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On being feral

By johnboy - 12 April 2012 40

A slightly bizarre thing happened yesterday afternoon on ABC local radio. I was doing keynote speakers segment when the subject turned to the vexed issue of Legislative Assembly Timesheets.

Former Deputy Chief Minister Ted Quinlan, not known for being a huge fan of RiotACT and its works, was gracious enough to acknowledge that he’d only had the benefit of reading the Mcleod report thanks to us posting it.

This prompted someone to contact the station, and the producer to flash it to the presenter Genevieve Jacobs who then read it out on air, that Ted Quinlan was in danger for even having cast his eye upon RiotACT, because we are just a blog and a feral one at that engaged in feral attacks.

I wish I had the exact words.

I played it with a reasonably straight, if condescending, bat at the time. But given the benefit of the internet ,when it comes to giving considered responses, here’s what I wish I’d said.

Now let’s leave aside the use of the word feral to apply to other human beings with all its overtones of racism and xenophobia.

Due to being the only outlet that actually let our readers see the full text of the report being discussed, to the point where a party grandee only saw it thanks to performing that service we’re being multiply abused as feral on the ABC?

Not the Speaker’s office, not the Canberra Liberals, not the Canberra Times, nor the ABC.

Rather than selective reporting (or misreporting as seemed to be the case in one significant instance) we provided the full story in the words of the former Commonwealth Ombudsman who wrote them.

And we that gets us slagged as feral?

Well go right ahead, call me feral. On that standard I’ll wear it any time.

What’s Your opinion?


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40 Responses to
On being feral
phototext 4:15 pm 12 Apr 12

How disapointing.

I thought this was going to be a guide to firestick twirling, lentil cooking and crystals.

madamcholet 4:06 pm 12 Apr 12

I heard your retort and I must admit I did think at the time that it did not come across that well – and can see why you might now be wishing you had said what you have written here. Pretty shcoking for the G Jacobs show at the very least.

However, I do agree with your point. Must be a disgruntled RA poster. Of which there must be many given the bagging that some receive on here.

You do somewhat have the advantage now though of being the editor of this forum to get your viewpoint across. They might see this rant as being their victory though – in addition to your ungracious retort on the radio.

danggers16 4:05 pm 12 Apr 12

ferals

dazzab 3:42 pm 12 Apr 12

I think this is a case of ‘consider the source’. The people calling you feral have little credibility so let’s move on.

Tetranitrate 3:32 pm 12 Apr 12

dpm said :

My guess, it was one of those poor, naive people who writes into RA asking for help with some matter (usually that they have brought upon themselves), only to receive a bagging instead of the advice which was asked for.
A recent example, off the top of my head, would be the ‘large girth’ guy asking for shirt info who received (amongst some really good advice this time!) suggestions to simply lose weight.
That’s probably what the person was talking about, though that sort of thing is not restricted to RA….!

Agreed – if you want to see the needlessly abusive nastiness in its distilled form, go look at the threads on the Lake Gininderra Teepee/raft thing or any thread where public housing is brought up.

It’s not Johnboy’s fault and you can’t have a free discussion if moderation is heavy handed, so I can’t see it changing anytime soon – but I can definitely see why someone might refer to the riotact as a blog/forum/community as ‘feral’.

neanderthalsis 3:24 pm 12 Apr 12

There is a list of likely suspects:

Anyone from the Canberra Times
Anyone from ACT Labor
Anyone from ACT Libs
John Passant (although a fellow blogger)
Mark Parton
Scotty and/or Nige
Anyone form commercial morning radio
Mardi from Jerra

PBO 3:24 pm 12 Apr 12

PBO said :

Dont start a fight with him JB, having just checked out his wiki page i can now see that he is not one to be messed with.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Quinlan

Wow, it has already been corrected!

johnboy 3:21 pm 12 Apr 12

the article is in no way a criticism of Ted Quinlan who, as I wrote, was very gracious.

PBO 3:21 pm 12 Apr 12

Dont start a fight with him JB, having just checked out his wiki page i can now see that he is not one to be messed with.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Quinlan

enrique 3:19 pm 12 Apr 12

dpm said :

My guess, it was one of those poor, naive people who writes into RA asking for help with some matter (usually that they have brought upon themselves), only to receive a bagging instead of the advice which was asked for.

REPTOIDS!!!

dpm 3:05 pm 12 Apr 12

My guess, it was one of those poor, naive people who writes into RA asking for help with some matter (usually that they have brought upon themselves), only to receive a bagging instead of the advice which was asked for.
A recent example, off the top of my head, would be the ‘large girth’ guy asking for shirt info who received (amongst some really good advice this time!) suggestions to simply lose weight.
That’s probably what the person was talking about, though that sort of thing is not restricted to RA….!

PantsMan 3:04 pm 12 Apr 12

Ted who? Oh, the failed ACT Treasurer who’s been doing the ACT Tax Review since 12 August 2010?

SnapperJack 3:01 pm 12 Apr 12

Don’t worry JB. In 18 months time Tony will be PM, the ABC will either be shut down or privatised and we won’t have to put up with this type of crap anymore. It can’t come soon enough.

enrique 2:50 pm 12 Apr 12

Another week where journalists that aim to put the full set of information into the hands of the public are getting slammed. Just one more local expose’ and we’ll have a hat-trick.

Hang in there JB, the old generation and their fear of information-equality will be retiring to their coastal retreats over the next few years

Brandi 2:39 pm 12 Apr 12

BAM

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