Michael Rowland is a co-host of ABC News Breakfast. To its credit, the show provides an alternative for audiences who watch the sort of breakfast television that’s dominated by mediocre white Baby Boomers and not (as is the inspired choice) by cartoons. If you really must have the television on in the morning (and you hate cartoons), then you can avoid the commercial offerings of explicit hatred towards minorities by flicking over to the ABC with its implicit erasure of them.
Like many of the old white people haunting the ‘legacy’ media, Rowland thinks there’s a problem with social media: not enough respect for journalists. In a weirdly written article on the ABC’s website, Rowland uses his national platform to say that journalists don’t think people on Twitter are being nice enough:
Twitter is a double-edged sword for political journalists.
It’s an invaluable source of breaking news and allows us to keep track of campaign developments in real time.
For good and bad, it’s a forum for politicians to make unfiltered announcements or respond to criticism from the other side, all of which provides fodder for news stories and commentary.
Importantly, it allows voters to have their say — and this is where things are getting particularly willing.
“Twitter is a peanut gallery of hyper-partisan tools,” Uhlmann laments.
That is unintelligible nonsense. Rowland then asks the views of Chris ‘Jewish intellectuals are an intellectual virus’ Uhlmann, Patricia Karvelas, Dennis Atkins, Katharine Murphy, and Leigh Sales. All of them complain that people on Twitter are too mean and don’t give them enough respect.
At no point does Rowland ask the vital question: do the critics have a point?