The well-regarded New York Times writer David Carr had an article in The Times today on Twitter. It’s a really thought-provoking article.
Basically, Carr lays why Twitter is both great and terrible at the same time. It’s wonderful because it allows professional journalists to engage with their audience and blog in real-time, as Roland Martin did during the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, Martin made a questionable tweet about a David Beckham underwear ad. He was suspended from his regular job at CNN for remarks he made on Twitter.
Carr recounts how his initial reaction was to come to Martin’s defense until he decided he should stay quiet in order to not upset his employers. Should journalists be expected to make their tweets professional? Should journalists be suspended from their regular jobs for something posted on Twitter? For those who read the original article, did Martin cross the line or was CNN just making a PR statement?
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