Hager, New Zealand’s international embarrassment (Comment of the Day)


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no bullswool wrote

Most New Zealanders don’t follow politics.

I am married to one who does his duty every 3 years and wants to hear about it as little as possible.

What the last few days has taught me is that my mild mannered husband becomes furious if the name Hagar is mentioned.

It is not the Dirty Politics that angers him, it is the attack on our country.

We are both patriotic proud kiwis whose fathers, uncles and grandfathers fought for this country and paid a heavy toll.

It is the dirty little innuendo and smear on our country’s reputation that offends the most.

They fought so that Hager has the freedom to act this way.

I will defend his right to do it.

But I agree that it really doesn’t win hearts and change minds.

It is destructive, and he exclusively hits out towards the ideology he does not agree with.

He has covered up problems on the left of politics, and silenced journalists by holding negative information over their heads.

What has Hager ever done that builds our great nation, rather than tear it down?

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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.