Hate to sound like Garth George, but we really can’t get too excited about the latest turn in the endless Tony Veitch saga. The broadcaster did something wrong. He’s paid and paid and paid for it. Too many of his erstwhile employer’s media rivals have been dining out on the story for way too long.
If those in the news business still shedding crocodile tears over the assault that Veitch has now admitted to really cared about what sometimes happens to women in ill-chosen relationships, there are infinitely more serious gender-related matters in the world to be sorrowing over right now.
And no, we respectfully disagree with the wit at TV3 who wrote that the case has “gripped” New Zealand for the past year. At least if by New Zealand one means any jurisdiction outside of Wadestown and Ponsonby.
As pointed out here nearly a year ago, there does remain something troubling about a scenario in which one broadcaster’s history of domestic violence gets endlessly dissected while that involving another celebrity television presenter — former Maori Party candidate Derek Fox — essentially received a free media pass and has now been politely forgotten.
On the other hand, Veitch himself would probably be doing everyone a favour, not least himself, by abandoning his threats of legal action against some of the various media that have diminished his reputation since the story first broke. As with almost everything else about this sad, unfortunate and ultimately irrelevant affair, that’s not okay.