PUP: Keeping the Bastards Confused

PUP

What a great line from Helen Dale – Keeping the Bastards Confused – rolled gold.

But what possessed Mark Scott, MD of the ABC, to tweet the following when it seemed, but was not the case, that the carbon tax might not be abolished (or some dodgy ETS put in its place):

“Sensing hyperventilation in The Australian’s editorial room.”

Is it time for this man to go?

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37 Responses to PUP: Keeping the Bastards Confused

  1. Biota

    Is itIt is past time for this man to go?!
    FIFY

  2. Leo G

    “Sensing hyperventilation in The Australian’s editorial room.”

    Actually sensing need for ventilation in the ABC Boardroom?

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Given the Fairfax and ABC coverage this morning I think its now dawning on them that they’ve been had.

  4. George Brandis thanks for NOTHING

    But what possessed Mark Scott, MD of the ABC, to tweet the following when it seemed, but was not the case, that the carbon tax might not be abolished (or some dodgy ETS put in its place)

    Confirmation bias + general cluelessness.

    What, you think he got the job for his ability to perceive things accurately and think critically? ;-)

  5. Cynic

    …..and the reaction in much of the blogosphere and press would suggest an assumption that temporary hyperventilation was occurring was probably completely reasonable…..

    What possessed Mark Scott to make the comment. Hopefully a bit of friendly and humorous banter amongst competitors in the media industry. Clearly Mr Scott’s Twitter activity is a lot more humorous than that of the Chair of News Corp.

    And Helen Dale’s PUP logo is pure rolled gold…..

  6. Baldrick

    I think there was more hyperventilating by Scott, post Budget, with his Peppa Pig statement.
    Anyway, Rabz doctrine now!

  7. nic

    This is proof that his dogma extends far beyond that of appearance sake but rather to both cloistered myopia and stupidity. The man is too stupid to realise he’s been shafted. he needs to check his pocket for the 20 cents Palmer left behind.

  8. brc

    Twitter is like magnetic Kryptonite for the media industry.

    They’re used to thinking that their words are so important everyone must hear them.

    They’re unused to communicating directly to the public without the editorial process to filter them.

    So many self-beclownings you’d have to seriously wonder at the utility of having a Twitter account for the majority of media people. Or at least handing over posting to a third party who can sub-edit the posts.

    I presume Mark Scott was drinking. There is really no other explanation.

  9. George Brandis thanks for NOTHING

    I presume Mark Scott was drinking. There is really no other explanation.

    Really? What about a combination of low IQ and arrogance, producing Dunning-Krueger behaviour?

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    Twitter is like magnetic Kryptonite for the media industry.

    I’ve said it a few times before. There just is something about Twitter that taps straight into the true character of people. All sorts of sewage come out which would never see the light of day on any other public platform. Its really showing what is under the facade of the Left.

    I am very unsurprised that Mark Scott is a pure 100% triple distilled progressive. The strange thing is why we who are not progressives have to pay his salary and the ABC’s budget by our taxes with no choice in the matter.

  11. DrBeauGan

    While I’m not thinking of joining Clive 4 Evah, I have to admire Palmer for his chook-feeding. He takes the media for fools and it works well because they are.

  12. brc

    I have to admire Palmer for his chook-feeding. He takes the media for fools and it works well because they are.

    Aye. It was a masterful trolling of the entire media. They just couldn’t wait to get a photo of the genuine Al Gore in Australian politics.

    I wonder how Gore feels now. It was a world-class be clowning of him as well.

    As for Clive, loose cannons hit a worthwhile target once in a while.

  13. Gab

    He takes the media for fools and it works well because they are.

    He has the same disdain for the electorate and those who voted for him. Don’t for a second be fooled into thinking he doesn’t.

  14. I wonder how Gore feels now. It was a world-class be clowning of him as well.

    I imagine he feels wealthier, to the tune of 1 x appearance fee.

  15. Mr Skeletor

    He takes the media for fools and it works well because they are.

    He has the same disdain for the electorate and those who voted for him. Don’t for a second be fooled into thinking he doesn’t.

    Problem is it’s becoming harder and harder to think he is not right there as well.

  16. .

    At least PUP is flushing out some hysteria from the left. Mark Scott is ruining himself.

    Bravo.

  17. Myrrdin Seren

    Cynic

    Hopefully a bit of friendly and humorous banter amongst competitors in the media industry. Clearly Mr Scott’s Twitter activity is a lot more humorous than that of the Chair of News Corp.

    A few problems with your charitable view ( or if it is sarc, which I sometimes miss – please feel free to disabuse me ).

    Scott is the MD of the organisation. His broadsides at ‘The Australian’ and some of it’s staff are inappropriate for his position.

    Would we think it not inappropriate if the CEO of BHP tweeted about Rio

    ‘sensing crap investment analysis in Rio re Mozambique coal #AlbaneseOoopsie’

    or the CEO of Shell tweeted

    ‘sensing BP has wobblies on Gulf platforms #DeepwaterDeepdoodoo’

    ?

    Mark Scott seems to have difficulty in separating his role from that of his beloved “Chaser’ old boys.

    Which in part sets, and in other ways reflects, the cultural tone of the whole ABC.

    Plus – nitpicking. The ABC is supposed to be filling gaps in the media not addressed by commercial media. Under Mark Scott of course Their ABC seems utterly determined to cannibalise large slabs of commercial media ( eating FXJ alive; wrecked Online Opinion’s space; ate a private Factchecker biz; was amazingly gifted by Labor with the Asian TV franchise despite superior bids from the private sector etc etc )

    and has declared its desire and intention to expand even further.

