Andrew Bolt “writes for Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs Australia’s most-read political blog, and appears on Channel 9, ABC TV’s Insiders and MTR 1377, 8am each weekday”
Why is Andrew Bolt so angry ? Well I had to get to the bottom of this and my investigation was very simple you just need to Google “Andrew Bolt Biased” and you get over 10,000 + results.
But the question is why is he so against Labor ? well thats because he is a far right Liberal Conservative that hangs out at the Tea Party’s lunch room on a daily basis.( A tad hash you think well I think not have you read his blog)
So let’s have a quick look at what the rest of the media think of Andrew Bolt !
Unfair and unbalanced: how News failed to fell government smh.com.au
Its opinion pages carry a constricted range of views, dominated by the prolific but predictable outpourings of the columnists Piers Akerman and Andrew Bolt. My guess is that they have little impact electorally, read only by those addicted to a daily dose of outrage.
Why Are We Paying For Andrew Bolt?
Far-right pundits like Bolt make personal attacks rather than engage with the issues. Jason Wilson asks if we should reward Bolt’s contempt for reasoned debate by putting him on the ABC http://newmatilda.com
Thunderous Bolt sensitive to parody
For more than a year, Twitter fake @AndrewBolt has been poking fun at the Herald Sun‘s most outspoken columnist. Bolt accused that person yesterday morning on his blog of “identity theft”, compared the account with the Jacobin Reign of Terror, and implied that it was all part of a conspiracy involving unnamed media organisations.
You might say it was a bit of an overreaction. It was certainly surprising to see it coming from someone who deliberately sets out to be so controversial, and who themselves isn’t averse to making pretty direct attacks on people he sees as his opponents. Inevitably, people might draw the conclusion that he can dish it out, but is far more reluctant to take it, and that he lacks a sense of humour about himself into the bargain. All in all, it goes to show that now and then, the new, social media-powered parodists engaged in Twitter fakery can occasionally hit the mark.
Twitter has made it possible for skilled fakers to draw a big audience by throwing well-aimed darts at their targets in real time. For a while, I’ve been following those who parody journalists and politicians on Twitter, and I’ve done some email interviews with some of the best of them. There’s a high degree of variability in the wit and skill shown by parodists – for mine, four of the funniest in this country are @FakeFielding (faking Steve Fielding),@Penny_Wong (doing Senator Wong), @BigHarto (who does News Limited CEO John Hartigan) and Bolt (If bad language offends you, you might want to tread carefully with Harto and Wong). The late, lamented fake @StephenConroy was also fantastic while he lasted. It’s an equal opportunity game, with parodists taking aim at all sides of politics and a number of people in the media. Faking has also become an experimental political weapon – the Labor party now runs a hit-and-miss Tony Abbott fake account, @Phoney_Tony.
Online fakery is something that draws on different strands in online and offline cultural history. Apart from drawing on early online examples like Fake Steve Jobs, Twitter faking has links with political impersonation, writing techniques like pastiche, and it also has some relationship to genres like fan fiction. After all, the best fakes don’t just go after their targets with blunt instruments, they create a narrative world for the fake persona to inhabit – whether that be Bolt’s adventures with Terry McCrann in the Herald and Weekly Times offices, Penny Wong’s impatient interactions with her overworked staff, or Fake Fielding’s henpecked husband routine. They also rely on the audience’s own close understanding of the target. I’d see faking as a form of fictive practice – and many of the fakers I’ve already met and the wonderful thing about Twitter faking is that it’s done for free – you might say for love, if the fakes weren’t occasionally so acerbic.
The reason it occasionally antagonises the targets is that mockery is an effective tool for blunting a message, and eating away at the sender’s credibility. Parody accounts for opinion journalists like Bolt embody recognition that they are, or have been significant political actors. With Bolt, it’s probably also a sign of how large he has tended to loom in online political discussion. Bolt’s parodist has, admittedly, a relatively sharp edge compared to say, Penny Wong’s. This faker is suggesting that ultimately Bolt’s positions are irrational. He also critiques Bolt’s position by showing up how predictable, even formulaic, Bolt’s schtick is. The occasional, imagined vignette of life at the Herald and Weekly Times, or his home life are simply ridicule, and we might ask questions about whether that’s effective or not as political parody. Having said all of that, it’s interesting that the faker – at least according to my interview – attributes little or no political significance to what he does.
Clearly Bolt has been stung by this fakery, but there are a number of good reasons for him to get over himself. If nothing else, this faker is an extremely avid reader of Bolt’s blog, and is constantly scanning it for material to send up. People who haven’t similarly read Bolt’s blog won’t get the joke, and via links the parodist is actually sending traffic Bolt’s way. If Bolt doesn’t realise that a significant component of his on and offline readership is driven by people who love to hate him, he’s less canny than I imagined him to be. It’s all also a backhanded acknowledgement of his influence and importance as a media figure. The powerless are rarely parodied – Bolt should consider this as a mark of his success in inserting himself at the centre of various debates. And what’s already happened as a result of him showing his chagrin, and what he probably should have anticipated, is that Twitter is now alight with people mocking his sensitivity, starting additional fake accounts, and generally enacting a variant of the Streisand effect.
Powerful people should probably learn to take this kind of treatment with good grace, as these kinds of social media practices aren’t going anywhere. It’s unlikely Bolt wants my advice, but were he to ask I’d recommend that in future, he keeps mum about his fakers.
Jason Wilson is a Lecturer in Journalism and Communication at the University of Canberra.
Andrew bangs on about the ABC being a lefty and biased but Andrew Bolt works for News Limited which is Australia’s answer to FOX NEWS IN THE US.