Political commentator burns his own business

...and abracadabra...Magic! ...there goes my business and reputation...

…and abracadabra…Magic! …there goes my business and reputation…

Many in the general punditry destroyed their reputation over the weekend and the preceding election campaign.

The were mostly wrong but some were really wrong.

One such pundit who, like Martyn Martin Bradbury has been more wrong than right is Matthew Hooton. His reputation is in tatters too now.

Positioned as a centre-right political commentator Matthew Hooton has been whoring himself around the media during this election period. Last night TV3 had him on as their centre right political commentator.

Some despise Hooton as an evil  right wing fascist.

Others more to the right of him, think he’s soft – despite telling all and sundry to give their two ticks to ACT in his regular NBR column.

Most political pundits think Hooton plays games and enjoys winding up the left.  

But one thing Hooton has done is destroy all links and contacts with the Beehive, particularly going out slamming one of the most popular Prime Ministers in New Zealand’s history and his chief of staff Wayne Eagleson.

In Hooton’s Metro article he says;

The person who is responsible for the culture of the Prime Minister’s office is the chief of staff, Wayne Eagleson. And, unless Key has delegated dealings with the SIS director to someone even more junior, Eagleson is complicit in the release of the SIS documents. Key has previously said that when you speak to Eagleson you are speaking to the Prime Minister.

After what has been revealed, the government deserves to lose on September 20.

Now we hear Hooton is jetting off with Internet Mana’s Laila Harre, with Josie Pagani saying

“The great revolutionary hero is going skiing with Matthew Hooton. He even admitted last night off air that he’s more right wing than Cameron Slater”

The WOBH team think they should also invite Kim Dotcom on their joint skiing holiday in Vail, Colorado at the end of the year.

Given that people on the left are now naming Laila Harre as being involved in the Dirty Politics hack and given Hooton’s frenetic framing around the issue, there is little remaining doubt that he too was privy to the hacked details from my emails.

Matthew Hooton has simultaneously destroyed his business and his reputation.


– Metro, NewstalkZB

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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.