Waikato Times editorial – Don’t shoot the messenger

Finally some of the mainstream media are waking up to the spin, lies and obfuscation of Len Brown and his apologists.

Their attempts to smear me have failed, my story, the facts and details still stand, unchallenged. The Waikato Times warns that shooting the messenger hasn’t helped.

One of the more surprising elements of the Len Brown affair has made itself evident only this week.

Auckland’s supercity mayor was outed for having a two-year affair with a junior council employee; a story that has since snowballed with the addition of Right-wing conspiracies, his mistress’s background and infighting between those who broke the story.

All of that is pretty much irrelevant, given that there would have been no conspiracy, background, or infighting to report had Len Brown not had the affair in the first place.

So his complaints on radio that there needs to be some sort of protection over the private lives of politicians are an astonishing insight into where his values really seem to lie.

Len Brown has no shame, no values and is unfit to be mayor.

After all, Mr Brown failed to protect his own private life the moment he began the affair. His first duty is not to the people of Auckland, but to his wife as a husband, and to his children as a father. He alone betrayed their trust and love, not the media or those who broke the story. To breach the trust of those you love most, and then complain about how it is being reported, seems almost unbelievably detached. It’s like asking to be able to commit a sin in private.

The point is not that you need the privacy: it is that you won’t need privacy if you don’t commit the sin. Besides, politicians, of all the people who have their sins splashed across the front pages of the paper, are the ones for whom this publicity is most justifiable. Their character in their private lives matters, because we trust them with so much in public.

He only has himself to blame…the sociopath in him though seeks to blame others. His continued hiding in the bunker and silence condemns him.

If an MP were a liar in private, he or she would most likely be a liar in public, too. If a councillor was a drug addict, it would very likely start to impact his performance at some point. If a mayor could break his promise to the person he loved most in life, he could very likely do so when it comes to his responsibility to the public. Why? Because he very obviously places little value on keeping his word.

Mr Brown no doubt has a huge amount of work on his hands to convince his wife he is still trustworthy, and hopefully he can do so. After all, long after his glory days as mayor are gone, his family will still be there. Whether they love him or want nothing to do with him will depend in large part on how seriously he takes his breach of trust now. That, rather than how much the media is telling the people of Auckland, should be at the forefront of his mind. Besides, there is no room to play the victim when blame for the offence lies at your feet.

Precisely. Resign Len Brown…keep intact whatever small amount of dignity remains.

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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.