Tell tale tit/your tongue will be slit/ and all the dogs in the town/ will have a little bit.
This schoolyard chant has come to mind often as I watch the mainstream media report breathlessly on something someone has posted on the internet.
The latest is Max Key’s video of his family holiday.
If it wasn’t that his father is the Prime Minister would anyone but his friends know about this? Even when he is the PM’s son, some other than his friends might want to know but does anyone but them need to know?
It’s been viewed more than 116,000 times. But how many times would it have been viewed had it not been broadcast by the MSM?
Other political leaders have, rightly, said that politician’s families should be off-limits.
I only knew about it because I read a post on Facebook referring to Barry Soper’s soapbox saying the PM’s son’s lifestyle was a liability to him.
. . . Key’s always been seen as a regular bloke, and regardless of his super wealth, he is. But perhaps he should have a word to his son Max who’s been with the family at their Hawaiian hideaway over the past couple of weeks, along with his model girlfriend who’s soon to become a Miss Auckland contestant, we’re told. . .
Now that isn’t the privilege of the vast majority 20 year old’s who’re struggling to make ends meet in this country.
It’s not an image that should be flaunted when the number of homeless here is growing and when the economy’s beginning to waiver, and it’s not the image that Key’s so carefully cultivated.
To those who like and admire him the PM comes across as who he is, someone who has the rare ability to engage with a wide spectrum of people and who hides neither his humble background nor the wealth he earned through hard work and careful investment.
This story won’t influence them. It might provide some fuel for those who don’t like him or his politics but probably won’t even register with the vast majority.
If there was any flaunting, it wasn’t the original posting of the video, it was the reporting of it which brought it wider attention.
That brings me back to the schoolyard chant.
Social media is part of life now and some matters broadcast on it do have legitimate news value.
However, some which get reported on by the MSM forget the difference between what some of the pubic might be interested in and what’s in the public interest, and they’re just telling tales.
Stories about politicians families should, with very rare exceptions, be in the latter category.