ACT’s The Letter on the realities of media v blogs

The Letter thinks it is highly unlikely Judith Collins was conspiring against her chief executive. The last time a minister leaked against a Chief executive was when Helen Clark leaked to journalists to force Peter Doone to resign. But we agree with John Key that Collins had to go. She has an incurable problem. Judith Collins lacks a quality you need to be Minster of Justice and that is judgment.

I would like to see any politician stand up against a sustained 8 month attack over trivial matters like glasses of milk, a dinner that was always off the clock and the fact she’s been torn down for being a family friend of a blogger who had his emails stolen.   There has always been but one reason for this:  A whole conga line of politicians that visited or otherwise worked with Kim Dotcom.   Judith Collins had to go for Kim Dotcom to get closer to his dream of a quashed extradition.  No other MP has been under as much pressure as Collins has, essentially over very very little.

Green co leader Metiria Turei is being uncritically reported calling for Judith Collins office to be “locked down” to prevent destruction of evidence. A scurrilous allegation, now typical of the Greens. The destruction of any ministerial files is an offence under the Archives Act. The media ought to know the claim is absurd. All ministerial computers are automatically backed up to a separate server under the control of government computer services. It is impossible for a minister’s office to destroy records.

The other parties are being very brave for calling for a “full” inquiry.  Do they really want to open a Pandora’s box that isn’t able to be closed?  Are they that cocky to think they’ll come out smelling of roses?  If anything, it shows the ignorance of what they know is going on in their own party ranks.   Because I can promise everyone this much:  if there is going to be a full bloodletting, I’ll make sure it is done fairly on all sides.

No one objects to bloggers having political bias but if you are taking money to say things then you have a duty to your readers to tell them. But bloggers lack of ethics is not a government problem.

I think The Letter is a bit precious here.  Check the previous article on media trustworthiness.  At least blogs wear their bias on their sleeves.  Since when is it unethical to research stories and ask for more information, do OIA requests, talk to people near the issue, and so on, when you think something is wrong?

We commend David Farrar’s decision to sign up to the media code of ethics. The mainstream media are so hostile to the bloggers because the bloggers are winning. Discrediting one blogger will not stop the trend. The media would be better off to ask why are people going to blogs? Is it because the media’s coverage of the election is so bad? You cannot find out the parties policies from TV or the print media. You must go to the blogs. If you want to know how much the parties are promising you have to go to the Taxpayer’s Union blog. If you want to know how MMP works in Epsom you need to go to Kiwiblog. And people go to Whale Oil because he breaks more stories.

Yeah.  And I wonder how those stories come to be broken.  Do they fall in my lap?  Or does someone tell me there is a story, I then go look for evidence, ask questions, talk to people, look for documents, and so on…

There is a double standard here.  I do exactly the same work that people “in the media” do, yet somehow I’m the only one that’s dirty.

Remember – all this, so far, has been one-sided.   Nobody has asked me to put up any stories where I did hits on the Labour Party, NZ First, ACT, United Future, Mana, and so on.

Because I did those too.

And to do those, I did talk to people inside those parties.  And I received information, documents, people to talk to, and so on.

One thing The Letter is right about.   What happens here is part of the New Zealand media future.   It is nothing more than a natural outcome of an audience looking for a voice it can no longer find elsewhere.


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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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