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.