Not the best blog then?

In spite of the tiresome triumvirate of Russel Norman, David Fisher and Giovanni Tiso doing their best, in their own ways, to damage the Whaleoil Brand yesterday, this blog had already locked in the votes, and no amount of intimidation was going to persuade Netguide’s Sean Mitchell to take action.

Sean Mitchell has been one of the very few to stand strong against the immense pressure from the left of politics and the usual suspects in the media. Where John Key has wavered, Sean told them all to go away.  The voting process is clear – it’s out of his hands, and if hundreds of thousands of people vote for Whaleoil to win a Netguide, why would he listen to half a dozen people with an agenda?

Onya Sean.

Yes, the Netguide awards are a brute force popularity contest.  Those with the most audience votes win the award.

Not sure if that actually sinks in with Messrs Norman, Fisher, Tiso and others like Little, Smalley and other critics.  A bit like the National Party, I guess, in the sense that they are also the most popular political party, by popular vote.   It seems the opponents are unwilling to accept reality.

By telling everyone that I am evil, and that Whaleoil doesn’t deserve this recognition, you are also telling all our readers and supporters that their judgement is wrong.  They are stupid, they are evil, they are nasty, they are to be despised.

And I can tell you this much – it doesn’t work that way.

You may, theoretically turn me into a monster in the eyes of others, if you do the job right – but this specific award was won because our readers made it happen.  

So, NZ Herald, Green Party, and aspiring “Best Blog” man Tiso, you’ve been telling an awful lot of people you don’t trust their judgement, their ideas, their support for me and what we are doing here.

To try and get the Prime Minister to say he will never talk to me again because talking to me is wrong, it is no different to telling my readers that they are wrong to read Whaleoil and support it.

People can see through your agendas.  People can see through your intense dislike.  People can see you have no objectivity.

I didn’t win anything last night.   What really happened, is that my readers and supporters gave me the Best Blog award.  In their eyes, it is the best blog for them.  And because more readers think this is the best blog for them, instead of any other, I got another cute yellow cube saying “Best Blog”.

Thank you all for you support.  Our critics are few, but they are very loud, very determined, and like me, stop at nothing.

But as we sat there last night, with the Whaleoil Ground Crew in attendance as much as “staff”, I was proud of receiving the Netguide Award.

With the backdrop of the last few months, and especially the last 2 weeks in parliament, it is a privilege and an honour to have you as my audience.

To you, I do run the best blog.  More of you said so than any others.





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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.