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Andrew Bolt

May 6, 2011

The Bole Repore thread

Because this site developed from the original Blair/Bolt Watch Project, we're aware that there's a bit of a sense that, although we no

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Because this site developed from the original Blair/Bolt Watch Project, we’re aware that there’s a bit of a sense that, although we now cover many other media figures, if you want a response to something asinine that the extremely prolific Southbank Jester has had published in the Melbourne tabloid, this is the site to look for it. And we do, distasteful though it is, keep an eye on the extremes of his output, and just what sort of damage it’s doing to the public discourse, so that you don’t have to.

Consequently, you might be expecting us to watch and report on his new television show, commencing this weekend.

Well, to be frank, it’ll be Mothers’ Day, and we’ve got much better things to do than watch Mr Bolt, Mr Abbott and Mr Kroger give each other tongue baths between ad breaks. So we’re not going to. If you want to debrief with others who’ve endured the horror, here’s the thread to do it – but we’ll leave the actual watching of it to you.

Sorry, but there is a limit to how much we can endure. You understand, don’t you?

UPDATE (10/5): Advertisers are apparently pulling out already.

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195 thoughts on “The Bole Repore thread

  1. John Many Johns

    A certian sanpit obsessed troll has give the Bole Report his tick of approval. Suprise, surprise.

  2. GavinM

    That’s a valid point Rob — I was thinking more along the lines of public recognition and ideology than etiquette though 🙂

  3. RobJ

    [except maybe Phillip Adams.]

    He doesn’t rant and rave and is polite to his guests, in my experience 😉

  4. GavinM

    I reckon we basically agree here Quantize, you’re post @191 is basically what I said earlier — and I also agree there aren’t currently any high profile Left-wing commentators to rival AB, except maybe Phillip Adams.

    It will be interesting — well it might be if I could be bothered to watch — to see what sort of guests he gets on the show as the weeks progress, if it lasts long enough.

    My comment regarding boycotts was directed towards other posts earlier in the thread, not at yourself.

  5. quantize

    If the producers have the slightest clue, they’ll get some real debate going…watching Bolt turn purple is the ONLY thing that will draw genuine ratings (ENTERTAINMENT…no such thing as NEWS anymore)…otherwise it’s more of the same self-serving drivel he’s already famous for..

    And letting him talk over everyone (who cares if he gets the last word if he still loses a debate) will only undermine that goal because it only plays to the brainless idiots who agree with his every utterance..it won’t engage anyone else.

    Anything else and it’s doomed to the Glenn Beck dustbin of egomaniacs.

    What the hell am I giving them tips for? I would think anyone sympathetic to his cause will ignore the opinions here and seal their fate appropriately I guess..

    (hint : more Mark Lathams won’t work…flogging dead horses is not entertainment)

  6. quantize

    [No Quantize, the point is that a 30 minute show aired once a week amongst a number of news/current affairs type programs is not evidence of a tv network favouring one side of politics over another.]

    Huh? That’s precisely what handing a big mouth like Bolt a full 30 minutes to push his wacko agenda is, compared to someone who doesn’t even voice a clear political preference 5 days a week..

    You’re way off beam GavinM, missing the point entirely. One is a professional mouthpiece, the other AINT.

    You’ll also note I never once said anything about boycotting the show…I’m firmly im the camp of ‘let the fool hang himself’…his ego won’t have it any other way.

  7. Eponymous

    I’m boycotting the internet until Bolt is completely removed.

  8. fred p

    As it should but seriously which high profile Journos to the left are anything like the equivalent of Bole?

    Fair point. The answer to your question is, of course, none of them. There’s no high-profile lefty journos anywhere near as rabid as Bolt, Akerman or Blair, to name but three.

    True but I’d rather see real debate, I’ve seen Bole on Insiders, he never engages in debate, he harasses and talks over people, he’s a despicable character IMO.

    Couldn’t agree more. Bolt’s preferred mode is the lecture, rather than the debate. A genuine debate requires an open mind.

  9. RobJ

    [company and threatening them with a boycott unless they comply with your wishes — the latter sounds a lot like blackmail to me…But its only my opinion]

    Blackmail/feedback, it seems the companies I’ve contacted have appreciated the fact, rather than just boycott and not tell them.

    [At the end of the day though, unless he changes the format,]

    Too right, a format change that might work is to get another, more reasonable right winger to host 🙂

    [I reckon the same would happen if it was a rabid Left-winger presenting the same sort of show – ]

    As it should but seriously which high profile Journos to the left are anything like the equivalent of Bole?

