I’ve been on Twitter for more than 3 years and really never had a problem with this until now.
Earlier today, I tweeted a link to a Talking Points Memo post — a post that stupidly compared the Russian insurgents, who shot down an airliner, to Tea Party activists:
TPM: The Russian separatists who shot down MH17 are kinda like Tea Partiers but armed by Putin http://t.co/oykkvfcdUo
— SunnyRight (@sunnyright) July 18, 2014
It opens with “TPM”, the site’s acronym, and a colon to indicate that what follows is what the website is saying, roughly. Simple enough. I’m linking to what someone said. This for some reason prompted a flood of idiots to attack me. Some of the best examples:
@sunnyright Thank you again for proving to America that any idiot can tweet something….
— John Spead (@JSpead) July 18, 2014
@sunnyright Blow it out your ass mommas boy.
— Red Dirt Ready (@SwTkthe1) July 18, 2014
There was another golden example accusing me of being an Obama shill, but it’s since been deleted. So I’ll let that one go.
It’s long been a Twitter convention that retweeting something does not equal an endorsement of the material. I would think opening a tweet with the author’s website and a colon, followed by a description of his post that borders on mockery, would be even clearer in that regard.
My actual followers (love you guys from the bottom of my heart) seem to understand that. I’m grateful. But to clarify for the hit-and-run imbeciles: That tweet was not an endorsement of TPM’s theory, nor is any tweet in such a format an endorsement of the author’s work.