ABC bosses urged their staff to get off Twitter to escape “trolls”. But some senior staff at Aunty are doing a bit of Twitter trolling themselves. And from what Diary hears, one post in particular could cause blowback for the ABC in this week’s Senate Estimates.
Laura Tingle — ABC 7.30’s chief political correspondent — somehow turned a simple fond farewell post to Aunty’s departing 30-year veteran Philippa McDonald into a political rant attacking a “smug” Scott Morrison and “government ideological bastardry”.
Unfortunately for Tingle, timing is everything. That tweet came a few days after the BBC announced what it dubbed an “imminent” new policy: the ability to discipline BBC staff if they aren’t “impartial” on Twitter. This policy could be a big problem for some at the ABC if implemented here.
The tweet from Tingle, who with Andrew Probyn is one of Aunty’s two daily pillars of political reporting, began by praising a tribute video posted by McDonald: “What a legend … It is what mere journalistic mortals aspire to.”
Things would have been dandy if she’d ended it there. But Tingle rounded it out with a savage burn for the government. “We grieve the loss of so many of our colleagues to government ideological bastardry. Hope you are feeling smug @ScottMorrisonMP.”
That’s one way to get ScoMo to call!