The Prime Minister of Australia is Tony Abbott. Unfortunately, his name began trending on Twitter in a most inappropriate way, after the follow tweet was aired on an Australian show while political analyst Annabel Crabb was talking:
Yeah…that’s a pretty big “whoops.”
The station, via a spokesman, said that they, “regrets any offence this may have caused” and that “this particular tweet was not published on purpose.” The station manager also apologized personally to Prime Minister Abbott, via a text message, and will issues a formal letter of apology.
As you can imagine, the Prime Minister was none too pleased with the blooper:
“I just hope that the ABC management get on and do what they said they were going to do with that program. I think it is a bit out of control and I think it’s important for the ABC not just to talk about tighter management structures … but actually do it.”
It’s the second time in three months that the station has faced controversy: In June, they allowed a man named Zaky Mallah, who had previously been tried (and acquitted) of terrorism charges, to sit in their audience and speak during a Q&A program.
This obviously was a media blooper but it pertains to politicians so I thought it was worth mentioning. Is there anything a politician can do to prevent this kind of weird social media assault? Of course not. Unfortunately, it comes with the territory. That being said, the media does have an obligation to prevent these kinds of errors, and hopefully something like this won’t happen again.