There is no news, so let’s create some


This time of year is dreaded by the news industry.  With business and politics grinding to a halt, they resort to lots of “Best of…” pieces that just rehash stuff from earlier in the year.

Granny Herald’s been looking for New Zealander of the Year, and currently have this list  

• Lucy Knight: Good Samaritan.

• Banapa Avatea: saved a collapsed truck driver

• Julie King:  feeds homeless people

• Donna Collins and Sharon Mackie: Ebola fighters.

• Sol3 Mio: opera singers.

• Mary Quin: who took on the man behind her kidnapping.

• Brendon McCullum: Black Caps captain.

• Nicky Hager: Dirty Politics author.

• Buddy Harwood: burning-car hero.

• Professor Jane Harding: who developed a cheap treatment to help babies.

If I was Lucy, or Buddy, or Julie , I’d be deeply disturbed to be in a list with the likes of Sol3 Mio and McCullum.   Seriously – if you’re going to go down that road, how many other people should be New Zealander of the year simply because they did their jobs?

Nothing remarkable about them in any way.

This is not just a stupid process to fill empty newspaper space, but it doesn’t even show any intellectual integrity.  How any newspaper can line up people who did truly remarkable things with people who just did something well as part of their job is just shameful.

And just as an aside, I didn’t realise Ebola was like ISIS.  Since when does anyone become an “Ebola fighter”?


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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.