Andy Revkin starts in A Tweetcar Named Desire?
Journalists simply shouldn’t be twittering on science or other subjects that require more than 140 characters to discuss intelligently, which is pretty much every topic. The stodgy, old media have a great desire — a brutal Desire — to be like the hip, new media, but twitter is crack for serious reporters (see Should journalists twitter?).
Case in point: Yesterday, I published a guest piece in which I provided a long introduction — “The coming climate panic? Will U.S. conservatives usher in the era of permanently big government?“ Former NYT reporter Andy Revkin then launched a series of uber-confused tweets that grotesquely misrepresented that post, muddled the science, and seemingly contradicted his own reporting.
Yes, I’ve been tough on Revkin in the past year, but these tweets are simply beyond ridiculous. Let’s start with the first, which manages to get one of my major points exactly backwards: