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#QandOffensive?

By Marcus Paul - 25 August 2015 45

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I haven’t checked the calendar yet, but I’m reading about Q&A, so I think it must be a Tuesday.

Everyone is talking about ‘that’ tweet. You know, the one from a Twitter user with the handle @AbbottLovesAnal, which slipped past ABC moderators on last night’s show.

Was it crude? Certainly. Offensive? Probably. Is the outrage warranted? No way.

This writer has already had a couple of social media spats with those gunning for conservative blood. “If we are allowed to be bigots and offend anyone, he’s included,” and this gem: “Confected outrage ensuring it’s seen by everyone.”

Live broadcasting will always have scope for imperfections. This was obviously a simple oversight. If it was deliberate, someone feels so strongly about Abbott that they’re willing to risk their job to make a statement. If so, I say a big ‘welcome back’ to Aussie larrikinism.

Again, ABC boss Mark Scott has found himself apologising to the PM.

In yet another sequence of events that is becoming all too common, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull phoned the ABC’s managing director early this morning to tell him there needed to be better supervision of Q&A.

“In what felt like a Groundhog Day moment yet again in the early hours of Tuesday I spoke with Mark Scott about another unedifying incident at Q&A,” Turnbull said.

“The tweet should obviously never have been put on the screen and the fact that it was underlines the need for better supervision of the program.”

This program constantly lets viewers know it receives a massive volume of tweets each minute, which all adds to the overall flavour of the discussion.

I actually don’t mind Q and A – the concept is great, and it can genuinely add to the news cycle the following day.

Whether intentional or not, is this kind of thing acceptable – are we getting so down and dirty in the discourse that anything goes?

It’s no secret the business of politics is a dirty old game. Just ask Commissioner Hayden.
Of course there is room for robust debate, and so there should be. However, do we need to lower it to the car crash that is Mark Latham?

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#QandOffensive?
chewy14 8:09 pm 25 Aug 15

Mysteryman said :

I find it amusing that the people trying to downplay the offensiveness of the situation are the same people who were up in arms anytime something even *remotely* offensive involved Julia Gillard.

If it helps them, perhaps those people should think of it like this: would they be offended if something of an equivalent nature was said/done involving Julia Gillard when she was PM? The answer in this case, is absolutely they would.

Yep, there would have been a feminist meltdown if something like this was written about Gillard but reading some other websites and comments, apparently this is funny and everyone should ignore it.

I also find it extremely hard to believe that it simply slipped through, either it was shown on purpose or the producers are incompetent, not a good look.

HenryBG 7:11 pm 25 Aug 15

dungfungus said :

“I actually don’t mind Q and A – the concept is great……”
What is the concept of Q&A, really?

An unrepresentative audience, often stuffed with LaRouchians, and the amazingly dopey idea of broadcasting tweets on live TV.

As to your confidence regarding Abbott’s tastes….surely somebody with their gaydar in good operational order could set you straight…

milkman 6:56 pm 25 Aug 15

rubaiyat said :

Mysteryman said :

I find it amusing that the people trying to downplay the offensiveness of the situation are the same people who were up in arms anytime something even *remotely* offensive involved Julia Gillard.

If it helps them, perhaps those people should think of it like this: would they be offended if something of an equivalent nature was said/done involving Julia Gillard when she was PM? The answer in this case, is absolutely they would.

Julia didn’t lower the tone, Tone did.

This is just a taste of Tone’s own medicine.

You think a program that purports to discuss current affairs in a serious manner should resort to personal insults?

dungfungus 6:55 pm 25 Aug 15

rubaiyat said :

Reminds me of that other “offensive” Q, QI.

They had an episode which included all the offensive names for horses that owners try and slip past the Registrars, …and succeed, where those Registrars have considerable more notice and time to parse the jokes, than do the producers of Q&A who have to do it in real time.

I am sure that the Government, having so much free time on their hands for indignation, must on the blower to Rupert about the latest spittle splashed headlines in what passes for news at News Corp or Fox News.

Your worst nightmare would have to being run over by a car being driven by Rupert on the Majura Expressway.

HiddenDragon 6:23 pm 25 Aug 15

I saw the tweet but missed the handle (doubtless mesmerised by Annabel’s eloquence).

But what we really need to know is whether it came from the Cabinet or the backbench….

Mysteryman 6:20 pm 25 Aug 15

rubaiyat said :

Mysteryman said :

I find it amusing that the people trying to downplay the offensiveness of the situation are the same people who were up in arms anytime something even *remotely* offensive involved Julia Gillard.

If it helps them, perhaps those people should think of it like this: would they be offended if something of an equivalent nature was said/done involving Julia Gillard when she was PM? The answer in this case, is absolutely they would.

Julia didn’t lower the tone, Tone did.

This is just a taste of Tone’s own medicine.

As predictable as the sunrise, you show up and prove my point. Thank you.

Masquara 6:12 pm 25 Aug 15

“Slipped past moderators”? Gimme a break. It’s hard to get a tweet onto Q&A. That was deliberate on the part of a Q&A “moderator”.

rubaiyat 5:36 pm 25 Aug 15

Same with them thar SmartAss Scieeenteests!

rubaiyat 5:32 pm 25 Aug 15

dungfungus said :

“I actually don’t mind Q and A – the concept is great……”
What is the concept of Q&A, really?

Letting people say things that you don’t like to hear.

Typical ABC.

There should be a referendum to force the ABC to ask people what they’d like to hear and only broadcast that.

dungfungus 5:26 pm 25 Aug 15

“I actually don’t mind Q and A – the concept is great……”
What is the concept of Q&A, really?

rubaiyat 5:25 pm 25 Aug 15

Mysteryman said :

I find it amusing that the people trying to downplay the offensiveness of the situation are the same people who were up in arms anytime something even *remotely* offensive involved Julia Gillard.

If it helps them, perhaps those people should think of it like this: would they be offended if something of an equivalent nature was said/done involving Julia Gillard when she was PM? The answer in this case, is absolutely they would.

Julia didn’t lower the tone, Tone did.

This is just a taste of Tone’s own medicine.

rubaiyat 5:20 pm 25 Aug 15

Reminds me of that other “offensive” Q, QI.

They had an episode which included all the offensive names for horses that owners try and slip past the Registrars, …and succeed, where those Registrars have considerable more notice and time to parse the jokes, than do the producers of Q&A who have to do it in real time.

I am sure that the Government, having so much free time on their hands for indignation, must on the blower to Rupert about the latest spittle splashed headlines in what passes for news at News Corp or Fox News.

Mysteryman 4:58 pm 25 Aug 15

I find it amusing that the people trying to downplay the offensiveness of the situation are the same people who were up in arms anytime something even *remotely* offensive involved Julia Gillard.

If it helps them, perhaps those people should think of it like this: would they be offended if something of an equivalent nature was said/done involving Julia Gillard when she was PM? The answer in this case, is absolutely they would.

dungfungus 4:49 pm 25 Aug 15

I don’t think Abbott does anal though.

Heavs 4:37 pm 25 Aug 15

For a network that supposedly doesn’t care about ratings the mob on Q&A sure to pull some pretty childish stunts to get eyeballs on for next week. That’s all these little exercises have been – baiting the Government to get column inches and eyeballs for the following weeks show.

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