I used to be a great fan of Andrew Bolt and enjoyed reading and commenting on his blog. It was mainly a friendly, interesting comment section, with droll banter between commenters, spirited debate at times, but usually fun and informative.
Now, Andrew seems to put the minimum into it. His comments are the same old same old, but done shorter and definitely not bigly. We used to be able to read his longer pieces but no longer, as the dreaded “paywall” has come down.
His commentary has lost its zing. He is just paddling enough to get paid. Perhaps his nightly gig on Sky News is taking up all his energy. His lack of research on the Trump campaign and Trump himself, was downright embarrassing and cringe worthy. He was against him at first, but then was hammered by Trump supporters, who also happen to be the same crowd of “righties” who support Abbott and can’t stand Turnbull, and started to change his tune.
Then there is the comments section. People like “Simon” and a few other single first names leftists give themselves, have been allowed to troll over and over again, with the same leftist points, which others knock down, only to confront the same leftist talking points again the next day. Mindless drivel from Climate Alarmist scientists that were disproven years ago are trotted out. Smart arse comments on “free speech” and 18C are regularly inserted.
Most of the original friendly band of middle of the road conservative supporters of Bolt seem to have given up like I have. There are new names for awhile, and then they too leave. But “Simon” and his ilk remain, I would suggest that they are being paid for doing so, hence the identifiable (to the paymaster) names.
I used to tell people to be sure and read Bolt. No longer.