Belt’s letter to MPs

Bryce Edwards has tweeted that Pete Belt, managing editor and now in the big chair left vacant by Cameron Slater, has written to some MPs

10h10 hours ago

New editor of Whaleoil, Pete Belt, has written to some MPs, as reported by , explaining his role and transformation of the blog.

Some of what was in the letter:

I’ve worked with Whaleoil for the last five years and have been primarily responsible for transforming it from a cringe-worthy shock-jock blog into a well-moderated web site.

On Whaleoil rude language and baseless and gratuitous attacks are no longer acceptable.

Belt doesn’t differentiate between WO posts – dominated by Slater – or comments, so it’s not clear whether ‘shock-jock’ and ‘cringe-worthy’ are limited to the comments threads or  also cover Slater’s contributions.

Whale Oil is far better known for what Slater posts than what is in the comments, and has built it’s reputation – both good and bad – on Slater’s manner and behaviour.

One can only guess why Belt wrote to MPs.  Perhaps he wants to encourage political tipsters from within parties and within Parliament to feed Whale Oil with stories, as happened to an extent until Dirty Politics made Slater and Whale Oil  toxic no-go zones.

Belt is largely  unknown and virtually anonymous. It won’t be easy for him to build credibility amongst political circles.

Whale Oil is a shadow of what it was. There’s sometimes a bit of interesting stuff on but since  Dirty Politics scared off sourcesthe purges of unwanted people and opinions Whale Oil has become dominated by sock puppets and sycophants and without Slater will struggle to be heard outside it’s own bubble.

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  1. Steve Taylor

     /  30th June 2016

    Methinks Mr Belt doth protest too much.

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  2. Blazer

     /  30th June 2016

    just …Belt…up.

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  3. PDB

     /  30th June 2016

    I heard that Whaleoil is to be renamed ‘The Bible Belt’ – Pete Belt at the pulpit preaching to the dwindling sycophants who still post there.

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  4. MaureenW

     /  30th June 2016

    Not a marketing genius then, smells more like desperation being a stinky cologne. His grovelling, apologetic letter seems to be all about him – who would possibly care?

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  5. unitedtribes2

     /  30th June 2016

    Go on Cam. Just go away for a while. Take a break. Ill get things going again.

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  6. David

     /  1st July 2016

    “Whale Oil is a shadow of what it was. There’s sometimes a bit of interesting stuff on but since Dirty Politics scared off sourcesthe purges of unwanted people and opinions Whale Oil has become dominated by sock puppets and sycophants and without Slater will struggle to be heard outside it’s own bubble.”

    I think its largely the purge of comentors/differing opinions that has killed it Its become the blog version of the Conservative party.

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  7. When you see the quality of writers and breadth of topic over at the SPINOFF, it’s hard to see how a one-trick pony like Slater can fit in. let alone start up anything to rival existing sources. Carving a new niche in a crowded and talented online world will not be easy, especially when you’re a loose cannon and nobody talks to you. A cynic would say that he’s not only soiled his nest but that he nurtured a cuckoo who has pushed him out. The man is a spent force.

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