Christian Porter denied raping Katharine Thornton at a press conference on Wednesday (3-3-21) but all he did was lie, lie and tell more lies and the only inference that could be drawn is that he did rape Ms Thornton and he was trying to conceal it which I regard as a confession. The biggest lie being about journalists failing to put questions to him before publishing which the media were able to readily confirm was a lie, but Porter had done a runner by then. It was also a lie he had previous form on the board for telling and for which he had also previously been exposed by the media.
I had an open mind about Porter’s guilt or innocence before the press conference, but I watched his whole statement and the media questions that followed, and it became obvious very quickly he was guilty and lying like no tomorrow to try and conceal it. I recorded the below video in which Christian Porter speaks at the press conference and then I commented on it pointing out his lies and strategy etc.
This article is a follow-up to my last article “Attorney-General Christian Porter alleged to have raped 16-yr-old Katharine Thornton in 1988”. (Click here to read)
The purpose of the media conference on Wednesday (3/3/21) was to deny the allegation of rape and to do it in a manner that was credible, but Porter lost all credibility once he started telling blatant lies. Porter was not facing a criminal trial at the press conference so it is not a situation where Porter had to put forward a defence that showed he was innocent of rape. All Porter had to do was come across as credible with his defence of the rape allegation, but he failed badly to do that and on that basis, he has to go as Attorney-General.
Porter started off “saying he had not been presented with the specific allegations that were made against him.”
“Something that I am just personally struggling to even wrap my head around is that all of this has happened and I have never been contacted in any substantive form by anyone putting to me the details of what appears is now being alleged against me,” Porter said.
His comments echoed those he made last year after the broadcast of the ABC’s Four Corners report Inside the Canberra Bubble, which alleged inappropriate conduct by Porter and an affair by the now education minister Alan Tudge.
“No one put anything in any detail to me seeking a response,” Porter said on Wednesday. “None of the senior politicians or ex-politicians that have known about these allegations and rumours put them to me. No journalist has put the detail of the allegations to me in a way that would allow seeking a response, not ever. All I know about the allegations is what I have read in the media.”
But “Reporters from multiple organisations say they called or emailed the attorney general’s office many times and were ignored” (Click here to read more)
Porter was clearly telling a lie as I also emailed Porter’s office with detailed questions about the alleged rape on Monday (1/3/21) and published an article on Tuesday (2/3/21) titled “Attorney-General Christian Porter alleged to have raped 16-yr-old Katharine Thornton in 1988” with the email in the article and then Porter had his press conference on the 3/3/21 so he knew he was lying.
Porter’s lies about the media were designed for the TV audience watching his press conference on Wednesday who would not have known that for days Porter was refusing to answer media questions which are the actions of someone who has something to hide. And given Porter told the same lies last year when the ABC ran the Canberra Bubble story, which exposed Porter having a sexual relationship with a junior staffer etc, it says that it is a deliberate strategy to lie about the media failing to give him an opportunity to respond, not some mistake. And that deliberate strategy of lying points to guilt.
I detail some of the other lies in the below video and you can hear directly from Christian Porter at Wednesday’s press conference.
It was the worst press conference that I have ever seen where someone is trying to deny a crime, but Porter was not there to convince everyone he was innocent. Porter knew that he had certain journalists in his hip pocket who would defend him such as Nine’s political reporter Chris Uhlmann who called social media users sewer rats in his defence of Porter and Australian Financial Review political editor Phillip Coorey who “compared the controversy over Mr Porter to the nationwide debate about Lindy Chamberlain’s conviction for the murder of her daughter, Azaria.” (Click here to read more)
Christian Porter also knew he could rely on his good friend Peter Van Onselen to run cover for him as well. Mr Van Onselen, who works for Channel 10 and Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian was on ABC Radio the next morning pushing propaganda for his old University mate. (Click here to listen) Van Onselen does some great work on Channel 10 but when the Murdoch phone rings Van Onselen always picks up.
Christian Porter has taken 2 weeks leave and if he’s smart, he won’t come back although given the government only has a one-seat majority he would be under huge pressure to return. Either way, his political career is over.
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