Update

Herald Sun interviews Paul Elam

All the hoopla that a few pieces of paper has caused in the Australian media continues to grow. Last night I was contacted by Stephen Drill of the Herald Sun. Stephen is clearly a seasoned member of the mainstream media, as is evidenced by the email exchanges I had with him which included questions with a degree of incisiveness that could only come from a seasoned mainstream reporter.

Since we didn’t set any terms on where the interview would actually appear, I figured it was best to bring it to you here, in its entirety, complete with the email exchanges to give you some background on how the interview developed.

First contact:

Name: Stephen Drill

Email: drills@heraldsun.com.au

Message: Hi Paul,

I am a reporter from the Herald Sun and I am doing a story on your website. Can you give me a call on  0432 201 139 or respond to the following questions via email.

1. Why did you set up this website?

2. Are you surprised that women have found the website offensive?

I would also like to get a photograph of you today for the story we are running in tomorrow’s paper.

Please give me a call.

Regards

Stephen Drill

drills@heraldsun.com.au

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My response:

That’s it, Stephen? That’s your entire line of questioning? Well, I suppose I should be grateful that you are clear up front that this isn’t really journalism as much as a fishing trip for whatever it is you have already decided to cook up.

But tell you what, I will answer your questions anyway. I’ll even send you a pic.

“Question” one:

My answer, of course, is available on the website:

http://www.avoiceformen.com/activism-page/paul-elam/

“Question” two:

Ask one of the many women who support the site financially, contribute some of our best articles and host our online radio programs.

Kind regards, and feel free to make contact again if you are ever serious about reporting on what we are doing.

Paul Elam

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Apparently, Mr. Drill had more than two questions after all. He sent the following in response:

Hi Paul,

Thanks for replying. Can you send me your number? I would [like] to interview you about this issue.

Regards

Stephen

Which was immediately followed by another email:

Also, do you have a number for [name withheld]? He’s been putting up the posters in Melbourne and I would like to have a chat to him.

Regards

Stephen

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My reply:

Sorry, I have to pass on both. I don’t have [name withheld] phone number, and Air Force One is on television right now. I have seen it four times but it is a really good movie.

Maybe next time.

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Stephen replies a last time:

Hi Paul,

That’s having it both ways, you are criticising me for not asking enough questions and then refusing to call me to do an interview.

How about replying to these questions.

Did you encourage Frank [name withheld] to put up the posters at Monash University?

How many women do you have as paid supporters of your website?

Do you agree with the statement in one of the articles on the website, which says Should I be called to sit on a jury for a rape trial, I vow publicly to vote not guilty, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the charges are true.’?

Do women have an unfair advantage in the legal system?

Do you hate women?

Are you single? Have you been divorced and been refused access to your children?

Regards

Stephen Drill

Herald Sun

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Now see? I told you he was a sharpie. He really nailed me on the number of questions thing. Well, I suppose if he could have made one of his first two questions anything other than myopic and transparent attempts at a setup, I would have likely warmed up a little more. But he does have a bit of a point, so I have decided follow through with the interview here at AVfM, for the entertainment of our readers, with thanks to Stephen for his time and effort.

Did you encourage [name withheld] to put up the posters at Monash University?

Yes, I encourage thousands of people every day through articles on this website to put up posters. In fact, I encourage you right now to go to our “posters” page and download some so you can put them up where you work. Of course, the fact that you are an adult with free will may put somewhat of a kink in my plans to get you to do it.

And a side note to those of you here for the first time. Please feel free to print out posters from the poster page above and post them around the nearest college or university.

How many women do you have as paid supporters of your website?

I don’t have to pay them anything to support my website. They all do it for free.

Do you agree with the statement in one of the articles on the website, which says Should I be called to sit on a jury for a rape trial, I vow publicly to vote not guilty, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the charges are true.’?

You mean the article with my name on the byline? Well, yes, Stephen, I pretty much agree with everything I write. Do you even remember a time when you could say the same?

(oh, and for readers confused by Drill’s reductionist fishing trip, here is the article. It will give you the context that Mr. Drill would prefer you not see.)

Do women have an unfair advantage in the legal system?

Only when they are in court for anything.

Do you hate women?

Do you molest children? Oh, hell, sorry Stephen. I really should not have asked you that kind of inflammatory question without prefacing it with at least a tiny bit of evidence. Not very professional of me, I’m afraid. Good thing I am not a reporter for a mainstream outlet, eh?

Are you single? Have you been divorced and been refused access to your children?

With the same partner for 10 years. Oh, and for follow up on your earlier question, I just asked her if she thought I hated her. She said, and I quote, “I don’t think so.” The same seems to be true for the three different radio hosts on AVfM shows who are female, as well as the female writers here and site supporters. None of them think I hate them either, as far as I know.

As to divorce, yes. I hear tell it has happened to other men who don’t hate women. I have never been refused access to a child, and since the internet, the truth is also very much accessible.

About Paul Elam

Paul Elam is the founder and publisher of A Voice for Men, the founder of A Voice for Men Radio, the AVfM YouTube Channel, and appears weekly on AVFM Intelligence Report, Going Mental with Dr. Tara Palmatier and monthly on MANstream Media with Warren Farrell and Tom Golden.

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