What bothers me about the media and their subservient devotees is the reliance on social media in general, and their dependency on Twitter as a source
of news in particular. Their focus upon a trite epigram here and there is in inverse proportion to their focus on reality, leaving honesty, truth and
ethical journalism in a process of diminishing returns.
The act of reporting on someone’s “tweet” reached a sunburn’s pitch this past election. Recall without irony the moment when the Clinton
campaign asserted that a cartoon frog was a symbol of an increasing white supremacy within the Trump movement to evoke the glaring absurdities we’re
dealing with here. The propagandist who wrote the piece cited a Daily Beast article wherein the author quoted “a prominent white supremacist”,
whom turned out to be no more than a Twitter troll syphoning his satisfaction from those credulous enough to take tweets and Twitter feeds too
seriously. We can forgive the propagandists because they are only doing their job, and the troll because he is exposing dupes. But for journalists and
others employed in the dissemination of truth and the denying of ignorance, we bloody well harden our hearts.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper went to task on Kelly-Anne Conway for Trump’s tweeting in an interview designed to make Melania Trump’s plight against
online bullying look ridiculous. But in a rebuke, Conway showed that CNN’s journalism was the real running joke here, and it consistently lacks a
“I hate to break it to the political class or even the media, but most of what's on Twitter is not about politics or journalism.”
Conway was exactly right. But worse, CNN was exactly wrong, and continues to be so. In the numerous attempts to use tweets as evidence of Donald
Trump’s temperament—as evidence of anything—temperament was the last thing they could find. The only behavior evidenced here is that a man was
tweeting, an act which consists of using one or two thumbs to type, and a feat that can be accomplished while in various states of repose. What there
is no evidence of is mood, character, or disposition.
Distilling a frame of mind from a tweet, a post, a status update, an OP is guesswork at best, and projection at worst. Unless explicitly stated,
temperament and other feelings are completely absent from any observation, especially when that observation is one of words on a screen. Despite this
fact, the media, and (oh lord) the “Twitterati” is unable to look away from their Twitter feeds long enough to notice any reality, let alone to
observe it honestly. The world goes on without them, and so will real journalism.
When did a tweet become something more than a passing thought?
Watch as the media and its acolytes pass pathetically through someone’s timeline for signs of hypocrisy and other piffle, as if once a tweet was set
in stone, he who tweeted it must stand by it for as long as he lives. Observe the superstitious continue to believe that once they have imagined the
lowest motives or intentions in another user's tweets, that they have identified the correct ones. Look at those who cannot be bothered to observe the
world try to sell us on their Twitter fantasies. Then, finally, observe us laugh in response.
Thank you for reading,
edit on 14-11-2016 by LesMisanthrope because: (no reason given)