Labour – it’s not Dirty Politics if you cut out the middleman

Nicky Hager defined Dirty Politics as politicians getting stories into the media for political purposes to attack their opponents by using bloggers.

But if policial parties get stories into the media to attack their opponents without using bloggers, that’s ok.

This is probably why Labour feel there is absolutely nothing wrong with this.





Credit where credit is due, Labour seem to have finally learned they can’t just make up some amorphous composite voter like Rufus Painter and then say they were talking to him just last week.

They are actually going to use real people now – pimping the poor to the media, so the media can pimp the poor to us.

In Hager’s world, people with stories to tell go to the newspaper.  The newspaper then investigates and asks for comments from the Political Parties.

How many Labour activists will hit the media with stories over the next weeks and months, paraded as some kind of random media encounters?

And no doubt, there will be zero disclosure that all of this is a Labour Dirty Politics hit.

Here’s a warning to anyone who wants to be famous using this Labour Party stitch-up:  you better lock your social media accounts down tight before you agree to be named, because our readers will be doing deep background checks on all of you to discover that you aren’t that hard up after all.

In fact, we’ll probably create a Labour Pimp The Poor Wall of Shame, for easy reference.   Might even put Andrew Little on top of it all as he started it off showing parliament that apart from still paying off his house, he’s got zero assets after earning a good million over the last 8 years or so.

It will also be interesting to see which media and which journos are going to be outed as the go-to guys and gals for Labour propaganda.


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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.

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