    [there’s nothing more boring than watching a bunch of people drone on in total agreement with each other about everything.]

    True but I’d rather see real debate, I’ve seen Bole on Insiders, he never engages in debate, he harasses and talks over people, he’s a despicable character IMO.

  10. GavinM

    “I’ll put it another way, the Trollumnist can say what he wants but I refuse to assist him by giving money to the businesses that pay for the Bole Repore.”

    Thats fair enough Rob, we have the right to spend our money how we please — mind you, my wife takes all of mine so I don’t get to spend any 😉

    I reckon there’s a difference in choosing not to buy a product for whatever reason and keeping that reason to yourself and contacting a company and threatening them with a boycott unless they comply with your wishes — the latter sounds a lot like blackmail to me…But its only my opinion 🙂

    At the end of the day though, unless he changes the format, I still reckon AB’s show will die a natural death in the not too distant future — I just don’t think there’s enough people who will want to watch a program that is little more than a Right-wing love-in.

    I reckon the same would happen if it was a rabid Left-winger presenting the same sort of show – most people like to hear debate and differing opinions, there’s nothing more boring than watching a bunch of people drone on in total agreement with each other about everything.

  11. RobJ

    [Your real gripe is that your vote isn’t worth enough.]

    I accept that I’m in a minority thus I don’t get my way at election time, I wouldn’t have it any other way, I’m a fan of democracy. This is why the way I spend my dollar is of paramount importance (to me)

    I also use the Ethical Consumers Shopping Guide to try and make sure that my dollar isn’t stuffing up some other innocent person.

  12. RobJ

    [The Greens do have a Senator from Victoria. ]

    Fair point Daics, I did vote for Hartland MLC and she did get returned, the way we vote for the upper house though is entirely different to that of the lower house, I should have noted that my vote is worthless at the for the lower house. And at a Federal level my vote was worthless (not worth enough 😉 )

    [Your real gripe is that your vote isn’t worth enough.]

    True, but nothing will never be enough. 😉

  13. Daics

    “Thus I’m not denying anybodies democratic right. We get to vote but lets face it my vote is worth nothing, I’m a Greens voter from Footscray, the only effective vote I have is my dollar, I’m going to use it as effectively as I can.”

    I do see your point, but that is a terribly glib, disappointing comment RobJ.

    The Greens do have a Senator from Victoria.

    I must admit that I am one of those arguably unfashionable people that still believe that everybody’s vote is worth something, including donkey votes and the like.

    Your real gripe is that your vote isn’t worth enough.

  14. dogspear

    No, the point is that Bolt is an idiot (and that’s leaving aside the fact that his disingenuous shit stirring nonsense is constantly delivered in one giant wonky wheeled ideological free wheelbarrow).

    Why boycott the brands to get Bolt off the air? Why give these companies your hard earned and actively empower their powers of c–tery?

    Conscious consumerism is the _only_ way that democratic capitalism can function. It’s freaking classical economics 101.

    Now proud righties (and demented lefties it seems) want to stand for the rights of brain addled Pantene using Boltaphiles to construct the free market in their own righteous image?

    ITS TEH FROIDOM OF SPEECH AND HE SAYS THE HARD STUFF THAT NOBODY ELSE HAS THE GUTS TO AND THE ANZACS WOULD BE OUTRAGED WE NEED TO STOP THE COMMYUNESTS WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION AND SEND MORE FOR ROOL ORSTRAYANS

    Or the non-partisan translation: Bolt is an idiot.

  15. Ross Sharp

    I didn’t watch it and I’m not engaged in a boycott of the thing. I just couldn’t be arsed. I’d rather scrub the toilet that time on a Sunday morning and then go up the pub for a beer. And I did.

  16. RobJ

    Thus I’m not denying anybodies democratic right. We get to vote but lets face it my vote is worth nothing, I’m a Greens voter from Footscray, the only effective vote I have is my dollar, I’m going to use it as effectively as I can. 🙂

  17. RobJ

    [In a democracy people have the right to call for these boycotts, thus using their democratic rights to deny those of others.]

    I’ll put it another way, the Trollumnist can say what he wants but I refuse to assist him by giving money to the businesses that pay for the Bole Repore.

  18. GavinM

    Its an interesting dilemma isn’t it Rob ?

    In a democracy people have the right to call for these boycotts, thus using their democratic rights to deny those of others.

    I’ll be the first to admit I’m not sure how to address the obvious contradictions there, but if people want to use them, lets at least have the balls to call boycotting these companies for what it is…using blackmail of sponsors to silence a political opponent.

