Yesterday I tweeted this Global Times article, “Do not foment youngsters to protest,” and to my surprise, I got a retweet response from Tom Lasseter, who is currently Beijing Bureau Chief for McClatchy Newspapers. Now, I can understand it is human nature to agree or disagree with truths. But, the central tenet to freedom of the press is to make sure there is balance in narratives. So, Lasseter tweets back with, “! RT,” telling his Twitter followers to ignore the Global Times article. What do you think? Is this crossing the line between journalism and activism? Some may argue he is simply expressing his opinion. Twitter is mass media isn’t it? [July 6:Updated per response from Lasseter]
[July 6: Lasseter wrote and clarified:
My use of exclamation point was meant to convey the piece is very interesting. Am not aware that it means “don’t retweet”
In that case, I owe him an apology for misreading what was meant by “! RT.” ]
Or, consider the recent settled case between Apple and ProView for $60million over the rights of the iPad name in China. Gady Epstein of The Economist tweets:
Is this so called journalist for rule of law or for us-versus-them?