This morning Andrew Bolt revealed that the entire point of the ABC inviting him on to Insiders is to troll lefties:
I should thank [Greg] Jericho. He proves a theory the ABC has explained to me: that the sanctimonious critics of the Left who send Insiders outraged missives demanding the purging of conservatives like me from the show are among the first to switch on when we’re on.
Ooh! Ooh! Right. Right, well, I’m not watching next time! I’m not! I’m… oh. Bolt’s leaving Insiders, possibly to have his own show on another network? Really?
Well, I’m disappointed that I can’t actually prove my ability to resist his trolling by boycotting his next appearance on Insiders, but… well, Bolt with his own show? That should be comedy gold.
Twitter certainly thinks so, with the #BoltsNewShow tag going completely insane this afternoon. Here are a few of the suggestions:
- The Inciters
- Packed to the Ranters
- Andrew Bolt’s War On Everything
- Thank God I’m Here
- Top Git Australia
- Meet the pricks
- Border Insecurity
- Snide and Prejudice
- Are You Being Sued?
And many, many more. Your suggestions welcome in the comments, particularly if you’re not on Twitter and are sick of missing out.
ELSEWHERE: Richard Ackland last week on Bolt’s trial:
But, is my right to free speech indelibly tied to Bolt’s right to free speech? Not if he makes grievous errors, it isn’t. Is it acceptable to whip up vilification on a newspaper’s website? What is the responsibility of journalists and publishers in this situation? Where is the ground for honest argument?
The difficulty is we do not have a right to free speech, beyond the vagaries of the common law. If we had a charter of rights, Justice Mordecai Bromberg would be required in this case to balance Bolt’s right of free speech with the rights of the applicants not to be racially picked upon and we’d have a better idea of where the line lies. But of course, Bolt campaigned furiously against a charter of rights.