After she was crushed by Professor Jordan Peterson in a TV debate, Channel 4’s Cathy Newman claimed to be the victim of a violent online hate campaign, yet a study of tweets proves that it was in fact Peterson who received more violent threats as a result of the controversy.
As we highlighted last week, Newman expected to be able to derail Peterson by trotting out the usual “sexist” and “misogynist” cliches, but she was hit with a relentless barrage of common sense and razor sharp logic from Peterson that literally left her speechless at one point.
The most amusing part of the exchange came when Peterson demolished Newman’s claim that the rights of transgender people to not be offended was more important than Peterson’s free speech, leaving her stammering on air and incoherently grasping for words.
— Derrick Blackman (@Some_BlackGuy) January 17, 2018
This almost immediately led to a contrived backlash that has become all to familiar for those on the left who cannot defend their arguments.
Newman began playing the victim before Channel 4 announced it had hired security specialists in response to a torrent of “vicious” comments and “misogynistic” threats aimed at Newman.
“Such is the scale of threat we are having to get security specialists in to carry out an analysis,” tweeted Channel 4 editor Ben de Pear. “I will not hesitate to get the police involved if necessary. What a terrible indictment of the times we live in.”
However, the only evidence of such threats appeared to be people on social media calling Newman a “bitch” and an “idiot”.
A subsequent investigation of tweets aimed at both Peterson and Newman following the debate found that Peterson received 30 times more abuse than Newman.
According to the data, just two tweets that could be construed at violent were aimed at Newman, while eight violent tweets were aimed at Peterson and his supporters.
In addition, Newman received zero threats of sexist violence compared to 55 threats of sexist violence aimed at Peterson.
The study was conducted by searching for tweets which included words like “kill,” “die,” “murder,” “hit,” “smack” and “rape”. While the analysis clearly isn’t comprehensive, it strongly suggests that Peterson received more violent threats than Newman, demolishing her whole victim narrative.
The most retweeted and liked tweet came from feminist Kate Bevan, whose account is verified by Twitter. She expressed her surprise that Newman didn’t “punch” Peterson, and then tweeted, “I would have punched him”.
Another user called for Peterson’s supporters to “die in a fire”.
This once again proves that while the left screams “harassment” and “abuse” when they’re losing the political argument, they are in fact the most vicious and hateful abusers.
Peterson himself responded to the controversy in a video posted earlier today, pointing out that there was no evidence of a widespread violent hate campaign targeting Newman and that this appeared to be a contrived excuse to distract from the fact that she got trounced in the debate.
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