Some round up stories about the Brown Affair

Media Watch covered a good summary of just how wrong many in the media have got things….and a bit about my views on politics.

Len’s embarrassment is also spreading worldwide.

Australia’s ABC has covered the story today on radio…even using the mayors ratepayer funded spin and his woe is me moaning about needing better rules for covering political ratbags and their indiscretions.

Len Brown affair on ABC Radio

ELIZABETH JACKSON: What’s private in a public figure’s life? That’s the question being asked in New Zealand after the outing of Auckland’s Mayor for an extra-marital affair.

Some commentators believe the media have crossed the Rubicon in their reporting of Len Brown’s indiscretion, which was made public by a blogger who’s long been on a crusade to unseat the Mayor.

New Zealand correspondent, Dominique Schwartz, reports.

DOMINIQUE SCHWARTZ: On October the 12th, a beaming Len Brown was on national television celebrating his re-election as the Mayor of New Zealand’s largest city.

Three days later, the 57-year-old was back on the box, but his smile had gone

LEN BROWN: I’m here primarily for my family. I have caused my wife and my children harm and shame and humiliation, and I want the media and the community please, as much as they can, respect my family as I go through this time of addressing those issues with them, with Shan and the girls.

DOMINIQUE SCHWARTZ: The ‘issue’ was his two year on-again-off-again sexual relationship with Bevan Chuang – a woman 25 years his junior who was on the council’s Ethnic Peoples’ Advisory Panel.

Intricate details of the pair’s affair had been posted earlier in the day on the Whaleoil website run by right-wing blogger Cameron Slater – an avowed opponent of the left-leaning Len Brown.

He’s also the son of John Slater, who was the campaign manager for a rival mayoral candidate, John Palino, a businessman and TV personality who came runner-up in the race for the Town Hall.

It was the scorned lover, Ms Chuang, who spilled the beans to Whaleoil.

She said she’d felt used when the Mayor stopped his communication with her before the election campaign.

She was quoted as saying: “At least if I was a hooker I would have got something out of this, but I got nothing. I was starting to feel like Monica Lewinsky.”

It was titillating stuff.

There were details of a security guard interrupting a sexual romp in a council room and a none-too-flattering rating of the Mayor’s sexual prowess.

But was it a story that needed to be told, with implications for the running of Auckland? Or was it a gratuitous intrusion into Len Brown’s private life, and not just his life, but that of his family?

Any debate in the wider media was short-lived. News of the Mayor’s affair spread like wildfire across radio, TV, print and online.

And the last paragraph is hilarious, at least some in the media are reading everything.

So has the public good been served in bringing this affair to light?

The country’s political leaders are not buying into the debate. No doubt there are MPs who are sweating over this latest development, and some media players, who’ve taken the high moral ground, probably should be too.

Possibly the most worrying aspect of this whole saga is the reason Cameron Slater has given for launching the story. It’s a line from the Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight’.

(Excerpt from ‘The Dark Knight’)

ALFRED PENNYWORTH (Anthony Hopkins): Some men aren’t looking for anything logical like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

And one reader currently in Canada emails:

Whale, just dropped my vehicle at a storage facility in Kalowna B.C. Canada. The manager picked my accent and said “oh, your mayor is in some hot water. Quite the family man, eh?”

His stink has spread far and wide. What an embarrassment this fool has
become.

Keep the pressure on Whale.


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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.

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