When AUT media studies lecturer Martin Hirst labelled me a “neo-nazi goon” I was aghast that a man in his position could be so irresponsible.
Over the weekend I’ve mulled it over and reached a conclusion.
If I do not challenge this untruth, it will circulate around the blogosphere and may be used against me at some time in the future.
Worse, it could be used to slander other libertarians, anti-communists or ACT Party members.
Therefore I have a responsibility to take Dr Hirst to task over his untrue accusation against me.
Though I have considerable political differences with Dr Hirst, I will treat him as the gentleman he no doubt is.
My profile of Dr Hirst probably came as a bit of a shock, causing him to write in haste, something he may now regret.
As a first step I have therefore decided to email Dr Hirst asking for a retraction of the offending “neo-nazi” phrase, its deletion from his blog and an apology to me posted in its place.
I will then post that apology on my blog, so that the untruth of Dr Hirst’s accusation will be apparent to all.
I will keep readers updated as to progress.