Mears: Social media sites provide unreliable facts about presidential candidates
Published: Monday, September 17, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2012 23:09
From the voting ballots to Facebook, this year’s election has everyone ready to rumble in support of their favorite candidate. While many people are out in the streets or going door-to-door in support of President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, many have taken their fight for their favorite candidate to their favorite social networking sites: Facebook and Twitter.
Having an account on both social network sites, I see arguments for both candidates every day. Having my own opinion on the current presidential race, and not wanting to get involved with these arguments, I sometimes read the comments and tweets posted on the subject. It amazes me at how little the current population truly knows and understands about politics and the current presidential race.
A recent incident that caused an outpour of negative posts on social media sites stemmed from Obama and Romney’s 9/11 remembrance tweets on Twitter this past week.
According to an article published by Fox News, Obama used Twitter on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 to promote his race for president, announcing, “The election is in eight weeks. Sign up to volunteer,” while Romney used his Twitter account to honor a tragic moment in American history.
Romney tweeted: “On this most somber day, America is united under God in its quest for peace and freedom at home and across the world.”
Millions of people were outraged at the two contrasting tweets from the two candidates, stating that Obama was selfish because he was not tweeting about 9/11 or anything having to do with its remembrance.
Many Twitter and Facebook users felt the current president was heartless because of his promotional tweet, yet the users that had such harsh feelings failed to realize one thing: neither one of the presidential candidates tweeted their own posts. Each candidate has a campaign team posting on his behalf. The people who feel Obama is selfish because “he” posted these words on Twitter need a reality check; the president of the United States is much too busy trying to keep the U.S. headed in the right direction to be wasting his time on Twitter supporting himself.
While I am not saying that I support either candidate in the current election, I am simply stating that if someone is going to start an argument or start bashing a candidate, then their “facts” should not come from Twitter, Facebook or other social media sites.
When I look at the people arguing with others, saying they have the support for their side from something that the President posted on Twitter is more than a bit ridiculous, it’s absurd.
I understand that some people don’t enjoy doing research, but if you are going to argue politics, at least check your facts. That way when you are trying to argue your point to someone, you don’t come out looking like a fool because you’re using unreliable facts that you received solely from Facebook or Twitter.