The gleeful crows are circling, hoping to feast on the carcass of the mighty Alan Jones. He’s survived many similar attacks so, hopefully, he’ll get through this latest round. But it’s clear that today’s leftist activists are more powerful and persistent than they have ever been, with not only the Twittersphere but much of mainstream media cheering on every attempt to take their enemies down.
I should know. I’ve just been through my own rough patch. Twitter has been alive with vile comments about me and even The ABC’s 7.30 Report had a go recently – all thanks to the work of a very active feminist journalist who has been conducting a vicious campaign against me for many years.
It’s my campus tour that is inciting her venom – hardly surprising since she’s involved in one of the key organisations promoting the fake rape crisis. They played a significant role in prompting the Human Rights Commission’s survey on sexual assault and harassment. Then, when that proved a fizzer, her lobby group bullied universities into taking all sorts of measures to tackle ‘sexual violence’, including sexual consent courses, helplines and most alarming of all – new regulations to adjudicate rape on campuses using lower standards of proof to ensure more convictions.
Amazingly, they are now succeeding in persuading the universities to do new surveys, trying to cook the results more to their satisfaction.
In the past two years, the activist has published nine articles which attack me or include material designed to damage my professional reputation – plus there was a Sixty Minutes programme, a recent ABC 7.30 Report and numerous other newspaper reports based on the damaging material she has been promoting.
Last year she linked the rape and murder of the La Trobe student Aya Maarsarwe to my campus tour in an article in The Saturday Paper. I posted a detailed analysis of the many inaccuracies in that article on my Facebook page and encouraged my readers to report her to the Press Council.
Clearly, my loyal followers did their homework, no doubt annoying the activist mightily, who then enlisted a female law firm to send me a letter threatening defamation action over that Facebook post. This petered out following a letter from the formidable Brisbane QC Tony Morris, who is well-known for successfully defending the QUT students in the indigenous computer lab scandal.
Morris wrote to her lawyers saying we did not wish to discourage her from commencing legal proceedings. “Ms Arndt cannot conceive of a better way to ventilate the issues about which she is passionate, than at a trial where the focus of the tribunal of fact will be as to your client’s honesty, integrity and professionalism as a journalist.” I’ve posted Morris’s entertaining response to the legal letter on my website.
Yet most of my adversary’s attacks relate to a YouTube video I made with Nico Bester, a Tasmanian teacher who went to prison for having a sexual relationship with one of his students. I decided to interview Bester after a judge spoke out against vigilante justice when feminist activists were targeting him following his release from prison, trying to stop him studying for a PhD at the University of Tasmania. In that interview I condemned Bester’s criminal actions, we discussed the seriousness of his crime and agreed his prison sentence was absolutely appropriate.
The journalist is persistently using carefully selected edits from that video, taking comments out of context to suggest I’m a paederast apologist. I published a blog in which I explained all this following the ferocious 60 Minutes attack on me last year, where the activist launched her “Let Her Speak” campaign to allow Bester’s victim to speak about what happened. Tasmania has now changed its laws to allow sexual abuse victims to go public – which has enabled my adversary to launch a new wave of attacks on me as part of the victim’s new version of events involving Bester, which differ significantly from the evidence presented in the criminal trial.
Apart from all this, there have also been two complaints in the last six months to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission claiming I am misrepresenting my professional qualifications. Both times the Commission dismissed the complaint.
It’s obvious that people are gunning for me. My next campus talk is in September at UNSW and social media chat from feminist groups reveal the campus rape scare campaigners have “confidential damning information” on me which they plan to release prior to the event.
I’ve decided to go public with details of this malicious campaign against me and encourage people to make complaints to the Press Council about the action of publishers in aiding in this campaign by failing to acknowledge the journalist’s obvious interest in discrediting me. Please contact me for details. Even though these complaints may not lead to any real outcome, they are mighty irritating and expensive for publishers and journalists to deal with and hence may encourage these organisations to acknowledge this conflict of interest in future publications and programmes.
The consolation for all this drama is the knowledge that my campus tour has succeeded in making waves, drawing attention to the clear fact that our campuses are very safe places for most young women. It promoted a campus free speech enquiry which dragged our universities reluctantly into making the right noises about voluntary free speech codes. And even forced Sydney University into enforcing its own codes of conduct, suspending the key organiser of the protest against me.
No wonder my nemesis is showing signs of desperation, working overtime to try to discredit me. But my campus battle has hardly begun. Watch this space.
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