Who wrote the posts?

There has long been questions about the actual authorship of posts at Whale Oil under the name ‘Cameron Slater’. This is inadvertently raised again yesterday in a post where Slater describes his recent illness problems in How am I feeling?

I thought as it is nearly the end of January I’d give you an update on how I am feeling and what has happened since December 26.

After we returned from our Boxing Day lunch with the outlaws, a day where I spent most of it lying on a couch taking Panadol for a stonking headache, I went into my office to prepare posts for the blog for the next day.

My face, on the right-hand side, had slumped, and I couldn’t move it. I couldn’t raise my eyebrows, smile, grin, or even grimace. Half of my face was paralysed and it became more apparent when I couldn’t drink out of a glass because it spilt out of my half paralysed mouth.

On 27 December, I awoke in even more pain, and the paralysis was worse.

For the next few days, I lay in bed unable to get up due to the incredible pain and the Gabapentin and Tramadol barely touched it. It was excruciating.

I don’t even remember New Year’s Eve I was unable to get out of pain and finally, on 8 January, I cracked and couldn’t take it anymore.

It took another week to get in to see them and I spent all that time high as a kite but also suffering shivers, shakes and jolts of pain that broke through all the Gabapentin and Morphine.

He goes on in detail. It sounds awful for anyone to have to suffer like that.

This was now the middle of January. I had spent every day since the 27th lying flat on my back in a drug induced haze.

The supervisor gave us his diagnosis which was that I had a severe viral infection inside my head as well as Bell’s Palsy. It was a huge relief to finally know what had been causing all the pain.

It was only in this past week that I have been able to rise from my bed, but it is still debilitating. I am at best a half day man at the moment and am still on some pain killers and the last of the viral infection sticks around.

I am finally on the mend after a month in extreme pain and discomfort.

Meanwhile Whale Oil kept operating.

Of course in the meantime, I have had a blog to run and I have put a dreadful imposition during holiday time on Pete and SB to keep it running. I would have lucid moments and would furiously send links to either of them with a few short comments on the spin I wanted…but that was about it. They did a magnificent job and still are doing a magnificent job as I recover.

Pete and SB have stepped up and kept things going in Slater’s virtual absence. Good on them for that.

What caused the illness?

Well, my doctors and specialists are in no doubt that the stress of dealing with multiple vexatious litigants and the financial pressures associated with that has caused this. It is well known that Bells Palsy is stress related.

Ongoing legal issues, especially with Colin Craig, will certainly be stressful. Some of Craig’s actions have indeed been described as vexatious by a judge in a ruling. And this will no doubt cause financial stress.

But Slater is responsible  for some of his many problems. He still says he loves playing dirty so it’s hardly surprising he will get mud flung back at him. He has chosen to get involved in vexatious legal actions himself.

Nothing excuses the legal excesses of Craig but Slater provoked a reaction, he just happened to get a gross overreaction.

If you play with fire as much and as often as Slater there is bound to be some blow back and burning.

Back to authorship at Whale Oil. Slater has described in detail how debilitating his illness has been.

While the number of posts under ‘SB’ and ‘Whale Oil Staff’ increased during Slater’s illness there were also ongoing posts under ‘Cameron Slater’.

For example on December 31 there were seven posts under ‘Cameron Slater’ – a period Slater describes “For the next few days, I lay in bed unable to get up due to the incredible pain and the Gabapentin and Tramadol barely touched it. It was excruciating.” And “I don’t even remember New Year’s Eve I was unable to get out of pain”.

These posts were generally just quotes of other things, but many Slater posts these days consist mainly of quotes, including from media sources he otherwise savages when they aren’t providing him with material.

This highlights an ongoing credibility problem with Whale Oil. The authorship of posts continues to be questionable – both who has actually written the posts, and on what basis the material is provided.

I hope Cam’s health continues to improve – and perhaps once the fog of medications lifts he and his Whale Oil staff could consider being clearer about attribution of authorship.

Fake authorship does not look good. If they want to be taken seriously as an alternative media then they should act honestly professionally.

12 Comments

  1. Anonymous Coward

     /  January 31, 2017

    He says “I would have lucid moments and would furiously send links to either of them with a few short comments on the spin I wanted…”

    You say “These posts were generally just quotes of other things, but many Slater posts these days consist mainly of quotes,”

    Isn’t that your answer?

