Whale Oil on UN vote on Israel

It’s no surprise to see hard out support from Slater for the Israeli position after the UN Security Council voted 14-0 against them over settlements on disputed or private land in the Middle East.

There has been a string of supporting posts for Israel and against anyone involved in the vote against them by Slater. And he has often written (or had material supplied for) pro-Israel posts for years.

There have been 81 posts at Whale Oil tagged ‘Israel’ so far this year, and 209 since 1 January 2015.Of course they can post whatever they like, and many of these have only minor references to Israel (albeit tagged by the author) but this is a remarkable focus on Israel for a New Zealand blog.

And if you go back about 250 ‘Israel’ tagged posts, to August 2014, there are a string of posts reporting on a visit Slater made to Israel – a trip in part paid for by the Israel government.

Stuff reported at the time: Blogging, money and blurred lines

The man at the centre of the Dirty Politics firestorm sits on a leafy street in Tel Aviv, Israel, just a block from the shores of the Mediterranean, sipping a blended mint lemonade.

Cameron “Whale Oil” Slater is bleary-eyed, having spent 24 hours on a plane, and now finds himself in a war zone during a ceasefire. It’s Friday in Israel; Saturday back home.

He’s one of a group of international journalists invited to visit by the Israeli government, which has been earning bruising international condemnation over the civilian death toll in the Gaza conflict.

The Israeli embassy approached him about the trip, he says, and covered some costs, but he is paying for a significant portion of his travels. He has posted anti-Hamas and pro-Israel stories on his blog in the past.

And has continued to do that. Interesting that the Israeli embassy approached Slater.

The arrangement may sound vaguely familiar to anyone who has read certain chapters of Nicky Hager’s controversial new book Dirty Politics, which is based on thousands of emails stolen from Slater’s computer.

Besides his central claims that National used Slater’s Whale Oil blog as an conduit for “dirty” attacks on its political enemies, Hager also says Slater took cash in exchange for running stories for a range of commercial clients.

He writes that certain articles posted under Slater’s name were word-for-word reprints of material supplied by PR man Carrick Graham, whose clients include tobacco and alcohol companies. Hager writes that Slater was paid around $6500 a month by Graham, for work he estimates would have taken perhaps an hour.

When asked if he received any payment from Graham, his company or associates, and whether there was any understanding that he would run copy for that payment, Slater gives an emphatic “No”. He stands by his byline.

“Any copy I am using, I’ve had direct input into – I may have helped write it, I’ve certainly edited it.

“There are large corporates that I work with. They have particular issues and as a result of that those issues are then turned into an interesting story. I take stories, create stories, work on stories, provide commentary on a number of different things and whatever takes my fancy at the time.”

The Security Council vote against Israel seems to have taken Slater’s “fancy at the time”. Since the vote was announced these posts have been on Whale Oil:

The focus on the UN vote stands out amongst otherwise mostly Christmas or trivial posts.

Whether it’s a personal or a financial interest it’s a topic that Slater certainly fancies quite a bit.

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23 Comments

  1. lucher1948

     /  26th December 2016

    There is a huge perspective problem here. Yes, I understand that we might want Israel to show restraint. But to shit on them from a great height isn’t the way to do it.

    Especially when you know Israelis.
    Its a pity McCully did SFA about Syria that shai/sunni hell hole above Israel….

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  26th December 2016

      You’re starting to make sense lurch. I’m warming to you. You would enjoy the perigo link PG posted earlier. Cheers,c

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      • Blazer

         /  26th December 2016

        what a team’…Lurch,Con and loopy’ Lindsey’…..I may have to do…’jew diligence’!

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  2. You know what is truly remarkable Pete? The number of posts about Slater or Whaleoil on this blog every year. I am sure it is easily far in excess of any posts about Israel on Whaleoil. People might speculate that we pay you for the exposure. There must be something in it for you surely? Maybe someone is paying you to attack us? (Of course, they aren’t.) We all know it is because you are passionately opposed to anything we write just as we are passionately opposed to socialists. The attack on Israel is the most socialist thing the National government have done this year. I am disgusted.

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    • “I am sure it is easily far in excess of any posts about Israel on Whaleoil. ”

      I very much doubt it, you are doing 100+ Israel posts a year.
      Nowhere near as many as WO posts targeting many things, including moaning about other media.

      “We all know it is because you are passionately opposed to anything we write just as we are passionately opposed to socialists.”

      That’s pathetic SB. I’m not passionately opposed to WO, I just like to hold you to account, and seem to know how to push your buttons. Why are you so sensitive?

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    • “The attack on Israel is the most socialist thing the National government have done this year.”

      What is socialist about it? Since when was trying to uphold international laws a socialist thing?

      Just because you disagree with a 14-0 vote in the Security Council doesn’t make it anything to do with socialism. You seem to portray anything and (me) you disagree with as some extreme opposite.

