Slater accuses Hooton of paid for political promotion

Lack of disclosure of media commentators and bloggers is a growing issue that has been highlighted by a post at Whale Oil: Hooton back promoting Bridges for leadership

Looks like Hooton is back on the payroll of Simon Bridges if his latest NBR column is anything to go by…

Ironic given that Slater has been accused of promoting politicians and attacking opponents himself without disclosing financial interests.

And Slater has been busy since the election and since the new government was formed running repeated attacks against some National MPs – including in this post:

Amy Adams and Nikki Kay are complete lightweights and spoiled their chances with lacklustre achievements while ministers, and also their stupidity of involving themselves with Paula Bennett’s ill-considered video.

And he promotes others:

Personally I think that Hooton has missed a couple of other contenders, there is of course Judith Collins, but there are good options for leadership in Mark Mitchell, a former hostage negotiator, who could be useful dealing with coalition arrangements.

Of course Slater is promoting Collins, and I think he may have had some sort of connection to Mitchell in the past at least.

If Hooton can have Chris Bishop, then I could suggest Alfred Ngaro as a contender too. And you can’t go past the low rat cunning of Scott Simpson, who could be a dark horse contender in any leadership battle.

The lack of disclosure leaves things open to speculation given Slater’s blogging history.

However it’s debatable whether being promoted by Slater is an advantage or a toxic negative.

I’m sceptical of promotions and criticisms from both someone who runs a PR company, and someone who runs a blog reliant on an income.

I don’t know if Hooton provides disclosure at NBR because I’m not a subscriber, but I’ve never seen Slater disclose financial interests on posts.


  1. Gerrit

     /  November 11, 2017

    Stopped reading whaleoil. Just too narcissistic now. No real commentary and to much Bill English/National hate for no good apparent reasoning.

    He also backed the Winston Peters massively prior to the election. That lost readers as well.

    Don’t think he ever got over the way he was so badly treated by the journalistic establishment when his emails were stolen by Nicky Hagers hacker.

    They gleefully published as it was in the “public interest”.

    Chip has been on Slater’s shoulder ever since.

  2. Blazer

     /  November 11, 2017

    WO is still very popular with old bores,and old Boers.

  3. artcroft

     /  November 11, 2017

    I’ve always felt that Hooten has his own agendas which he hides well. However Bridges is clearly gunning for the leadership with his start to this parliament. So Hooten can only be writing about what everyone already knows.

    • Bridges is the Shadow Leader of the House so has to be prominent in Parliament. I don’t think he looked like leadership material this week.

  4. George

     /  November 11, 2017

    Hey its fun to have a look at WO every so often.
    The biases are pretty transparent

  5. Tipene

     /  November 11, 2017

    The dirty politics brigade eating their own – love it!

  6. david in aus

     /  November 11, 2017

    If I was a National MP with leadership aspirations, I would be tempted to pay Slater Not to promote me.
    Everything Cam Slater touches gets tainted by the association.
    Judith Colins has no chance, thanks to Cam.

  7. Hooton badmouths National and by extension the leadership at every opportunity. In the NBR with stronger and more govt friendly editorialising it’s more passive agggressive, but on Nat Radio it’s overt – plain simple disdain. It sucks

  8. Conspiratoor

     /  November 11, 2017

    I see the enlightened ones are dismissing Slater’s picks, Alfred Ngaro and Scott Simpson, based on some very sound logic.
    So it will be interesting to see how things develop from here

    • Helga

       /  November 12, 2017

      You do realise Slater is taking the piss?!
      About all of this.
      He likes Scott Simpson about as much as he likes Nicky Hager. He does it to wind Simpson up.

      • Can’t see Scott Simpson giving a proverbial. He, like most in the National Party Slater takes pot shots at, have:

        Proper jobs
        Community respect
        Shape and inflience the real, rather than cyber world.

        Nobody listens to Slater Helga. His political nose is blocked. He supported Peters, a man for whom he previously reserved the deepest opprobrium for. That he doesn’t see that thinking Kiwis still feel the way about the OAP from Herne Bay, the one he has devoted screeds of column inches to annihilate, tells me there’s no hope for him.

        I couldn’t give a rats what he has to say about anyone, especially Hooton. They’re both tarred with the same brush. Difference is people listen to Hooton. In the NBR, on Nat Radio and his successful PR business. Hooton may be all kinds of a jerk, according to Slater, but unlike Slater, he’s able to monetise his opinion and has the ear of actually important people, unlike his clapping community misfits.

        He actively supported and then voted for Peters! There’s judgement for you.

        Slater needs to stop taking himself so seriously. He must either internalise any self-deprecation he has, or save it for his nearest and dearest. The fact he’s unable to express it in his musings, illustrates a lack of both the introspection, humour and instinct necessary for broad based influence.

      • Which means that it’s difficult to take anything he writes seriously if his posts are dominated by paid for promotions, grudges, utu and winding people up.