Here are some comments that I stole from reddit about the Australian JWs responses to the ARC:
"I kid you not.. Just speaking to a worldly friend of mine here in Australia. His boss is a witness.
Anyway told my mate about the ARC report just released.
He then tells me his boss took him for coffee a few months ago. The JW elder then says to my mate I suppose you have heard about the ARC. Well I want to let you know the JW's are in the clear.
He went on to say the ARC were so impressed with the witnesses that they want other institutions to adopt their procedures.
Yep he said we got a big wrap from the ARC."
"The elders where i live in Australia told rank and file who asked about the Royal Commission into child abuse that " it had been dealt with and Jehovah's Witnesses got a good report"
This was about September 2015. ..before any final findings had been handed down by The Royal Commission."
"Some of my JW acquaintances said it never happened. That it's all a elaborate ruse put out by apostates. Including the website of the ARC."
LTPF: Then what about when the media says good things about JW's, then of course it must be the truth?
Of course it is. Those news pieces are just fluff. The Watchtower has been doing press releases for decades. It is their favorite way to get into newspapers.
My dad used to be the one who would take the Watchtower's "news" article about the circuit assembly that had arrived in the mail from 'the society', make a few small changes to it (so it wasn't exactly the same as all the other assembly "news" items that the JWs would release about their assembly) and then set up a meeting with the newspaper to give them his "press release" and talk to the editor. The article always ran exactly as my dad had submitted it.
Of course those "good" pieces are the truth - they come from The Truth, after all.