Herald defends Brown over sex scandal but attacks mayor over $142 satchel

That bought and paid for embedded NZ Herald spin weasel  Bernard Orsman feebly attempts to show he is capable of balanced reporting by getting his teeth into the $142-per-satchel council scandal.

Auckland councillors and local board members have been given leather satchels to carry their council documents, at a [total] cost of $23,304.

The 164 fancy bags – emblazoned with the council’s pohutukawa logo – come as Mayor Len Brown promises a crackdown on rising debt and salaries for executives.

Councillor Linda Cooper returned her $142 briefcase after holding it up during her maiden speech on Wednesday, a move labelled a stunt by councillor Cathy Casey.

Boo!  Bad Len!  Out of control spending!

Let’s see how Orsman turns the screws on his former friend Len Brown.  

Mayor Brown agrees with providing the satchels to elected members.

“The satchels were provided because councillors and local board members are required to attend meetings across the region and need to be able to securely store and carry mobile phones and laptops,”

Yeah, that’s slapping him down hard Bernie.

You da man!

You rapacious journo, you.

How about you show some professional integrity and ask the Mayor the following questions

  • Did you have sex on Council premises?
  • Did you have sex on Council time?
  • Did you have sex with Council employees, contractors or other people remunerated with City Council funds
  • Have you used your influence as Mayor to assist these people you have had sex with in the advancement of their careers?
  • How many people have you had sex with while married to Shan?
  • How many of those were Council employees, contractors or other people remunerated by, or benefited personally or commercially from the City Council?
  • Have you received and shared perks obtained by being the Mayor of Auckland for purposes on private business, such as using free hotel rooms for your “private” sex with council subordinates?
  • Have you or your agents tried to contact any of these women since this story broke
  • Have you or your agents offered money, threats or any other direct or indirect force to keep these women from talking to third parties such as the press or women’s magazines?
  • Did you order the threatening texts to be sent, or was this a personal initiative by one of your staff?
  • Why did you fire the spin doctors that didn’t break the law?
  • Can you please explain your reasoning that you can be an effective front man for Auckland when you cancel most public appearances, get shouted down, and continue to be laughed at by (using NZ Herald poll data) almost half of the population?
  • How can anyone be in the Ngati Whatua Room, with or without you present, and not imagine you lying on the table inserting yourself into Ms Chuang before getting caught by a security guard?
  • Why won’t you front to media unless they agree to act in your defence?
  • Shan has removed her wedding ring when she is seen publicly, do you have any comment to make about the future of your marriage?
  • Would you like an opportunity to qualify your earlier statement that you “have made full disclosure”?

 

Source:  that wet sponge Bernard Orsman at the NZ Herald, with some further incisive questions 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.

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