From an episode of The MissionPresented by Daniel James

Interview

The Mission: Journalist Rick Morton on Dark Emu and Andrew Bolt

Andrew Bolt’s column in The Herald Sun recently sought to undermine author Bruce Pascoe and the factual integrity of his book Dark Emu. Bolt’s supposed ‘fact-check’ of Pascoe’s work left many, including senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton, scratching their heads. Who fact-checks the fact-checkers?

On The Mission, Rick discusses how two days of research led to Bolt’s ‘egregiously wrong set of columns’ and history of attacks against Bruce Pascoe being exposed. ‘It didn’t take long,’ Rick says. ‘[Bolt] isn’t interested in the details because he got many of them wrong himself.’

By Rick’s assessment, Bolt seems ‘very keen’ to preserve prevailing views on Australia’s Indigenous history and avoid those that might vilify colonialisation. ‘History evolves with our understanding of it… but it should not happen at the hands of someone who doesn’t understand what they’re talking about.’

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Listen to The Mission: Journalist Rick Morton on Dark Emu and Andrew Bolt24:353 December 2019