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Andrew #Bolt caught plagiarising…himself | Crikey

Breaking news: society is crumbling! Andrew Bolt today hashes over a series of gruesome crimes — a child prostitution ring in Sydney, the Snowtown murders, the Anita Cobby murder, the Bega Schoolgirl Murders, the Macquarie Fields riots — and lays the blame squarely at the feet of the moral decay that comes when we trash traditions like marriage and vilify religions. And listen to grunge music.

The strangest part of the article is his slandering of the band Live, whose society-corrupting days surely must be long past. Bolt writes of the Snowtown murders: ”Some of these men, and eight of their victims, lived on pensions. At least two killings were done as a CD played a grunge hit: ‘I kill you in my dreams, I’ll turn the other cheek during the day, I’ll kill you all.’”

Fans of heavier alternative rock (not grunge) will recognise these lyrics as belonging to song HeroPsychoDreamer from 1997 album Secret Samadhi. Murder fans will also recognise it was not HPD played on repeat during some Snowtown murders, but Selling The Drama, from 1994’s Throwing Copper. An odd mistake. In fact, only one journalist has ever previously made it …

It’s June 9, 2006, and society is crumbling. Just look at these gruesome crimes: a child abuse case in Morwell, riots in Wadeye and Macquarie Fields, the Snowtown murders, Jaidyn Leskie, the Anita Cobby murder, the Bega Schoolgirl Murders. And what binds these crimes together? Could it be, Bolt asks, that “we ask for trouble when we let traditions crumble, marriage weaken, culture coarsen and responsibility slide”? That “the freedoms loved by the strong can make monsters of the weak”?

Sound familiar? Indeed, a huge chunk of today’s article is lifted wholesale from his 2006 effort. Observe:

Take the Snowtown bodies-in-the-barrels murders. What on earth — or in hell — could have produced the killers who tortured and murdered 11 friends, lovers and relatives, even snacking on their bodies?

Lift another rock. We hear the main killer, John Bunting, say he was abused as a child. He later got married before moving in with another woman, who had six children by several men.

His accomplice, Robert Wagner, was also abused as a child, and left to drift through school without ever learning to read or write. At 14 he was taken off the streets by a pedophile.

Helping them was James Vlassakis, who’d been abused by his late father and raped by his half-brother, before taking to heroin.

Some of these men, and eight of their victims, lived on pensions. At least two of the killings were done as a CD played of the grunge band

Live: “I kill you in my dreams, I’ll turn the other cheek during the day, I’ll kill you all.”

And today:

Take the Snowtown bodies-in-the-barrels murders.

It wasn’t just an evil gene that produced monsters who tortured and killed 11 friends, lovers and relatives, even feeding on their flesh.

The lead killer, John Bunting, claims he was abused as a child. He left his wife and moved in with another woman, who had six children by various men.

Accomplice Robert Wagner was also abused as a child, and was never taught to read. At 14 a paedophile took him home.

Helping them was James Vlassakis, who’d been abused by his father and raped by his half-brother, before taking to heroin.

Some of these men, and eight of their victims, lived on pensions. At least two killings were done as a CD played a grunge hit: “I kill you in my dreams, I’ll turn the other cheek during the day, I’ll kill you all.”

But how did he come up with the wrong song six years ago? I don’t know. Perhaps, as a number of courts have decided, he’s just not that great at journalism. —  Cam Smith

Bolt = tool

About Darin Sullivan (1969 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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