“Len Brown’s Smackdown” screams the headline in Carolyne Meng-Yee’s story about Len Brown today – and the first para makes it sound even worse:
A split has emerged within Manukau Mayor Len Brown’s campaign team over his controversial “Maori gesture”.
A split? This sounds serious!
Turns out it’s not. Rather it’s just the media making shit up by reporting on the last time they made shit up.
It’s all about the silly scene Brown made with the face-slapping etc and how the media reported it was claimed it was a Maori gesture. At the time I thought that was a surprisingly silly thing to say and not the kind of thing an experienced and thoughtful guy like David Lewis would try to pull.
And it turns out he didn’t. Rather he used a Maori term, kanohi te kanohi, while discussing the matter with the media:
“I said there’s a Maori phrase for that, kanohi te kanohi. Nowhere did I say he used a Maori gesture.”
So today’s headline should really be: “Len Brown and adviser not happy with quotes we made up”.
Of course that’s not the HoS style. More likely next week the’ll write another fictional story about the fictional story of the fictional story.
It might just be me but reading the paper is starting to feel more and more like taking a walk through a maze made of mirrors.