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The ABC's Veteran Political Journalist Has Already Reached Peak Twitter

Fire tweeting, following Miley... back at you Barrie!

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Whoever said "traditional" "legacy" journalists aren't willing to join the dangerous world of social media obviously didn't tell the ABC's political veteran Barrie Cassidy.

More than eight years after Twitter began, the 68-year-old joined "the conversation" by breaking news of the departure of ABC News director Kate Torney.

Kate Torney is leaving ABC News. A genuine decisive leader. Her sound judgment will be sorely missed. Tougher times ahead.

The news made big waves. But he was not done. Herald Sun journalist Rob Harris noticed that the Insiders host had also gone on a follow spree.

Great to see @barriecassidy following just 4 people - all political heavyweights - Andrew Robb, Mark Textor, Miley Cyrus & Justin Bieber.

Yep... Barrie only follows four accounts: a senior government minister, a Liberal pollster and Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus.

.@barriecassidy follows the four big names in Australian politics: Textor. Robb. Bieber. Miley. h/t @rharris334

WHAT. WHY. Actually it doesn't matter. It's amazing.

To cap it off, responding to ABC colleague Annabel Crabb's sledge that he was probably drafting his tweets on cardboard... Barrie sent a shot of his process.

Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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