My Latest Twitter Updates

  • The Coyote Candidate: http://auspol.info/iKPI0d – the latest instalment from Gail Collins on would-be-Republican presidential candidates. #
  • Remember Harry Nicolaides? Now there's an American arrested for insulting the Thai King: http://auspol.info/mdc5ot -on the internet no less. #
  • @NeilMcMahon @Pollytics But you've got to admit it's another perfect own goal from the government. #
  • @Pollytics It's not new, no, but the utter stupidity of trying it from such a position of weakness… #
  • @Pollytics Except this lot will be ridiculed for it like never before. Wilfully, stupidly blind to how they're perceived. #
  • @prestontowers You're confusing your exasperation with the media for the self-inflicted wounds of the govt. #
  • @timhollo That will teach me to trust my Twitter feed and a single article from the Herald-Sun! I assumed it was a govt campaign. #
  • @Warbz For heaven's sake – the govt's problem is their total inability to argue their case. No ad campaign can rectify that. #
  • @prestontowers Well, I can remember it longer. This is nothing compared to what they threw at Whitlam. #
  • @prestontowers What world are you living in? The media is always anti-Labor. The problem here started with Rudd & continues with Gillard. #
  • @prestontowers Murdoch campaigned hard for Whitlam in 72 and against him in 75. There's nothing new to any of this. #
  • @prestontowers Rosy-coloured glasses. There's always been good and bad journalism. Problem is lack of political skills in the govt. #
  • @prestontowers Perhaps us smarty-pants on Twitter are immune but the dumb public are brainwashed by the media? It's patronising nonsense. #
  • @Warbz It's more than just selling the message, it's the message itself. Not even Labor supporters think Gillard believes in climate policy. #
  • @prestontowers Of course they do. All of the media infest Twitter to plug themselves and their product. Govts have to deal with it. #
  • @prestontowers Yes, I think there are good bright people there too. But they don't have any heavy hitters. #
  • @prestontowers What's happening now is the inevitable consequence of a party that has withered from within. It's tragic. #
  • @Crabbometer I'm just saying that this govt has been flailing around for nearly 2 years now. It's their fault, not the media's. #
  • @Crabbometer I don't need any encouragement to be hostile to the media. They're appalling, & always hostile to Labor. But trees & forests. #
  • @Warbz The best marketing campaign is the ability to put your own case. As they say good advertising only reinforces existing views. #
  • @prestontowers But that is a patronising view. We're all time poor public. You're assuming others fall for it whilst you don't. #
  • @Pollytics I think that confuses cause and effect. Do you seriously think it was ever any different? Poorly led govt is the real problem. #
  • @Pollytics Don't think I'm in any way defending the media. Suspicion is my default position. Yes, they've been feral for some while, but… #
  • @Pollytics …but the real problem here is the lacks of guts and judgment in the party. #
  • @Pollytics An example: the campaign by Herald & Weekly Times against the pension assets test et al circa 1984. Septic stuff also. #
  • @Pollytics But Hawke, Keating and a COMPETENT ministry was able to argue their case and not cave in. Not what you'd say about the RSPT. #
  • @Paul_MJ Read some history – conscription referendums, Jack Lang, Bank nationalisation, 50s communism – they were far more vicious. #
  • @Pollytics But that's my point. Hawke, Keating & Whitlam did have a hostile media environment. We even had "the unions running the country." #
  • @Pollytics I don't disagree with that – just that I honestly don't think it's materially worse than before. New forms of media and … #
  • @Pollytics … and the pace of things have made it harder. But I grew up with red communist arrows thrusting southwards… #
  • @Pollytics But who cultivated that literacy? Hawke, Keating, Kelty. Where are their equivalents today? #
  • @Pollytics I'm not sure we're really disagreeing about anything substantial, just the extent of it. #
  • @Pollytics One of the most irritating things about Labor people is their tendency to blame the media when the going gets tough. #
  • @Pollytics Yes, to some extent, but Hawke, Keating and others refused to take shit from the media. This lot are scared witless. #
  • @Pollytics Swan can't even handle a dumb question from Wyatt Roy. They're hopeless. #
  • @Pollytics That was Kerry O'Brien's fault… #
  • @Hewhoblogs It was a cute question. What I meant was any half-way decent parliamentarian could have swatted that question away. #
  • @Pollytics And they have to face the fundamental issue that Gillard is a dud. We knew it within a fortnight of her taking over from Rudd. #
  • @Crabbometer But everyone on Twitter tells me the media has lost its power, it's been dispersed to social media, etc. Which is it? #
  • @richardtuffin Put it this way – at the height of the recession, Hawke could win in 1990 and Keating in 1993. #
  • @Crabbometer I know – but on here you see people one day telling you how irrelevant the media is and the next blaming it for Labor's woes. #
  • @Pollytics No, but she's also incapable of countering it – no depth, no presence, no authority. #
  • @lapuntadelfin @prestontowers http://auspol.info/ewwCYh #
  • @prestontowers @lapuntadelfin Unquestionably! If only the lurkers could step up a notch. #
  • @Pollytics That's why she's a *political* dud – if she is pretending to be what she's not then that's worse than culpable in my book. #
  • @lapuntadelfin But we haven't got to the really dirty stuff yet… #
  • Paul Daley says we need a politican who tells us to occasionally set the alarm clock later: http://auspol.info/jA7Bsi @Pollytics #
  • @journeytime Profile says "technology/games, science, politics and business" … sounds like you know more than we do! #
  • @journeytime I've been tweeting for 3 years and I'm nearly over it. I give up for days at a time now. Sick of the sameness. Contribute! #
  • @Horley85 You're sounding dangerously un-Australian, you slacker! #
  • Michelle Grattan: "Refugee nightmare plays out for Gillard" http://auspol.info/ivqpUe #
  • @journeytime Insanity just gripped me… #

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