Friday mailbag

People think that Dirty Politics and the continuous attention from the media on my alleged role in certain matters under investigation has destroyed me.   Not so.   The blog is going from strength to strength, and more people have had their eyes opened.  They can see that the traditional media have been pushing their own agenda instead of reporting what happens.  This leads to emails like this:


I wanted to let you know why I’ve just arranged a monthly donation to Whaleoil.

I’ve been reading your blog for a few years and I’ve been really impressed recently at the intellectual growth evident in the direction and content of the articles you and your team have been writing.

I see Whale Oil as a primary source for my New Zealand news. I know, and I am comfortable, that it is a right-leaning point of view which is a level of transparency no longer evident in MSM.  I consider myself intelligent, engaged and articulate and your site provides me with valuable perspective, news and opinion that I use to inform myself and develop my own opinions and views.

I don’t always agree with some of your opinions but that is some of the reason why I continue to read your content: I know what you have to say will both challenge and inform me.

I appreciate what you are doing with Whale Oil and I also appreciate that this sometimes comes at a personal cost to you and your family which I also appreciate.

I’m glad to be able to contribute in a very small way.  Thank you.

Thank you so much.

Yes, Whaleoil has changed over the last couple of years, and I have to thank Pete and his team of volunteers as well as the many, many (MANY!) Ground Crew that help out.   The amount of research, tips and pointers that flows into my email is as gratifying as it is astounding.  


Dear Whaleoil
This election the bias of the media and its hatred towards the most popular prime-minister and the all politicians on the right was on full display so much clearer, even when it came to topics not at all related to the campaign. And here is an example.

A few evenings ago I was watching Prime News presented by Eric Young and one segment was about a two metre glass sculpture using the signatures of hundreds of New Zealanders who want to take united action against violence. But Parliament’s Speaker David Carter declined the request for the statue to be placed on display or housed at Parliament, went the story. We never got to hear from Mr. Young why this request was declined by the Speaker.

I suppose Mr. Young is held in high esteem by his media buddies and is considered to be a real professional. But as a viewer I can only say he lacks professionalism and is insulting our intelligence by telling only half of the story.

The same goes with all the other news-presenters, reporters, all the Corin Danns and all the John Campbells. But we forget one very important aspect-they are just the messengers, the little henchmen of the people behind them, people we don’t see and don’t hear, people holding high positions in these media organisations, people who pull the strings and adore the left.

For this people supporting the left it is all politics disguised as something else. The left is brute force.  It is bullying.  It is intimidation. It is threat.  It has all kinds of characteristics related to brute force as its primary way of implementation. The left has to mask and camouflage and hide itself in order for mass appeal.  But when they take the mask off, when they’re feeling confident, it’s brute force as a form of implementation, because they haven’t found a way to sell it in the arena of ideas.

– timemagazine

Of course, here things are filtered also.  I pick what to write about.  I pick the quotes.  However, I can’t go too far off the beaten track as any mistakes are quickly pointed out by readers.  The feedback mechanism we have here is quite a self-correcting one.  In spite of the fact it is done by people mostly in tune with my thinking, I can’t get away with anything too outrageous.

Finally, the MSM lose another

I cancelled our Herald subscription a month ago and told them it was because of the election coverage.

They callled last night to see if I wanted to take it up again (still at $7 for all 7 days) since the election coverage was ending.

I enjoyed telling them to get lost as I wanted to read facts and clearly identified opinion pieces, rather than slanted content favouring the left.

Pointed out I supported a party that appears to have the support of about 1 in 2 people in the country, even more in Auckland.

Invited the poor chap calling to ask his CEO if they were other people like me.

Also begs the question – if you are having the Herald delivered and are paying more than $7 for all seven days then cancel your subscription and wait for the pricing to reset ……. probably not the tactic that APN want subscribers to use as they look to float on the NZX.

Maybe you should put out an article along these lines to help families who get the paper???

I suspect the NZ Herald are trying to get their subscription numbers up, even if it doesn’t go to the bottom line.  That’ll look better when it’s for sale.

A new buyer probably should discount any subs that have been gained over the last 6 months, as these are unlikely to be long term subscribers.

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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.