The best feeling of 2015 so far


As we change calendars, people tend to reflect on what has been and where they think things should go.  My readers are the same, and I’ve received a steady stream of supportive emails over the last week or so.

Hi Cam and team,

I am one of those left leaning MSM journos you often refer to. I am now 70 and long retired after more than 40 years in news but still have ink in my veins and still write the odd opinion piece, military biography and a bit of investigative work.

While I don’t share your political philosophy or many of your views or those of your contributors we, as a nation, would be the poorer for not having people like you and your team who push boundaries and call it as you see it.

It provides a balance and a sounding board for the opposite view which has long been missing in action. It is also timely, informative and thoroughly entertaining. My profession lost that edge about 30 years ago and there are very few now who have the courage to do what you do.

There would have been a place in my newsroom for such talent in the 1960s and 1970s when were dealing with anti-Viet Nam, anti-American, anti-rugby and anti-almost everything else protesters and activists. We might have had the odd discussion about language, syntax and objectivity but we would have been way ahead of the pack on many issues.

Rather than see you shut down I would fight like hell for your right to do what you do.

Keep it up.

Tom O’Connor

p.s. not all us old Lefties (love that term ) are one eyed and some of us are still as tough as old nails.

This one knocked me hard – in a good way.

It’s one thing to be praised by people that support your politics, but it means a little more when people who disagree tell you that you’re doing a great job.  (sans grammar, spelling and objectivity)

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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.