The Former Union Editor has a blog that promotes social media as the best source of local news, pointing our that The Union our local paper is often late to the story. But, social media can be deceiving, especially if the reader only follows those on social media that share similar views. Here is an example of how the New York Times reporters use social media that often distorts the news.
A man named Tyler Pearson had posted a list of the 1000 Twittter accounts most commonly followed by the 677 New York Times staffers on the paper’s public list. It is, as you would expect, embarrassingly cocooned: Times staffers follow people who share the liberalish/leftish viewpoint of the Times itself, meaning these staffers are less likely to even find out discordant information. Which may be why they are so often surprised, or late to a story. More HERE.
I suspect that the same is true in our community as well. The Former Union Editor on his blog is prone to cite social media as the best local news source. In most cases the social media cited on his blog posts, bashing his former employers, fits with the left leaning political views of the FUE. If the FUE only monitors left leaning social media sites, as in the New York Times case, the news and commentary is going to be slanted to the left, which seem to be the case.
I do not monitor local social media from the left or the right, it seems to be a giant waste of time. Time that can be applied to other tasks, like thinking and reading about ideas and issues several benchmarks above social media drivel.