OK you cowards at the ABC – why don’t you invite him?

Now here’s a Q&A that would get a record audience. As Andrew Bolt has asked, Margaret, why didn’t you invite me?. The invitations that were extended come 58 seconds into the presentation, saving you more than an hour of tedium. Here is Andrew’s comment:

Margaret Simons, head of Melbourne University’s journalism course, introduces ABC boss Mark Scott by noting that News Corp people had declined to debate him.

Funny, I didn’t get an invitation. Nor did Simons mention I’d invited Scott to put his case on The Bolt Report and he has refused.

Now this would be a heavyweight division contest. My suspicion, though, on why Andrew wasn’t invited is because they know that one-on-one and over the course of an hour he would absolutely take Scott to the cleaners even with Tony Jones in the chair.

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25 Responses to OK you cowards at the ABC – why don’t you invite him?

  1. Rabz

    Bolt – heavy weight

    Scott – ultra leight weight

    Yep, no contest. But hey, send the bill to the taxpayer anyway.

  2. Cold-Hands

    Whom did Simons ask to debate Scott? The News Ltd window cleaner or maintenance man? I doubt whether an Editor or Senior Journalist would have refused a public debate with Mark Scott. Scott generally only does soft interviews to his ABC subordinates, too subservient to ask the Boss anything difficult. He’d be mincemeat if pitted against someone hardened by hostile interviews from ABC/Fairfax types.

  3. boy on a bike

    They probably asked Graham Richardson, and were turned down because of the paucity of the fee offered.

  4. Joe Goodacre

    I think it’s a bit of wishful thinking that Bolt could demolish Scott.

    Bolt writes well, but doesn’t appear to be quick enough on his feet – the interview with Albo on the Bolt Report was an example.

  5. Peter H

    Simmons said that they asked the editor of the Australian, and both the current and past managing directors. Apparently they all declined. It would be interesting to know when the invitations to each were sent, and the structure of the event. It looks like it was a setup from the beginning.

  6. Badjack

    A lot of people rave about Bolt and his TV show but they need to have a good look at the content and then at his presentation skills. His content suits those of us of the right and so his popularity is high, but his presentation skills can be woeful due to excessively long questions (a fault of many presenters) followed by consistent interruptions to his guests.

  7. Mike of Marion

    Badjack
    #1252948, posted on April 5, 2014 at 8:01 am

    He had to learn to interrupt because of one of his frequent guests – Bruce Hawker

  8. Hendrix

    Bolt’s too polite and thinks he can persuade leftists using rational argument. Mockery and ridicule is what these people deserve

  9. Tel

    Bolt could have sat at the back and asked a curly question at the end.

    By the way, Xerox played a key role in the invention of the graphical user interface, so might be just a touch outrageous to claim they didn’t see the future coming.

  10. Kae

    Why aren’t those with a different view/opinion invited?

    Because the invitees have no argument.

  11. johno

    A lot of people rave about Bolt and his TV show but they need to have a good look at the content and then at his presentation skills. His content suits those of us of the right and so his popularity is high, but his presentation skills can be woeful due to excessively long questions (a fault of many presenters) followed by consistent interruptions to his guests.

    I agree that part of Bolt’s popularity is that he is providing content that rarely gets aired in Australia. That’s a failure of commercial media as much as the Left’s ABC and ABS. The real crime committed by the Left’s media is that it has a legal obligation to provide a diversity of views, but it sticks to a narrow left wing agenda.

    Bolt’s interviewing style is not great, but I thought last week he had taken on broad some of the friendly criticism he had received and was working on doing a better job. Still a work in progress, but some good signs.

  12. Token

    Hendo hits the target and picks up who are the priviledged white guys the string of foulmouthed lefties are having bigoted rants about:

    What a stunning performance by Egyptian American activist Mona Eltahawy on Q&A last Monday. It certainly helped to propel the program’s growing reputation as Australia’s leading taxpayer funded entertainment show.

    Ms Eltahawy used the word f-ck or f-cking on no fewer than four occasions. Wow. How daring – and so on. And she bagged “old, rich, white men”. Also on no fewer than four occasions. A brave reference to Tony Jones, it seems.

    My only edit is that it is a reference to M Scott ($700k + pa not including undeclared speaking fees) and T Jones & wife ($600k + combined not including undeclared speaking fees).

  13. Token

    He had to learn to interrupt because of one of his frequent guests – Bruce Hawker

    Bolt does not tactically interrupt like Jerry Springer Jones does on Q&A, he will interrupt speakers from all backgrounds if they are trying to play games not to answer the question as posed.

    This is a critical technique if he to manage his limited time. Great interviewers like Michael Parkinson will interrupt a guest in a similar way.

