Andrew Bolt interviewed Lidia Thorpe’s (white) father on Thursday evening. How that happened who knows. Did Roy Illingworth knock on Bolt’s door? Did Bolt approach Mr Illingworth? Were commercial terms involved? What is clear is that Illingworth would have done better not to do the interview. Bolt asked him some personal questions about his daughter and his relationship with her; and, intrusively, about her mental health. Family business is best kept private. And for his part Illingworth is obviously and understandably not a practised media performer.
I think he did OK in the circumstances. He batted away the suggestion that her health was an issue. Well done. Not well done to two-bob-each-way Bolt who editorialised the interview by commenting that there are always two sides to family disputes. No there aren’t. Sometimes there are two sides. Sometimes there aren’t.
Immediately after Bolt, on came Chris Kenny, the cognitively-confused conservative Voice advocate. A tirade of prolonged criticism of Illingworth followed for appearing on Bolt and being critical of his daughter. I can’t help but think that Kenny’s effort might sow more discord between Illingworth and his daughter. Not a good and decent thing to do. I had to switch him off. What gall. His colleague Bolt had invited Illingworth onto his show. He, Bolt, had asked intrusive and personal questions of Illingworth, knowing that he was not dealing with a practised interviewee.
Was there a rehearsal beforehand? Might I suggest a title for the segment(s): “The patsy, the good cop and the bad cop.”
Disgraceful television. Never mind, I can always watch the ABC.