Whaleoil – a rare peek behind the curtain

Being a Whaleoil volunteer, I am not that different from Bevan Chuang in the sense that I’m cuddling close to Cam Slater to get closer to the game that is politics.  If needed, I’ll deny that I’m also sleeping with him, but lets cross that bridge as we come to it.  And if I get some lingerie, I’m out.

Jokes aside, it does afford me a front row seat to most of what goes on here behind the scenes.  I’ve learned things you never see in the main stream media, and most of it you are unlikely to see.

The reason for this post is that a lot of people misunderstand the processes that go on behind the scenes before something turns into a post.  The MSM manufactured image is of Cameron Slater being a filthy, unkempt dumpster diver that will make public any little scrap of information he can get his dirty manipulative hands on.

People imagine Cam Slater to be aggressive, rude and completely unable to change his mind in the face of reasoned argument.  What I discovered, as do others when they meet him, is that he’s a quiet, polite and well behaved man.  He has strong views, but he’s open to other views (be prepared to have your arse handed to you with facts and figures), and he has an amazingly detailed knowledge of the political landscape harvested over many years as one of the best placed individuals in this country.  

Another perception of Cam Slater is that he performs absolutely no triage on the stories he runs.  He is seen as a slash-and-burn never-mind-the-corpses kind of guy that will use any excuse to do anything to anyone.  People simply don’t believe that he operates under any kind of rules.  That is to some degree an ethos he’s cultivated himself, or at least he’s happy to leave uncorrected.  He sees that being feared and unpredictable is useful.

In recent times, we were given verifiable information about a politician sleeping around.  You never got to see it.  Why?  Because it clearly had nothing to do with his/her job.  If Cam Slater had an unrestrained lust to create trouble at every opportunity, that, and many other stories that I’m aware of, wouldn’t have been rejected for publication.

We are even on record that when the MSM ran stories on Hone Harawira’s nephew getting convicted by running headlines like “Hone Harawira’s nephew convicted of…”, a Whaleoil editorial stated that the link was just too tenuous to smear Hone with.

Whaleoil is a new phenomenon in New Zealand.  There are plans in place – have been in place – that would make any traditional media outlet shudder.  They wouldn’t believe it could be true, and yet, based on what they’ve seen Whaleoil do over the last year or two – the threat of it becoming reality is something they refuse to contemplate.

It suits those that don’t share our politics and those that feel threatened by Whaleoil’s success to label us a irrelevant, irresponsible and out of control.  It suits them to paint us without a moral compass.  But those who are able to see past the façade really fear that Whaleoil is exactly the opposite:  highly skilled, well organised, and superbly connected.

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