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?