Hager admits book slanted against Nats

Nicky Hager is today saying he left out journalists from his book…along with anything that isn’t vaguely connected with the National party, finally admitting that his work isn’t a piece of journalism at all…instead it is a work of a political hatchet man.

Investigative writer Nicky Hager said he kept some journalists out of the dirt in his latest book Dirty Politics in hope of a cleaner future.

In a small Wintec lecture theatre, Hager let student journalists pick his brain about investigative journalism and his book.

During the intimate Q and A, Hager talked about the Kiwi journalists named in his book.

“If you see a name of a journalist in the book, they are the ones I don’t think have done anything wrong, they’re just incidental to the story. Every journalist who had been taking stories in dodgy ways from David Farrar, one of the bloggers, or Cameron Slater or from the prime minister’s office, I actually left their names out. I decided not to do the journalists basically.”

All apart from Rachel Glucina, who Hager described as “despicable”.

Although Hager highlighted the problem of media being played by Slater and others, he also said he understood the demands of the industry.

“I think that a whole lot of people had done things which were dodgy and wrong. In other words they knew that their prime minister’s office was feeding them information and you could get really easy stories.

“You were being used but it was giving you another headline in a job which is very busy and competitive, where people want to get stuff, so there’s a ton of horrible temptation to keep being an outlet for Cameron Slater and people.    

“The people I’m talking about are in the press gallery, senior journalists. Basically I didn’t want to humiliate them, I wanted to give them room to think again and do it differently. That was the reason. Because we’re a small country and there are only going to be the same senior journalists the year after and the year after that, so let them change their minds on it.”

Those are the same journalists now all being sanctimonious and hypocritical. By leaving out key parts of the story Nicky Hager has compromised any remaining integrity he ever had.

This little piece proves now though that Nicky Hager was set on presenting a narrative, one against the National party and people connected with me.

He keep out the dirty little hatchet jobs I did for the Labour party because he didn’t like or want that narrative.

His book was designed as part of the campaign to create the public interest argument for other media to hide behind as they picked through my stole emails.

The real dirty politics in New Zealand are those politicians, hackers and media people who were all complicit in this hatchet job.

To stoop to hacking and stealing a political opponents emails is the lowest thing we have seen yet.

 

– Fairfax

 


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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.

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