Russell Brown’s interview with the Sensible Sentencing Trust’s Garth McVicar on Media 7 the other night demonstrates exactly what a charlatan McVicar is.
When confronted with his racist near-endorsement of the stabbing of Pihema Cameron all McVicar could do is continually repeat the a pathetic line about bringing the issue into the spotlight.
That said there’s a lot that could have been dealt with in the interview that wasn’t.
For example Brown could have asked McVicar whether or not private prison interests have ever provided funding to the trust.
He could have asked him whether his media profile is due to the fact he approaches victims of crime early in the piece to broker media for them and then offers access only if the trust gets copy too.
Or he could have asked him about how closely the trust worked to campaign for Act and how explicit the payoff was.
He even could have asked him why the Sensible Sentencing Trust hadn’t yet registered as a charitable trust.
We’ve asked all of these questions before and got no answer. I’m also aware that many journos would like to ask them too. Brown had a chance and he failed.