CNN: a journalist specialized on the Middle-Est fired because of Twitter
Because of Twitter?!
I repeat. Because of Twitter. Seriously, people, because of Twitter?!
Yes, I got the news in French -flame me for having that one as a mother tongue- and I’ll admit a rapid skimming of Google News shows English headlines make more sense, but still… The art of not taking responsibility has reached a new height. The art of bullshit I’d say.
I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again. I love opinions and opinionated people.
I think journalists should have the right to express their opinions on the topics they cover. More importantly, I think readers have a right to know what those opinions are. Frankly, I’d like to know sooner rather than later just how insane some of these people at CNN and Fox News are. To stop them from giving me that information is just another way to lie to me.
Mike is right. I’ve had enough of editorial policies leading to convulsed news report trying to hide any bias. I like frankness. I like to know what people think. It allows all of us to form a constructed opinion rapidly -if you’re slower, you just might be dumber. A better opinion.
See? That’s what I always do. I’ve called some of you dumb. Dislike that? Don’t read me. Or read me and discard my opinion. Hate me. Do whatever the hell you want with what I’m telling you. But take responsibility.
Stop blaming technology at least. It’s not because of Twitter that Octavia Nasr was fired.
The postulate of Twitter is simple. Broadcast 140 character messages. In public by default. You don’t have to be on Twitter, you don’t have to use it and you sure don’t have to write everything and anything.
Stop blaming technology, take responsibility and take a stand.
Let me take this back to me -yes, that opinionated egocentric guy who takes responsibility of everything he writes online, including the expletives. I’m a fan of the World Cup . I comment the matches live on Twitter. On the spur of the moment. With emotions. Boring some of my followers. Like I’m in a bar.
10 days ago, during the exciting Germany – England game, I did react to the German team rising domination with a tongue-in-cheek tweet which referred to their former armored fighting vehicles. I’m no Monty Python though. It didn’t fly well with a good friend of mine who immediately reacted. I apologized and removed the tweet.
I took a stand. I took responsibility. I apologized. I removed the tweet. Nothing to do with “because of Twitter”. It was me writing that tweet down. Me. Me. Me. Someone didn’t find it funny. I didn’t want to offend anyone. Didn’t try to find excuses and blame it on an external factor. It was me. I was wrong. I am sorry.
Nars did tweet. She knew she had 140 characters . Her account is called OctaviaNasrCNN. It’s officially linked with her employer. She knew that. And tweeted with it. On the spur of the moment. With her emotions. But it was her. Her. Her.
a good lesson on why 140 characters should not be used to comment on controversial or sensitive issues
Wrong. Completely wrong. It’s a choice. And a responsibility. To your employer. And yourself.
Take a stand or shut up.—