    Is it time for this man to go?

    Total failure of governance from the shareholder minister and the Board – all of whom seem to view the ABC now as too big and aggressive to challenge and have allowed the place to be captured by various departmental cliques – a Long March I think Quadrant (?) might have pointed out began in the late 60s and lead to where we are today – taxpayer funded and utterly unaccountable.

    Scott’s a symptom.

  18. Myrrdin Seren

    I wonder how Gore feels now.

    Albo can probably make some recommendations to ManBearPig aka ‘Crazed Sex Poodle’ about where to get a relaxing massage.

  19. gabrianga

    Maybe not quite “hyperventilation but the tears of defeat seem obvious within Lenore Taylor’s little piece about Bore and Gore

    No doubt Mark, Lenore, Seccombe, Marr and comrades will be holding a wake for the carbon tax sometime soon?

  20. davey stret

    Honestly Scott wouldn’t know what day of the week it is. He’s ex Fairfax for God’s sake.

  21. Armadillo

    ManBearPig

    Can anyone enlighten me as to where this term originated? I’ve seen it at the Cat before, and then I heard some muffled laughter from Price/Bolt the other night when it was mentioned.

  22. val majkus

    it has its own site of sightings; attacks and impending devastation
    http://www.manbearpig.net/
    Melbourne gets a mention

  23. Armadillo

    Cool. I must get out of my cave more often.

  24. candy

    Clive Palmer seems to have set up Al Gore and made a fool of him as a stunt. Doesn’t matter it’s the hypocrite pretend Greenie Al Gore, it’s the nature of the whole thing that’s wrong and inappropriate way of doing politics.

    I think one would be foolish to trust Clive Palmer on anything, if it was a deliberate stunt. He could change his mind next week.

  25. manalive

    Hopefully a bit of friendly and humorous banter amongst competitors in the media industry …

    What? The ABC, the taxpayer-funded outfit’s role is to compete with shareholder-funded media.
    That’s news to me.

  26. Viva

    Clive Palmer seems to have set up Al Gore and made a fool of him as a stunt.

    Maybe so – but the more I think about it, the more angry I become that it appears that Gore turned Palmer around on keeping the Renewable Energy Target and the Climate Change Authority and introducing an ETS. This means that Gore has actually intervened in the internal politics of this country on issues of vital concern. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t think any commentators in the media have picked up on this.

  27. manalive

    Palmer’s only forte is his bullshit and only talent is converting it into money (IMO).
    One view is that Palmer set up Gore, the other is that both were equally befuddled.
    I think the latter, but it’s even money.
    The whole exercise reminded me of the Bjelke-Petersen’s spectacular launch of the thermonuclear fairlane in 1974.

  28. Toiling Mass

    Hopefully a bit of friendly and humorous banter amongst competitors in the media industry. Clearly Mr Scott’s Twitter activity is a lot more humorous than that of the Chair of News Corp.

    As Vespasian said to Demetrius:

    And when Demetrius the Cynic, who had been banished from Rome, happened to meet Vespasian’s travelling party, yet made no move to rise or salute him, and barked out some rude remark or other, Vespasian merely commented: ‘Good dog!’

  29. .

    As Vespasian said to Demetrius:

    And when Demetrius the Cynic, who had been banished from Rome, happened to meet Vespasian’s travelling party, yet made no move to rise or salute him, and barked out some rude remark or other, Vespasian merely commented: ‘Good dog!’

    I like the cut of that Emperor’s jib.

  30. Toiling Mass

    Sorry, might not have been clear.

    I am saying that Cynic was a good dog – that was the Emperor’s pun, what with Cynic being derived from the Greek kynos (dog).

  31. Suetonius considered the divine Vespasian quite witty, but often using that wit to cover his famed avarice:

    Maxime tamen dicacitatem adfectabat in deformibus lucris, ut invidiam aliqua cavillatione dilueret transferretque ad sales. Quendam e caris ministris dispensationem cuidam quasi fratri petentem cum distulisset, ipsum candidatum ad se vocavit; exactaque pecunia, quantam is cum suffragatore suo pepigerat, sine mora ordinavit; interpellanti mox ministro: Alium tibi, ait, quaere fratrem; hic, quem tuum putas, meus est.
    Suetonius,
    Divus Vespanianus, xxiii, 1-2.

    [“However, for the most part he resorted to witticisms about his unseemly means of gain, seeking to diminish their odium by some jocose saying and to turn them into wit. Having put off one of his favourite attendants, who sought a stewardship for a pretended brother, he summoned the candidate himself and, after exacting from him as much money as he’d agreed to give his advocate, appointed him to the position without delay. On his attendant’s taking up the matter again, he said, “Seek another brother; he whom thou hadst reckoned thine is mine.”]

  32. .

    The Emperor has gone up yet more in my opinion. What a clever bastard.

  33. Ian

    Time for Mark Scott to go? When you think about it ther

  34. Ian

    Time for Mark Scott to go? When you think about it there was never a case for him to have the ABC MD role in the first place.

  35. Tel

    While I’m not thinking of joining Clive 4 Evah, I have to admire Palmer for his chook-feeding. He takes the media for fools and it works well because they are.

    Yup. The whole thing was a stage managed publicity stunt, but don’t tell my that Clive invented the sport. He tried running a regular business but copped a bashing from Wayne Swan, so he figured a move to politics was a requirement in order to be a businessman in Australia.

    Palmer’s only forte is his bullshit and only talent is converting it into money (IMO).

    Well he wouldn’t be the only one on that score either.

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