“..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..”
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