Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind.
I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I do know is that the media speculation has been unnecessarily over the top and unhelpful.
Look at the front page of the Weekend Herald for example. Paparazzi style pictures of David Cunliffe on a beach near his home burying his head in his hands and a caption saying that it shows the ‘desolation’ of the Labour leader. I see this as a waste of time, energy and irrelevant to what we should actually be talking about.
By all means, have debates and discussions about where the party should go from here amongst people who are qualified to do so. But leave the guy alone and be respectful of his privacy.
The last thing I want to see is the New Zealand media follow even further on the path of Americanisation with regard to the obsession over public figures. Why everyone goes crazy over what goes on in the private lives of these people is beyond me.
Where Cunliffe goes to retreat is no one’s business but his own. To be the leader of the opposition who had an important decision to make already put him in a high-pressure situation. The least productive thing is to put these pictures on the front page and have the most theatrical caption on it.
But unfortunately, I’m here bracing myself for what the next few weeks will bring on everyone’s favourite newspaper.