Why did Hager only choose TVNZ and RNZ?


Further to my musings on Hager and the media colluding on a hit on National and John Key, it kind of came to me that I could explain why TV3 was being cold shouldered by Hager (because John Campbell is now with Radio New Zealand).

I also figured out why Fairfax are outside the tent (because Andrea Vance is now at TVNZ).

But then it struck me.   What on earth has happened to the NZ Herald?

Matt Nippert and David Fisher were donkey deep running the Dirty Politics campaign along the Labour Party, Rawshark and Hager play book.  The New Zealand Herald were having pool parties diving through reams of my emails, mocking me and my friends on a daily basis through the paper, online and through social media.  They also phoned companies and key people with one sided stories, even managing to get some people sacked.

Why are they not part of that now?  Surely these two sterling hit men should be part of this again?

And since they’re not, what does that mean?

David Fisher is well known for burning his sources.  It’s how you get two stories.  First, you pretend to empathise with the person you work with (Cameron Slater, Kim Dotcom, that crazy woman with the Porsche), and when you have no idea what to write about, you use all the confidential information on your source, and hit them instead.

Nippert on the other hand jumped from Fairfax to the NZ Herald before he was pushed for reasons that will become clear eventually.  But what has he been doing at the Herald since his arrival?  Did he bring with him his myriad of industry contacts, sources and lead generators?

Nope.  He’s turned into a “data journalist”.   A data journalist is someone who has no people to talk to and tries to make stories from information.  It’s about a step above scraping stories from Facebook, but there you have it.

The NZ Herald and TV3 used to be point men for Hager.  Now it is TVNZ and Radio New Zealand.

Remarkable, don’t you think?



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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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