The Truth newspaper to stop publishing
On a day that saw Mediaworks call in receivers, it emerged that tabloid newspaper The Truth will cease publishing after more than 125 years.
TRUTH? You want the TRUTH? Cameron Slater couldn’t handle the Truth. Oh the laughs this all generates about killing the Truth, murdering the Truth, ending your association with the Truth etc etc etc.
Schadenfreude aside, the demise of the last great dame of NZ Newspapers is just another footnote on the path to the eventual death of the old news empires.
As far as I can ascertain, and as much as I would love to twist the knife, the Truth’s end has far more to do with the sudden departure of the Crowe Brothers than mismanagement by Cam (although there is some joy to be had in watching the two slash each other in the comments section of Cam’s post).
When Joe Lose employed me to write a column at The Truth, I had recommended Cam also write a column in the hope honest money would lesson Cam’s desperation to do dirty deeds cheaply. I felt that Joe was trying to turn the newspaper back to its blue collar roots and respected that, but Cam threw that offer back in Joe’s face and threatened to go over his head. A few months later he did just that and had Joe dumped as editor, I decided the day Cam was announced Editor to quit at that point.
As much as some may delight in Cam’s failure, I think a hurt and angry Whaleoil is far more dangerous than an employed one.
Expect his blog to plumb new depths of the sewer.