“It’s time to go, Andrew Bolt.”
POLL POSITION: Two key things have happened this week in the world of conservative political media commentating. The first is that America’s Glenn Beck has announced it’s time he left Fox. This is good news for Americans who appreciate reason and rationality.
On home turf however, we are seeing a different kind of movement amongst the politically conservative media sphere. Despite the fact that these talking heads would do far better taking up residency on Speakers Corner, in between the riveting line-up of conspiracy theorists and fundamentalist Christian crew, we are offering our big L Liberal luvvies more room to share their vitriolic fear-mongering with the nation.
Ten has just announced that Andrew Bolt will host his own weekly show starting from May 8.
The announcement of Bolt’s new show comes as he is being sued under the Racial Discrimination Act over a series of articles he wrote concerning several prominent Indigenous Australians. Bolt felt these people did not appear Aboriginal, the colour of their skin was simply too light. He felt they were therefore identifying as Indigenous not because they actually were, but because it would be better for their career to do so. Apparently presenting as an oppressed and persecuted minority is key to success.
A media frenzy has ensued as Bolt’s case continues, many posing the argument that to find Bolt guilty would infringe upon freedoms of speech, and press. However should the freedom to judge based on your perception of a person’s race really be considered a legitimate freedom to fight for? Freedom to be racist? Please.
Bolt is of course terribly put-out by all of this politically correctness, after all, he was just trying to do his job and tell it like it is, right? Like Ben Folds who was just trying to go about his business, rocking the suburbs: Let me tell y’all what it’s like / Being male, middle-class and white / It’s a b*tch. I think Bolt would take that particular sentiment dead seriously and be looking for a bit of high-five action.
In a recent blog post Bolt notes that he was distracted by his court case and thus missed a "significant change in the intellectual climate", sadly he is not talking about Ten having a change of heart and dumping his show – rather he’s back on his hysterical quest to discount the legitimacy of climate change and the Gillard government’s plan to address the issue. Many of his other recent posts are similarly critical of the positions of people and bodies who support either a price on carbon or a move away from our damaging fossil fuelled way of life.
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"Greenpeace tries to terrify children with scientifically illiterate climate catastrophism. The real danger today is not to our planet but to our reason," Bolt writes in a post on Friday April 8. The real danger is certainly to our reason, but the problem is not Greenpeace, it’s Bolt and his merry cohort of conservative media cronies.
Yet, Bolt’s is the voice Network Ten wants Australia to hear more of. Rejoice the joys of commercial television. Perhaps, just for once, we should be looking to the States, and following their lead, boot out some of our own shock-jocks and conservative columnists. If only the Australian media landscape operated like Big Brother, "It’s time to go… Andrew Bolt".