Twitter politics

As a member of the mainstream media, I have to be careful about exposing my politics. I am representing the American-Statesman 24/7. That’s tough. I have opinions. I even have political opinions. But I have to keep them to myself, even on Twitter. As I’ve watched the Democrat and Republican conventions, I’ve had to keep a lid on my opinions. It’s easy to say, “So and so looked horrible.” or “So and so looked fantastic,” but I just can’t.

I do not reveal my politics. Period. My wife knows my politics, but that’s it. I could be a hard-core conservative or a hard-core liberal. Even my colleagues don’t know. I like to keep it that way.

That leads me to Twitter. It’s hard to stay cool and neutral when you see Tweets that you are just dying to respond to. But I have so far. Want to know which way I go? Too bad. 🙂



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2 responses to “Twitter politics

  1. I completely agree. I’m not a representative of the media, but I do teach at UT Austin and I prefer to keep my political preferences private. I don’t think it would be productive or useful for me to bring my politics into the classroom.

    But it is so hard to read Twitter, especially during the conventions, and not want to respond! Twitter is good for a lot of things, but not really the best place for in-depth and intelligent political discourse. So I appreciate anyone else who chooses to stay out of the Twitter political debates.

  2. Clearly, I could *never* be a reporter… glad you’re twittering though, Rob, and glad the Statesman in general has decided it’s a worthwhile medium.

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