Simon Bridges gives John Campbell his beans

Uppity teleprompter reader John Campbell has received a kicking from Simon Bridges who is also drawing attention to the manipulative media practices of Campbell Live.

A war of words has erupted with prominent broadcaster John Campbell essentially accusing Tauranga MP Simon Bridges of being incompetent.

Campbell made the accusation after Mr Bridges failed to return a Campbell Livereporter’s calls this week but Mr Bridges said the broadcaster had a narrow view on oil and gas issues and was only out to embarrass him.

At the end of a Campbell Live story about deep-sea oil exploration near Kaikoura on Tuesday, Mr Campbell told viewers Mr Bridges, the Energy and Resources Minister, refused to be interviewed on the subject.

“This is an issue of real public interest and a complex balancing act of pros and cons. There is much for the minister to discuss but Simon Bridges simply refused to be interviewed. Why? We think this is precisely the sort of issue a competent minister can and should front on – responding to public concern, explaining the economic benefits and offering meaningful reassurance about environmental protections.”

“… Minister, the invitation does remain open.”

On the previous night’s show Mr Campbell told viewers neither Parliamentary Service nor Mr Bridges were interested in discussing the living wage with the show.

“In fact, Simon Bridges is proving to be a very difficult minister to get to respond on any issue at all,” Mr Campbell said. 

Why would you go on the show when it is just show boating for John Campbell to roll his eyes, talk down and generally be a poisonous lefty twit with an agenda.

But Mr Bridges last night told the Bay of Plenty Times he was in Tauranga on Monday but could not be on Tuesday’s show because he was on a flight to Australia to meet the new Government’s ministers – but would not have done the interview on Campbell Live’s terms anyway.

“I wouldn’t have done it the way they wanted because they wanted to do a pre-record where they could cut me down to the most embarrassing half second,” he said.

“I’ve done serious interviews on mining and petroleum with all the big TV stations and radio shows. With Campbell Live [the same reporter] did a reasonably lengthy interview with me on another occasion and didn’t run any of it. It seems to me that the reason they didn’t was because it wasn’t embarrassing enough for me.

“They seem to have a slant on the issue. That leaves me a little bit jaundiced about what they want to do with it.

“I’m happy enough to go on the show on the proviso it’s a serious, considered interview that’s live and not edited …”

Campbell Live is not going to bully me on to the show. It’s a free world. He can say what he likes.”

live and unedited is the best way to prevent them putting words in your mouth via judicious editing. Of course not everyone can do that, you have to be quick on your feet and be prepared to have a donny-brook with unctuous twats.

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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.