Of course Duncan Grieve is into it, he’s paid to be into it

Duncan Grieve from the The Spinoff has been pimping his “story” today. In actual fact it is paid for propaganda from IRD… he just didn’t say that in his tweet. It is also hard to see that with the teeny-weeny logo at the top left of the article:

So, what we have is a glowing article about the virtues of paying lots of tax, bought and paid for by Inland Revenue with your tax money. Worse, Duncan Grieve is touting this as journalism. He’s also quite into it. Well, of course he is into it; he’s paid to be into it.

Nicky Hager wrote a book about me and all media, almost without exception, lambasted the way I do business. Duncan Grieve and his little band of helpers at The Spinoff were amongst them. But, what do we see here? That’s right. A more egregious version and they have the temerity to call it journalism. It is pay for play; cash for copy. In this instance it is funded by the taxpayer.

The reality is that it is fake news.

The Taxpayers’ Union, who themselves have been victims of defamatory attacks from writers at The Spinoff, are on to them:

The IRD’s use of taxpayer money to sponsor a series of articles pushing the message that ‘tax is love’ flies in the face of hundreds of years of constitutional precedent of Her Majesty’s revenue service being above politics, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “The message pushed by The Spinoff and the IRD in the ‘Tax Heroes’ series could be taken straight from George Orwell’s 1984 – ‘War is peace,’ ‘Freedom is slavery,’ ‘Tax is love.’ It is taxpayer-funded ideological propaganda that undermines IRD’s role and objectivity.”

“The series wants us to believe that tax should be celebrated, while inadvertently acting as a perfect example of how taxpayer money gets wasted by out of touch bureaucrats.”

“The IRD should be the one department that is utmost politically neutral. This subsidising of neosocialist propaganda is a constitutional disgrace. It flies in the face of constitutional convention and should be quashed by the Commissioner of the IRD immediately.”

The Spinoff is the same platform that has also received money from publicly-funded outfits like Callaghan Innovation, ATEED, and Heart of the City, while producing propaganda for those very same agencies.”

“While these agencies don’t have a constitutional obligation not to enter politics, the IRD does. We will be writing to the Commissioner asking for an urgent explanation.”

It is outrageous, and it further diminishes the credibility, such as it is, of The Spinoff. They are no better than corporate shills masquerading as journalists.

No wonder people don’t trust the media.


-Taxpayers’ Union, Twitter

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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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