Skip to comments.Karl Rove, Twitter Creep
Posted on 04/23/2009 2:34:23 PM PDT by GoldStandard
Meghan McCain says we need to take back Twitter from the creepy peoplelike Karl Rove, "Americas Toughest Sheriff," and the other undesirables who now follow her every Tweet.
Karl Rove follows me on Twitter. Thats creepy. I joined Twitter a few months ago; so far, it has been a liberating way to transition from political to personal blogging. Its allowed me to share the less-serious aspects and humorously uncensored moments of my life. But theres also been a downside: I am now being followed by Karl Rove, and my local sheriff, and God knows how many other political pundits. We need to take Twitter back from the creepy people.
On the surface, Karl Roves Twitter feed intrigues me. Heres a guy who for years has been perceived as some kind of inaccessible man-behind-the-curtain figure. And now he Tweets numerous times a day. Ive never met him in person, which only makes our Twitter relationship even weirder. And to be honest, I find Roves Tweets boring. Sometimes he takes questions; other times he talks about his appearances on cable news and other shows. But he doesnt say anything substantive. If I had to guess, Id say Rove has a ghost Twitterer (as in a ghost writer) or an assistant updating his feed for him.
Oddly enough, Roves Tweets seem to reveal a softer side to him. Call it savvy marketing, but I find it disingenuous. And its a bit weird to think his peoplenot even Rove himselfare following me. Id like to think its because they find what Im saying entertaining, but I cant help thinking theyre just trying to seem connected to young people.
The Twitter creeps gets stranger. My local Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (who, as the author of Americas Toughest Sheriff, is notorious in his own right) recently sent me a Tweet about an answer I gave a fellow Twitter follower. He tried to tell me to go easy on them. Its really scary when the guy who houses his inmates in tents in the summer and whose most visible public-relations success involves pink underwear, boxers, and handcuffs tells you to tone it down. The sheriff also inexplicably Tweeted me to say my mother owes him $10. Say what?
But media-hungry politicians arent the only ones creeping me out on Twitter. Certain media outlets seem to want to ruin it for the rest of us, too. I was shocked when Think Progress and The Huffington Post reported on one of my Tweetsand even more shocked when HuffPo made it their front-page story. I replied Hey HuffPo, I am Twittering in bed in my pajamas, wanna report that too? It went unanswered, of course.
I refuse to script who I am, what I say, and what I do. The only person Tweeting on my account is me. I dont have an assistant, friend, or spokesperson updating my feed to represent me. (Seriously, would an assistant swear so much?) But this made me consider censoring myself. Who knows the next time The Huffington Post will have a slow news day and feel compelled to stick a headline next to a particularly unflattering photo of me? My Tweets are not sound bytes. Of course, I recognize Im choosing to Tweet, but seriously, cant journalists find something more important and useful to report?
By contrast, my Dadanother new Twitter useris making a real effort to use it effectively and not just pander. For one thing, its really him Tweeting. How could it not be given his sense of humor and constant shout-outs to Arizona sports teams? (In fairness to him, Id initially assumed he had an assistant writing for him. But when I flat-out asked him, he was almost offended Id suggested he wasnt being as real as I am.) Second, my dad prides himself on making his updates more than just, Watch me on Fox News tonight at 7. And hes always amused by the attitude I show in my updateslike father, like daughter.
In the end, Twitter is still maturing as a means to reach out and communicate with people en masse. But I cant shake the fact that Karl Rove is following meit can be creepy. So watch out.
Seriously, Im done with her. Lets cease starting threads on her. She is insane and not worthy of our time.
Hey, Meghan... you’re nobody. Go away now.
What’s her handle, “tool Jr.”
Megan needs to pick a suitable diet plan and then get back to us with the results. Otherwise, let her Dad be the turkey speaking to the press.
Agreed. She is having her 16th minute of fame. Yaaaaaaawn.
She needs to be placed on 72-hour hold at the nearest psychiatric facility.
All FReepers should hit the “abuse” button for any Megan thread attempted to be posted.
Ok, UNCLE!!! Stop posting stuff about Meghan McCain. She is a nitwit and so is her dad.
Agreed. This little immature brat is the definition of Useful Idiot
Way to let yourself be used, Meghan. And nice parenting there too, Senator. I’d be ashamed if this was my daughter.
he heh hheee hheeeee Good One.
Sounds like the women that show cleavage then get incensed when a man actually looks...
Amen. This is getting ridiculous.
Amen. This is getting ridiculous.
I’m weary of Meghan McCain. To me, she serves as proof that the McCain gene pool needed a bit more chlorine.
heat — kitchen
Somebody get this girl a man and take away whatever it is she's been twittering with.
She can refuse anyone from following her if she wants. She’s fast becoming a moron of epic proportions if she doesn’t understand publicly twitting is going to attract those she doesn’t desire to follow her.
We give her way to much attention.