"Is ABC’s Jake Tapper blocking journalists who criticize his Twitter updates? (UPDATED)"
ABC News’s Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper is a big fan of transparency. He has criticized the Obama administration for not allowing press during certain public appearances, and during a White House press briefing last month, Tapper went hard after Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the President’s commitment to transparency. Watch it:
But according to several journalists — including David Kurtz of TPM, Adam Serwer of the American Prospect, and at least four other people — Tapper is now blocking them from following his Twitter feed:
What did they do to deserve being blocked?
Many of them apparently had the audacity to criticize some of Tapper’s tweets. (See update below)
ThinkProgress contacted Tapper (via Twitter), who replied, “that story isn’t true. People can criticize, just wld like twitter to remain civil. Tpm is unblocked.” Others are saying they are still blocked.
,ThinkProgress received a statement from Jake Tapper, explaining that he is not trying to be less transparent, but rather trying to block users who are directing ad hominem attacks:
I’m trying to use twitter as a way to communicate with all sorts of people from all over the political spectrum, as a place for feedback, polite argument, and dialogue. I learned that the AP was taking Coach K’s quote out of context from a tweet; it ended up on Good Morning America this morning. I want this way to talk to people. I don’t want it to turn into what the comment section of my blog has become. The only people who have been blocked are people who make ad hominem attacks. They’re still fully able to read my tweets — I just don’t care to read theirs.