Friday, November 22, 2013

Mark Textor Apologises For Tweets That Spark Fury In Indonesian Media

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By Helen Davidson

The Liberal party pollster and campaign strategist Mark Textor has apologised over a series of tweets that added to diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia by appearing to insult Indonesian ministers.

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Textor, who has been referred to as one of the most powerful influencers in Australia, has been a key electoral adviser to the Australian Liberal party since the John Howard years and, with his business partner Lynton Crosby, to London mayor Boris Johnson.

Crosby is now working full-time for the Conservative party in Britain.

Textor has been accused by Indonesian media of insulting members of the government in a racially-loaded tweet on Wednesday which compared an unnamed individual to “a 1970s Pilipino [sic] porn star” who has “ethics to match''. It was soon deleted.

While it appeared to be referring to Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa or perhaps president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Textor told Guardian Australia by text message the tweet did not refer to Natalegawa. When asked who it did refer to, Textor replied “nobody”.

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At the time of his tweet, Textor said only that he was not referring to Yudhoyono.

Questioned by an ABC reporter in Canberra on Thursday afternoon, Textor denied the tweet had been deleted, saying: “I don’t think I did. I think it’s there for anyone to read.”

Asked if he thought it was causing offence in Indonesia and if he should apologise, Textor said: “I can’t apologise for what people imagine.

“I was not referring to anyone in particular but if you want to imagine someone that’s fine by me.”

Nevertheless, on Thursday afternoon Textor sent another message and tweeted: “apologies to my Indonesian friends – frustrated by media-driven divisions – Twitter is indeed no place for diplomacy.”

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Asked why he had deleted some of the earlier tweets, Textor told Guardian Australia: "Because it's part of the apology process." He said it was "hardly hiding", given the number of times he had been retweeted.

In question time on Thursday, the prime minister, Tony Abbott, said Textor’s tweets were "tacky comments and they have been withdrawn and apologised for" when questioned by the opposition leader, Bill Shorten.

Several of the tweets, primarily the one containing the porn star reference, were reported by Indonesian media, including on Wednesday evening. Its story – which wrongly refers to Textor as a Liberal party politician – remained the site’s second most read on Thursday morning.

When criticised by an Indonesian Twitter user on Thursday morning, Textor said he would “continue free speech”.

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Textor’s tweet was among a plethora of comments about the story, broken by Guardian Australia and the ABC, on the 2009 targeting of mobile phones belonging to the Indonesian president, his wife, and key ministers and advisers by Australian spy agencies.

Textor has been a vocal critic of the spying story.

“'Apology demanded from Australia by a bloke who looks like a 1970s Pilipino [sic] porn star and has ethics to match #Fairfax demands appeasement',” he wrote on Wednesday.

The tweet, which was soon deleted, was followed by: “That last tweet was for those who think we should take all this silly, manufactured moral outrage seriously. #spy

That last tweet was for those who think we should take all this silly, manufactured moral outrage seriously. #spy
— Mark Textor (@markatextor) November 19, 2013

Replying to a tweet from former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser calling for him to be sacked, Textor tweeted a picture of the three Indonesian men sentenced to death for their role in the Bali bombings, with the abbreviation “lol”. The picture was subsequently removed.

@JeSeGrey @sstockbr @peartonjohnson @MalcolmFraser12 @chrismurphys @kimworldwide @latikambourke @ABCNews24 lol.
— Mark Textor (@markatextor) November 20, 2013

In later tweets, Textor took aim at Yudhoyono, asking "what sort of head of state communicates with a neighbouring government by twitter FFS? That's insensitive," AAP reported.

In another, Textor wrote: "Yo! Fidel! BFF? #bayofpigs. #tweetlikeSBY”

Yo! Fidel! BFF?#bayofpigs. #tweetlikeSBY
— Mark Textor (@markatextor) November 19, 2013

In an October 2011 opinion article, Textor wrote: “I have found manners to be the clearest window into the character of people,” in an analysis of courtesy and civility among successful leaders.

“While 'convenient', the online conversation is not 'intimate' – there is no need for the special investment that good manners require. I'm as guilty as anyone here,” he wrote.

“Indeed the 'quick draw' nature of forums like Twitter lend themselves to anger and energy, rarely patience or civility.”

The deputy Labor leader, Tanya Plibersek, said Textor’s comments were “highly inappropriate”.

“This is a person who is in the prime minister’s inner circle. The Indonesians know that he is a longstanding adviser to the Liberal party. And I think these sort of loose comments can do nothing to repair the relations between our two nations,” she told reporters in Canberra.

The Liberal MP Steven Ciobo stressed that Textor had no official position in the party.

“Mark Textor is a private citizen, not a government appointee,” he said.

“The comments that he makes I think are inappropriate but they are comments that are made in a private capacity.”

Asked by Guardian Australia to elaborate further, Textor replied: “It’s a tweet.”

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