Nicky Hager’s anti-freedom attack on media and democracy


Nicky Hager has as good as admitted that he essentially threatened journalists who worked or shared with me in an interview with one of his enablers Toby Manhire, who has written up the interview at corporate shill site The SpinOff.

I wrote a book about one area of politics, and there is absolutely no doubt that things have changed quite a lot. For example, at the time I wrote that book, quite a considerable number of journalists and news organisations were in extremely unhealthy relationships with this rightwing attack blogger, who was acting as a tool of various commercial interests and also of the prime minister’s office, for covert attacks on their opponents.

Most of those journalists have stopped doing that. Many of those media organisations have more or less apologised publicly for getting caught up in it. If one book can do that, I’m really happy with it, and that’s not the only change at all.

Think about that for a minute.  

Nicky Hager used stolen and hacked information, the product of a criminal act, to essentially blackmail journalists into not speaking with me or people associated with me. And he and his enablers think that is just fine.

He goes on gloating about the damage he caused from his politically motivated and arguably criminal actions. But then admits he has never read the site, and complains about anonymous readers commenting (that’s you).

I’ve spent a year and a half recommending to people that they don’t dignify it by looking at it, because it is not a genuine source of news and analysis. It’s a political tactic: to smear and discourage and hurt people, and so I don’t believe that I want to go there.

But there’s also a personal side to it. A strange side of politics is that if you do critical work, your opponents, people who don’t like what you write, often deal with it by personal attacks. In the anonymous world of social media, people feel unrestrained in their personal attacks. So I believe, I advocate this: I think in anyone who is in a position like me needs to look after their own peace of mind and mental health and not read those anonymous comments.

I will take anybody’s legitimate, public, owned criticism and I’ll think about it, but anonymous comments are the worst of people, and I don’t need to let them into my head. So I don’t go to the Whaleoil site, and I don’t go to many of those places where I’m just going to hear, you know, anonymous tigers behind their keyboards saying ridiculous things about me.

Nicky Hager did a political hit job, not out of altruism, but for money. He worked with criminals and justifies it all saying we (yes the readers and commenters) are all evil. He doesn’t even know what we are about, and the shameless and gutless coward never even bothered to ask anyone about our information before he published the book.

And he has the temerity to claim, after all that, that we are the ones who are dirty? Dirty Politics was dirty…from the left, who are now trying to deify the little creep.

The real situation is they are anti-freedom, anti-democratic, anti everything unless they agree with it. They are totalitarian control freaks intent on silencing anyone.

Those journalists who now cower in fear of Nicky Hager are just as gutless as him.

Nicky Hager and people like him do not want free people to decide for themselves, they don’t want dissenting voices. That is why they smear and attack and denigrate and resort to illegal acts to silence critics and effective voices who challenge them.

This is why we must be vigilant. People like Nicky Hager want us to be silent, their pals in the media want us to be silent. We won’t be.


– The Spinoff


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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.