(Via Tim Blair) After noting Uncle at ABC Watch’s blogging of Andrew Bolt’s response to Media Watch’s slagging of him last week, I should also record that Crikey.com is hosting the ongoing slanging match, with a response from David Marr and a further riposte from Andrew Bolt.
The opera’s not over, they say, until the fat lady sings but, to mix a metaphor, Bolt is well ahead on points at this stage of the bout. I especially liked his concluding two paragraphs:
I note in conclusion that you have failed to respond to my more important concerns about the way you have hijacked Media Watch and turned it into what seems a $1.4 million taxpayer-funded vehicle for attacking your ideological enemies, and those against whom you seem to have a personal grudge. Are you aware, for instance, that you have attacked on your show some 69 media figures of the non-Left, usually with great venom, but no more than 17 of the far more numerous Left, and then only to flog them with a feather?
This, I believe, and not any “errors” on my part, lies behind the vicious, libellous and totally false allegations you made against me last Monday. And this is why I demand an apology. On Monday. In full.
Frankly, I’d take a lot of convincing that it’s even as high as 17. I must say I worry about siding with the Right over any part of this orchestrated series of attacks on the ABC, because their agenda of neutering any critical voice while pandering to Murpack is rather patent, especially from the activities of the egregious Richard Alston. But pompous, patronising, irredeemably biased turds like Marr make it just about impossible to defend Auntie in good conscience. Someone should give him the word that it’s time he did a Captain Oates and walked out permanently into the blizzard.
PS – Uncle has also reproduced Bolt’s latest response.
PPS – I was just looking for a suitable photo of Oates to attach to the post, when I discovered that he’s now alleged to be a pedophile. Is no illusion sacred? Karmic fate? Frost-bitten feet of clay.