Kate Hannah is the boss of ‘The Disinformation Project’.
According to its website, The Disinformation Project (TDP) ‘produces high-quality research into the seed and spread of misinformation and disinformation in Aotearoa New Zealand.’
Although the TDP website does not state its sources of funding, it was ‘brought together’ by Te Punaha Matatini, itself ‘a centre of Research Excellence hosted by the University of Auckland’, and funded in part by the state.
Some Pro-Freedom groups accuse TDP’s research on ‘disinformation’ in New Zealand of being based on bias and disinformation, which the government in turn use to enforce policies which decrease social cohesion.
In a video uploaded to YouTube today, Baker shows how she attended an event in which Hannah was speaking. The two engaged in a short discussion, but when it came time for Baker’s colleague (a scientist) to ask a question about Hannah’s research, Hannah promptly shut down conversation and left the stage.
‘Then she’s [Hannah] is saying that we need to have korero, talk together and unite. She’s absolutely right but how do we do that when you won’t have a conversation? How do you do that when you just run away the minute you get an opportunity to talk to someone that you’ve said publicly, and that you’ve talked about publicly, that you won’t have a conversation with one-on-one. You shut down questions, you don’t answer questions, then you run away, and then you’re surprised that New Zealand is becoming further polarised? Really?
‘You are instigating this, and you are pushing it further and further, and every time you do a TV appearance, and every time you try and tell people they’re worthless, or they don’t mean as much, or they’re monsters (according to the new Stuff documentary). These words are powerful, and people won’t forget them, and they won’t forget the division that people like you have caused because you refuse to have conversations with people you disagree with. You refuse to take questions on the science behind your research…
‘We cannot move our country, and unite our country if we cannot bring groups with opposing views together to talk. That should be what your focus is. If you want to reunite New Zealanders, if you want to stop people being polarised, if you want to stop people spreading into extremist groups, give them a place where they feel like they are heard.
‘Our government has not done this, and Kate Hannah you have not done this. My question to you is why? What are you so afraid of from this group of people or from me?’
Following last week’s state-funded hitpiece ‘Fire and Fury’ by legacy mainstream media outfit Stuff, Baker also put out a challenge to lead reporter Paula Penfold to make an appearance on Baker’s podcast for a debate.