My good friend Brian Edwards and I agree again

It's all about quality not Sex appeal says unattractive Blogger Giovanni Tiso

Giovanni Tiso

That’s what happens when you’re friends.

Media commentator Brian Edwards says the content of Ms Collins’ column – “defending the working man” struck him as interesting, but doesn’t understand the outrage against it.

“Why should she not write a column? She’s on gardening leave at the moment or in rehab, however you want to put it. She needs something to do. I don’t have a problem with it.”

But some are calling for a boycott of the paper.

“Would that be the crazy, outraged Twitter left, I wonder? Probably,” says commentator Janet Wilson. But she also says workplace safety is an unusual topic for the former Cabinet minister to tackle.

Dr Edwards says calls for a left-wing commentator to balance out Ms Collins’ column are “nonsense”.

Judith Collin’s column in the SST was like catnip to the same half a dozen bitter Twitterers that also destroyed Willie and JT’s radio show, badgered Canon for sponsoring the NPA Press Awards (because I won one), and is now all over the Sunday Star Times because Judith Collins has a column.

At the centre of it, none other than the ubuiquitous Giovanni Tiso – the man nobody heard of ever before, except this is now his thing.

His thing is to call for boycots, bans and commercial terrorism against any business that supports causes he doesn’t agree with.  And as per usual, his Twitter sycophants pile onto the bandwagon.

The reason he’s able to get so much purchase on these issues is because he’s found the sweet spot of being able to influence kindred media types that also inhabit Twitter.

Which is all well and good, except that they seem to turn a blind eye to someone who wants to ban, to silence, to make people go away.   Tiso is very scared of open intelligent debate, regularly resorting to personal attacks to avoid the issue.  But his media pals see no conflict between a free an open press and constantly supporting a guy that wants to shut it all down when it doesn’t suit him.


The real worry is that this man wouldn’t have an audience if it wasn’t for his rather remarkable influence over certain media people who are very happy to help him push is narrow minded angry little barrow.

Tiso pressured Netguide not to award me Best Blog.  Of course.

None of it is personal I bet.  He’s just very determined to destroy anything that doesn’t suit his life view.   He’s no better than a foam-at-the-mouth letter to the editor writer, except through Twitter, he’s able to mainline his anger straight into the reporters’ minds.

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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.