He makes some fair points, Slater does seem to be playing the sympathy card in a legal defence fundraising drive.
But there’s dark irony as well.
He has been willing to lie and walk over the legal bounds that govern everyone in this society in the process. That isn’t the actions of a responsible blogger or “journalist”. It is the behaviour of someone that I don’t want besmirching the reputation of blogging.
Prentice is not the best example of blogger reputation himself. Like Slater he often brags about being nasty, and he abuses and bullies and fosters a bullying and abusive environment at The Standard (while Slater has actually clamped down on abuse at Whale Oil).
And Prentice appears willing to lie, or at least repeat claims that have been frequently refuted and for which he has provided no evidence.
He is quoted in a Stuff article Should Left-wing bloggers just shut up?
“Unlike Slater’s or Farrar’s professional efforts on behalf of National, we don’t get paid either directly or indirectly for our volunteering to work for politicians or writing blogs and never have,” Prentice says.
“We” presumably meaning all the Standard authors. There have been claims, including by John Key and Labour member Josie Pagani, that Labour staff have had posts at The Standard. In fact the other Standard trustee (prentice is one of two) was employed in the Labour leader’s office as recently as last year.
Slater has responded to this accusation, repeating denials that Whale Oil is funded by National.
Nice of Lynn Prentice to defame me again, this time in a major publication. I have not ever, nor will I never take money from the National party. There is not a professional relationship with them, their never has been.
But that just suits Prentice’s narrative. Unfortunately for him I will start telling the truth about him as frequently as he tells lies about me. The “World’s Greatest Sys-Op” isn’t so clean either. Prentice himself wouldn’t know the first thing about serving an audience, he allows defamations to stand, if it is against an enemy, he allows hate and loathing to cloud his better judgement and he is precisely what he accuses me of being. He really should look in the mirror.
David Farrar has also denied any party funding of Kiwiblog. He provides a detailed disclosure statement (unlike Prentice or any Standard author).
Prentice will be well aware of previous denials but continues to make the assertions. Dirty is as dirty does.
Having just written that last senence I thought I’d research it – and coincidentally found a post heading that on Whale Oil.
Nicky Hager reckons I play politics dirty.
He is right, I do….So what?
Slater has often bragged about doing politics dirty. While he claims to be clean in some ways Prentice is no better.