Cameron Slater kicks off 2017 with another wail about being ignored.
Failed 2016 strategy: If we ignore Whaleoil, will it cease to exist?
What better post for the very first of 2017 than this one?
We’re used to it now. The strategy since Dirty Politics is to treat Whaleoil as if it never existed.
I’m not sure who’s strategy, all media make their own decisions on who they publicise.
Such is the social pressure behind the scenes not to mention…
…people know the rules. Promote Whaleoil or Slater in any way and you’ll be ostracised.
That’s very funny – Cam and SB ostracise me for posting about them.
What do they want? To be ignored, or to be written about? (I’m aware that the amount of publicity I can given them is negligible but they should be grateful for any they get).
And another self-deceiving “win” for the usual dozen Social Justice Bullies who think that’s made any difference. Some of them are deeply ensconced in academia themselves. Preaching through a thin veil of impartiality. But their continued refusal to record or report on all data gives them away.
What they are really scared of is a direct face-to-face debate.
Who’s scared? I’ve tried direct debate Whale Oil, and was banned (like many others). And on Twitter…
Mr ‘Dirty Politics’ doesn’t seem to like pesky challenges or debates unless they are on his own terms – which seems to mean he dishes it out and avoids any return fire.
He regularly slams media for being crap and says they are failing, and also slams them for failing to publicise his crap. Cam seems to be confused about what he really wants.
The past success of Whale Oil relied on media giving legs to stories they started. Now those legs have been cut off and it has become more Wail Oil.
Going by his continued promotion of doing politics the dirty way he likes dishing out dirt, and wants his dirt repeated by the media he appears to despise, but ducks for cover if challenged.
Which reminds me: Nicky, any time, any place. Live, no editing. You and me. Moot: Dirty Politics is Dirty. I know you’re up to it. You have had a good education, and you know more about my emails than I do. It would be the fairest debate ever.
…do you have the stones to debate me?
I suspect Nicky knows about Whale Oil rule 7:
Whaleoil’s Rules of Politics
1. If you are explaining, you are losing
2. Utu is good, even necessary
3. Never hug a corpse – it smells and you end up smelling like the corpse too
4. Always know where the bodies are buried
5. Don’t let mongrels get away with being mongrels
6. Don’t mess with The Whale or Cactus Kate
7. Never wrestle with pigs, two things are for certain if you do. You will get dirty and the pig will enjoy it.
8. Never ask a question if you don’t already know the answer
9. Speak plain, Speak Simple
10. Remember, I’m telling this story
11. Never trust a politician if you aren’t close enough to them to hit them in the back of the head with a bit of 4×2
12. Never trust a politician with a moustache or a hyphenated name
Perhaps there’s something to rule 3 – and that’s why politicians and media tend to avoid being associated with them now.
But Whale Oil isn’t a corpse, it’s still a thriving blog, as they keep saying – Slater quoted Karl du Fresne:
Last time I checked, Cameron Slater’s right-wing blog was the most widely read in New Zealand.
He’s sort of correct. Whale Oil is the most clicked blog in New Zealand. But it’s not publicly known how many of those clicks are on interesting posts compared to the click bait, dross and self promotions.
More traditional media such as the Herald, Stuff, TVNZ and Mediaworks are increasingly criticised for moving more towards populist trivia, something seen as necessary to attract advertising revenue.
Perhaps repeating WO dirty politics isn’t populist enough for them. Or perhaps the threats Slater keeps making about revealing dirt on them encourages them to keep well away.
And comparing Whale Oil to other blogs is a bit apples and oranges, WO is trying to compete with the Herald et al, not with the blogs – they hardly mention blogs excepting when wailing.
Despite that Kiwiblog and The Standard have commenting communities that often have similar comment numbers to Whale Oil, suggesting that the higher click rates at WO are not so much due to engagement.
Talking of commenting at WO, their second post of 2017 was an email from someone they had banned – Sunday mailbag: “Dear moderators”. In that the have a poll on whether that person (if they are real) should be able to comment again. It includes this option:
That’s some epic grovelling – let him back in
If you are one of the many banned from WO grovelling may be a way back in, but this attitude may in part explain the levels of sycophancy there.
I wish Whale Oil well for 2017, if and when they contribute to decent political discourse.
But if they persist in beating the dirty politics dead horse, repeating the same mistakes, then they may be left barking about their stats while lamenting their lack of bite.
It’s easier to ignore wails than wrestle with them.
An obvious way to stop being ignored is to do something worthwhile this year rather than trying to fight old battles long lost.