      WO is one of the most critical blogs in New Zealand – and it seems one of the most sensitive to any criticism. Why is that? You dish out extreme criticism but can’t take mild criticism in return?

      Maybe youcould wind back on the attack side of things and wind back on the sookiness.

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      • Apparently defending the property rights of Arab Christians against Jewish squatters is socialist. A strange new definition of socialism that I am unfamiliar with, but black is white, war is peace, and freedom is slavery in alt-right world.

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    • Oh Juana, you Nazi-sympathizing alt-right shill. You’re worse than your delusional husband, who is now the Dick Morris of NZ politics, and about as credible. But at least he avoids the constant Stormfront-cribbed crap you post. And the one where you defend the NPD? All class. My grandparents fought against those people, Juana, and I will oppose your disgusting ideology until my last breath.

      You and hubby will get what’s coming to you one day. All that bad karma will return like a boomerang and I will pop the cork on some Moet when it happens.

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  3. Blazer

     /  26th December 2016

    ‘ The attack on Israel is the most socialist thing the National government have done this year. I am disgusted.’….how is this …socialist and how is it even an attack?

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    • Holding Israel to account = bad.
      Socialism = bad.

      Therefore somehow holding Israel to account is bad? That seems to be the logic, or rather lack of.

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      • Kevin

         /  27th December 2016

        It’s not holding Israel to account, it’s siding with terrorists. This is the larger picture that people who see it as simply “Israel shouldn’t be building settlements” are failing to see.

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          • Gezza

             /  27th December 2016

            From the above link:

            “Many undercover Israeli soldiers join Palestinian protests as agent provocateur and incite protesters to hurl stones at Israeli soldiers, then they draw their guns and start helping their fellow military members in arresting the protesters. A newly released video has captured such a story.”

            Watch the video, enlarged setting.

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            • Kevin

               /  27th December 2016

              Sounds like a good way of drawing the terorists out.

            • Gezza

               /  27th December 2016

              Yes. I’ve seen others. They wear the uniforms. Their disguised settler agents lead & deliberately provoke confrontations & stone-throwing in and around the illegal settlements, then they turn & shoot at the teens they’ve sucked in grab a few, arrest them, beat them up, take them to a police station, beat them up again, keep them as long as they want, week, month, year, because military law applies in illegal settlements. So now they have a ‘terrorist’.

  4. Pickled Possum

     /  26th December 2016

    Says slater …”I take stories, create stories, work on stories, provide commentary on a number of different things and whatever takes my fancy at the time.”

    that little bit of info says it all to me re slater and his crew In My Opinion they
    Take and Re-Make it all into Fake
    all for dirty lucre.
    I fancy myself as a journalist
    says slater the Zionist
    Take – Re-Make – Fake

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  5. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  26th December 2016

    Play your cards right, P.G. and you might get a sponsored trip to some exotic locale.
    I take careful note of where well-known bloggers visit, courtesy of taxpayer or some other agency.

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  6. Kevin

     /  27th December 2016

    Considering that WO is really the only media outlet that is staunchly pro-Israel it’s no surprise that Cameron was invited over by the Israeli govt.

    As for money, do you really expect someone who is invited to another country by that country’s government to have to pay for their own expenses?

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    • Blazer

       /  27th December 2016

      so what do they expect in return?

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      • Kevin

         /  27th December 2016

        The Israeli government would have expected Cameron to carry on as normal but with the additional perspective of someone who has actually been to Israel. Which he did and has.

        But just imagine if the Israeli govt had invited someone like Prentice over and he had come back pro-Israel. Can you imagine what the reaction at The Standard would have been? He would have been called a sell-out, Zionist-stooge, demanded that he resign etc etc. That would have been fun to see.

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        • Gezza

           /  27th December 2016

          The problem with Israel is that both sides tell their porkies & selective stories of events & anti-palestinian, anti-arab, anti-semitic, anti-zionist rhetoric, but the most effective at it are the Israelis. The Zionist governments don’t want a two state solution, they want the lot. That’s how Hamas got control of Gaza. Fatah got nothing but outmaneouvred and more land loss. The Israelis have already taken most of the Palestinians’ property & country, they aren’t giving any of it up. Never intended to. Both sides will sacrifice their peoples’ lives because of that, but the Zionists will kill the most, because they’ve got them 1.8 million of them penned in, with nowhere else to go, and no rights, and constant harrassment. Where did they get that idea from?

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        • Blazer

           /  27th December 2016

          ‘The Israeli government would have expected Cameron to carry on as normal ‘…Normal?…too ..funny!

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  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  27th December 2016

    Re Israel vs Palestinians – it is easy to dislike both sides; it is easy to side with one side or the other; it is very difficult to like both sides. In the fog of war truth is a mystery. With so much hatred it is hard to find humanity. With so much religion it is hard to find open minds. With so much conflict it is hard to find peace. With so much despair it is hard to find hope.

    The world sees this UN resolution as an attempt not to make things worse. Israel fears it is an attempt to make it weaker. It is probably both.

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