As far as I can ascertain Cameron Slater has released one statement about the allegations made against him by Ben Rachinger aired on the Nation last weekend.
Slater is a self confessed social media guru. His statement does not appear to be on his own site. He posts multiple posts every day but obviously must have missed doing this.
The only media where I have seen his statement is on Twitter. This must be an oversight. His statement was posted as a jpg and is not searchable. Google will not let you know what he said.
So as a public service job to a fellow blogger I thought that I should post the text. That way we can appreciate the full details of Cameron’s response.
Here it is …
Saturday June 5th, 2015
I have been aware that Ben Rachinger has been on a personal campaign to take a number of conflicting stories to the world as the truth. I have continued to ignore this and let it pass without comment, in spite of the many untrue statements he has fabricated around cherry picked screenshot ‘evidence’. So whenever I was approached by the media to provide comments on Ben’s claims, I declined. I’m going to continue to do so. This is the only public statement I will make on this matter.
It is somewhat ironic that it is Mediaworks running this story and all without disclosing that [B]en was working for them earlier in the year as a consultant.
Ben is an extremely talented young man, but he operates without any sense of guidance or direction. When he made contact with me, and we built a relationship, it was mostly on the basis of me being a mentor to him. He had problems. Some of them very personal ones. He asked for advice. He wanted help. And I provided both.
After a while, it became clear to me that his behaviour was erratic. His decision making inconsistent. His previous promises and commitments to me proved worthless. And whereas we started on the basis of trust, it became obvious that he was now acting in a way to not only damage me, but also himself.
In spite of the fact that I still have empathy for him, there was little I could do but draw a line under it and move on.
Since we parted, I’ve tried to protect Ben from himself, and was successful for a while. When different media repeatedly came sniffing around for a story, I would give them advice that this wasn’t what it appeared, and all they would end up doing was to hurt Ben more. Until today, those media had the decency not to throw Ben under the bus in the forlorn hope of a few extra ratings points.
The only result of me telling my side of the story in full is to completely destroy whatever public credibility Ben has left. It will also hurt other people that he’s managed to ensnare in his fantasies. He has to mature, grow up, and just move past this. Hopefully this latest phase has gotten it all out of his system.
I understand that he has been monitored and interviewed by officials who have concerns about him. I can but hope that they succeed where I failed. Ben needs a strong role model and strict guidance for him to channel [h]is many talents.
Personally I feel extremely betrayed and hurt by is campaign. Ben has abused my confidence and my generosity. But I won’t let it colour my future behaviour. When people come to me for advice and assistance, I will continue to make myself available.
Two questions I have though are (as asked on twitter) why donations would be paid out of a business account? And what did Slater mean when he referred to “funders”?