In addition to his nightly television show, his nightly radio appearance and his busy schedule of blog posts and newspaper columns, the man currently with the title of “most jilted Liberal Party lover”, Andrew Bolt, also appears to moderate the comments on his Herald Sun blog.

Tony Abbott’s loudest media backer let slip with that little nugget of information on Monday night’s segment on 2GB when he was asked about his widely reported blog post on Saturday night calling for Malcolm Turnbull to resign as Prime Minister after the Coalition’s poor election result. Bolt said he couldn’t keep up with all the comments coming to the post:

“I’m feeling terrible because I can’t keep up, I’ve got to moderate this thing myself — I shouldn’t say that, I’m not allowed to. There’s 1300 people and there’s still 400 comments I’ve got to put up.”

Just who moderates the comments on Bolt’s blog has been a mystery for years. At one point, it was suggested Bolt’s wife, Sally Morrell, was paid to moderate the blog, but it was later clarified she was one of a few moderators.

And if Bolt is admitting to moderating the blog comments himself, well, here are some of the classics he has let through over the past few days — care of the Bolt Comments Twitter account:




Every weekend Bolt informs his readers that there are no moderators there to check the comments. Maybe the weekend is his WEB (well-earned break, to quote Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog).

Peter Fray

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