  19. fred p

    Come on Fred, surely even you don’t believe that — why would you bother to draw a company’s attention to it if not to at least convey the not-so-veiled threat of a boycott with the ultimate aim of having the show taken off air due to lack of sponsors ?

    TV viewers don’t get to “silence” the programs they watch. I’m sure if channel 10 decide to can Bolt’s show because of a lack of sponsors, people who have been contacting the current sponsors won’t lose sleep over it. But it will be channel 10 that does the “silencing”. This is a basic proposition logically and shouldn’t be controversial. Viewers don’t decide what programs get pulled off air.

  20. RobJ

    Gavin,

    It seems that you would stifle those calling for boycotts?

  21. RobJ

    [No Quantize, the point is that a 30 minute show aired once a week amongst a number of news/current affairs type programs is not evidence of a tv network favouring one side of politics over another.]

    However, being taken over by the likes of Gina Reinhardt and the Murdochs does. 😉

    [as no place in Australia ]

    Yes it does, this is the way we do things in a democracy, we use our freedom of speech.

    [to allow all sides of politics to be heard so people can make their own minds up.]

    Bolt has plenty of outlets, no-one id silencing him, I for one will not have any dealings with those who support him and I’ve let them know..

  22. GavinM

    No Quantize, the point is that a 30 minute show aired once a week amongst a number of news/current affairs type programs is not evidence of a tv network favouring one side of politics over another.

    On the other hand, the idea of trying to have a show taken off air through threats to boycott sponsors because it doesn’t conform to your political viewpoint has no place in Australia — it is far better, in a supposedly democratic country, to allow all sides of politics to be heard so people can make their own minds up.

  23. quantize

    The point GavinM is that no matter how ‘left’ Negus may be, he doesn’t use his every appearance as a sermon for his ideology, that’s the reason there’s any vague perception of him being a credible journalist/presenter

    It’s a false equivalence…Bolt is a blabbering extremist right wing mouthpiece..his every utterance is designed to elicit the worst in people and advance an agenda.

    Anyone accusing Negus of the same should be appropriately laughed out of the room.

  24. Bron

    So, generally, a big fat thumbs down for Bole’s new show?

    I didn’t watch.

    Of course.

  25. dogspear

    What I would like explained to me is why the more wealthy and industrious prospective boaties should suffer the discrimination of exclusionary and divisive bureacratic programmes, after accumulating their substantial queue jumping fees in the proper capitalistic manner. Why should they be vilified and suddenly excluded from the free market that they toiled for decades in and fought the nazis and Japs for while simultaneously suffering the inhuman burden of an Asian communist regime?
    We should feel sorry for poor people now?
    The mind boggles.

  26. GavinM

    I’m not sure that Negus is mild left Quantize, although then again I’d have to agree he’s certainly not as extreme left as Bolt is extreme right — but that still isn’t evidence that channel 10 is embarking on a right wing crusade.

    “ps…you seriously think i EVER have a commercial FTA network on?!!”

    Well, I thought you might watch the footy or something 🙂

  27. GavinM

    “To be fair, boycotting companies that advertise during Bolt’s show and/or drawing those companies’ attention to the fact that their ads are running during the show is not “silencing” Bolt.”

    Come on Fred, surely even you don’t believe that — why would you bother to draw a company’s attention to it if not to at least convey the not-so-veiled threat of a boycott with the ultimate aim of having the show taken off air due to lack of sponsors ?

  28. quantize

    Sorry GavinM but comparing even 5 days a week of Negus (mild ‘left’ at the very most if at length ever!) to Bolt’s 30mins of concentrated extremist right wing ideology seems like an enormous imbalance to me!

    Not buyin it.

    ps…you seriously think i EVER have a commercial FTA network on?!!

  29. fred p

    silencing those you disagree with through boycotts isn’t the answer, far better to let them have their say and let the public decide

    To be fair, boycotting companies that advertise during Bolt’s show and/or drawing those companies’ attention to the fact that their ads are running during the show is not “silencing” Bolt. Only the channel 10 programmers can do that.

  30. rubiginosa

    Andrew Bolt is no Mike Munrot.

  31. GavinM

    I didn’t watch the show Quantize, but as I said in the bit of that sentence that you decided to leave out, they have George Negus on 5 days a week compared to AB’s show once — hardly an imbalance to the Right.

    Also as I said, silencing those you disagree with through boycotts isn’t the answer, far better to let them have their say and let the public decide, its called democracy and most people are smart enough to work out wether or not an individual’s views are reasonable, I really doubt that Bolt is going to convert too many people to his way of thinking — he’s preaching to the flock.

