You’ve just got to wonder how much quality control $1.2 billion actually buys.
Fresh from reporting that Australian naval personnel were torturing alleged asylum seekers and broadcasting a photoshopped picture of Chris Kenny molesting a dog (not to mention sacking Glenn Milne as part of a political cover-up) the ABC has broadcast pure fabrication.
MARCIA LANGTON: Well, this Bolt case is being depicted now as if it were a matter of high politics. In my opinion, the articles that Bolt wrote about several Aboriginal people were far from the subject of politics and simply abusive. Now, just to take one instance, there was a young woman who was the victim of his abuse and she is now a world renowned immunologist, Dr Misty Jenkins. Now, she is very fair-skinned, like my children, and I’ve known her since she was a young science student at the University of Melbourne. She later went on to do a PhD under Professor Peter Doherty. Then she went to Oxford and Cambridge and she has worked hard all of her life and she is a dedicated scientist. Has never particularly benefitted from her identity as an Aboriginal person. She has more than earned her way in life on the merits of her work and yet she was the victim of foul abuse from Bolt and she, as a result of that case, withdrew from public life. She used to speak to students. Now, nothing that he said about her was political. It was simply racial abuse. He argued that she had no right to claim that she was Aboriginal and, like most fools who put this argument in public, we are expected to deny our parents and our grandparents because somebody believes in race theories.
How do we know it is a pure fabrication?
Page four has a feature on Dr Misty Jenkins, a blonde and pale science PhD who calls herself Aboriginal and enthuses: “I was able to watch the coverage of Kevin Rudd’s (sorry) speech with tears rolling down my cheeks . . . Recognition of the atrocities caused by Australian government policies was well overdue.”
The Australian’s Cut & Paste continues:
Women in Science Fellowships, August 12, 2013:
MISTY … Jenkins serves as a motivational speaker to students, especially young women, at schools and universities.
Jenkins, Engaging Women, September 1, 2013:
I DO a lot of work with high school students and indigenous students … I encourage them to stay at school.
Australian Science Communicators Conference, February 2-5 this year:
IN addition to her successful research career, Misty is a passionate and engaging public speaker …
A quick search of the Eatock v Bolt judgement (pdf) finds no mention of Dr Jenkins.
Marcia Langton has defamed Andrew Bolt. Now he is of the opinion that defamation is a restriction on free speech – so he won’t sue. The consequence being that he will always be vilified as a racist. Not only is it a cheap shot for the Left, it is a free shot.
I suspect the ABC won’t issue a correction or even mark in the transcript that the facts of Langton’s statement are in dispute (they have done that only once, that I’m aware of, when John Roskam quoted Phil Jones as claiming that there was no statistically significant warming since 1995).