The commitment to verification

Far be it from me to disagree with my commenters:

This whole situation would be hilarious if it wasn’t so serious, for Cam and for the principles of free speech. It’s clear the Horrid would love to see Cam swing in the breeze for this; apart from hating him on general principle for the number of times he’s exposed their shortcomings (decent journalists, trained and skilled has become a meme), they’re still filthy that he has scooped them so many times. Not least the Len Brown lying duplicitous cheating affair scandal. He has also bagged them for basic errors that show no fact-checking, and lazy sloppy journalism. 

Now it seems that one of the points that Dudge Harvey is relying on when stating that Cam is not a journalist, is the “commitment to an ethic of verification”. And yet when Cam broke the Lying Len scandal, the reason he waited until he did (after the election) was purely because until then he didn’t have a signed affidavit from Chuang. And since then there have been countless pleas from the Whale Army to release more information, yet Cam has steadfastly refused to do so because the information could not be verified.

So that one issue (there are countless others) proves beyond question that Cam has a commitment to an ethic of verification. And yet it brought an attack from the Horrid who reasoned (wrongly, as they almost always do) that the timing was the result of a conspiracy theory and a last-ditch attempt to overturn the will of the people.

It wasn’t that at all – it was an example of bloody good journalism, digging up the dirt on a public figure with a messiah complex shown to have feet of clay. But more importantly, not publishing this item of news until it had been verified, and refusing to publish more because it did not meet that standard.

If that’s not journalism (and a much better example than what you’ll see in the MSM most days), then I don;t know what is.

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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.