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Fake news headline from Te Karere TVNZ

Fake news

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As soon as I saw the Te Karere TVNZ headline, ‘Greens and Israel Institute of NZ condemn Trump’s embassy plans’ I was gobsmacked. I couldn’t understand why on earth the Israel Institute of New Zealand would condemn President Trump for moving the American embassy to Israel’s capital city Jerusalem.

I watched the video and I soon saw that what was said by David Cumin was not in any way a condemnation of Trump’s stated intentions. The headline is grossly misleading if you are polite and a blatant lie if you are not. I am sure that President Trump would not hesitate to call it a fake news headline.

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

Journalist sued for reporting the facts

 

Using the court system to try to silence journalists has sadly become more and more common these days. While legal jihad does have a ‘chilling effect’ on other journalists it also brings to the public’s attention the facts and allows the journalist (while defending themselves) to keep the facts in the public eye for a much longer time than they previously could have.

Admittedly this comes at a great emotional and financial cost but the person putting them through the ordeal is one hundred percent responsible for creating the ‘Streisand effect’ and ensuring that what they wanted hidden will be spread far and wide.

The latest journalist to be sued for reporting on the facts is Katie Hopkins from Rebel Media who last week went to Molenbeek which is a Muslim no-go zone in Brussels, Belgium. Quote:

[…] It’s the most terrorist-infested neighbourhood in all of Europe.

Even its mayor, Francoise Schepmans, describes Molenbeek as a “breeding ground for violence.”

Countless terrorist attacks around the world have been plotted from there.

Including the horrific attack on Paris in November, 2015, that killed 130 people and wounded more than 400.

And after the Paris attacks, the orchestrator of the slaughter went back to Molenbeek to hide.

In fact, it wasn’t until four months later that one of the Paris terrorists, Salah Abdeslam, was finally captured. The people of Molenbeek kept him hidden from police for that long.

Here’s the thing: when I was in Molenbeek, I literally bumped into Mayor Schepmans in the street. She approached me and told me not to sit on the benches because they were filthy.

So I asked her a simple question: why didn’t you do anything?

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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Photoshop of the day

The National party have a photoshopper that they use for social media posts but he or she is nowhere near as good as Whaleoil’s Luke or Rr.

I was careful not to ‘like’ their photoshop mocking Jacinda Ardern on Twitter because I would hate anyone to think that Whaleoil is associated in any way with Simon Bridges. After all, we all know how Simon Bridges reacted when he ‘liked’ a funny photoshop image posted by Whaleoil and was told off by the MSM for doing so.

Below is the National party’s photoshop. I get what they are trying to do but in the image, they have Jacinda Ardern winning a race which undermines the point they are trying to make don’t you think?

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Old and irascible for as long as he can remember, his CV includes a brief stint in the Royal Air Force and 40+ years as a registered nurse in the UK and NZ (including more than seven years of medico-legal work.)
30+ years back-country fly-fishing in the South Island has helped him retain a modicum of sanity. For some of the time, at least.

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A very fishy tale

David Fisher at the NZ Herald yesterday published a very fishy tale. I immediately took screenshots and cut and pasted the article in full as I knew that changes were likely to be made quickly to cover up the fake news once we pointed out the two obvious ‘errors’. Quote:

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National leader Simon Bridges has admitted ‘liking’ a social media post by Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater in which the Prime Minister’s husband was mocked. End of quote.

When exactly did Jacinda Ardern get married? We can’t publish satire about her husband if she doesn’t have one surely? As for Simon Bridges admitting to liking a Whaleoil ‘Fish of the day’ tweet: when did liking something funny on Twitter become a crime? Quote:

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

‘Fake News’ Fisher making shit up again

David Fisher has continued his ongoing harassment of me with an article about Simon Bridges retweeting one of our ‘Fish of the day’ tweets.

He makes two material errors in the article, which just shows how wrong he is: Quote:

National leader Simon Bridges has admitted ‘liking’ a social media post by Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater in which the Prime Minister’s husband was mocked. End quote.

Uhmm, David, stop making shit up. The prime minister isn’t married to the first bloke.  Quote:

But Bridges said he did it by accident and then withdrew the “like” he had placed on Slater’s Twitter account.

He said “too much tweeting maketh a twat”. End quote.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.