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After a phenomenal peak, is Andrew Bolt in decline?

It is hard to remember a time when so much public debate focused on one journalist as what Andrew Bolt is going through at the moment.

Who else gets a full-page advertisement in today’s print edition of The Australian paid for by 1261 largely conservative older white blokes rounded up by the IPA?

(Click on the image for a readable version)

The signatories who coughed up more than $100,000 were formally supporting the following words:

Freedom of speech is fundamental to a free society.

The Andrew Bolt case shows freedom of speech in Australia is under threat. It is alarming that in 2011 someone can be taken to court for expressing an opinion.

We support freedom of speech for Andrew Bolt and every Australian.

It was surprising how few journalists or media professionals appeared alongside the various climate sceptics such as Ian Plimer and Tamas Calderwood and members of the political right, such as Peter Phelps, Philip Davis, Bob Day, Ron Boswell, George Christensen, Keith Windschuttle, Michael Kroger and the Kemp brothers.

This is because the vast majority of media professionals are appalled by Bolt. Former Daily Telegraph editor David Penberthy spoke for many when he wrote this column for The Punch, which also appeared in some of the News Ltd tabloids on Sunday. It included the following devastating critique of Bolt:

I am not inclined to defend Andrew Bolt to the death. Not even close. His columns make me laugh in disbelief or fold up the paper in anger. I am sick of seeing Bolt being held up as if he were a company spokesman.

He is no such thing. He is just one of many journalists who work at this company, albeit one who, through what can be fairly described as a decade-long commitment to writing inflammatory copy, has landed himself in a scrape which has ramifications for us all.

In my personal view journalists should examine tensions in society, not amplify those tensions. Bolt is a one-man amplifier. He has somehow got it into his head that with significant column inches and online space at Australia’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, not to mention his own TV show, he is the victim of a conspiracy of silence, and has been ganged up on by the elites.

If you wield that kind of power you’re not a victim of the elites. You are the elites.

And if that wasn’t enough, consider these words spoken by Bolt’s colleague at Network Ten, Hamish McDonald, in front of an audience of 1300 at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday night:

Andrew Bolt is a dreadful example of what the media can be.”

Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt as journalists do us an enormous disservice. I’m very angry about them using the title ‘journalist’.”

McDonald, who is the star reporter on 6.30 with George Negus and is tipped to potentially take over as the host in 2012, also pointed out that the ratings of The Bolt Report are in decline. He clearly wants the show axed.

After being stunned by the Anne Summers profile in The Monthly — especially the revelation that his past features a six-year de facto relationship with a former employee at The Age, which included the exchange of two rings — Bolt used his Herald Sun column today entitled “Media making a monster of me” to claim he is being attacked by various lefties at Fairfax, Crikey and the ABC.

Check out the extraordinary photoshop job that accompanies the column:

Iron Man reference aside, why did Bolt ignore the Penberthy attack, which looked very much like an official public flogging from News Ltd after Bolt humiliated executive chairman John Hartigan over the Bruce Wilson affair?

While The Power Index might have declared Bolt to be Australia’s “most influential mega-phone” and former Herald Sun editor Bruce Guthrie told Summers that he discovered four years ago that Bolt was the most powerful person within the whole of News Ltd, this situation has already changed.

For instance, News Ltd has substantially wound back the national print distribution of Bolt’s columns. While the Herald Sun is still dutifully serving up two opinion packages on Wednesday and Saturday, the old coverage from Cairns to Adelaide is no more.

Then there’s Herald Sun editor-in-chief Phil Gardner’s admission to The Monthly that Bolt’s “official arrangement” to have his wife Sally Morrell moderate comments on his blog from home was removed a year ago. Bolt’s army of abusers will now have to identify themselves as well.

The three upcoming tests of Bolt’s power will be whether he can retain a radio gig if the low-rating MTR goes under, whether incoming Network Ten CEO James Warburton continues with The Bolt Report and whether News Ltd commits to spending another six-figure sum appealing the recent court decision when Bolt’s column has been shown to be full of factual errors.

The other risk he runs is an uprising by professional journalists against the likes of Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch, Gina Rinehart, John Singleton and James Packer for continuing to pay for his inflammatory opinions.

Some of these media rich listers may even withdraw their support or lose their own power to support Bolt.

After all, Hamish McDonald also told the Opera House crowd on Saturday that Max Uechtritz, the former head of news and current affairs at the ABC, has privately confessed to regretting giving Bolt a platform on Insiders 10 years ago.

