A cautionary tale...
Yesterday I was on Twitter sharing thoughts with other conservatives, celebrating the incredible success of the National 9/12 March on Washington. I saw a Tweet posted by NorsU:
MSM - Americans shut down DC today. God Bless America! #912dc http://bit.ly/1alHjA
The link took me to a very nice video of the events of the day, so I shared the message with my followers:
Americans shut down DC today. God Bless America! http://bit.ly/1alHjA #912dc #tcot via @NorsU
Inexplicably, in response, I received a flurry of hateful messages from liberal trolls. An occasional tweet from a bitter liberal is to be expected, but it is unusual to get a batch of them all at once, and I've never gotten that kind of response to such an innocuous message. So I investigated — and when I scrolled down to the first liberal tweet, I found this unsolicited message from Alan Colmes:
For those not familiar with Twitter lingo, "rt @RightKlik" indicates that Alan is quoting (or at least faithfully paraphrasing) something I have tweeted. RT means "re-tweet". Somehow Alan read a lot more into my tweet than was ever intended. He had turned a celebratory tweet into an obnoxious taunt.
@AlanColmes is arguing with me on Twitter. Does that make me as cool as Hannity? #tcot #912dc #p2
ChicagoRay jumped in:
It makes you cooler than Hannity, he got paid to hassle and rassle with that loony lib. You're acting as a patriot
...but no response from Colmes. So I tweeted a follow up message:
Sad…Hannity's old liberal sidekick twisted words…mis-ReTweeted me: http://bit.ly/123M5I @AlanColmes #tcot Actual tweet: http://bit.ly/vualR
The links took my followers (and Alan's followers) to my original tweet and to Alan's mangled retweet.
A torrent of conservative vs. liberal crosstalk ensued, but still no response from Colmes. I began to wonder if someone had hacked into Colmes' Twitter account. Maybe Colmes wasn't really behind any of this. Perhaps he had just hired an incompetent ghost writer.
Five hours later, Colmes finally responded:
@RightKlik sorry if I miss-rt'd you
And I said:
@AlanColmes You did misrepresent my tweet. I accept your gracious apology. #tcot #912dc #sgp
Then Colmes revealed the original source of mischief (an anti-Palin spoof-account):
RT @ScnPalin REAL Americans shut down Washington today. Not liberals, not special interest groups. REAL PATRIOTS. Apologies to @RightKlik
...and he apologized once more:
I need to get better at Tweeting. I do apologize. And I'm doing it on my own. It's not a Joe Wilson apology.
The Joe Wilson jab was unnecessary, but Colmes' apology was very thorough and seemed quite sincere.
I have to give Colmes a lot of credit for owning up to the mistake. I'm really impressed. But I learned an important lesson — libs can do a lot of damage without even trying!
Be careful Tweeple!
Apparently I'm not the only one. NewsBusters reports.