Australia's best-read political blogger, conservative columnist Andrew Bolt, has mysteriously decided to stop commenting on politics "until further notice".
The megaphones power lister and prolific blogger -- Bolt posted 18 entries yesterday -- upoaded a cryptic message this morning that read: "No politics until further notice. Principles to weigh up. Faith to keep. Sorry."
Yesterday, The Australian columnist Glenn Milne quoted heavily from Bolt's blog in an opinion piece that trawled through Gillard's former personal life. Milne's piece was swiftly pulled from the web and today's paper carries an apology to the PM acknowledging the article contained serious factual errors.
Over the weekend Bolt, who gets around 2.5 million hits on his site each month, posted his prediction that a "statutory declaration" involving the prime minister would surface on Moday.
No such statutory declaration has yet appeared. The post has since been taken down.
This is the second time in recent months that Bolt's blogging efforts have attracted controversy. Only hours after news emerged of the July massacre in Norway, Bolt posted a blog entry theorising that the attack was the work of Islamists and that "the consequences for Norway’s immigration policies could be profound". In fact, the gunman was a white, christian Norweigan who suscribes to a far-right ideology.
UPDATE: Around 1pm, Andrew Bolt posted the following update to his blog: "Afrer [sic] discussions, I now feel free to speak my mind. So I shall. In tomorrow’s column. I apologise for the mysteriousness, but I did not want to act in anger or before matters had been resolved. I had to be fair to my employer and to my readers, and I apologise if you think I’ve had the balance wrong over the past 24 hours."