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  • 1
    pk_x
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to see Crikey become a Bolt-free zone. I don’t read him, I don’t care about him, I don’t know why the Monthly felt they had to flog the dead horse of News Limited once again.

  • 2
    Andrew McIntosh
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to see the media in Australia in general become a Bolt-free zone. But despite private misgivings by people like Uechtritz, he will continue to declaim at us all through print, television and on air because of ratings. Bolt really does say what a lot of people think - I wont write what that makes them - and it’s those people who boost the ratings of whatever media organ he’s being paid by. Controversy generates interest, interest generates ratings - in the commercial world that generates advertising and on the ABC it justifies their existence to budget wielding federal governments. Journalism, free speech, and all the rest of it - nothing compared to bums on seats.

  • 3
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    I equate him to the Farting Preacher.

  • 4
    Liz45
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    My faith has been restored! Thank you all!

    Re the comment about Bolt on Insiders? I’ll start watching it when he’s gone! I can’t see any point in deliberately fouling up Sunday!

  • 5
    Son of foro
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    It is alarming that in 2011 someone can be taken to court for expressing an opinion.”

    What’s alarming is these people not being able to distinguish the difference between ‘getting your facts right’ and ‘expressing an opinion’. What’s alarming is these people not being able to understand the court’s findings.

    The proof of the dumbing down of Australian society could not be more clear.

  • 6
    Jean Morreau
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Penberthy is spot on about examining versus amplifying. Freedom to speak is not freedom to yell.

  • 7
    Fran Barlow
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    The fellow really is a Blot on the Mediascape. With some people, there is more to them than meets the eye, but in his case, there is quite a bit less.

    He’s not clever. He has no insights or skills or scruples or even, as far as can be told, any concern for any person that does not serve his momentary interest. He is a one-person noisemaker whose pleasure is that the world should respond to the noise he makes rather than the needs it has, and when it doesn’t, it’s a conspiracy of silence by chardonnay-swilling “elites”.

    I recall, a decade ago his advice that a book by John Marsden should not only be avoided, but borrowed from libraries and not returned. That is his actual response to speech he regards as failing his standards of political correctness.

    Blot, IMO, has as much right to voice his opinion as any ignorant loudmouth, but he is no kind of hero and if his plug is pulled when even his backers come to see him as a squeezed lemon, then it will be germane for him to explain how that could have occurred. I don’t imagine he will have a satisfactory answer on that day either however.

  • 8
    Grinder
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    The thing is, for such a conservative he wants all the rights without accepting any of the responsibility (ie to get his facts straight).

  • 9
    Cuppa
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Freedom of speech - but not for Fairfax, the ABC or Crikey.

  • 10
    Mark M
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    A full page ad (full page???) in The Oz claiming that free speech is under attack. Oh the irony… The guy has every forum (TV, Radio, Newspaper, Blogoshpere) at his disposal FFS.

    Especially considering Andrew seems intent on silencing or warping any messages from the scientific community

  • 11
    urbancynic
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Sadly this article reflects much of the ‘yelling’ nature that J Morreau seems to castigate. Worse, it suggests that the views of journalists and commentators with whom you agree are worth more than those of 1000+ ‘white haired old blokes’ (even though many of them are women) with whom you disagree. Shame on you Stephen Mayne for simply selectively quoting from the commentary that supports your cosy view. Yet you ignore recent contributions by Wesley Aird, Gary Johns, Barry Cohen and Brendan O’Neill on freedom of speech. The issue is freedom of speech, not the views of someone with whom we may disagree on one, many or all matters. Beware, lest the yelling of the Bolt haters makes him a martyr.

  • 12
    david
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    The other risk he runs is an uprising by professional journalists against the likes of Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch, Gina Rinehart, John Singleton and James Packer for continuing to pay for his inflammatory opinions.

    Pigs will fly, they have not got the guts or spine to mount a rocking horse let alone an uprising. Witness their questioning of Abbott at his Press conferences and door stops…insipid weak lot. Bold, brazen, rude and disrespectful to the PM but scared wimps of the bullying, no policy, sloganising, bovver boy Abbott.

  • 13
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    a week after the Norway mass m*rder of centre left political youth, Bolt invited a German academic type to justify a thinly veiled anglo white supremacism in the name of anti muslim stereotypes.

    The implications for public safety were very alarming - any fanatic might see it as a rationale here.

