This is a list of the top 50 posts for the year…there is little doubt as to what was the story of the year.
We have had all manner of media commentators exclaim that the Len Brown story was “too detailed”…but you know what…they all read it.
As a species we are hypocrites. We pretend to be better than that, but the numbers don’t lie. From Len Brown and Bevan Chuang to Andrea Vance and Peter Dunne…the message is simple to Stephanie Key to Oscar Pistorious…people like to read about dodgy, rooting ratbags, sex and scandal.
But I think it is more dodgy rooting rat bags that sells.
If Len Brown had have just been happy running one up his missus at home there would be no scandal and people could say ‘Ngati Whatua Room’ without laughing hysterically.
Here are the Top 50 posts for the past year.
|1||EXCLUSIVE: Len Brown’s Town Hall to Downfall||116,270|
|2||EXCLUSIVE – Len Brown – fresh revelations||71,989|
|3||EXCLUSIVE: Len Brown’s lewd text messages||51,151|
|4||EXCLUSIVE – The Affidavit||44,996|
|5||A collection of Oscar Pistorius jokes||39,294|
|6||Why we broke the story of the rooting ratbag mayor||38,849|
|7||Dad’s not Lovin’ It, Stephanie Key poses nude||36,354|
|8||EXCLUSIVE – Bevan speaks out against nasty Brown smears||30,780|
|9||Some Rolf Harris Jokes||26,197|
|10||Fifty Shades of Brown and other jokes||21,640|
|11||New Zealand has its own Weiner: Dodgy LBP Paul Findlay||17,904|
|12||EXCLUSIVE – The anatomy of an APN/NZ Herald hit job||14,622|
|13||Simon Bridges swings while John Campbell breaks the law||14,283|
|14||EXCLUSIVE: Brown helped Chuang get council job, gave personal reference||13,858|
|15||EXCLUSIVE: Chuang telling media different stories now as she runs from spotlight||13,198|
|16||Gilmore issuing threats now||13,147|
|17||Update – Check back at 8pm for the next installment||11,398|
|18||Rapid Fire Q+A on Len Brown story||11,358|
|19||[EXCLUSIVE] Len Brown’s secret trip to Hong Kong revealed [PHOTOS]||9,965|
|20||Why the full court press against Bevan Chuang?||9,377|
|21||The scuttlebut on Team New Zealand’s scuttling of hope||9,078|
|22||Things getting testy in the Mayor’s office, abusing Duncan Garner now||9,071|
|23||Latest Oscar Pistorius joke collection||9,032|
|24||BREAKING – Brown spin weasel sacked in midst of crisis||8,752|
|25||[EXCLUSIVE] Media manipulation by the NZ Herald in the Len Brown sex scandal||8,363|
|26||And now you see why it was so important to oust Brown||8,102|
|27||50 Shades of Brown – and stay tuned for 1530 post||8,027|
|28||[EXCLUSIVE] Cover up over Len Brown’s secret trip to Hong Kong||7,904|
|29||Len Brown sex scandal claims first scalp||7,786|
|30||Front? For what?||7,774|
|31||The constant and ongoing lies of Len Brown||7,667|
|32||Seven good reasons why Len Brown should resign||7,562|
|33||Not one cent, “new evidence” proves nothing||7,516|
|34||An email from a reader about Pants-down Brown||7,394|
|35||Brown desperate as he drags daughters into spotlight to fight battles for him||7,278|
|36||Mustafa Sabanli, meet Streisand. Streisand, meet Mustafa Sabanli.||7,272|
|37||[EXCLUSIVE] The cover up of Len Brown’s secret trip to Hong Kong, Ctd||7,079|
|39||Tory Sex Scandal erupts||6,971|
|40||An Open Letter to Mayor Len Brown from a reader||6,949|
|41||Trained and Skilled? Just exactly which skills did Andrea Vance use to take down Peter Dunne?||6,914|
|42||New claims may save Brown||6,882|
|43||The rape culture we created||6,690|
|44||How about these rules Len? Do these apply to you?||6,634|
|45||Honesty is the best policy, eh Len?||6,417|
|46||What does the Auckland Council Code of Conduct say about Len’s behaviour?||6,313|
|47||Bob Jones in trouble, so is the Herald||6,064|
|48||Why does Len Brown lie so much?||5,849|
|49||Yup, it’s true, the Truth gig is over||5,780|
|50||[EXCLUSIVE] Cook speaks – How he worked the Len Brown scandal||5,757|Hate the ads? Click Here to subscribe to ad-free WhaleOil.