In Boltworld, any Muslim preaching extremist views represents all of Islam and, therefore, so Bolt implies, all Muslims are extremists. This is how he does it.
Bolt writes: “Australian Islamist Musa Cerantonio is just one of many of the “tiny minority” who shout hatred and wink at extreme violence, stirring a potentially lethal anger.” Putting quote marks around ‘tiny minority’ is the giveaway in Bolthink.
But, as always with Bolt, reality is something completely different.
With something like 1.57 billion adherents to Islam, or about 23% of the world’s population, Cerantonio actually is just one of an extremely tiny minority within the Islamic world. And, just as Cerantonio represents just a very tiny minority of Muslims on our planet, so Andrew Bolt, a racist extremist preaching hatred of Islam, is really only representative of a tiny minority of the Western world.
But, whereas Cerantonio’s words reaches the ears of just a few, which, ironically, is helped along by the likes of Bolt who highlights Cerantonio’s words, Bolt has a much wider audience via the mainstream media and through TV through which he delivers his message of hate.
As well as using the mainstream media, Bolt also uses other Islamophobic resources. In his article, Bolt links to a website called MEMRI-TV, an American anti-Islam site set up by fanatical Islamophobic neocon/Zionists Yigal Carmon and Meyrav Wurmser, wife of David Wurmser, a former senior official in the Pentagon during the Bush era. MEMRI’s original mission statement read: “In its research, the institute puts emphasis on the continuing relevance of Zionism to the Jewish people and to the state of Israel.” In other words, MEMRI is just yet another neocon propaganda hate site designed to feed the likes of Bolt with material which he then uses to preach his own brand of Islamophobic hatred.