Since Lauda Finem got heavily involved in the Ben Rachinger story there have been an increasing number of claims that the blog is an anonymous Cameron Slater tool. While nothing would surprise me in this convoluted story I’ve never been convinced that Slater is involved at all.
Standard authors have been pushing it – while at the same time seeming very keen to point out they are “beholden to no one”.
As far as I know, the majority of TS authors are folk like myself who are just activists or maybe hold low level functions in various political parties such as branch seccy or similar. There are no MP’s, no spin doctors, no ‘professional’ politicos at all. TS is beholden to no one.
So says Te Reo Putake, a Labour Party activist/unionist who has had an agenda to shut down and drive out any commenters he decides don’t fit the Standard message.
TRP on Slater and Lauda Finem:
LF is just a couple of Ak nutters without a clue about anything of substance. Like Rachinger, they’ve been used by Slater. They’re used for publicising stuff Slater is too scared to post on WO because of his previous difficulties with breaching name suppression. Just sad old men who think they’re above the law and no doubt will come a cropper sooner or later. Not trustworthy in any way shape or form.
Ironic considering Prentice ignores lawyer advice on suppression.
Paul Campbell added:
I had always assumed they were a wholly owned, but deniable, subsidary of Whaleoil enterprises inc
Greg Presland – one time lawyer for David Cunliffe’s donation trust so he should know something about legal matters like false accusations and name suppression – added:
It seems that the laudafinem site subscribes to the Cameron Slater maxim of giving back double. But smearing someone’s parents? How cheap.
It would help if they got their facts right. The article is ridiculed with inaccuracies.
Oodles of irony.
Incidentally Lauda Finem copped a lifetime ban at The Standard (January 2013):
IrishBill: what a pointless, self-obsessive, and banal mess of text. I’ve seen automated spam that did a better job of commenting than this. You’re banned for life for what I can only describe as one of the most tragic comments in the history of this blog.
Accusations have been rippling through Twitter as well. Including from journalists who should know better than putting speculation like this on public record (absent any facts). As detailed at Lauda Finem:
Note NZ Herald journalist Matt Nippert favouriting that.
Nippert, aka @MattNippert, in fact seemed to be amongst Rachinger’s rather small fan club, leading his own personal cavalry charge by retweeting very old correspondence attributed to David Fisher and favoriting a series of very unusual tweets that inferred that Cameron Slater owned and controlled Lauda Finem.
Alistair Thompson at Scoop has also stooped into this mess:
And Matthew Blomfield filed in court recently (April 28th):
At paragraph 11. Blomfield has the clearly drug fucked temerity to falsely declare, effectively on oath;
Blomfield at paragraph 9. had referenced an LF article http://laudafinem.com/2014/11/14/matthew-john-blomfield-the-house-of- cards-that-matt-built/, which Blomfield is now attempting to convince the court is all Slater’s work, that Kiwi Blogger Cameron Slater is the true identity of the person behind Lauda Finem.
So if Blomfield is now claiming that Cameron Slater owns, operates and or controls Lauda Finem there is one of two things going on.There is of course another possibility, one that is more than obvious if you actually have access to the truth and for the journalists now conveniently starting to promote the idea that Cameron Slater is actually the blogger Lauda Finem.
The circumstance must of course be very strange for the journalists, they have these allegations but no correspondence between Slater and Lauda Finem. No emails, no “threema” texts whatsoever, nothing not even a telephone call? there conclusion? Well it something along the lines of “God, Slater is LF…..we knew it, we just fucking knew it, it had to be that big fat cunt Slater”
Of course it had not crossed their tiny minds that LF has never spoken or corresponded with Slater for very good reason, and that reason is unfolding as we speak, courtesy of Slater himself in fact, his very loose lips and of course the text’s he though were being sent to Rachinger – all of course being read by Matthew John Blomfield, whilst posing as Benjamin Stephen Rachinger – just look at the vocabulary and structure, is it really the language Rachinger uses?
LF has never had to deal with Slater, the que of business people who Blomfield has harmed is long, as is the legal document trial, all of which of course is on the public record and freely available to those who care to spend the time looking.
This doesn’t sound like a self portrait:
There is another idiot among the throng queuing up for the fuckwit of the year award, one that we have not really mentioned yet, one that no ones really heard from either for that matter. Anyone able to guess just who that might be?
That’s right, it’s Cameron Slater – the man who appears to have taken Rachinger, a self-confessed hacker, at his word. No checks, no balances, just open the door and let Rachinger in, hand him the keys and the run of the house.
Of course if Slater did believe Rachinger to be Rawshark, or in some way connected to that particular hacker, then of course that’s something he might do, but so far not a dickie bird from Mr Slater.
There appears to be enforced funkstille on Rachinger at Whale Oil.
Like everyone I’ve wondered who set up and runs Lauda Finem. I’ve never seen any evidence linking Slater to LF, just accusations. I will keep an open mind but at this stage it would surprise me if Slater has any input.
I’ve been observing Lauda Finem’s growing profile, largely due to their blatant breaching of name suppression on a number of occasions.
Slater has had his fingers burned in court over breaching name suppression and keeps a very tight rein on any potential breaches at Whale Oil. He does some dumb things at times but I doubt he would flout suppression as Lauda Finem does.
And it doesn’t sound like Slater to me.
Perhaps those who suggest conspiracies think that’s the way things are done from experience. But most likely it’s just standard use of accusations to try and discredit blogs they don’t like.
For the record I have no involvement with Lauda Finem and have no contact with anyone there to my knowledge. Unlike The Standard I operate independently as an interested observer of New Zealand politics on social media.
I put facts and posts of interest out there on public record so people can make up their own minds. A bit in common with Lauda Finem there but with a hugely contrasting style.
And I have no involvement with Slater or Whale Oil. Slater doesn’t like me because I’ve been prepared to challenge his messages and his methods. Bullies can’t tolerate being stood up to, so they ban nuisances like me.
Don’t they Cam. And Lynn. (Two bully bullshit artists with more in common than they would like to admit)
Those claiming Slater runs Lauda Finem should front up with some evidence. At least journalists should, or be more prudent. I don’t expect Standard bloggers to come up with evidence, they react badly to evidence being posted that challenges their agendas.