Perhaps the best thing about journalism's embrace of the Twitter platform hasn't been near-instantaneous breaking news reporting or the ability for the hoi polloi to interact directly on occasion with reporters, but to reveal the sometimes astounding levels of ignorance that the media "elite" have about everyday items.
During the Ferguson protests, a Huffington Post reporter "found" what he was pretty sure were rubber bullets on the ground.
Yesterday's House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing featuring an incredibly dishonest Hillary Clinton prompted more ignorance from your intellectual betters.
Mieke Eoyang, vice president for the national security forum at Third Way, didn't get why Sidney "Sid Vicious" Blumenthal was an issue at the hearing.
I don't understand how this exchange about Blumenthal has anything to do with what happened at #Benghazi
— mieke eoyang (@MiekeEoyang) October 22, 2015
You'd think that someone who's at a Washington think tank and focused on national security would be able to deduce the point of the line of questioning: Blumenthal had quick and direct access to the Secretary of State and her hand-picked ambassador in a war zone didn't. Twitter ignorance demonstrated! [An aside: If you were ever wondering if any of these "third way" or non-partisan think tanks are really non-partisan, look at Ms. Eoyang's work history. When I think moderate I don't think former Ted Kennedy staffer.]
Perhaps even more hilarious was New York Times political reporter Michael Barbaro's shocking observation of what C-SPAN has been doing for 30+ years.
CSPAN screen encouraging Democrats to call one phone number and Republicans to call another to react to this hearing is....telling
— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) October 22, 2015
How does one become a political reporter for the Old Gray Lady without ever having seen C-SPAN's call in show before yesterday morning?
When alerted to his ignorance, Barbaro cried uncle and referred to his educators as "CSPAN geeks." Nope, not geeks, just people anyone who's flipped by the channel before.
Anytime you see a "professional" journalist touting their wisdom, knowledge or experience, you can be pretty sure they're also ignorant. Give them time and they'll use Twitter to prove it.