    Here is a link as evidence, though channel 10 do not seem to carry the archive (?):

    http://australianconservative.com/2011/08/abolishing-germany-lessons-for-australia/

    It was breathtakingly irresponsible. That Network 10 could exercise such poor judgment to keep this bloke onside is a testament excessive power.

    As I continue to say, the big media, being big commercial operations must be made to comply with the same law as other big business against misleading and deceptive conduct.

    Not forgetting the editorial travesty of Gerard Henderson’s secret (big corporate?) funding sources, including on the ABC.

    By the by Bolt has been off Insiders since he got his own gig.

  • 14
    paddy
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    It is hard to remember a time when so much public debate focused on one journalist as what Andrew Bolt is going through at the moment.

    Hate to be a picky bastard….. But “as what”????

    Mick the sub owes us all a decent bottle of Pinot Noir for letting that howler through the filter. :-)

  • 15
    westral
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    As a liberal (not Liberal) I think Australia needs Bolt, for a free country we need to be stout in the defense of what we find to be obnoxious as well as what we find agreeable.

  • 16
    Mack the Knife
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    He well may be on the way out if his comments section is any guide. Normally it is heavily moderated in his favour but not on that blog. The ratio of negative comments for a change seems to exceed that of his loyal blind followers.

  • 17
    Modus Ponens
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if the Australian gave the IPA a discount on that ad…

    Perhaps it was just a quid pro quo for the Herald and Telegraph’s profits which fund the loss-leading The Australian.

  • 18
    Michael
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Listen up you CRIKEY buffoons, the highest rating & most profitable NEWS business in the World is FOX NEWS and it’s full to the brim with nothing but NEO-CONSERVATIVES. You think lightweights like Hamish McDonald & Pemberthy have sway with News Ltd? Wishful thinking you Left Wing Gum Nuts!!

  • 19
    Mark M
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Hey @Michael. I am not even sure that Rupert Murdoch has any say in what happens at Fox news. That would be Roger Ailes.

    Oh… and McDonald And Pemberthy are not exactly left wing gum nuts are they? You don’t have to be a left wing gum nut to think that Fox is tripe and that Bolt has become something of a thin skinned princess.

  • 20
    Michael
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    13 million people are glued to Fox News every day, hat’s twice the number of second best CNN.
    There’s no money in Left wing doom & gloom.

  • 21
    Modus Ponens
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    But lots of money in right wing doom and gloom!

  • 22
    SimsonMc
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Actually I think Bolt unwittingly has reaffirmed that the foundations of Free Speech are doing quite well in Australia – Thank you very much.

    John Mill whose book “On Liberty” is arguably one of the most highly regarded books on the subject on the rights to freedom of expression, states that “truth will drive out falsity, therefore the free expression of ideas, true or false, should not be feared.” This was due to the fact that truth can change over time. He also argued that much of what we once considered the truth has turned out to be false. Therefore he suggests that “views should not be prohibited for their apparent falsity” because continual discussion means that eventually truth will win out. Because considering the false views means that the basis of what is true can be re-affirmed.

    There you go Andrew Bolt, thank you for telling all those porkies because in the end free speech allowed us to re-affirm the truth.

  • 23
    tinman_au
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    I personally don’t have a problem letting Mr Bolt continue on as long as he A. Backs his opinions up with FACTS and B. Offers reasonable, considered alternatives to whatever crusade he is on against at the time.

    Until he does that, he’s much like the Brothers Grimm, nice (and not so nice) stories that may have had a basis in fact, but at the end of the day they are fantasy. I’m so over “opinion columnists” who are all comment and opinion with no analysis. Unless you have something to actually contribute, who f***ing cares. /DismountsHighHorse

  • 24
    Mark M
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    LOL @Michael..

    Not sure where you get that 13M from. I suspect you might find that more people watch Jersey Shore. By your logic we should do away with news altogether, with its ugly take on reality … all those facts and like… stuff… you know.

    I particularly love you take on the left. All doom and gloom eh. I am not even left and I think that sounds ridiculous. And rew Bolt is the one shouting doom and gloom here.

    Do the left make you feel uncomfortable Michael? I would have thought the shrill hysteria of the far right would be enough to put any sane person off. Have you listened to Glenn Beck???

  • 25
    Michael
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    @MARK M

    The fact that I belong to Crikey should confirm that I feel no discomfort reading Leftist opinions, I may not agree with what most of you fruit loops say but I respect your right to say it. And if every now and again I am swayed by your views I accept that willingly and it becomes part of my overall point of view.
    That’s where many if not most from the Left fall apart. Your ideology brings with it a disposition to censor, violently disagree, forbid participation in discussion - it’s a Gulag mentality that is beyond your control. Hence your rabid attacks on Bolt. Fortunately Leftist thinking isn’t natural to humans so ideology always swings back to a natural state of conservatism.

