Someone said something stupid

What’s happened in New Zealand this week?

There’s an inquest into the death of a teenager after binge-drinking.

There’s an inquest into the death of babies who were abused.

There’s the arrest of a candidate in the local body elections who’s seeking to have name suppression.

There’s the local body elections themselves.

There’s been announcements about changes to the law on name suppression.

All of which have been reported in varying detail.

But the story which has hogged the headlines is the one about someone saying something stupid on a TV programme not many people watch.

Why?

There is a high degree of schadenfreude from other media who are gleefully exploiting TVNZ’s embarrassment.

The story has been seized on by the left who’ve exploited it for political reasons.

The media is shallow because sensation sells.

Sigh.

13 Responses to Someone said something stupid

  1. Andrei says:

    There’s an inquest into the death of a teenager after binge-drinking.

    You know what Ele, if the boy who died had not been a scion of the privileged class we’d have heard little to none about it and that’s the truth.

    Poor boys who die after binge drinking or glue sniffing or who suicide are statistics but rich kids who die are a tragedy and promote endless navel gazing.

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  3. And how about that Fonterra ad, featuring the orangutan hair – have you seen that?

    http://robertguyton.blogspot.com/2010/10/ad-they-didnt-want-you-to-see.html

    Henry’s stupid mouth-mess has pushed a lot of important issues to the side.

  4. Andrei – John Bank’s son is implicated in the death of that boy. This is something that otherwise would interest voters I’m sure.
    Banks has two sons? The elder bought the vodka?
    Mixed messages coming through here.

  5. homepaddock says:

    Yes I saw that and I asked – why not also protest against the producers of food, soap and other goods which use palm oil itself?

  6. They have been Ele. Now they’re focussed on Fonterra.
    Did it make you gag?

  7. Andrei says:

    Paul Henry is a goof, that is how he makes his living.
    It keeps him in the style to which he is accustomed. Beats laying carpet I guess.

    The outrage over his remarks is what keeps the gravy train on the rails – when everyone ignores him the party will be over for him and he will have to find another racket.

    Its all a game Robert.

    Meanwhile in the world of the little people

    Teen fights for life after explosion

    West Auckland boys – worth a mention but since they are not of the elite basically uninteresting but the suffering is the same – no?

  8. homepaddock says:

    Andrei – yes the suffering is the same but I don’t know if there is a difference in media coverage.

  9. Andrei says:

    Stuff like that happens all the time Ele – I’ve been to funerals…..

    It only matters to the media if the person photogenic or the story has a twist

    I’ll bet you’ve heard of Sophie Eliot but can you place Jiayi Li?

    No cheating

  10. homepaddock says:

    Andrei – No I couldn’t and there is a long list of others who were killed or died whose names I can’t recall. Some deaths get more attention and are more easily remembered by people who didn’t know them.

    For example I do remember the names of the Kahui twins but I can’t remember the name of the good Samaritan who was stabbed to death while trying to save a young woman in Auckland.

  11. Andrei says:

    Some deaths get more attentionand are more easily remembered by people who didn’t know them.

    My point exactly!!!

    If the deceased schoolboy was not a pupil of Kings College along with other boys of Auckland’s cultural elite you’ld hear little to none of his death.

    If it had happened to a shearer’s son in Kakatahi would we know any thing of it or care I wonder?

    I refer you to Gray’s “Elegy written in a Country Churchyard”

  12. homepaddock says:

    I agree that some are more easily remembered but not sure if I agree with the reason.

    Cru and Kris Kahui weren’t from “Auckland’s cultural elite”. Nor were most of the sorry list of abused children whose names I can recall Lillybing, Nia Glassie …

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