People who get it wrong should be sacked, unless it’s me – that’s free speech. Ha!

Posted: September 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’m reluctant to give Andrew Bolt any publicity. He thrives on it. Like Germaine Greer, he says things using the old Oscar Wilde concept of “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

But I feel that I can’t let today’s attempt at misdirection slip past, he commences with this: 

TIM Flannery has been sacked. But why haven’t journalists who promoted such scaremongers been sacked, too?

When will they pay the price for the most shameful collective failure of journalism in decades?

Flannery’s astonishing record of dud predictions, such as his 2007 warning that we’d never again get dam-filling rains, finally caught up with the Chief Climate Commissioner this week.

The Abbott Government sacked him on just its second day, ostensibly to cut costs, and few journalists are defending the global warming alarmist they once hailed as our 2007 Australian of the Year. Damaged goods.

But it’s too easy to merely give Flannery the flick now his warming faith is finally crumbling. It’s too easy to make him the sole scapegoat after 15 years of no significant rise in global temperature – a hiatus to which the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will on Friday reluctantly admit in its latest report.

More important is to demand accountability from the countless journalists who made heroes of his sort and terrified the public with preposterous scares about a warming that hasn’t come.


Now, most people will jump on his obvious hypocrisy. When he got it wrong – a court of law said so – he railed against the attacks on his “freedom of speech”. Now, he wants people sacked for “getting it wrong”. The difference? I’m sure he’ll find one in the next few days. Maybe his was an honest mistake, whereas they’ve perpetuate the “lie” because they’re part of the big conspiracy.  Who knows? 

But it’s what he goes on to say that makes me suspect that he’s trying to deflect us from what’s really going on. 

Said The Age: “Warming has slowed in the past 15 years to 0.05C a decade – below the long-term average of 0.12C since 1951.” (Other measurements show even less warming.) That trivial rise, less than what 114 of 117 leading climate models predicted, suggests our rising carbon dioxide emissions may not have much influence on climate, after all.


Now, it’s easy to get caught up in the gloating and overlook something rather important. It’s only the rate of warming that’s slowed. Bolt has been arguing for a number of years that we’ve been cooling over the last few years. When confronted with evidence that he’s wrong, he attacks others for not being completely right. 

It sounds like someone coming home from the Casino who gloats that they were told that they’d lose a lot of money, but they only lost a hundred dollars. 

Warming is not cooling. If journalists should stand down for being wrong, why shouldn’t you, Andrew? Oh, that’s right, you’re just an expert!



  1. sem4peter says:

    And Tim Flannery did not say that ‘we’d never get dam filling rains again’. The IPA misrepresented what Tim Flannery said and climate deniers like Bolt have used this untruth to demonize Tim whenever they can.

  2. Tom Burns says:

    Fantastic stuff! I just couldn’t get over this quote from Bolt, though:
    “TIM Flannery has been sacked. But why haven’t journalists who promoted such scaremongers been sacked, too?”
    You couldn’t make this up!

  3. horatio says:

    Sat through Q&A expecting Bolt to challenge David Suzuki, but no show. The room was full of climatologists who would have been most interested in his theory. He could have requested that all ABC journalists be sacked while he was there.

  4. patsy says:

    why doesn’t bolt go back to where he came from……..HELL…..revolting person….never have I had such a feeling of repulsion toward anyone like bolt…..only has one opinion of everything and that is his own….only the hate parades help him to make his money ……ugly

  5. Bolt is a despicable character, and I think we should dig up as much dirt on him as possible. Reflection, deflection and [his] misinformation can of course work for us as well. The more we attack him in response, the more likely we are that he will be pissed off and make mistakes, being shown as the idiot that he is!

    Unfortunately the main stream media are particularly powerful, and have money behind them. That is why Bolt gets away with it.

  6. Nick says:

    Bolt really is a contemptible low-life. He has led a relentless campaign to keep current his dishonest framing of Flannery’s six year old musings on climate projections. Normal people do not indulge in that sort of behavior.

    Barely a week goes by without Bolt or another propagandist from News Ltd’s line-up revisiting the framing and repeating the dishonesty. This is systematic and deliberate bullying, and such behavior has been normalised by the ethical void that is management at News.

    And yes, Bolt himself is incorrigible, despite numerous people pointing out his errors. He censors his blog to eliminate or marginalise dissent. He is a hypocrite and a bad faith player in public discourse., and it’s a travesty that he is still operating with such a license.

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