  14. Ant

    The Left are, ultimately, cowards.

    They are cowards because they are liars. And they lie compulsively and incessantly.

    They lie because they have to lie. They lie because they know if they told the truth they would be made to look like the idiots and fools that they are.

    This is why Scott will not go on Andrew Bolt’s program.

    He knows that Bolt will not play with platitudes but will demand the truth.

    Scott can’t tell the truth because he is a leftist.

  15. Outraged

    With the snivelling Tony Jones in the chair, would we not be confused as to which one was Jones and which one was Scott? Both look the same, sound the same and both sing from the same very small sheet.

  16. sabrina

    Clive Palmer at the Blot Report will be interesting.

  17. Tintarella di Luna

    Clive Palmer at the Blot Report will be interesting.

    Clive Palmer is an undisciplined blatherskite and holds no interest for me whatsoever. He tells is an immodest egoist and an over wheening egotist, he dissembles and prevaricates.

  18. CameronH

    What is it with the left and their blatant lying. I supposed they are never really called out on it by their ABC and other Lame stream media outlets like the project.

  19. Tom

    Scott can’t tell the truth because he is a leftist.

    Correct, Ant. Subverting the dominant paradigm requires that you lie about everything 24/7. Getting MPs elected requires that they lie well enough to sound like the reasonable people they’re not and that they’re telling the truth. Leftists in the media are supposed to be devoted to telling the truth, but they can’t because achieving their political objective requires that they lie to you. Even in its raw news coverage, the ABC uses trickery and sleight of hand designed to achieve propaganda objectives to change your mind about political issues. For a normal news organisation to be playing with such witchcraft, that would be death. The ABC is able to do it because its funding is guaranteed and it does not have to satisfy a paying audience — the ultimate irresponsibility. Freed of that relationship and having “fixed” the audience complaints system, the ABC public service silo becomes a hotbed of political fashion, the Greenfilth ALPBC.

  20. egg_

    What a shabby looking body in a suit – ghastly body posture too, gives Robert Hare’s “Snakes in Suits” a whole new meaning.

  21. john constantine

    when the lefties were campaigning last time to censor bolt from the ‘abc bizarro-world’,i did get an education. fiona parker,from victorian abc regional radio,got another member of the hive mind on her show and spent the full hour declaring,if not sanctifying, the abc’bzzarro-truth’ that there were abc life values.These abc life values were so valuable that they justified government funding,and those that shared abc life values felt hurt when people that didn’t agree with abc life values broadcast hurtful things on the abc.therefore taxpayer funded censorship was required to support abc bizarro world.

    would be interesting to meet the real sarah hanson young,instead of the bizarro world negative copy we are stuck with.will she grow up into bizarro lois lane?. What is the closest to bizarro kryptonite we can find for sky whale sarah? pies,chocolate cheesecake and lollies?.

  22. John Williams

    ..”he would absolutely take Scott to the cleaners even with Tony Jones in the chair.”
    I disagree.
    Watching Bolt do an interview is disappointing and at times painful and the reason for that is because it is all about Bolt.
    It should…must…be about the guest.
    Great interviewers…Frost , Parkinson et al…do excellent research prior to welcoming their guests and then use this research to formulate carefully considered questions to draw the guests into positions they would otherwise studiously avoid.
    A really good interviewer is like a spider making a web…by the time the prey realises what is occurring it is way too late and struggling to escape only worsens the situation.
    Lest you think I am anti-Bolt , I think he has made a huge contribution to media in this country.
    But his strength is in his writing; his on camera presentation skills are non-existent.

  23. duncanm

    A bit more background

    declined‘ is a very simplistic view, as one might expect.

    There were conflicts, an alternative was proposed by Mitchell, and it was not agreed.

  24. Rob

    Considering the paucity of gutsy journalists like Bolt, it’s a pity his noisy critics get so much air time – particularly on “our” ABC.
    Bolt’s appearances on Insiders were a stand-out and nobody has been found / is allowed to take his place.
    Give the guy a break, his Report this year is way better than earlier days.

  25. jupes
    Great interviewers…Frost , Parkinson et al…do excellent research prior to welcoming their guests …

    Different formats. Interviewing someone for half an hour or an hour is different from interviewing them for five minutes.

    It’s very difficult to ‘lure them into a spider’s web’ in that short time. Politicians know they only have to give a couple of stock answers or answer the question they would like to have been asked and time will be up before they get into too much trouble.

    If Bolt can get them to obfuscate i.e. show that they can’t answer the question, then that is probably as good as anyone can do in the time available. He did that with Andrew Leigh yesterday.

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