When The Left Quotes Twitter, It Just Quotes Its Friends

Posted on Sun 03/01/2015 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~
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It is the laziest form of modern journalism – to quote Twitter comments to make or back a story that the journalists really wants to be true. For instance, there’s Peter FitzSimons:

The best example of just how much of a gutful the electorate has had came this week with the full-blown Abbott/Brandis attack on Professor Gillian Triggs. Within an hour of it starting, #IstandwithGillianTriggs was the leading trend on Twitter and stayed there for two days! This, I suspect, before most of the electorate knew quite who Professor Triggs is. But if the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General were against her, then she had to be the goods!

An alternative explanation for Twitter’s Triggsmania from Jared Owens last year:

A STUDY from a respected Washington think tank has added credibility to Australian researchers’ findings about left-wing political bias on Twitter.

The Pew Research Journalism Project’s report, Political Polarisation and Media Habits, found people with consistently progressive views were more than twice as likely to get political news from Twitter than consistent conservatives…

The Pew study follows Australian research that revealed overall progressive bias on Twitter and conservative bias on talkback radio. Media monitoring company iSentia, which tracked sentiment towards Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott throughout last year, found Ms Gillard’s Twitter sentiment consistently outstripped her party’s parlous standing in the mainstream Newspoll…

A [Queensland University of Technology] study in 2012 revealed 10 per cent of users ­employing the popular #auspol hashtag — signifying a tweet about federal politics — were ­responsible for 90 per cent of the tweets.

(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.)


Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.