Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Julia Heart Bolta

I previously noted the delightful Twitter comments being aimed at Andrew Bolt about his new TV show, by people who mostly claimed not to have actually watched it (hey, why should that stop them having an opinion on it?)

Someone has even set up a Twitter account named @BoltIsACunt. No big deal and it only has 11 followers. Although one certainly stands out. (Click to embiggen).

Someone at the Prime Minister's Office has a lot of explaining to do.

Someone at Jonathan Green's Crikey office probably needn't bother.

Update:Gavin Atkins notes that the Prime Minister also follows @Faggotface.

The PM has 99,285 people following her but is only following 56,245 people. So it's not the case that she is simply following people back, to be polite. Similarly, I know that merely following a person doesn't imply approval. For example, it's entirely understandable that the PM would follow her political opponents, and potentially enemies of this country, as an information gathering exercise. There can't possibly be any benefit to following these two accounts though. Seriously, what is going on at the PM's Office?

Update 2: Anonymous comments to this post smell a grand conspiracy!
Bolt aside, this is a pretty sick setup of the PM.

I'll warrant, once they were followed they changed their username/profile settings.
Nice try. Except @BoltIsACunt's very first tweet, said exactly that about Bolt.

Apparently it is inconceivable to consider that:
a) There actually are people who hate Andrew Bolt and would say that, and
b) The Prime Minister would ever do something wrong, incompetent, embarrassing...

No. It's all a conspiracy. I await my cheque, for my small part.

Others suggest it's all a big accident:
Gillard's choice of followers is probably done by a computer program - recall this story about Kevin Rudd following porn accounts.
When that happened, the technology was blamed for automatically selecting accounts to follow. Fair enough. But the second time it happens...

The PM's Office has been following the account since 1 November, when they would have received this tweet:
Thanks @JuliaGillard for following! You are totes not a cunt (but I am aware that your genitalia could be crudely called that).

Update 3: It's been almost 2 days since I posted this. Since then, Andrew Bolt has noticed it too, briefly mentioning it on one of Australia's most popular blogs. However the PM still 'follows' the aforesaid Twitter account. Maybe she hasn't been briefed yet? I wonder how much taxpayer money is going to the PM's media monitoring agencies.

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Anonymous Chistery said...

Jezza sez -

distasteful though it is, keep an eye on the extremes of [Andrew Bolts], and just what sort of damage it’s doing to the public discourse, so that you don’t have to.


we’ve got much better things to do than watch Mr Bolt [on The Bolt Report]

Good for you, Jizz. Take that moral high ground and run it up Everest.

I bet Bolts #1 stalker fan will be back a sea level before next Sunday 10.00am.

7:09 AM  
Blogger David Barry said...

Gillard's choice of followers is probably done by a computer program - recall this story about Kevin Rudd following porn accounts.

11:15 AM  
Blogger zz said...

You don't seriously believe the PM or her staff would be bothered following those thousands and thousands of tweeters, get off the grass. Ever heard of technology? idiot.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bolt aside, this is a pretty sick setup of the PM.

I'll warrant, once they were followed they changed their username/profile settings.


11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a swinging voter who is also a conservative working class man I enjoyed the Bolt show on Sun. I've been an avid follower of his blog and you'll find more lefty's on his blog than you will total right wingers on the ABC. I find Bolt, like Latho and a few others tells it how he sees it and not how undergraduate, anti-Semitic, anti-American ultra leftists see it. I managed to listen to Bolt for 30 minutes on Sunday. Whenever the PM comes on, I'm off.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't suprise me, this woman has zero class...

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find this story is extremly hard to masturbate to.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey ZZ apparently that egotistical money squandering knob Rudd would have us all believe that he follows tweets. I personally doubt that the bottle-dyed redhead has the brains to even use a calculator.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story reminds me of the female politician who went to her GP:

JG: doctor I'm so embarrassed, everytime I bend over my private parts whistle

The GP got JG to bend over and everytime she did her private parts whistled.

GP: I'm stumped, I'll ring up my specialist mate for an opinion.

GP rings specialist and asks him to listen as JG bends over.

GP to specialist: what do you think that is?

Specialist: sounds to me like some cunt whistling.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget Bob Brown is also following that account. I guess that means he won't be issuing a written apology to Andrew Bolt on behalf of all Australians.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous spot said...

Anonymous 1:17 (can't any of you people use screen names?), as pointed to someone else in comments, don't confuse the 18 people this account is FOLLOWING with the 11 accounts (currently) which are this accounts FOLLOWERS.

This account is following both Bob Brown and Julia Gillard. Julia Gillard or whichever staffer manages her "social media presence" on her behalf decided it was worth following back; Bob Brown didn't.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but he IS

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question is was that posted by the real Julia or the other one. Either way I would back Bolt over Gillard anyway the woman is a disgrace. I guess Gillard could be excused as the Green's control what she says and does in most cases.

3:08 PM  

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