Following Paul's Henry's infantile outburst this week, I didn't think the media could possibly irk me any further. I was wrong.
Today's Sunday Star Times reported that Kristin Dunne-Powell, whose back was broken in a vicious assault by her ex-partner Tony Veitch, is moving overseas. No surprises there: Dunne-Powell's life in NZ has become all but untenable. Her boss is quoted is saying it would be very hard for her to continue in her job. Veitch, incapable of admitting that his actions were simply and utterly wrong, has insinuated that Dunne-Powell was 'asking for it' by irritating him - and the media have cheerfully lapped up this apologist bullshit.
Today's article reported that, if and when Veitch comes to trial, Dunne-Powell will be flown back to New Zealand at the taxpayers' expense. To which I answer, so f*cking what? The woman was a victim of a serious assault which broke her back - should she have to personally meet the costs of the justice process in a country where she can no longer even live? The mere idea of treating a victim of crime this way is repugnant (and yet I don't see Garth McVicar up in arms about it - funny, that.).
The Sunday Star Times has published this with one intention: to generate ill-will against Dunne-Powell. If Veitch had shattered the spine of someone else - a relative, a colleague, a stranger - would the media try to undermine his victim? Of course not - because that would be a real assault, unlike 'lashing out' at your ex-girlfriend.