Finally have been forced to join Twitter, as it has (unfortunately) become the news feed of choice. The restrictions of 140 characters might appeal to some people. I find it abhorrent as one cannot tell a story in that space, only a brief, fleeting emotion (or invective in the case of “some”). Still, for late-breaking news (both fake and real) it’s a medium that needs to be reckoned with. So, this old dog is trying to reckon.
From time to time I might post a string of Tweets here that tell a story, such as watching Obama’s moving farewell speech, then seeing a Tweet on Ben Bradlee’s memoir about Nixon’s accusation that the Press fabricated Watergate, and then, coincidentally on the very next day, seeing Carl Bernstein (live, not on TV) talk about Watergate and the role the Press still plays, even in this treacherous “fake news” environment. Mr. Bernstein still has the right stuff – an impressive speaker.
Thank you for your decency and heartfelt civility. We will miss you! https://t.co/zoWveBKdUH— Robert Hagelstein (@lacunaemusing) January 11, 2017
Nixon staffers attack @washingtonpost for printing malicious lies about Watergate. "Fake news" ca. 1972. (From Ben Bradlee's memoir) pic.twitter.com/FBupiocW70— Stephanie MacLellan (@smaclellan) January 12, 2017
Carl Bernstein talked today in Florida saying the Press has an obligation to publish the best obtainable version of the truth pic.twitter.com/tIPmyQUe2E— Robert Hagelstein (@lacunaemusing) January 12, 2017