AFR hit job on Samantha Maiden backfires spectacularly | Weekly Beast

AFR hit job on Samantha Maiden backfires spectacularly | Weekly Beast

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Journalists rally in support of news.com.au political editor. Plus: Michael Stutchbury defends Aaron Patrick’s ‘reasonable’ article

When the Australian Financial Review and senior reporter Aaron Patrick set their sights on Samantha Maiden for what is known in journalism as a “hit job”, one could have been excused for expecting it would do the seasoned reporter some damage. Dig up her work history, delve into her childhood, fling around words like “challenging”, “spiky” and “difficult” and the reporter who revealed allegations that Brittany Higgins had been raped in Parliament House might be cowed.

What the editor-in-chief, Michael Stutchbury, and Patrick didn’t foresee was that what many believed amounted to the bullying of a top female journalist, who has led the coverage of harassment and sexual violence against women in politics, would backfire so spectacularly.

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