Un­pres­i­den­tial use of Twit­ter

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Mary Kelly O’Donnell,

In the space of a week, the pres­i­dent-elect used Twit­ter to at­tack Boe­ing and Chuck Jones, a Car­rier union boss, who in news re­ports ex­pressed dis­agree­ment with Don­ald Trump.

Twit­ter, des­ig­nated as “so­cial” me­dia, is de­signed to com­mu­ni­cate pass­ing thoughts, ideas and emo­tions. Char­ac­ter count is lim­ited to a mere sen­tence or two. There’s no space for de­tail, ra­tio­nale, ex­pla­na­tion or a thought­ful re­sponse. The pres­i­dent-elect uses Twit­ter as an at­tack weapon to im­pugn the rep­u­ta­tion of busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als and to dis­sem­i­nate in­ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion. His ad­vis­ers, rather than discouraging this be­hav­ior, are pleased that the pres­i­dent-elect is at­tract­ing ex­ten­sive TV, ra­dio, print and in­ter­net cov­er­age, even if his state­ments are not true.

The pres­i­dent-elect’s im­pul­sive tweet­ing runs the risk of cre­at­ing upset, chaos, mis­un­der­stand­ing and of­fense na­tion­ally and glob­ally. Are we go­ing to let this im­pru­dent, bul­ly­ing, un-pres­i­den­tial and dan­ger­ous ac­tiv­ity con­tinue for the next four years?

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