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SOLO-NZ Press Release: Perigo on Veitch
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2008-07-11 09:09
Tony Veitch is one of the few broadcasters I rate.
In media now swamped by illiterate airheads, he is intelligent, articulate, knowledgeable in his field, funny, spontaneous, telegenic, charismatic; he speaks clearly (if frenetically) ... and radiates an infectious pleasure in his work. A short man he may be, but he is an exceptionally tall tall poppy.
I have watched and enjoyed him for years and thought, it's no surprise that he's not celebrated; he's too good to be celebrated by crimped, mediocrity-worshipping, talent-resenting Kiwis.
It turns out that two years ago Tony handed them a weapon with which they're now cutting him down. He did something vile and inexcusable.
Not nearly as vile and inexcusable as they, though.
For make no mistake: the crazed mobs baying for his blood and bowels couldn't care less about his assault on his ex-partner. It's not that that has made them rabid. It's his exceptional talent for which they seek to hang, draw and quarter him.
They are far lower than Veitch—as is the Dominion Post that caters to them, that published the story notwithstanding the private deal struck by Veitch and his victim. Veitch's violence was an appalling but unpremeditated one-off, as far as we know, for which he made recompense and strove to atone. The Dominion Post's behaviour is systemic, deliberate, unapologetic ... and something they have every intention of carrying right on with: invading privacy, sensationalising personal tragedies and cashing in on the frailties of anyone who has the temerity to show signs of greatness and stand out from the mob. Their orgy of sanctimony over the Veitch affair is reminiscent of nothing so much as one of the facile mob-pleasing campaigns run by Gail Wynand's Banner in The Fountainhead. The same Dominion Post that demands Veitch's sacking and piously intones that "having Veitch in living rooms nightly and fronting its Olympics team is unacceptable" is the same Dominion Post that is running a poll on its website gleefully, breathlessly asking: "What do you think of Madonna's plan to film a nude bondage scene with Britney Spears for her upcoming world tour?" (And incidentally, it's the same Dominion Post that supports the routine violence by our current government against innocent, productive citizens.)
The Dominion Post is nothing but a tawdry tabloid, staffed by voyeuristic maggots posturing as saints and presuming to judge others infinitely nobler than they.
Any celebrity who sins in any way nowadays is required ritualistically and tearfully to apologise on television for his very existence, his failure as a "role model" ... and so on and so forth, ad nauseam, from the Handbook of Political Correctness. Tony Veitch duly went through the motions the other night. His contrition over his offence was more than that, though—it was clearly genuine. And fair enough too. But there was no need for him to apologise to "the New Zealand public." It's the New Zealand public who should be apologising to him.
Lindsay Perigo 021 255 8715
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