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Texas Governor Blocks Reporters He Doesn't Like From Reading His Tweets

from the unclear-on-the-concept dept

It's true that Twitter has a nifty "block" function, if you really want to block someone who is annoying you or who you don't like from reading your tweets -- and I've certainly seen various celebrities use it to block some of their more annoying "haters." However, if you're a politician, it's probably a bit extreme to block the local media who cover you. However, that's exactly what Texas Governor Rick Perry has done. He's blocked a few Texas political reporters from following his account. This seems particularly short-sighted for two key reasons:
  1. It won't actually stop them from reading his account. The "block" functionality is pretty simplistic. You're really only blocked if you're logged in, so a "blocked" reporter can simply log out and look directly at the account or just get someone else who can follow the feed to pass along, or even retweet the messages. So it doesn't really block the reporters from following Governor Perry.
  2. All it really does is call much more attention to the fact that Governor Perry apparently has a really thin skin around certain reporters -- perhaps not the sort of message he really should be giving out.
In other words, this action does nothing to actually stop those reporters from reading his feed, but plenty to damage the public perception of Governor Perry. It's difficult to see how there's any benefit at all in that for a politician. And, this wasn't just a decision of some political flack, either. Apparently, Perry's office has said that the only person who has access to Governor Perry's Twitter account is the Governor himself.


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    Joe (profile), Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 10:36am

    I think it's probably more of snub at those reporters rather than a 'real' attempt to block them.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 10:44am

    Three Sir

    3. A reporter can just get another twitter account that doesn't identify them as such.

    This is just petulance.

     

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    Don, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 10:49am

    What?!?!

    This doesn't make sense. Why get a twitter account to begin with? To make it seem like you're running a transparent government.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 10:58am

    Re: Three Sir

    They may get charged with "hacking" or computer fraud thanks to overreacting Lori Drew laws.

     

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    Simon, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 10:59am

    The Canadian MP James Moore also has a habit of blocking people that question his rhetoric...

     

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    steve, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 11:06am

    could it be he blocked them because of what they are tweeting to him?

    that is why i block

     

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    Ccomp5950 (profile), Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 11:10am

    Happy independence day Texas!

    ...from them thar pinko commie journalists.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 11:23am

    wait...So you're attacking the man because he used a feature of his twitter account which he has every right to use for WHATEVER reason he so chooses? Do you block folks from reading your twitter account? This should be filed in the who gives a shit folder.

    I would hope you and the media are not relying on twitter postings from politicians to get the real hard facts for your news stories. And so what if he blocks media folks he doesn't like. Just because he's governor doesn't mean he has to leave his personal feelings at the door. At the end of the day, being governor is just like any other JOB..... We all bring our personal feelings and beliefs to work with us everyday. I do it, you do it, cops do it, doctors do it and so do governors, senators, representatives, and presidents. Finally, like you say - you can't really stop anyone from reading your posts if that was the intention as there are so many ways around the block. Personally I think the block was probably more to stop those folks from tweeting him, but whatever the reason it's his account, he can do what he wants with it and like you and I, he'll have to live and die (politically) with whatever backlash, if any, results from those actions.

    So - go go go - Governor Good Hair!!!

     

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    fritz43, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 11:26am

    Texas Governor

    Two things that need to be consigned to the Garbage Can of History, *immediately*:

    Texas "politics"

    Texas "justice"

    Then just start over and this time put grown-ups in charge.

     

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    Texan-reject, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 11:31am

    Douchebaggery

    Gobiner Perry in infamous for having a VERY thin skin, not just for a few reporters, but for ANYONE who questions his decisions or judgement. I live in Texas, so I have some degree of interest in seeing him go away...it would make the place livable again!

     

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    Theoden, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 11:40am

    Re: Douchebaggery

    The only problem with that is that the last Texas governor to leave got us into 2 wars and screwed up the economy....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 11:50am

    Re: Re: Douchebaggery

    No, Clinton is from Arkansas, that's when the sub prime mortgage market started. As for him waging a war I think that was Waco and blowing up an asprin factory.

     

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    Lisa Westveld (profile), Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 12:19pm

    The man is a genius!

    Wow! Job well done. This politician isn't dumb, but real smart! By blocking journalists, he just gained a lot more attention from various people for his tweets! I never heard of him before TechDirt started to write about him and now... WOW! This guy get's a lot of worldwide fame now!
    Yeah, it's the Streisant effect, but that's not always bad.

     

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    Havoc (profile), Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 12:31pm

    Re: Re: Douchebaggery

    Thanks for reminding me of that. Though Gov. Goodhair claims to have no national political aspirations, I pray that he DOES leave and go for a spot on the ticket w/ Ms. Palin, so neither will ever be heard from again. Ever.
    In an aside, I find it remarkable that no matter how many people I ask, no one admits to voting for this man. Just odd.

     

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    Proxy318, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 12:36pm

    RSS

    Twitter also supports reading tweets as RSS feeds, and those don't require logins either.

     

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    Theoden, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 1:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Douchebaggery

    Even Republicans have some shame. Not much, but it is nice to know that Rick is below the voters' threshold of admitting mistakes they have made.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 10:40pm

    Re: Re: Re: Douchebaggery

    Kosovo, Somolia (I lost a High School friend to wounds suffered there)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 10:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Douchebaggery

    Be careful what you wish for. Vice President Perry would be in a good position to run in 2020 after Palin's 2nd term.

    BTW, Perry views pissing off the media as a campaign strategy. He went out of his way to NOT get newspaper endorsements. Conservatives distrust the left wing media (sorry for the redundancy), so he is just playing to his base.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 2nd, 2011 @ 11:09pm

    Countdown to him claiming an overzealous aide blocked them in 3...2...1

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 3rd, 2011 @ 12:21am

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    My brain would like a refund after reading that drivel.

     

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    SmarterThanYall (profile), Mar 3rd, 2011 @ 6:31am

    Re:

    Yeah, but you are not an elected public servant. You have a reasonable expectation to not have some reporter dogging you. Gov. Dimwit, not so much.

     

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    schne, Mar 3rd, 2011 @ 6:50am

    Not damaging

    The public's perception of Perry is not damaged at all by this. Some folks who don't like Perry (and/or the right) may care, but the people who elected Perry, and who will re-elect him (again) don't care at all about Twitter.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 3rd, 2011 @ 7:25am

    Re:

    Being a governor is NOT
    "just like any other JOB".

    That's pretty damn clueless.

     

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