Poor old Canon NZ. They have been so damaged by appointing Cam’s mate as a judge and her awarding him their Best Blogger Award.
I feel for them, I really do. They are amazing supporters of Journalism in NZ when there are so few supports for Journalism. I respect that.
Their reply to my open letter to them is as follows…
…now I do feel sorry for Canon, this is a difficult position to be in. The one they have chosen is a neutral one by acknowledging that they find the extremes of Slater’s blog distasteful. And that’s fine. If you want to allow your award and your brand to tacitly support Slater by association, that’s your choice.
I’m however asking you to show courage.
I don’t think that anyone of you at Canon, from the receptionist to the CEO can be be proud of your association with Slater after reading Dirty Politics. There is nothing in what he does that is positive for NZ, regardless of your ideological convictions.
It is hate mongering. No one should help provide hate mongering sustenance.
Spokesperson for the Award, NPA editorial director Rick Neville has said
“In the 40-year history of the awards, none has ever been withdrawn and it would be an extreme, highly unusual step.”
And that is true. Completely true. However the Award was given to Cam for the Len Brown story. I challenge Rick and Canon to read Chapter 10 of Nicky’s book detailing Cameron’s role in that story and honestly tell the people of NZ that doesn’t demand an extreme and highly unusual step?
How about I help you a bit. Over the next week I will print bits of Chapter 10 online each day and ask if the tactics and standards he uses in the story you awarded him for doesn’t demand an extreme and highly unusual step?
It comes down to this. Do you really want to be associated with this standard of Journalism forever?
Or do you want to be remembered for standing up for a threshold far higher than his?