Here’s how Award Winning Journalism works.
- Target someone in the news, especially a victim of a crime or a well known person.
- Get some dirt on them. If it's of a sexual nature, so much the better.
- Tweet that you have dirt on Person X and will publish it unless X does something first.
- Carefully word the tweet so as to include the general idea of the dirt.
- Wait for a reaction.
In the old days, this was called coercion, which is, you know, kinda illegal and certainly unethical. Strangely though, Twitter lets users like @ChuckCJohnson get away with it.
Yesterday Johnson was in full swing, dealing with the burning issues of the latest news cycle: the “mattress girl” of Columbia University, the revelation that Josh Duggar as a teenager had molested five younger girls, and the release of adultfriendfinder.com’s users’ emails and private information.
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In a 24-hour period. Chuck Johnson went after a Columbia university student, actor/comedian John Fugelsang, a government official, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee — all on Twitter and/or his website — threatening to reveal information about them. In some cases, the tweets revealed Johnson’s accusations.
In the case of the government employee, Johnson has already named him on his blog, without giving the person a chance to comment first.
This is Johnson’s SOP. Dig up dirt and fling it around like monkey poo, all to discredit the people he doesn’t like, to get people to click on his parody of a website. Twitter is part of his business model. Without Twitter, his marketing options would be severely limited.
One wonders if and when Twitter will respond to this shady use of their service.