    If you don’t want to watch the show there’s an easy answer — change the channel, or do as I did, don’t turn it on in the first place.

  32. quantize

    [I must say I don’t see channel 10′s decision to put AB’s show on a mere once a week as a sign they are heading down the path of right wing extremism,]

    They’re giving it a voice on free-to-air-tv, what else would it be a ‘sign’ of?

    Please let me know when the equivalent left wing show is on.

    The kind of right wing extremism Bolt represents is already over-represented in the forms it is currently given media space.

  33. Eponymous

    On the ‘Households’ numbers from Morrison. Apparently average household is 2.5 persons from the last Census. So it is quite reasonable to divide all Morrison’s numbers by 2.5 to gauge the individuals percentage.

  34. RobJ

    [My second “Ad Break Report” …

    At 10.21: Ch. 10 promo, Garnier hair care, Holden, Adidas CPA programme, Tele Choice, Ch. 10 promo.]

    Ahhh that explains that whenever I see an Aussie swastika on a car it’s invariably a Holden.

    Hmmm, I’ll be in the market for a new car within the next year or two, it won’t be a Holden. Should I tell Holden that I won’t knowingly deal with a person I consider to be a foul dog whistler or any of his backers?…. Nah, I’ll let them lose a sale and never know about it.

  35. Bellistner

    The Bole Repore – no increase in viewers since 2011.

    Does someone want to chart that? Once it’s in a chart, it’s irrefutable. 😀

  36. joni

    The Bole Repore – no increase in viewers since 2011.

  37. Rich Uncle Skeleton

    mixhelleMichelle Nicol
    Today I received written apologies from 2 x advertisers whose TVCs were shown on The Bolt Report – TeleChoice and Mr Rental. They want out.

    mixhelle? @asher_wolf Yes. It was Mr Rental, not Radio Rental. They were all given “bonus spots” and don’t endorse the content of the show.

    But Captain Col told us that advertisers were dying for strong feedback! It couldn’t be that…. he was wrong?!

  38. fred p

    Scratch that – found it.

  39. fred p

    Where’s that stuff coming from, confessions?

  40. confessions

    [mixhelle Michelle Nicol
    @Vzzzbx I was so encouraged by the immediate responses. They made it clear they did not know they’d be on the program.]

    Oh dear.

  41. confessions

    [mixhelleMichelle Nicol
    Today I received written apologies from 2 x advertisers whose TVCs were shown on The Bolt Report – TeleChoice and Mr Rental. They want out.]

    [mixhelle? @asher_wolf Yes. It was Mr Rental, not Radio Rental. They were all given “bonus spots” and don’t endorse the content of the show.]

    They had to give away ad space. And the companies aren’t happy with where their “bonus spots” got them.

  42. peter de mambla

    @ MOC 127

    [But that’s not really what the debate is about.]

    How realistic is it that Australia will ever return to a White Australia Policy, or at least abandonment to some degree of Australia’s current non-discriminatory immigration policy? What does everybody think?

  43. fred p

    It will be interesting to see the figures for next week’s show. They’ll be down, naturally. It will just be a matter of by how much. My guess is by so much that the figure will not feature in any of next week’s self-congratulatory blog pieces about the show.

  44. GavinM

    I must say I don’t see channel 10’s decision to put AB’s show on a mere once a week as a sign they are heading down the path of right wing extremism, they do, after all have George Negus on 5 days a week to more than balance the political ledger.

    To be frank, all this whining along with threats to boycott advertisers smells more than a little of a desire to silence views that most here happen to disagree with.

    In the end, if people don’t like his show there’s no-one forcing them to watch it, and if enough people agree with that viewpoint it will die a natural death in a pretty short time.

  45. Daics

    Speaking as someone who doesn’t detest all that Bolt writes, and a moderate, tertiary educated Conservative (or as quantize might call me – a blithering, drooling idiot) I must admit I tuned into TBR on sunday morning, whilst nursing a sizeable hangover.

    I needn’t have climbed out of bed.

    It was absolutely dreadful.

    The set, the delivery, the lighting, the predictable content, the inflection of Bolt’s voice in the straight to camera pieces, the smugness, the ludicrously titled “debate” (where Andrew Bolt agreed with Mark Latham who agreed with Michael Kroger who agreed with Andrew Bolt), the “little boy lost” false modesty re nerves, the choice of segments (“Spin of the Week?”) and now the very early triumphalism over barely adequate ratings and single-handedly lifting the ratings of Meet The Press (hosted by that screaming leftie).

    All of it. Just dreadful.

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