Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Internet shock jock goes mainstream

New Zealand’s number 1 news and opinion blogger Cameron Slater has today been appointed Editor of the Truth.
Truth is New Zealand’s last remaining Kiwi-owned national newspaper which this year turns 125 years old.
Slater has been brought on board to fundamentally change the way newspapers deliver to their audiences. Newspapers worldwide are in decline, due, Slater says, to a tired old business model that no longer works.

“We’re not going to spend $4 million on a paint job and then deliver the same tired old paid-for shit.
“Most of the media in this country is weak, and it’s paid for. The integrity in news went ages ago.”

Slater is adamant that the backbone of New Zealand – the people who work – are not getting a fair shake from government or the system. He aims to change that.

“Each and every one of us has got an investment in NZ Inc, and the majority of the people in charge of the place are taking the piss out of our investment.
“We’re going to keep the buggers honest. There’s no better disinfectant than sunlight.
“To use a tired phrase – if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear, so Wellington, you’re on notice – if you’re having a lend, we’re coming for you!”

Changes will be rolled out over a period of months and will include both print and a 24 hour news website to support the paper. Slater aims to alter the approach to news presentation significantly.
“We took the pulse of the nation, and it had nearly bloody died.
“No bastard wants to read old news – they can get that online. We’ll be more of a views-paper that promises to deliver REAL news, REAL opinion.
“The people are numb from the eyes down with the diet of PR’d crap they get now. I will not do it to them anymore – it’s not right.
“I assure you – the little paper that could still can!

There will be further announcements regarding contributors and editorial direction.
Slater’s first issue will hit newsstands on Thursday 8 November 2012.


Baxter said...

Congratulations Whale,. I haven't bought it for 30 years but I will buy your first anyway.

Anonymous said...

How about the Whale editing the NZ Censored magazine, this one is a very far right fruit cake mag. Should suit the Whale just fine. Lies, propaganda and fear factor.

Barnsley Bill said...

Anonymong... Huh. can't be bothered.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Barnsley, there's always a fuckwit on the left.

As far as Cam is concerned, this is excellent news. Bloody good on him.

I hope he doubles their circulation.

Anonymous said...

So the vicious, fat, malingering, adulterous hypocrite has a job! I hope the his employer have invoked the 90 day fire at will provision...

Barnsley Bill said...

Anonymous, better get an aspirin in ya real quick champ. You may well stroke out with all that repressed rage.

Anonymous said...

Typical retard; mistaking hilarity for anger.

gravedodger said...

hillarity and misery totally conflicted.
At least Slater has enough balls to not only declare his ID but stand up and be counted.

Very best wishes, Cam go get the bastards

peterquixote said...

one small step from muck raking in the gutter to sweeping the sewer

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Yes, I know it's a bit late but I want to know if he will have a sign in his office -

'The Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.'

Hey, what about a regular column from a dentist?

'The Tooth, the whole Tooth and nothing but the Tooth.'

Aaaaaaargh! Go back to sleep.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

This elevation of a blogger has much to commend it. No journalism experience with the MSM. No degree from 'journalism school.' No slaving away for ten years, eating editors' shit, while dutifully climbing the ladder. No boring court or police rounds, week after week after week.

God, the journo hacks of NZ must be gritting their teeth.

I haven't had such a good laugh in years.

Anonymous said...

Get real ladies. It's a crumby tabloid with tiny circulation. This desperate attempt to make it relevant will kill it for good.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anon @ 12:37

Are you an unemployable journalism school graduate?

If circulation is tiny, them it's not really too difficult to double it, or did they not teach you maths at journalism school?

Barnsley Bill said...

They are looking for two interns to work over the uni break

Nick K said...

The fact a 125yr old paper has turned to a blogger to revive it says it all. Go Cam. Most of us want the disinfectant. And we know you'll splatter it on the right and the left. That's the difference.

Anonymous said...

Great !!
I'm looking forward to it already.

Gay marriage puff pieces and snarky articles about boy buggering gay priests on page 1.

Infantile gun nuttery and diatribes about labour unions on page 2.

What's he gonna do on page 3? I know ! Photoshop the image of 15 y.o Labour supporters onto gay porn images!

It's kind of fitting that Slater becomes editor of a paper that, as it's only claim to fame, is to attract grubs to the rear pages looking for prostitutes and rent boys.

Anonymous said...

"If circulation is tiny, them it's not really too difficult to double it, or did they not teach you maths at journalism school?"

Or halve it, Einstein.

paul scott said...

Cameron Slater did a brilliant job on TV the Nation, and changed perspectives. I still think he has a tendency to be a muck raker, but he wiped out Edwards and Ralston.
Slater stood up for the concept of opinion, against the slimy devious Edwards and the pocked old Ralston, and it was a no contest.