So now we know why Slater worked so hard pretending to be a Journalist to gain legal privilege to protect his sources in his defamation case.
Let’s be very clear, this is terribly damaging to John Key and his Government. It’s not damaging because Slater does awful insidious and cruel shit, that’s not the surprise or issue. Who he takes money from and who write his posts, that’s the kind of garbage one expects. What is so damaging to Key and his Government is that senior members of the Government would willingly collude with such awful insidious and cruel shit.
NZers don’t like dirty politics. Angry politics, sure. But dirty politics like this? That’s just not something we enjoy or tolerate here, so watching senior members of the government aid and abet Slater will be a real eye opener and highlight the manufactured good guy laid back routine John Key has mastered.
This book will have an immediate impact in the place it needs to impact most, popular opinion and within the media.
I refused to allow Seven Sharp to use me as a manufactured balance for their Slater piece, because allowing a far right hate speech merchant like Slater to have the kind of respectability the mainstream media provide was wrong. Slater is the main source of news for underfunded news rooms in this country and realising that Slater and the Nats have played them will not only have them reeling, it will make them furious.
What we now know from the book is the PMs office and senior politicians roll around in the Cameron Slater sewer and do despicable things. Rodney Hide was threatened and blackmailed into standing down, Tobacco lobbyists print articles on Whaleoil and then comment with the most disgusting hateful language, Jordan Williams smears Labour Party sex lives on Wikipedia, Slater has a prostitute friend who tries to dig up dirt via the brothels on Len Brown, John Boscowan, Labour MPs, the Herald’s editors and Duncan Garner. Slater had a prisoner removed to a remote prison who ended up attempting suicide because Slater’s mate didn’t want her daughter visiting the inmate. Slater hacked into Labour Party computers and most damning, Slater was provided information from the Secret Intelligence Service.
How is it that the Press Gallery were totally oblivious to all these smears? Why does it take Hager to do actual journalism in this country? Is using the intelligence apparatus of our country to feed a far right hate speech merchant acceptable to everyone else?
Expect a much angrier, far more critical media confronting Key in a way he’s never seen before. His nice guy masquerade has been shattered by the revelations in this book.
Listening to right wing apologists try and defend this filth is the lowest most pathetic stuff I’ve ever heard. What a sad little manDavid Farrar is once the tactics of the Right are on display
Key is trying to say it’s just the work of a left wing conspiracy theorist, unfortunately for Key 200 people don’t turn up at a bookstore just for conspiracy theories. People on social media can read with horror what these pricks do and they are judging it and passing it around to their friends and their networks and that will make an impact.
These are deeply concerning allegations and it is a terrible state of affairs when this hate can become the norm.
It is now up to decent folk in NZ to make a decision – do you want to reward this hate or do you want to vote it out?