    • NOEL

       /  January 31, 2017

      Yeah amazing what you can do with cut and paste.
      Must admit I only visited once didn’t bother revisiting,

  2. Cam says early in the piece “” It took another week to get in to see them and I spent all that time high as a kite but also suffering shivers, shakes and jolts of pain that broke through all the Gabapentin and Morphine.””

    I get the idea that even in this most serious situation he found it difficult to get [ specialist?] treatment fast enough. That is typical . There are few things which require absolute immediate treatment and the medical people are often unaware of this. As a Veterinarian sometimes someone would get bitten by a cat or dog. This requires Amoxocilin or similar in large doses Immediately. The medical profession will fit you in on Thursday.

    I carry a supply of antibiotics and other, for emrgency infected cuts and so on.
    The medical profession are of some use but not much.
    I am suspicious of the dual diaqgniosis in Cam’s case. The pain was clearly obscene .

    • NOEL

       /  January 31, 2017

      Are you the Paul Scott other sites are calling a Russian Troll that’s not in Bangkok

  3. Pickled Possum

     /  January 31, 2017

    The pain and the agony of this illness CS has, IMO has the look of what ‘they’ have done to me! Oh the stress. Please understand it is ‘them’ that did it to me, A person who is bringing you truth and the real investigative news.

    I believe it is a prelude to ‘got any money’ to make the pain more bearable.

    The pain he suffers and he alludes to; is the stress of fighting a person or persons in court for the right to carry on ‘sticking it to the man/and any one else he is directed to bring to the attention of the sleeping.’

    Oh dear, precious petal how he has suffered to bring His Truthful slant of Dirty Politics to the faithful.

    But now we see it may not just be His Truth, he brings. It also or maybe the Truth of paying authors.
    Who knows or more importantly who really cares. Probably just the purist of altruist’s and the blog faithful.

    Bells Palsy he says is caused by stress,
    “Bell’s palsy is most often connected with a viral infection such as HSV-1 (the virus that causes cold sores), Epstein-Barr (the virus that causes mononucleosis), or influenza (the flu). It also can happen with ear infections, bad colds, Lyme disease, and trauma to the head or face.”
    and in some case obesity may cause Bells palsy and the stress is related to having Bells palsy.

    People have suffered extreme pain at the pen of CS and his band of poison pen writers, the pain of a broken heart is all to real, just ask the mother of the young man who died at the back of a car driven by a drunkard. Ask her how her pain is going, after losing 5 children.
    To use his blog of long ago relevance to have his sooky lala is well ….. irrelevant.

    To repeat one of his most favourite sayings;
    Take a concrete pill Cameron and harden up.

  4. Mefrostate

     /  January 31, 2017

    Well I absolutely despise Cameron Slater and think that on balance he makes New Zealand’s political landscape far worse. But it’s terrible to see anyone go through that, I wish him a speedy recovery. Hopefully NZ’s stellar public health system is able to help him out!

  5. Cameron is predisposed towards headish health issues, and that stress has spilled over into an extreme physical event is hardly surprising given this. Might I suggest that he takes a break; as he’s indicated he was doing last year, and not only that, but he goes out to work. No doubt he has skills that are marketable. He’d more than likely command three figures, and think of the mental health benefits and esteem booster working for someone else could be. Very few political blogger models can command enough of an income stream that a day job is not needed. He’s tried his hand at it for many, many years and lives hand to mouth as we’re lead to believe and urged to donate.

    There’s no shame in taking a sabbatical of sorts and I think that it would be healing and he might start enjoying life again. Good luck to the whole family.

  6. I really do not understand why so many people worry about what he thinks, says or what he says about his health! For goodness sake, I thought that his comments were irrelevant to the bigger scheme of things , so why give him any more oxygen? Or are there some who secretly support his destructive analysis of the real state of Kiwi affairs?

  7. patupaiarehe

     /  January 31, 2017

    Someone else writing posts under Cam’s name? Par for the course, isn’t it?
    As much as I disagree with him (or whoever writes under his name), no-one deserves that, and I wish him a speedy recovery.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  January 31, 2017

      I’d wish him it on his own blog, but ‘the monkey’ won’t allow it 😀