THINK BEFORE YOU TWEET
In breaking news, Labor candidates have been banned from doing radio interviews in the lead-up to the federal election.
It follows a ban on Twitter by Liberal Party headquarters, in a bid to avoid “stuff-ups and scandals”.
The Greens are boycotting TV interviews, while the Shooters Party takes aim at Facebook.
It seems they really do want to shoot the messenger.
While the aforementioned moves by Labor, the Greens and the Shooters are figments of my fertile imagination, the Liberals’ is not.
In true Twitter style, it’s already spawned a hashtag, #ThingstoodangerousfortheLNP.
“Cause twitter is more likely to damage the brand than this boofhead @TonAbbottMHR”, wrote @leftocentre.
The list also includes:
- Policy costings
- Saying what they think
- Any forum not hosted by Alan Jones
- Barnaby Joyce on Q&A
- Mark Riley asking awkward questions
- Intelligent debate on social media
Sensibly, @TurnbullMalcolm rejected the directive immediately: “Nobody has asked me to stop tweeting. And I will continue to do so. A key part of the job…”
While it’s easy to laugh off such a suggestion, it reflects a disconnection between political parties and the general public.
Politicians, corporations and lobby groups can use Twitter, Facebook, and blogs to reach a vast audience, disenchanted with the MSM (mainstream media).
As a radio broadcaster, I use Twitter to dig up stories, communicate with people too nervous to talk on air, and prosecute thoughts and ideas. Of course I’ve stuffed up; at times I’ve fed the trolls. But it’s not terminal.
What are the Libs so scared of? That their candidates are too stupid?
Unable to think before they Tweet?
Or unwilling to engage with those who disagree with them?
Sure, Twitter is left-leaning.
But I thought the purpose of an election campaign was to get as many votes as possible? Perhaps Captain Catholic prefers preaching to the converted.
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