Chris Mitchell’s spokesperson says:
Editor in chief Editor In Chief of The Australian newspaper Chris Mitchell has invited Canberra academic Julie Posetti to visit the offices of The Australian newspaper to observe news conference, and see operations for herself.
Mitchell’s offer is contained in a legal letter send to Posetti yesterday, as part of the defamation proceedings that have become known as #twitdef.
Mitchell also seeks a written apology, denying allegations that he had ever “conducted himself in a manner that was coercive, debilitating, excruciating or tortuous.”
Mitchell continues to deny allegations that weren’t, in fact, made. Wahlquist did not say that Mitchell had tortured her. If you listen to the audio, you’ll find that Wahlquist said that writing about climate change at The Australian was “torture” because Mitchell saw it as a political rather than a scientific issue. That is demonstrably true. On The Australian‘s web site, stories about climate science aren’t placed with other stories about science under “Health & Science”, but grouped with political stories under “National Affairs”.
Wahlquist did not say that Mitchell stood behind her and dictated stories to her, but if she mentioned the relationship between climate change and the drought, editors would often remove that from her stories. This obviously wasn’t done for any scientific reason since those editors have no qualifcations to even judge it, but for political reasons.
You can read the letter here.
See also Stilgherrian: Note to The Australian: Twitter is not a newspaper
Update: More comment from Mitchell:
Mitchell responded: “I am amazed to see Richard finally stand up for a journalistic right. For decades he has supported every half-baked lawyerly argument against journalistic professional privilege. Now he supports the right of a Tweeter to tell blatant lies easily proven as such. Only at the (Sydney Morning) Herald, the spiritual home of all twits.”
Imagine if this guy was your boss! It would, dare I say, be excruciating.