Farrar fires up against cash-for-content site ‘The Spinoff’

Yesterday left-wing columnist Hayden Donnell wrote a smear post against many people who are either members of the Free Speech Coalition or who have written in support of their actions.

He included me in his smears and, like he did with David Farrar, he misquoted me and quoted out of context. David Farrar has had enough of their smears and is now talking about taking some action against them: Quote:

Not content with their earlier smear on me (since retracted) that I was involved in sending white feathers to Auckland Councillors (the entire story was fictious – no one sent or received a white feather), the Spin Off now smears me as a racist and supporter of white supremacy.

Hayden Donnell is unhappy that the Free Speech Coalition raised $50,000 to challenge Phil Goff’s dictates about who can speak or not at an Auckland Council owned venue.

Donnell says that anyone backing the FSC must be either confused (code for hypocrisy), a racist or a free speech absolutist. End quote.

Like David Farrar, I am not a member but I do support them. As for accusations of being racist… well, consider this. I was born in Fiji, married a Lebanese, my brother married a Filipina, my sister married a Cook Islander and I have many friends, business partners and associates who are variously Fijian, Indian, Jewish, Samoan, Thai, Chinese, Maori and Filipino. I’m about as far from a racist as one can get. I’m also not an absolutist on free speech and I should know more than most that there are sometimes consequences for free speech, even when one speaks the truth about people. That is a lesson that The Spinoff may get soon too if they carry on with attacks like they’ve mounted against supporters of free speech. Quote:

Donnell ignores the fact that Chris Trotter is an FSC member, and instead smears me who not only isn’t a member, but I haven’t even donated a cent to the FSC. I didn’t even know it was being formed until after they announced it. My “crime” is I blogged in support.

Donnell has set up a fallacy so he can smear people as racists, because of course no one is a free speech absolutist. I’m not. I don’t think one should be able to say “kill the buddhists” or “go and have sex with two year olds” or “bash a Croatian”.

My view is that Government censorship of speech needs to have a very high threshold – basically inciting violence, riots etc. And Goff was acting in a Government capacity as Mayor of Auckland.

My view seems to be much the same as Idiot/Savant of No Right Turn, who of course does not get smeared by The Spin Off. End quote.

I am very similar too. Donnell mentions our post on Islam as evidence of my hypocrisy. Nothing could be further from the truth. We write about Islam to educate fools like him. We don’t want their speech curtailed, but we do want sanctions on them when they preach about killing Jews or ethnically cleansing Israel and wiping it from the map. It would appear he thinks that sort of speech should never be challenged. Quote:

Now Donnell purports to find examples of hypocrisy from me, so that readers will conclude I am a hypocrite or a racist or both. It’s a disgusting piece from him designed to smear me, and even worse is they get funded by sponsors to do their smearsincluding government agencies.

Donnell’s first example against me is:

Or the time Free Speech Coalition supporter David Farrar called for the government to take away Homebrew Crew’s grant money after they released an anti-government song, saying “They’re entitled to call [John Key] what they want, but I’d rather not have the taxpayer fund it”.

Donnell seems to be either very stupid or very malicious as he actually quotes me defending Homebrew’s right to call John Key a c**t. My only objection is having taxpayers fund it.

It is possible Donnell is so stupid that he doesn’t recognise the difference between Government censorship and funding. But I suspect he does, and he conflates the two to make his smear.

There are thousands of things I don’t want the Government to fund. But there are probably none of them that I want the Government to ban. I don’t want the Government to fund The Spin Off, but I don’t want them banned either.

Or when time Farrar wrote sympathetically about efforts to sanction Kim Dotcom for leading a “fuck John Key” chant.

Nowhere did I call for Dotcom to face legal sanction. I pointed out the left probably would, if it was someone chanting the same about Clark. I did mention the video had been complained about to the Advertising Standards Authority. This is a self-regulatory scheme that has no enforcement powers. People choose to comply or not. So no hypocrisy.

And when he wavered on whether Immigration New Zealand should deny a Visa to Odd Future on the grounds of incitement to violence.

Which if you follow the link you’ll see I actually say:

However having said all that, I don’t think the ban was the right call. I’d have them perform in NZ for those who want to listen to them

So in fact I have been entirely consistent with my views. The post by Donnell is designed to portray my as a hypocrite, a racist and a supporter of white supremacy – all because I don’t think Phil Goff should decide who gets to speak at Council owned commercial venues. End quote.

So, what can we do about a site like The Smearoff? David has an idea, and one I would gladly go along with to assist him. In just the same way the left wing tries to de-platform me and de-fund me because they don’t like what I have to say on almost any topic, I think it might be time for some push back against them and people like them. Quote:

Now as I said this is not the first time The Spin Off has smeared me. I let it go the first time, but I reluctantly conclude they are going to carry on doing so. So I am going to respond more aggressively in future. If they smear me again, I will be contacting every one of their sponsors and asking for a personal meeting to explain why I think they should not sponsor a site that repeatedly smears me. I will be happy to fly up and down New Zealand to meet them all.

I will also encourage others to do the same.

I don’t want people to do this yet. I am reluctant to take the final step. I actually enjoy much of the content on The Spin Off and have respect for some of their staff. But it is because they do a lot of good journalism, that I won’t tolerate their smear jobs on me. It doesn’t concern me at all when I get smeared on The Standard or The Daily Blog because to be honest that probably increases my reputation with most people. Hell it is almost a badge of honour to have Bradbury call you silly names.

But The Spin Off needs to decide whether they want to stand by stuff such as this final paragraph in relation to me:

Except for when they’ve done and said things that make it look like many of them do want limits on speech. Because if you don’t make an exception for those things, it can look like some of them aren’t free speech absolutists at all – and that they just want the boundaries of acceptable speech moved to include overt racism and white supremacy.

So having mentioned me more often than anyone else in the article, they imply and almost state that I am a racist who supports white supremacy speech as acceptable.

In 2006 I blogged on David Irving and said he shouldn’t have been jailed for holocaust denial. Does that mean I am a holocaust denier (despite two of my great grant parents perishing in it), or that I think holocaust denial should be acceptable? No. It just means I don’t think the state should prevent it. End quote.

I’m with David. One of the reasons that I was targeted by the left wing and criminal hackers was because I fight fire with fire. I fight the left using their own tactics. Time to bring the fight back to them I think. The Spinoff still has defamatory articles related to Colin Craig on their site. They’ve been found to be defamatory but like the Herald the other day they seem to think they are untouchable. Like David Farrar, I am sick of it. They are on notice to remove any defamatory republication of anything by Colin Craig about me, including cartoons.

I don’t have restraint like David Farrar. The Spinoff has more than enough strikes. Time to act.


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