There are two sides to every story

Hi Cam and Team

Just a quick email to Cam and the team to keep up the good work, in spite of all the crap being flung by the frenzied press and other idiots.

One of my “sayings” in life is that there are 2 sides to every story.  Having read Whaleoil for many months, it has been heartening to see that someone has the strength to present the “other side” of a story, often misrepresented by a largely amateur media corps and other associated entities.

Over the last couple of years I’ve been gobsmacked by how amateurish and frenzied the media have become in order to try and retain some relevance in society.  I rarely watch the news anymore, never any of the current affairs programmes, very rarely buy a newspaper and only look at Stuff to see what their side of the story is to any articles you’re publishing.  The Herald app is long gone – plonkers.  I have stopped listening to NZ radio except Larry and RadioSport and found instead I’ve been listening to UK and other shows via the TuneinRadio app.  Plans are also in place to get rid of Sky.

And then there are politicians – don’t start me – as bad as cyclists.

Anyway, the work you have done is appreciated by myself and I’m sure, many many others.   I’m not an expert but in spite of the issues you’re currently facing, I feel your “brand” and the common sense and fairness that it entails, hopefully will make some serious changes for NZ.


I’ve stopped talking to all media with the exception of Newstalk ZB who are the only organisation that aren’t actively trying to nail me to the wall.  (Note to Radio New Zealand:  if I decline an interview, do not call me four times more within an hour – it really won’t change the answer).

There is no media interest in the other side of the story.   I’ve been put on trial convicted by a media that’s been waiting for a chance to run one up me.   That’s ok – those are the rules of the game we all play by.

They do show, though, that they are very short term thinkers.  I’ll still be here a week from now.  A month from now.  Years from now.   I happen  to have my own blog, my own audience.  Unlike any other people the media screw over, I actually have the ability to be heard.   I never give up, and I always remember.

There is another reason I’m very quiet about this.  I don’t want to get in the way of people doing their jobs.

At some point, I will be able to tell you what happened.  But for now, we have people lining up all over the place trying to do investigations into things that are, so far, mere speculation by media based on a few emails.

So telling my side of the story in detail – that will have to wait.   I know you are impatient, but the process of doing things by the book takes more time than actions taken by people who break the law and the lusty media that feed off it.

One thing that is interesting though, is that the most recent release of a Facebook conversation between Judith Collins and myself is a total forgery.  This is easy to know, because that’s not the platform we ever communicated on.  Also, if you have ever been at the end of a “conversation” with Judith Collins, you’d know she wouldn’t write a novella in a chat.

Interesting twist.  It shows that even with years and years of emails, all the (National Party) dirt they could find is now out there and they have nothing else.  They’ve had to start making things up.  Inquiries will show that the way the media have twisted the story won’t actually be backed by what really happened.   And in the end, all we have is Cameron Slater, journalist, working with sources in Government, political parties, business, media and the general public.

But for now – we wait for the formal investigations to complete.  In the mean time, I’ve got a blog to run.

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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.