Monday, August 29, 2011

ABC for Palestine

On tonight's Q and A, an ABC Staffer saw fit to air a banal tweet from Moammar Mashni, of Australians for Palestine:
Why can't Don Watson be our PM?
Moammar Mashni's tweet hadn't been retweeted by anyone, so clearly whomever at the ABC saw fit to publish it on television 'followed' Mashni's Twitter stream and reads everything he writes. Such as:
zio-trolls like u make me laugh. Your fascism knows no boundaries. I'm comforted in the fact #BDS will defeat evil loons like u
Interesting stuff they're reading over at the ABC...

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26 Comments:

Blogger Majid Ali said...

PLEEZE HELP ME FOR GOD SAKE

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Toaf said...

Maybe Aunty was reading the tweets tagged with #qanda. That's how it works, right?

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry Lieutenant Dan - you too could get a tweet on #qanda. Even after they read your stupidity about Murdoch owning Facebook.

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Lattecat said...

Hey, Toaf - you don't see anything wrong with that idiot's twitter stream? This really is not something you can be neutral about.

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"you too could get a tweet on #qanda"

no, tweets on qanda are specifically screened for positive green indoctrination and a probable IQ of 50 or less, rendering Lt. Dan disqualified. You, @9.58 in contrast......

mung bean

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Pennyoz said...

I noticed a number of people tweeting about certain panel members being PM. Doesn't take much to want anyone for PM so long as they are clearly associated with the left side of politics.
On the same basis we'd welcome Oakshott. Prime Minister Oakshott.
First thing he'd install as PM would be a lolly jar in the foyer where anyone who claims a mandate throws their five cent piece.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Toaf said...

Lattecat, do you really believe that the peeps at the ABC are following this twit and displaying that particular tweet as part of some anti-Israel conspiracy?

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Farfour said...

Twitter feeds like this are required reading for ABC staff. It's your 8 cents a day but it's their ABC.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Toaf said...

#tinfoilhats

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no, tweets on qanda are specifically screened for positive green indoctrination and a probable IQ of 50 or less

So, much like posts on this blog then.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So, much like posts on this blog then"

except inverse.

total $#%king wanker aren't you, you must tweet on qanda

4:51 PM  
Anonymous ar said...

The same twitterers are getting their tweets up on Qanda every week. Clearly they are being followed. But occasionally you get one slip through like Zeg the cartoonist. No one at the ABC would be following this guy, surely...

7:32 AM  
Anonymous xyz said...

Toaf,

You are putting words in people's mouths. Is this deliberate or are you just stupid?

ar,
I don't think it is unreasonable to expect the ABC to check the twitter stream of people before they post their tweets. After all, the ABC is giving their twitter streams publicity by putting their tweets to Q&A up.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Mango said...

Apologies for butting in, but there's a literary hoax (similar to Norma Toliopoulos and Helen Darville) brewing up in your part of the world, regarding Tall Tales from a "Tamil Tigress". I'm waiting with bated breath for Lowenstein to mention this, but so far, nothing. Total silence :)

The full story is here: http://tinyurl.com/3z53k5t

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can just imagine Squire Dan, eager to please his pederast master Sir JF, poring over #qanda tweets... going to accounts which have had tweets published on-air... poring through the backlog of non-#qanda tweets... until he finds this 'gem'...

"Ooooh!"

* Publish on RWDB, then fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Wow. Brilliant insults there, "anonymous". All the more devastating because not only are you too cowardly to dare say them under your real name, you're clearly too stupid to even come up with a pseudonym despite the written instructions a third-grade child could follow.

Truly devastating.

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't understand how twitter works do you John? The abc staffer would have been following the #qanda tweet stream. This stream usually moves quite fast with hundreds of tweets per minute. With the fast moving nature of the service I dont think the abc have time for an ASIO background check on each tweet they put on the show.

Oh who am I kidding. IT'S A COMMUNISLAM/ABC CONSPIRACY!!!!!!!! You thwarted us yet again.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anonymous @ 2:37 (who apparently didn't read the note above the comment form)

As you indicated, the tweet stream moves so quickly one can hardly keep up. The only way Tweets tend to get noticed is if a few people (usually followers) retweet them, pushing it higher up the list and giving it prominence. If Joe Hildebrand or Dan Ilic wrote the same tweet as me, theirs would simply be noticed by more people and stand a far greater chance of getting on air.

I don't expect the ABC to fully check the bona fides of a person, only their comment. However I would not be surprised at all if someone at the ABC is following this jerk's tweets. That represents a problem at the ABC.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous xyz said...

"With the fast moving nature of the service I dont think the abc have time for an ASIO background check on each tweet they put on the show."

On twitter, if you click on the person's username you get to view their twitter feed.

This takes 10 seconds and is hardly the same as running an 'ASIO background check'.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

However I would not be surprised at all if someone at the ABC is following this jerk's tweets. That represents a problem at the ABC.

So you say that someone "might" be following someone else's tweets, without having any evidence, then further state that this "represents a problem"?

Take your tin foil hat off, Daniel-san.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

"Take your tin foil hat off, Daniel-san."

This from someone who posts anonymously.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better to be anonymous than a hysterical conspiracy theorist.

12:26 AM  
Anonymous xyz said...

"So you say that someone "might" be following someone else's tweets, without having any evidence"

What evidence do you require to say that someone might be following his tweets?


"Better to be anonymous than a hysterical conspiracy theorist."

Your hyperbole tells me that you are either a fool or a troll. But I shan't exclude the possibility that you are a foolish troll.

4:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"On twitter, if you click on the person's username you get to view their twitter feed.

This takes 10 seconds and is hardly the same as running an 'ASIO background check'."

And the point of running tweets on the screen is it is relevant to what is being said on qanda at that moment. Not 10-20 seconds from then.

JF Beck got it wrong

"Moammar Mashni's tweet hadn't been retweeted by anyone, so clearly whomever at the ABC saw fit to publish it on television 'followed' Mashni's Twitter stream and reads everything he writes."

Toaf already tried to explain how hashtags work, that it doesnt require the user to follow all accounts to see what people are saying that are using the same hashtag. In fack Beck could have just checked the qanda twitter account and seen who they follow. But Beck wont do that.

And furthermore, who cares. They ran a tweet by someone who supports the BDS movement. I'm not of the thoughtcrime crew that think those with unpopular opinions should be barred from the national broadcaster.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anonymous,

JF didn't blog this. I did and no, it's not wrong. You've simply missed the point (as well as the simple instructions about calling yourself anonymous).

The chances of his completely banal comment being spotted amidst the spew of #qanda tagged tweets, is virtually zero.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous XYZ said...

"They ran a tweet by someone who supports the BDS movement. I'm not of the thoughtcrime crew that think those with unpopular opinions should be barred from the national broadcaster."

You exaggerate the opinions of people you disagree with and white wash the opinions of people you appear to support. The concerns about this fellow have very little to do with his support for BDS.

"And the point of running tweets on the screen is it is relevant to what is being said on qanda at that moment. Not 10-20 seconds from then."

Talk back radio generally has a delay to prevent inappropriate comments or comments from inappropriate people from being broadcasted. Q&A should be held to similar standards.

There is already a delay between what is being talked about and the tweets that are coming in given that it takes people time to compose a tweet and the ABCs' process of uploading them is also not automatic. Another few seconds delay to check the twitter feed is entirely appropriate.

3:52 PM  

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