(another) Comment of the Day

eight_col_bitchThe Taranaki journalist at the sharp end of threats of violence for writing her column, has commented on my article where I reminded her she used to be part of the problem herself.

I’m somewhat grateful, pleased and honoured to have found this comment by her

Rachel Stewart:

Cam, your article above is level-headed and fair.

Yes, I did tweet that, and can assure you it was NOT anything other than joining in with the twitter herd on some relevant news story about you on the day.

But, you are right. Knowing what I know now, about how receiving relentless threats and abuse feels, it is something I will never do ever again. Please accept my unreserved apology for ever doing so in the first place.

By the way, I’m thoroughly enjoying your views on the Ruataniwha!

I can put up with people who have intellectual honesty.  There are too few on the left as they allow themselves to be driven by ideology and a pure us versus them approach.   (Not to mention the “I’m against anything Whaleoil is for…”)

Rachel just has gone up in my book:  there are few people who  have the stones to apologise to me, especially in public, preferring to wear the transgression as a badge of honour instead.

Perhaps Rachel is a journalist first, and a leftie second?   Either way, she’s now on my list of people I can respect, in spite of the fact we can’t see eye to eye about most politics.

I accept your apology, and you have my thanks.

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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.