Bolt grabs TWAT

MEDIA:

Newspaper columnist and Sky News presenter Andrew Bolt has taken out The Bug’s inaugural TWAT Award for 2019.

The announcement of Mr Bolt as recipient of the first golden TWAT statuette was made at a glittering ceremony held in a side room at the tribute dinner to former prime minister Tony Abbott in Sydney last night.

The Things We Actually Think (TWAT) Award has been instituted by The Bug to recognise works by right-wing columnists* who baldly ignore the facts and their own hypocrisy to attack alleged left-wing bias in other parts of the media.

The citation for Mr Bolt’s award said it was “long-overdue recognition” of Mr Bolt’s longstanding practice of making claims of bias against media outlets not aligned or affiliated with News Corp Australia.

“In particular in his most recent column appearing in News Corp publications on 7 November, Mr Bolt showed extraordinary skill in yet again attacking the national broadcaster, the ABC, for its alleged left-wing bias while totally ignoring the right-wing bias of his own employers,” it read.

The Bug’s TWAT Award, a statuette comprising mounted copies of an original column plus a version reflecting what readers actually think (main picture) was presented to Mr Bolt in his absence.

Accepting the award on his behalf, broadcaster Alan Jones said Mr Bolt was not available for last night’s presentation as he was busy working on a column outlining how all Australians were poorer for Tony Abbott’s loss of the prime ministership in 2015.

*  The Bug is aware that in the context of Australian media the term “right-wing columnist” is a tautology.