After years of attacking women in his columns, Mark Latham has finally parted ways with the Australian Financial Review.
The Australian Financial Review has this afternoon announced that Mark Latham has “resigned as a regular columnist” after what the Review describes as “controversy over his views on feminism and other social issues.”
A statement on the Financial Review’s website, describes Latham’s recent columns as being written “from a self-styled western Sydney perspective.”
Women who have been attacked by Latham in his columns have described his writing as offensive, misleading and defamatory, the reviews describe the themes of his columns as “sharp critique of feminism, the medicalisation of mental illness and domestic violence.”
The Financial Review acknowledges that Latham has been critical of “two Australians of the Year Rosie Batty and Adam Goodes” – but does not mention the working women he has derided as not loving their children or criticised for medicating their anxiety.
No reference was made in the statement to the offensive tweets that have been linked to Mark Latham in which he said derogatory things to Rosie Batty, Lieutenant Catherine McGregor and other women.
Previously, Mia Freedman wrote…
Just when you thought there were no lines left for Mark Latham to cross, he sinks lower.
Buzzfeed journalist Mark di Stefano published a post on Friday that did some forensic work on the @RealMarkLatham twitter account that many of us have been quietly watching with increasing horror for months now.
While the columns Mark Latham is paid to write by the Australian Financial Review have continued to showcase his abhorrent views about women, about mental illness, about working mothers and about Australian Of The Year Rosie Batty, the Twitter account, @RealMarkLatham, that Latham appears to author sinks so far beneath the gutter as to be almost impossible to see from the earth’s surface.
Tweets like this about Rosie who Latham has obsessively accused in his columns of “commercialising” the murder of her son Luke by talking about it in public:
And when Rosie defends herself against his abhorrent attack, Latham appears to double down:
He then mocked Rosie Batty about her choice in men, referring to the fact that the father of her son Luke was also his killer.
And then finally, after abusing Rosie Batty on print and apparently online, Latham then demanded an apology FROM Rosie Batty:
Then there were these astonishingly vile tweets about transgender former Defence force Lieutenant Catherine McGregor:
And when McGregor challenged him, he came out swinging yet again:
Catherine McGregor his since left Twitter and, like Rosie Batty and every other woman Latham has attacked in print on radio and online, is said to be distressed by the abuse.
Apart from women, Latham’s other target is mental illness. He doesn’t believe it exists. Earlier this month he had this to say to Jeff Kennett who heads up mental health charity, Beyond Blue: