2010 state election.

Reporters Royce Millar, Nick McKenzie and Ben Schneiders appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court yesterday where they admitted gaining unauthorised access to restricted information held on the database.

But the journalists escaped being convicted over the offending after being placed on the court’s diversion program.

Christopher Winneke, representing the journalists, said the men planned to work overseas and the recording of a conviction could significantly impact that possibility.

“Ultimately by entering the database … they are accepting that they were not authorised,” he said.

“These journalists have already been the subject of adverse criticism in the public domain.”

The poor petals…concerned for future prospects being affected by their criminal wrong-doing.

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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.