Cam Slater texting PM=Bad, Other Journalists texting PM=Just fine

Remember last year the massive fuss that the Media Party made because the PM and I shared text messages?

I certainly do, and the PM made a complete balls-up of his response.

Well colour me surprised that the very same journalists who were saying it was dreadful that I text the PM have been busted doing the exact same thing and think nothing of it.

Newstalk ZB’s Barry Soper gets a pic on his iPhone, and more: his request for Key to talk to ZB’s Leighton Smith is turned down by the press secretary. Soper texts Key personally and gets the okay immediately.


Rumours are rife that Richie McCaw is about to announce his retirement. At the 7am stand-up at the Peninsula, Key says the nicest things about McCaw, the things everybody thinks. In a rare and pleasant departure from custom, he declines to talk about a knighthood.

Afterwards, TV3 asks the press secretary if Key could do a down-the-barrel-of-the-camera piece for Story before he leaves the hotel. There’s no enthusiasm. The reporter texts Key who says yes immediately.

TV3 were one of the Media Party branches that went after me hard, especially over texting the PM.

It seems media hypocrisy is alive and well when it comes to texting the PM.


– Audrey Young, NZ Herald

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