August 30, 2011

Bolt in naughty corner

Andrew Bolt is in the naughty corner, in search of principles.

No politics until further notice. Principles to weigh up.  Faith to keep. Sorry..   Bolt ...


Bolt is back and he's shrill.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard's improper pressure to kill a story of public interest has raised questions about her judgement.
The Prime Minister overstepped the line when she called the chairman and CEO of News Limited, John Hartigan.

Calls that look like an attempt at censorship have many sinister overtones, with threats of inquiries and forced sales left hanging in the air.

And I ask her: What are you so afraid of? What else would you stoop to in order to cling to power? I was considering resigning as a News Limited columnist.
Bolt goes on defensive (and makes it all about him) ... accuses Gillard of overplaying her hand 


  1. HAHAHA I think that's great!

  2. geofffff8:04 PM

    Bolt is fronting a serious challenge to the freedom of speech and you can be certain I am on his side.

  3. Come on Geoff, not for his trawling the dirt and making defamatory suggestions about Gillard in relation to the fraudster that Gillard lived with 20 years ago?

    You're referring to the court case, not this current kerfuffle, surely?

  4. Anonymous9:05 PM

    Let's not be flippant here geofffffff..

    On the other hand, the horse may have bolted...

    My apologies for the extra F's mate


  5. geoffff12:17 AM

    Yeah ... I have no idea what the current kerfuffle is about.

    Sorry about all the F's btw. I'm thinking of trying to lose a couple along with about 10kg but it's hard. I was born with them.

  6. geofffff9:01 AM

    What a relief. For a horrible moment I thought it was about me. I hardly ever post at Bolt's but I did on Monday and it was pulled. All I did was call the Greens a bunch of nazis or something.

    I agree this is a bit low. If we all made the news for sleeping with someone who turned out to be a fraudster over 20 years ago (in any order) there would be no room for anything else.

    I'm still on Bolt's side though. The Greens and the BDS thugs absolutely hate him. Like Murdoch, that means he's a good bloke.

  7. geoffff10:59 AM

    I have a new hero.

    This lady.

    Hajnal Black of the Logan City Council

    I had never heard of her before but did she ever give the nazis hell in Southbank last Saturday.

    A strange thing about her though. She's gorgeous, as you can see, like the late NSW premier. But she didn't just get her hair extended. Apparently last year she went to Italy to get her legs extended!

    What is it with women?

  8. Indeed, I can't argue with the logic of your support for Bolt, Geoff, but I think he's pushing the envelope with his "oh wow is me, I almost resigned my job yesterday ... but no, I won't, because my principles are much higher than anyone else's, so I'm just going to blunder on, carp about censorship ... and principles ... and myself ... "

    He's on a hiding to nowhere with this. He's being a complete cock.

    Glenn Milne should have known better, with his opinion being nothing more than sly and tawdry.

    How short was that woman?? It doesn't say. I need to know what advantage she gained with the extra 8cm. Yes, it's hideous that women and men put themselves through that ... and unbelievably painful, I gather. It's a tad more invasive and time consuming than hair extensions. I understand a lot of Asians pursue this form of torture.

    My routine comments are routinely not published on any News Ltd online forum Geoff, so you're in good company. Don't know how they cull the comments, since so much abuse is published, while my mild observations are rejected.

  9. Solomon7:47 PM

    "I was considering resigning as a News Limited columnist."

    God, don't say it if you don't mean it.

    Gillard:"The Australian and News Limited chose to retract the article and make an unreserved apology. Given you are an employee of News Limited, I'd suggest questions about their decisions are best directed internally."

    Yeah exactly. Ask your bosses if she mentioned the inquiry to them. Then you're not forced to make these two tortuous and contradictory statements:

    "Whether Gillard specifically mentioned the threat of an inquiry in her "multiple" calls to News Limited executives I DO NOT KNOW [my emphasis]. But I do know that she should have been aware of its potential impact."


    "Instead, it appears as if she pulled strings and, with threats of inquiries and forced sales left hanging in the air, sought to shut down a debate."

    Threats of inquiries "hanging in the air"? That's the best you could do?

    Maybe he did ask them and they kept him out of the loop. That is even more embarrassing.

  10. If a piece in The Australian is to be believed ... and why not, they were writing about themselves ... it turns out that Gillard did NOT initiate the phone call - Hartigan (?) called HER - I assume because they'd already picked up (too late, much?) that Milne had over-stepped.

    It true, that renders every self justifying word from Bolt meaningless.

    Threats? She didn't need to. The Australian initiated the call, presumably told her the article had been taken down and that an apology would be issued. Gillard no doubt took the opportunity to get in a few stern words, but that's not the picture that has been presented anywhere; it's not the picture Bolt is presenting.

    And yes, Sol - why bother mentioning his tortured day contemplating his resignation if he wasn't going to do it ... he's such a tease.

  11. Correction: long piece (front page) in The Weekend Australian (yesterday), about the phone calls and demands made by the PM ... all initiated by her, not by News Ltd.