Well surprise, surprise, National Party blogger David Farrar has joined in the disgraceful right-wing smear campaign currently being conducted against AUT’s curriculum leader for journalism, Dr Martin Hirst.
You’ll have to forgive me if I find this all a little ironic given Farrar’s carefully scripted outrage just this morning over Labour’s supposed smears against John Key.
You see, Dr Hirst is a socialist, and in the stunted minds of Mr Farrar and his permanently aggrieved commenters this kind of unorthodoxy is tantamount to thoughtcrime. The calls for him to be sacked from his post have started already.
This reveals a lot about David Farrar. What are we to make of a man who will fight like a cornered rat to defend the ‘freedom’ of National Party backers like the Exclusive Brethren and the Kyoto Forestry Association to buy an election, while at the same time signing up to a vicious smear campaign aimed at getting a university lecturer sacked from his job for holding unorthodox views?
Oddly enough, AUT doesn’t appear to see Dr Hirst’s political views as grounds to disqualify him from teaching. Last time I checked this country still valued a little thing called academic freedom, even if does take the fun out of Farrar’s witch hunts.
Which is interesting, given the unacknowledged source of Farrar’s smear is Trevor Loudon, a deranged McCarthyist who spends his spare time ‘exposing’ small time left-wing activists and fretting about the imminent ressurection of the Soviet Union.
As much as Farrar tries to distance himself from the more toxic right wing bloggers and present himself as a moderate, it seems he’s not all that different himself. Perhaps he’s just better at hiding it?