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Cesspool That Is Twitter Makes Huge Miscalculation by "Fact-Checking" Trump

Added 05-27-20 02:42:03pm EST - “RUSH: I think Twitter has destroyed our ability to actually know what a majority of Americans think issue to issue, both politically and culturally, and that's because of the way journalists use it.” - Rushlimbaugh.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rushlimbaugh.com: “Cesspool That Is Twitter Makes Huge Miscalculation by “Fact-Checking” Trump”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

You could be listening here for five years. You know that you don’t do Twitter. Now, we have a Twitter page and sometimes Koko puts some stuff out there on it, but it’s just to promote other things — a Facebook page, maybe our website. But I don’t do Twitter because there’s a SEND button — and once you hit it, you can’t get it back. Now, Trump loves it, and that’s fine. But I think Twitter, among other things, has destroyed American journalism.

I think Twitter has destroyed our ability to actually know what a majority of Americans think issue to issue, both politically and culturally, and that’s because of the way journalists use it. I think Twitter is a sewer. I think Twitter allows nobodies — and you may think this is gonna sound mean, but I think a lot of people on Twitter know their lives mean nothing, and that’s why they’re there. Everybody wants to matter. (interruption) What? (interruption) What?

What are you saying? (interruption) What did I say? What…? (interruption) Damn straight! They sitting out there anonymous. It’s not a joke that they’re in their pajamas in the basements of their mom’s house. They know they don’t matter, so they get to go on Twitter and pretend that they do, and journalism has made them feel like they do matter — or journalists have.

It’s mostly populated by anonymous people, and yet every news story quotes it. I can’t read a news story today that isn’t 80% tweets reprinted. You know what bugs me? You have a news story, and in the opening paragraph they will quote what somebody said in a tweet, and then after that the actual tweet. I have to read it twice. Why? I didn’t want to read it the first time.

I don’t know who those people are. They’re not gonna have one iota shaping my public opinion about anything. And this is how I think Twitter has ruined journalism, or Twitter has allowed journalism to destroy itself. Journalists are notably lazy. It used to be the fax machine. You remember those two skeletal people from a group called Center for Science in the Public Interest?

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