Oct 10, 2011

Blow-ups aplenty At Home With The Bolts

If the makers of At Home With Julia are looking for a sequel, then the last few days would provide plenty of illuminating material for a comedy called At Home With The Bolts.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

If the makers of At Home With Julia are looking for a sequel, then the last few days would provide plenty of illuminating material for a comedy called At Home With The Bolts.

The first issue causing grief was the revelation by Anne Summers in The Monthly that Andrew Bolt was previously engaged to a former work colleague at The Age. The woman in question has even gone so far as to provide The Monthly with a statutory declaration and showed copies of letters from Bolt.

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57 thoughts on “Blow-ups aplenty At Home With The Bolts

  1. Michael Harvey

    Is Andrew Bolt really Miles Barlow? I think we should be told.

  2. Bellistner

    Peak Andrew Bolt?

  3. Holden Back

    Viscousness or viciousness- oils ain’t oils, you know.

  4. Son of foro

    The Blotter can be accused of just about anything, as long as he stays in the public spotlight. Even calling himself a ‘monster’ as he did last week is ok, it gives him that warrior air that a strange section of the population are attracted to.

    What he cannot survive is what is happening now: the fact that he is a clown. His credibility is shot; the public record is full to overflowing of his contradictions and nonsense; the monster mask has slipped to reveal a clown mask.

    His time is up. Next!

  5. Stephen Mayne

    Well done to The Australian for responding promptly to this Crikey story and correcting the online version of today’s Bolt story as regards the timeline of any possible Federal Court appeal. See updated version here:

  6. LisaCrago

    What on earth are you trying to do here Stephen?

    We all know that wives and family of the media are off limits.
    Does the fact you are blinded by anti-Boltism excuse this?

    New rock bottom. Muck raking of the highest order.
    You once used to occupy yourself breaking cutting edge political stories leaked from the inside. Stories of substance that were news worthy of paying to read.

    They were the good old days.

  7. michael r james

    @MICHAEL Posted Monday, 10 October 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Your post is so Freudian it made me laugh when you finished off with a cliched gay slur. Who’s in or out of the closet then? Did we suffer at our private boarding school?

    As someone who stopped watching Insiders because of Bolt–especially his contemptible attempt, every appearance without fail, to shout his prepared partisan rant to get the last word–I am grateful for the likes of Marr and George Megalogenis who were exceptionally fearless at calling out Bolt and his attempt to make the facts fit his perverted philosophy/ideology. In the last year I watched, it was noticeable that several of the more articulate evidence-based commentators (including both of the above) had declined to appear if Bolt was on the panel. It was the only rational approach because it was pointless and a travesty for the ABC to allow the likes of Bolt an essentially unmoderated platform. Marr and Megalogenis are particularly valuable commentators because they are impeccably informed on their topics of interest and can argue cogently on the facts while thinking on their feet, something Bolt can never manage.

    As Hitchens says, What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.

    This is exactly as the High Court determined. Most rational thinking people did not need the courts to tell them this. And it explains and justifies Marr’s turning his back on the man. After years of bullying abuse from Bolt it was the only dignified response.

    And incidentally both Marr and Megalogenis have an accomplished body of commentary and analysis spanning several decades. They have both published substantive books that remain reference points today, many Quarterly Reviews and endless in depth long-form analytical articles. Bolt publishes rabid shouty opinions (from your post, clearly he is your style guru) based on distorted facts. Just like his one book (Still not sorry) about his disavowal of The Apology, which was quickly pulped and now–such is the demand from his legion of supporters–has even disappeared from Amazon (last time I checked years ago it was at least listed as “unavailable”). But then literacy, numeracy and calm rational thinking are not strong points among his followers, are they Michael?

  8. Filth Dimension

    Well done to Crikey for keeping the pressure on.

  9. urbancynic

    More Bolt hating from Mr Mayne does Mayne no credit. Sadly, Mayne seems to think he has licence to be as offensive as he likes (and continues to be since starting Crikey last century) with impunity. He is little better than a tacky tabloid gossip monger. The fact remains, as it should, he has the freedom to become the ‘king of offence’ in expressing his views – but I fear his view of freedom of speech only applies to that speech which agrees with his view of the world.

  10. David Hand

    I don’t get this story at all. I know Bolt is a figure of hatred among the Crikey community but I am struggling to see any newsworthy public interest content here.
    So someone who remains anonymous claims to The Monthly she was engaged to Bolt. Yawn.
    Somone put homophobic comments on Bolt’s blog and they were removed. Yawn, Yawn.
    No one is sure who the moderator was who let them through. Yawn, yawn, yawn.
    Crikey commenters pile in with heartfelt posts about how much they hate Bolt. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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