What a politician says on Facebook is news

A North Carolina lawmaker’s Facebook activity is in the news, and he doesn’t like it.

Rep. Michael Speciale, a Republican from New Bern, linked to a video about the recent Women’s March in Washington, D.C. He posted: “What a joke that gathering was! That march did not represent any of the women that I know!”

The News & Observer mentioned his post in an item in Under the Dome, a long-running column of tidbits about North Carolina politics. That didn’t sit well with Speciale, who returned to Facebook to attack the newspaper:

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Speciale’s criticism is misguided. The N&O’s reporting was appropriate. Here’s why:

  • Speciale is a prominent person in a position of power. His constituents and other residents of North Carolina have an interest in his viewpoints on a range of issues. That’s news.
  • Politicians across the ideological spectrum, including the president, are using social media such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate with the public. That’s news.

 

 

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