What’s with all the Andrew Bolt?

8 Apr

The promotion of Bolt is the promotion of fear and ignorance over questioning and discernment. This is a technique long employed by the right in politics, and never to such an extreme or at the base level as is currently used in Australia since Tony Abbott became leader of the Liberals, by one vote, in 2007. It is never more evident that in the manner of government, which is as a campaigning opposition. This allows them to do what they do as government largely untested and unaccountably, keeps the focus on the true opposition, the faults and fractures and failures, whether true or not. The success of this method is obvious just by looking at what the mainstream media report. The bulk of their focus is on the opposition, far more than on the government. The questioning of either is also evidence of the Government’s technique: the first is questioned, and when they defer, deflect or walk away, it is left at that; however, the second, the opposition, who remain and answer questions, as they did as government, is interrogated, often in a hostile manner and accountability is often demanded. It is both a curious time in politics, but a highly worrying time in Australian democracy. Bolt is promoted throughout this, and protected, because he is the loudest and most vociferous voice on the extreme right commentating, with a proven track record in whipping up the rabid on the ‘raving right’ as quickly realised by even a cursory read of the comments to his blog.



By Barry Tucker                    7 April, 2014

Something strange is going on in the world of Andrew Bolt. The federal government, commercial media and the tax-payer funded ABC (which he loathes) are going out of their way to promote him.

It’s strange because Bolt has been convicted under Section 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act for remarks he made about fair-skinned persons who he claimed were describing themselves as Indigenous in order to claim financial benefit and kudos. It’s strange because the word “controversial” usually accompanies any mention of him. It’s strange because while he says he’s a climate change doubter he pushes the lines of the climate change deniers, those who have framed the “doubt over reason” campaign.

It’s strange because Bolt generally pushes “Liberal” party policies, which are increasingly like those of the USA’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. And…

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