In his column today Andrew Bolt, the anti-Islam racist propagandist at the Murdoch-owned Melbourne ‘Herald-Sun’ newspaper, writes regarding a Perth man who has been charged over an anti-Semitic YouTube film he made: “I damned the video, and worry about the intellectual culture that’s now licensing Jew-hatred. But I’m not entirely easy about what’s happened to that film-maker since”.
Bolt goes on: “That this man was scorned so comprehensively was the most important and necessary reaction. But calling in the law to silence him? It’s not just an attack on free speech, but may also prove counterproductive, elevating an object of ridicule into a martyr.”
Bolt’s fear here is not so much ‘free speech’ – he has no interest in ‘free speech’; he refuses to publish any comments I make at his blog – but more a fear of a precedent being set whereby he too could be arrested for inciting race hatred aimed at Islam.
Bolt’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.