Dr Mumbo

Barry vs Bolt: I’ll show you my salary now you show me yours…

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 9.08.42 AMLast night was the last episode of Media Watch for 2013 and Dr Mumbo was pleased to see Paul Barry go out with a bang, responding to questions from The Australian about how much he earns by challenging News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt to declare his full salary.

As of the program’s airtime Bolt had not responded to the challenge but Barry declared his salary on-air: $191,259. Not a bad salary for hosting a weekly 15 minute program.

But then of course by 9.28pm (8 minutes into the program) Bolt felt the need to respond. You can read his full blog post entitled: “Paul Barry is a really a fool and Media Watch is a disgrace” here.

Or if you just want the précis Bolt told Dr Mumbo this morning:

“Paul Barry has revealed what he ABC has paid him which is appropriate given it’s a tax payer funded organisation and I’m equally prepared to reveal what I’m paid by tax payers and that’s $600 per appearance on Insiders.”

“What Paul has not done is reveal all of his income (from his books and other sources) and neither am I obliged to in my opinion.”

Well that clarifies that, although to be fair its been a while since Andrew was on Insiders…

Meanwhile The Australian is continuing its comprehensive coverage of the important national issue of how much ABC employees earn. Since breaking the scoop on Thursday, by Dr Mumbo’s count we are now up to 15 stories on the issue. Just 15 presumably they can break 20 by the weekend.


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