EXCLUSIVE – The anatomy of an APN/NZ Herald hit job

For the past couple of days the media has attempted to smear me, Stephen Cook, and blame Bevan Chuang for the ratepayer funded philandering of Auckland’s mayor.

Regardless of what you think about Bevan Chuang, she is a single woman who can do what she likes.  She’s not married, hasn’t campaigned on a religious/family values ticket and importantly she’s not the mayor.

As expected, the media (who either didn’t know about the story or were too cowardly to run it) turned their guns on me.

Apparently talking to sources – getting sworn affidavits – text messages – amounts to some kind of conspiracy.

Well let’s see how the Herald likes it – when their own ‘conspiracy’ is out there for the world to see.  

I’ve been leaked an internal email that gives the Kiwi public an inside look at how the Herald puts together a hit job.

The preparation begins more than a month in advance – and involves colluding with Opposition MPs, Unions and other friendly sources.

This ‘series’ that the Herald plans to run in early November is anything but objective – it involves ‘the worst horror stories’ they can find – with predetermined outcomes.

It involves helping the Greens and Labour publicise their policies while seeking comment from Government MPs appears as an after-thought (though neither reporter doing the story has ‘contact Minister’ in their to do list).

It also specifically singles out John Banks for a negative headline.

As an aside, I’d note that Campbell Live has miraculously started their campaign on this issue early – it’s all far too coincidental.

And they reckon I’m the one cooking up conspiracies – check this out.

How the NZ Herald Plans a Hit Job

Now this really cuts to the heart about whether or not you can now trust the NZ Herald as a source for news.

You ahve to wonder too whether or not their advertisers are actually contributors to content now.

What is certain is that the NZ Herald has been caught pants down colluding with political parties to manufacture news on behalf of those political parties and that they are actually campaigning and agenda setting.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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