Well, in Trotter's defence, not everyone is as familiar with the way blogging is understood to work as a platform. If he's thinking of it not as a whitewash but simply no longer distributing a particular (internet) publication, then what he's doing makes a manner of sense.
Most writers don't display their drafts, notebooks etc - why should something on a blog be treated differently?
Well, once you've blogged something, it's published. Anyone can read a blog. If you want a private blog, you can restrict login, but short of that your thoughts are now public property.
I do feel some sympathy for him; I've changed my mind on various issues over time, sometimes a few weeks or days later, on the basis of new information or just thinking it over more.
But when that happens, and you've published the former opinion, the only thing to do is admit you've changed your mind, and say why. I respect that, and I suspect most right-thinking people would too. Pretending you never had the previous opinion is just lame.
some people with dpression build up an excelent ability to mask and lie.
Totally agree. It's my experience that a decent number of those dealing with depression find life easier if they can deal with their depression in private, and not have it make the rest of their life any more complicated.
Wouldn't it be wonderful, if tomorrow, or Monday, or this week, the nation focussed again on ending violence among people we know? And pledging not to let it happen?
Some contemplation would be nice. Instead of the reactionary thoughtlessness that spreads across the nation.
I withdraw the last part of the above statement. I can't claim to know the why or what. I do wish that someone would show some sense, however.
Oh shit, Phillip. Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but does any editor in this country actually exercise editorial judgementany more?
He's a poor human being, but still a human being, and speculating over whether he really mean to kill himself, or sneering because he failed to do a good job of it is not classy.
Absolutely. I don't want to speculate on anyone's mental state, only to hope that they're getting the help they need.
There is a huge difference between that and using leaked 'suicide attempts' as a PR strategy to make it look like the other is a vindictive person who has destroyed the life of the other - if that was to be the case I would have no sympathy.
His representatives, who phone TV3 with the news just in time to make it breaking news at the top of the 6pm bulletin and just when the Sunday papers are thinking about their front pages.
God, if that is true, the man should burn in hell.
Sadly, if I suspect if the injury was less obvious than a broken back, the smears and supporters would have even more bite.
Imagine if that information was somehow "leaked" to the Sunday papers, in the most unflattering way possible.
I wonder if the papers are going to act as his PR machines, given the reaction so far.
After seeing that a man got 180 hours for stealing cheese, I decide to have a look (site:.nz "300 hours" "community service") what others did to get the same sentence.
Stealing a pre-production copy of Sione's Wedding (note, Robbery, this is not an invitation to talk about copyright)
These are the kinds of things that normally attract 300 hours of community service.