Wednesday, August 13, 2014

That's how journalism works

In his “book” (you know what book I'm referring to) Nicky Hager alleges senior Nats, and indeed Whale Oil, blackmailed Rodney Hide to get him to resign as leader of Act.
Why doesn’t someone ask Nicky Hager if he spoke with Rodney Hide to confirm that before going to print.
Here’s the challenge to any "journalist" worth a pinch of shit: Ask Hager if he checked that allegation with Hide before going to print. That should be easy to do, it’s just a phone call to Hager.
Then please let us all know the result, which will determine whether Hager is a “journalist” in the true sense or whether he is worse than the bloggers he criticises by just printing stuff, closing his eyes, and making the rest up.


Psycho Milt said...

I expect Hide would be very much the "Publish and be damned" kind of bloke and his resignation had nothing to do with whatever Hager alleges Slater and Lusk were conspiring to blackmail him with. The interesting bit is the "conspiring to blackmail" part, and if the book has evidence of that, readers can draw conclusions about the participants regardless of whether they actually went ahead with it or not.

Nick K said...

If Hide knew of the blackmail threat then Hager had a duty to check it with him. If he didn't know, then there was no need to resign as a result of it.

Psycho Milt said...

I guess so - if the book is just making an "and he resigned the next day" type of allegation without even talking to the alleged victim, that's low-quality stuff. Worst kind of correlation=causation bullshit.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I doubt his publisher will make enough to cover costs.

Berend de Boer said...

Looks like it has sold thousands of undiscounted copies at $35. Don't worry about the publisher :-)

Angry Tory said...

Worry about the publisher. The emails were obtained illegally, and if any IP traffic was routed through FIX-WEST, then Hagar, Potton, McCarten & co have just breached the USA PATRIOT Act.

This isn't a joke - even if Cam wants to play it as it.

Barnsley Bill said...

This particular chapter is probably the most ridiculous.
I personally witnessed numerous convivial, collaborative and down right chummy meetings between Rodney and Cam Early last year.
To suggest that he allowed himself to be blackmailed into resigning is preposterous.
Whatever boys club style communication between the stars of that chapter were alleged to be written I know for damn sure that Rodney Hide would not have broken bread with Cam a year later if any of it were true.