Go and make yourself a cup of tea, then listen to this; it's a chat this morning between Paul Holmes and long-time Fair Go presenter Kevin Milne:
Kevin Milne's comments towards the media are damning; he said that the secret recording was a "gross breach of privacy" and that it makes him "embarrassed to have once been in the same line of work" . He also expressed surprise that discussion about the contents of the conversation had taken precedence over how it was obtained, expressing a view based on his years in television that the cameraman must have known that sound was being recorded.
Milne joins the chorus of media condemning the role of their brethren media. He believes that the media people involved have completely misread the mood of the public and its desire to know details of a private conversation, and we wholeheartedly agree.
We now await the publication of tomorrow's Herald on Sunday; it was after all the HoS that broke this "story" in the first place. It will be interesting to see whether they release a transcript of the tape, or whether Bryce Johns and his team pause, reflect and concede that their initial enthusiasm to nail John Key and John Banks was misplaced.
John Key has stared the media down. Who will blink first?