Jacqueline Maley owes Ayaan Hirsi Ali and SMH readers an apology

Jacqueline Maley owes Ayaan Hirsi Ali and SMH readers an apology, by James Doogue.

Will we ever see an apology from Jacqueline Maley, a ‘Senior Journalist’ at the Sydney Morning Herald, for sloppily using the Southern Policy Law Centre to support her defamation of Ayaan Hirsi Ali?

The SPLC, when it started in the 1970s, did great work. According to Marc Thiessen in The Washington Post, ‘filing civil rights lawsuits against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. But it has become a caricature of itself, labeling virtually anyone who does not fall in line with its left-wing ideology an “extremist” or “hate group.”’

Maley, as a senior journalist, would have known this — or at least should have known this. At best, using Hirsi Ali’s listing under the SPLC’s “Field Guide to Anti-Islam Extremists” was sloppy journalism. At worst, it was deliberate attempt to falsely discredit Hirsi Ali, and potentially put her life in further danger.

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