  • 26
    Mark from Melbourne
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Even Fox couldn’t take Beck and let him go earlier this year But mainly because he was losing viewers and ad revenue based on what you read. For example “which has sunk in the ratings and has suffered from an advertiser boycott.”.

    Maybe that will happen with Bolt but only when it is impacting ratings which in turn drives ad revenues. Simple stuff really, nothing to do with what is right, left, or reasonable. Just what ever rates. Dont forget it.

  • 27
    jeebus
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    It is excellent to see that Bolt has been given the media scrutiny he deserves in light of this court case.

    Journalists in Crikey and Fairfax have done a great job exposing and shaming him publicly, because that is the only way to deal with a serial abuser of media power.

    Journalists are supposed to inform, not bully and humiliate people who are unable to defend themselves then broadcast it to the entire country. This guy is a nasty piece of work with a track record of writing lies to misrepresent those he is attacking.

    Take away his microphone. Take away his column. Replace him with someone who measures up to the barest minimum of ethical standards.

  • 28
    Mark M
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I can feel the respect oozing from your reply @Michael.

    I thought I said I wasn’t from the left… how is it my ideology? Can I assume that the right isn’t listening?

    Bolt got his facts wrong… right. left whatever… It was shoddy journalism.

  • 29
    Michael
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Holy shit batman, you want to to talk shoddy journalism, read Mike Carlton every now & again.
    That moron should be placed gently into a very tight straight jacket and shipped out to Callan Park.
    His columns give off sparks. One has to stand back from the page to avoid the spittle.
    And yet he is a SMH star writer?
    Give me a break Mark, the Left has a mortgage on sloppy, intimidating, crude, self serving journalism.

  • 30
    Modus Ponens
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    he should be put in a very tight straight jacket”

    got a gulag of your own operating in Callum Park there Michael?

    In today’s other crikey article, the Australian stopped the AFP publicly disclosing all the ways that the paper distorted the investigation - that sounds like right wing censorship to me…

  • 31
    Mark M
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    @Michael

    Give me a break Mark, the Left has a mortgage on sloppy, intimidating, crude, self serving journalism.

    Ok Michael - take a break.

    I am not from the left and I am positive there is shoddy journalism, right, left whatever. That doesn’t make Andrew Bolt’s work ok. He gets a lot of stuff wrong Michael. It seems to me you think that there is a great battle between right and left waging at the moment and we must all take sides.

    By your logic it is ok to defame people with facts gleaned from “searching on Google” because… well.. the other side gets stuff wrong. That is how my primary school aged kids behave. You sound a little thin-skinned here.. like someone has attacked one of your heroes who, in your eyes, can do no wrong, except he did didn’t he.

    I wouldn’t worry Michael. Bolt is going nowhere.

  • 32
    Michael
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    @MODUS

    Oh for the precision, care & extensive diligence devoted to the articles “of the Left”
    Are you serious? There are more lies, inaccuracies, push innuendo and just outright bias in one page of SMH or 10 minutes of ABC news. than every News Ltd outlet combined.

  • 33
    Cambo
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    If our schools could concentrate on teaching students the skills and knowledge of critical literacy (instead of mindless phonics and preparing for NAPLAN) the Andrew Bolt’s of this world would lose all credibility .

  • 34
    Mark M
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    @Michael

    There are more lies, inaccuracies, push innuendo and just outright bias in one page of SMH or 10 minutes of ABC news. than every News Ltd outlet combined.

    And what exactly do you think they are biased towards? Do they wish for a communist state? Me confuse. It’s all “them and us” with you isn’t it.

  • 35
    Michael
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    @ MARK

    I agree there is bias on both sides.
    I disagree that it is “not a 2 sided argument” where one is the wrong view & the other is the Right view.
    It then becomes a question of choice unless one is persuaded otherwise.
    Robert Manne after all began his ideological journey firmly ensconced on the Right, correct?

  • 36
    IHJHGBRRMT
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Michael, I’m as left as they come and I don’t really care for the way Mike Carlton goes on sometimes either (although it makes me snicker) but I absolutely hate Andrew Bolt. As far as I can tell, Carlton doesn’t tell outright lies whereas Bolt certainly does and definitely tries to flim-flam with selected “facts”. However, I think that kind of writing, really, from either side is really unhelpful, divisive and quite ugly. The left does not have a “mortgage” on that kind of writing. Carlton is the only one I have ever noticed to come up with the same kind of bile that Bolt carries on with on a daily basis (sometimes 10 times daily - sheesh, Bolt must have some fat arse with all that sitting).

