New media standard annouced, care of Phil Goff and Claire Trevett

Phil Goff, who is a fine one to talk about sources and leaks is upset.

The coward, Isaac Davidson who was too afraid to ring me writes at The NZ Herald.

Mr Goff said: “It shows that there is underlying network of people who get Whaleoil to do their dirty work for them.

“And that network goes as high as the Prime Minister’s office.”

Actually Phil it is much worse than that…my network extends right into Fraser House in Labour HQ, into the Labour caucus and some staffers.

Remember the Labour party website, with the back door left wide open to the world? …have a think about that Phil. 

Claire Trevett takes a strange position, for someone in receipt of leaks, whispers and gossip as her stock in trade.

Press gallery chair and Herald deputy political editor Claire Trevett said: “It seems a bizarre thing to do, especially because the photos do not show anything particularly startling about the after-effects of a party of 600 people.

“It does make me wonder what other contributions Mr Ede might have made, as well as whether this is sanctioned by the Prime Minister in any way.

“As for the cleaners, we are grateful to them for their extra efforts after the Gallery party and have shown that with a token of appreciation, as we do most years.”

Yes we wonder about the contributions many people make to her stories. Let’s see her declare who her sources are when she writes them. No more of this “Labour insiders privately have said”, or “Senior National party officials say”.

She sounds a bit snippy that their disgusting mess was busted.

Perhaps while she is sounding at such high dudgeon she might like to explain the attendance of all those PR spin weasels, corporate whores and big business lobbyists in attendance.

It makes you wonder what contributions they have made to her stories during the year.

The one journalist who did have the courage to ring me told me “Who cares if there was a mess, all parties make a mess”. Technically he is right, but not all parties have the taxpayer paid cleaners come along afterwards to wipe it up all for them.

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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.