Protecting Brand Lewis, the spinner spins

David Lewis has suffered an interview with Michelle Hewitson…probably because his boss is still huddled under his desk afraid of his own shadow.

In his interview he continues to lay down the smears…but this time it is recorded and in a paper. He has lied, he knows he has lied and it will haunt him now because the words are his.

He knows, if not where the bodies are buried, what the bodies have been up to, and with whom. A senior political journalist said that he is the closest we have to a Malcolm Tucker, the sweary and powerful spin doctor from The Thick of It. “Except without the swearing and the power.” I told him this and he said: “It’s a good programme.” Does he take that as a compliment? “Ha, ha, It’s a very good programme.”

He sent a very sweary text message to RadioLive’s Duncan Garner: “Fckn hell Duncan. You’re feeding utter fckn bullshit.”

Garner, of course, put this on the station’s website. I was amazed he’d sent it. He appeared to have lost his cool, which is considerable and considered. He said: “We’ve sent blokey texts to each other for years … So I thought that I could send a text like that to Duncy and he’d understand.” 

Well Davy, you are no Malcolm Tucker…because Malcolm Tucker would have already known about Len Brown’s rooting, and when Brown was caught he would have water-boarded him until the resulting blithering mess of a half man spilled it all, only then would he have started to try to defend the accusations. It is obvious you haven’t done this. Malcolm Tucker also wouldn’t have had the run around from an irrelevant blogger for 11 days straight.

He said: “The problem with texts is that you don’t get tone, do you?” I’m pretty sure he seldom has difficulties with tone.

Which brings us rather neatly to that mysterious text. The threatening one sent to Bevan Chuang, Brown’s former mistress, that nobody can trace. Did he send it? “Ha, ha. No.” Is he sure? “I’m very, very sure.” Does he know who did send it? “Who knows? I have no idea whether it’s somebody connected to us, or somebody connected to Whale Oil or Stephen Cook.” Wouldn’t he know if it was somebody connected to the Brown camp? “I would think so.”

But would he? He says he hadn’t heard so much as a rumour about the mayor’s affair before the story was about to break, in the last week of the campaign. Shouldn’t he have?

And there is the lie…record this readers…because next week it is going to look very funny indeed. Some Malcolm Tucker he is…what a drop kick…Malcolm Tucker would never put himself int he firing line for a lying, conniving, rooting ratbag of a boss, he’d be right behind his boss ready to push him under the bus and make out like he was attempting to prevent the suicide.

I think what we are seeing here is weapons grade spin to protect Brand Lewis.

Source: The NZ Herald, story by Michelle Hewitson, additional reporting by Cam Slater.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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