Sunday, December 20, 2009

Two Bob Each Way

".......and will fight to clear his name, says a close friend. The defendant, who has name suppression, was bailed........"

Thus sayeth the Herald.

Ponder if you will, the intellectual capacity of the modern day journalist.

19 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

No doubt all the other NZ comedians currently under public suspicion are wishing he'd open the "fight to clear his name" by providing his name.

Funnily enough, I was just over at the Dim Post, which refers to a science story in the Herald that mentions the old argument how if you had enough monkeys bashing on typewriters for long enough, one of them would type out Hamlet. A commenter pointed out that Herald journos should probably steer clear of stories about monkeys bashing typewriters, lest readers draw an unfavourable comparison.

Inventory2 said...

Indeed Milt - just like the "NZ Olympian" accused of raping his wife, amongst other things, who has cast suspicion on all other male NZ Olympians.

And with this guy being a supposed funnyman, the puns will start - he'll have a King-sized job getting off, or he'd rather the case stayed below Te Radar, or .....

Of course, I have no idea of whether either Messrs King ar Radar are or are not the gentleman in question, but I'm sure you get my drift ...

Barnsley Bill said...

You may be shocked when you find out who it is and what he is alleged to have done. I was.

Inventory2 said...

Hmmm - I am, on both counts. Scumbag

ZenTiger said...

I hear he has an iron-clad defense.

He was drunk at the time.

Inventory2 said...

Indeed ZT - it was an innocent mistake - he thought his four-year-old daughter was his wife!

This, of course, does nor breach any suppression order, as it is information which the accused has put in the public domain. Why he has done such a thing this early in proceedings is puzzling. If he wants to fight a public battle to clear his name, in front of potential jurors, why doesn't he consent to his name being published? Anyway, such is the influence of the blogosphere that he will not be able to hide for much longer - his identity is already well known.

Barnsley Bill said...

Generally I am in favour of us treating suppression orders with the contempt they deserve. In this case however I think protecting the alleged victim out weighs our desires to blog-lynch this prince.
Of course, I am still a big believer in innocent until proven guilty. That does not seem to encompass most of the general public though and kiddy fiddling seems to be the absolute worst crime in the eyes of the public so I cannot imagine that he will remain anonymong for long. Every lunch room and water cooler in the country will have only one topic for discussion tomorrow.

WAKE UP said...

The first problem is that New Zealand doesn't actually have any comedians.

Lou Taylor said...

Very good point wake up

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

But, b, b, b, b, but what about the dickhead journo? Didn't anybody notice?

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Indeed Adolf, I see your point.
Here we have a comedian fighting to clear his name.
But suppression orders prevent his name from being revealed.
So how can his name be blackened when it is secret.
And the expression fight to clear his name does imply he is innocent of the allegeations against him.
A most unfortunate set of phrases used in the story.

Inventory2 said...

All those B's Adolf - are you trying to tell us something?

Lie Down said...

Wake up, you're wrong there. We have John Key as our bozo and comedian , do you think?

Lie Down said...

typo:

... don't you think?

WAKE UP said...

Well, Lie Down, I'll allow you a little leeway there, but only a little; being a natural bozo does not make you a comedian, it only makes you a figure of fun, which is a very different thing :)

WAKE UP said...

Oh, while we're here: drunkeness as an excuse.

Time was, you could get away with "innocent due to being drunk at the time". We have since learned that the correct plea is "GUILTY, due to being drunk at the time", as in: "there are some things I want to do when sober, but I just don't have the guts, but when I'm pissed, my true character comes out, and all bets are off".

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Why do we always assume the man did it, when we hear of kiddy-fiddling allegations? This one sounds like a pay back hit by the missus.

Barnsley Bill said...

Anonymous! Your comment reads as though it was written by the defendant.
So for the sake of clarity I suggest you go and read the comments quoted by your friends in the paper yesterday about you mistaking the child for your wife.
The article reads as though he is claiming mistaken identity brought on by a severe beating from the piss fairy.
Ironically, fairy is a term you will become excruciatingly familiar with if you are found guilty and end up as the cabaret on D wing.
I wonder if anybody will try and sneak some Tui in for you?

John Q Public said...

That was me BB, I couldn't be assed logging in. You seem to have proven my point though.