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9:19 am, December 26th, 2017 - 111 comments
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Some poor unfortunate public servant accidentally tweeted the other day their view of America’s bullying of the rest of the world for refusing to accept the absurdity of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The text of the tweet, “I guess New Zealand won’t be invited to the party on 3 January and won’t be getting any aid from the US. Wait did we ever get any aid or even a free trade agreement with them?” was hardly cutting edge or contentions. And it certainly was not rude. Especially by twitter standards.
After all Trump’s America had threatened to cut aid to countries who did not support the US. Thankfully the vast majority did so.
The tweet was factual and gently ironic. Not the sort of thing that would set the twitter sphere alight.
Unfortunately it was sent from a NZTA twitter account. I can imagine what happened. Someone sent what they thought was a tweet from their private account but unfortunately it was from the work account. This sort of thing happens all the time. If there is one thing about social media it shows the enormous and varied ways that people can make mistakes.
It appears that the twitterer did indeed made a mistake and deleted the tweet as soon as they realised what had happened.
But not before the forces of the right discovered it and then railed in.
National’s pollster thundered “NZTA Needs to explain” and called the tweet a “rant against the US, Israel and free trade”. He obviously presumed the tweet was deliberate and said that official Government twitter accounts are not for agency staff to use as their personal outlets for political musings. I think the fact the tweet was deleted clearly shows that the stuff theory up as opposed to the conspiracy theory applies.
The comments to Farrar’s post are interesting, a veritable cess pit of loathing and conspiracy theories veering wildly into claims involving Hillary Clinton and Uranium and even somehow the Kennedys and the Peace Corps. My favourite comment is:
What does one expect when our country is run by a unelected dyke’s disciple full of socialist agendas that will be the ruination of NZ?
Including so much misogyny, hate and stupidity in one short comment is a major achievement.
And Cameron Slater chipped in declaring “[h]ey NZTA, you might have deleted the tweet but we still got the screenshot” (be warned actual link). He clearly thinks that this is some sort of conspiracy involving the New Zealand Government, the Antifa movement and the shadow banking system.
The comments are also hilarious. This one struck a real chord with me:
I am getting tired of seeing Jacinda splashed across the front page of the Herald two days in a row. Our very first celebrity PM, select. The Herald just has no shame.
It is like for the past nine long years they lived in a different dimension to the rest of us.
But I think the Minister is pretty chilled about the tweet. As should everyone else.
Merry Christmas from your Minister @NZTAAkl (We all make mistakes.)
— Phil Twyford (@PhilTwyford) December 24, 2017