It was a Cameron Slater love-fest on TVNZ's Seven Sharp last night.
JUST RECENTLY Cameron Slater, the man behind the Whaleoil blog, launched a savage and nasty attack on Tania Billingsley. She is , of course, the young woman who has alleged that she was the victim of a sexual assault by a Malaysian diplomat. Thanks largely to the incompetence and ineptitude of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully, he managed to flee back to Malaysia.
Billingsley showed remarkable courage and determination not only by going to the media but also by aiming some well-honed criticisms at the Government for its spectacular failure to act.
This though earned her the ire of Cameron Slater. In what will no doubt rank has one of the most vile blog posts this year, Slater accused Billingsley of being a political pawn in a Green Party plot to embarrass the Government. Slater basically said that she had 'cried rape'.
Slater's allegation though was nothing more than a mixture of lies, smear, innuendo and disinformation. In other words, his usual stock in trade.
But this was not the first time that Slater's 'journalism' has indulged in lies and sleaze - which has included breaking several name suppression orders and which he has been convicted.
Slater has in the past also sold his journalistic services. He has acknowledged that he has demanded payment from companies and individuals when he wrote posts that were unfavourable to their opponents and favourable to them.
Despite all this Slater was astoundingly named 'Blogger of the Year' at the recent Canon Media Awards. The judge was Deborah Hill-Cone and not known for her liberal sympathies.
Slater's award was not met with universal appreciation and he was the subject of heckling at the award ceremony itself.
Another journalist though who appreciates the 'finer things' about Cameron Slater is Seven Sharp's Heather du Plessis-Allan.
Last night she 'treated' us to a profile of Slater that could of been scripted by a public relations firm.
Slater's behaviour and his role as an attack dog for the National Party were casually swept under the carpet with a clearly Slater-besotted du Plessis Allan anxious to tell us that her man had turned from his evil ways, was really 'a good guy' and hey, he had a sense of humour as well. I'm sure the family of a young man killed in a car crash appreciated Slater's 'humour'. He described the unfortunate young man as 'feral'.
Du Plessis-Allan uncritically swallowed Slater's claim that he is now a 'Christian', This apparently absolves him of everything. He is a changed man! Such puerile nonsense. If anything Slater's supposed 'conversion' only will only serve to confirm his intolerance, bigotry and ignorance. This is often the case with converts to organised religion.
As no less than the Dalai Lama has said: “Religious belief is not a precondition either of ethical conduct or of happiness.”
But someone else who is impressed by Cameron Slater is another National party cheerleader, Mike Hosking. At the end of last night's Seven Sharp he informed us that Slater often quoted from his NewstalkZB opinion pieces. Hosking thinks that the fact that he and Slater agree on so many things is something to be proud of - like, for instance, their hatred of the Labour Party and why selling comment for cash is a good thing.