  • 37
    Mark M
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    @Michael… Do you think that Manne took a great leap from the far right to the left? Maybe he kind of wandered from one side to the next… took the scenic route you might say. I am not even sure he is left wing. It’s always more complicated than right and left though isn’t it.

    Back to what I said, this is not about right or left. It is about bad journalism

  • 38
    klewso
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Some speech is freer than other’s!

  • 39
    Michael
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    @MARK

    Isn’t it funny, I read Bernard Keane and always, almost without exception, find his articles laced with anti Abbott poison, mostly biased observations, sometimes outright lies and slanted innuendo throughout. And yet if you read the comments posted by the Crikey gum-nuts, they think of him as a truthful, objective professional.
    Just proves that there is no such thing as bad journalism, just differing views and so should it remain.

  • 40
    Son of foro
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Oh Michael. How can you, with your German parents, be a professional right whinger?

  • 41
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    WESTRAL: Why should anyone have to defend the obnoxious when all of the so-called facts have turned out to be lies in the first place?

  • 42
    Fran Barlow
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    There are more lies, inaccuracies, push innuendo and just outright bias in one page of SMH or 10 minutes of ABC news. than every News Ltd outlet combined.

    Previous studies shows the ABC leans conservative, and that is certainly my experience of them. Their persistence in running thre Murdoch/LNP talking points as news is pretty egregious.

    That said, your posts in this thread are so silly I’m putting you under the heading “Poe”. You simply can’t be serious.

  • 43
    Michael
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    @FB

    I’d expect nothing less from the Fat Featherd Laying Chicken in the Crikey roost.
    In News Ltd you’d be the coffee girl.

  • 44
    Eugene Cline
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    A lie is not an opinion.

    A t-shirt slogan in the making, Mister Onthemoon…

  • 45
    davidk
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    So Max Uechtritz was responsible for the Dolt being on Insiders 10 years ago. Who is responsible for leaving him there for leaving him there ever since?

    @ Michael

    Holy shit batman, you want to to talk shoddy journalism, read Mike Carlton every now & again.
    That moron should be placed gently into a very tight straight jacket and shipped out to Callan Park.
    His columns give off sparks. One has to stand back from the page to avoid the spittle.
    And yet he is a SMH star writer?”
    Can you offer us 1 factual error Mike Carlton has ever served up? If not I suggest you retract your slur on his journalism. Between Bolt and Jones you blokes know how to dish it out but you obviously can’t take the heat when it’s dished back out.

  • 46
    DeanL
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Michael posted these two comments on this very page:

    That’s where many if not most from the Left fall apart. Your ideology brings with it a disposition to censor, violently disagree, forbid participation in discussion - it’s a Gulag mentality that is beyond your control. Hence your rabid attacks on Bolt.”

    Followed by:

    Holy shit batman, you want to to talk shoddy journalism, read Mike Carlton every now & again.
    That moron should be placed gently into a very tight straight jacket and shipped out to Callan Park.”

    Pretty hard to make a bigger ass of yourself and completely undermine your own argument so eloquently.

  • 47
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Michael seems pretty mad.

  • 48
    Bill Hilliger
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    The Judge applied the law and made the decision, that too is freedom of speech. Hopefully the Blot will join his stablemate (the poisonous dwarf) into oblivion where they clearly belong. Meanwhile Allan Jones should keep clear of London public toilets.

  • 49
    urbancynic
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    The sarcasm and mockery in many of these comments is exactly the freedom of speech we should be defending. Instead, too many of you (including the article’s writer) seem hell-bent on venting hatred of the very person who has highlighted the desirability of your freedom to say what you like, often hidden under pseudonym (like mine) and with complete impunity. Many should pause to reflect on the irony of their insulting, offensive and intimidatory tone in suggesting Bolt should be silenced; they should be grateful they can still espouse their views freely, rather than simply count how many people agree with them and how they can anonymously tear down dissenters.

  • 50
    Posted Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    URBANCYNIC: You may be happy about Bolt basing his comments with evasions, lies and half-truths-thus presenting writing no respectable journalist would sign their names to. I however, am not. Kindly refrain from lecturing other people while holding up such a deeply flawed image.

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